The Alps [Blu-ray]
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with this "movie". I like rock music, but the music by Queen simply did
not work for us, given the scenery. Some Alpine yodeling would have been
a lot more appropriate!
As for the video content, given the short length, we were surprised by how
much time was spent away from the Alps themselves. I wanted to see non-stop
footage of the Alps - period. Not trains, villages, family scenes, etc.
The educational value seemed to be aimed for a 10 year old. I already know
about tectonic plates, erosion, etc.
The story line was really shallow. "A man, haunted by the shadow of his
father's death on a mountain, feels he must climb this mountain (40 years
later), and risk never seeing his wife or daughter again". The death of his
father is drummed into our heads every minute. His psychoanalysis of himself
was trite, forced, thoroughly obvious, and should have been cut out.
There is extremely little shown of the actual climbing. I would really have
liked to have seen either more aerial views of the Alps, and/or more views of the
climbing. Oddly enough, the movie "Into Thin Air" was far more interesting -
and I have that only on VHS! The climb itself did look difficult, but so little
is shown that there is no appreciation of that. At one point I thought they were
perhaps halfway up. In the next cut they are at the top. Wow - that was easy.
Three days of climbing condensed into perhaps 20 minutes.
Somehow, in the rush to show us high definition images, people forgot about
the story, editing, a good musical score, and interesting educational content.Read more ›
This video was transferred from an IMAX film by MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF). Those are the two key facts that you need to know and understand before you can properly appreciate what this video is and whether it's something you want to buy.
IMAX means that the film is targeted at the typical audience (i.e., school age kids and their chaperons/teachers/parents) that is found in the kinds of places that have IMAX theaters (i.e., science or natural history museums, etc.) and that the film is going to possess the strengths and weaknesses typical of the format. Thus the film is going to be stunning visually and aurally, it's going to be short, it's going to be mildly educational (with emphasis on the "mild"), and it's going to be "inspirational and wholesome."
MFF seem to have a standard formula based on the four of their films that I've seen on blu-ray: Find a subject and a title that will draw an IMAX/nature documentary loving crowd and that will maximize funding from the usual gullible suspects (i.e., foundations and corporations). Next assemble a cast of random nitwits (of course MFF would call them "interesting and loveable characters") and place them in the dramatic and beautiful location that the title suggests the movie is about. But make sure the director knows that the movie is really about the handsome cast and their antics.Read more ›
Having just finished watching 'the Alps' I feel compelled to post a review so more people can see this beautifully shot documentary.
Shot in high definition IMAX format that really gives an excellent,true to life representation of 'being there' and with great shot selection,informative narration and a moving story this is high definition in all its glory.
This Blu Ray is also 'region free' and works on my Australian Blu Ray player as it should on any region player so there is no reason to miss this documentary!
Without a doubt top shelf high definition vieiwing,the Swiss truly live in a remarkable and breathtaking country.
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This is one of the most lame wastes of IMAX technology ever created. The backstory is told in the most pathetic fashion. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Leslie K Rinaldi
Cliche breakup scene from 1983 called and wants it musical score back. Seriously, the sound track pretty much ruined an otherwise, decent documentary. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by JtothaK
I do not recomend this DVD ( Bluray). It is not a video about The Alps, but a specific video about the wish of one man to conquest a mountain in memory of his father. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by Joao Luis Freitas
For any of those that lived in the Alps, love the Alps, want to learn more about the Alps, or visit the Alps, I would highly recommend this documentary. Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by J. Carron
What a beautifull and touching film
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Top notch video and sound quality. Extras not in HD, but worth watching anyway. Some viewers will be shaking their heads in disbelief when they see the humans in the film risking... Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by C. Gonzalez Aviles
Hey you! the owner of HD Tv and Blu-ray player.
Don't hesitate to own one of this, The Alps .
We watched several times again and again in a week. Read more