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The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest

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In 1999, renowned American mountaineer Conrad Anker made a discovery that reverberated around the globe. High in Mount Everest's "death zone," he found the body of George Mallory - 75 years after the British explorer mysteriously vanished during his attempt to become the first man to summit the world's tallest peak.

Mallory had risked everything as he set out, dressed in gabardine and hobnailed boots, in pursuit of his dream of reaching the top of Everest - which in 1924 was the last great adventure left to man. He was last spotted alive just 800 feet below the summit. Then the clouds rolled in and Mallory vanished into legend.

After discovering Mallory's body, Conrad Anker's life became intertwined with Mallory's story. Remarkably, Mallory's body was found with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory's story, Conrad longed to return to Everest to lay Mallory's ghost to rest.

BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE Behind the Scenes Raw Interviews, International Trailers, Original Notes from Mallory's Expedition Team Member, Noel Odell, and more.


"Sheer Adventure... Terrifying!" --The Hollywood Reporter

"An Everest Thrill Ride!" --Reuters

"The movie excels in its nuanced depiction of Mallory through interviews, archival footage and letters... a fascinating insight into Mallory's character and fateful choices. Spectacular mountaintop panoramas... heart-palpitation-inducing vistas at 29,000 feet, imposing walls of ice and potentially deadly climbs." --The Washington Post

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  • Actors: Liam Neeson (Narrator), Ralph Fiennes (Voice), Natasha Richardson (Voice), Hugh Dancy (Voice), Alan Rickman (Voice)
  • Directors: Anthony Geffen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G9UXFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on March 17, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
In June of 1924, British explorer George Mallory wrote to his wife Ruth: "There is no dream that mustn't be dared." He was weeks into a trek with a huge support team of animals and Sherpas as part of his quest to ascend to the highest spot on earth: mighty Mount Everest, 29,002 feet above sea level.

The North and South Poles had been conquered of recent, but this "third pole" remained defiantly aloof and yet beckoning and apparently invincible, its peak surrounded by a "death zone." Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine were last seen only 800 feet below the summit when they disappeared in the clouds.

Cut to 1999, Mt. Everest 75 years later. Renowned American climber Conrad Anker makes a discovery that becomes a global news event: he finds the body of George Mallory.

This astonishing and dangerous to make documentary, directed by Anthony Geffen, weaves Anker's story with Mallory's. Breathtaking images high on Everest and at the summit show Anker and his partner as they attempt to recreate Mallory's climb using the same clothing, equipment and route. Rare historical footage of Mallory's actual expedition is beautifully integrated with the jaw-dropping new footage.

The story is greatly enhanced with words from Mallory's letters and those of his wife Ruth as read by Liam Neeson and his late wife Natasha Richardson. Other fine voices are from Ralph Feinnes, Hugh Dancy and Alan Rickman.

Mallory planned to leave a photo of his wife at the summit and the only thing missing from his personal effects when his frozen body was found in the "death zone" was a photo of Ruth. Anker's left a copy of her portrait on the peak.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Shepherd on May 15, 2011
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George Mallory's love of mountain climbing led, inevitably to Everest. His amazing story and his desire to conquer in the name of his country had been all but lost until this dramatic documentary appeared. While it could have delved deeper into Mallory's earlier expeditions, and his relationship with other would-be Everest climbers, the footage of these expeditions and the last, are vividly telling.

Looking at Mallory's frozen corpse, still reposing on those frozen slopes, brought me closer to him than did any of my earlier research into his life. And watching the modern day climb, to the top of the world, gave stark evidence of the difficulties that Mallory, and others of his day, faced.

Did he reach the top? The question may never be answered. For me, the absence of the photograph is compelling proof that he did.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shirley L. Pratt on April 19, 2011
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Would love to have seen this at the IMAX. Scenery is spectacular. "Paths of Glory" by Jeffery Archer, a written account of George Mallory's life, is one of my favorite books and I would recommend that anyone who watches this video also read the book. The video held my attention and I could not move from my chair for quite a while after it ended.
I like to believe that he reached the summit.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jodowa on January 5, 2012
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I guess I wasn't paying enough attention at the beginning of the film, because I didn't catch that the initial scenes were from a second expedition to Everest for Conrad Anker. On his first expedition Anker found Mallory's remains and took a few items of historical significance, on the second his attempt was an attempt to try to recreate Mallory's last expedition and to attempt the "Second Step" without fixed ropes or ladders. While the general story, particularly the history of Mallory's own expedition and motives is interesting, but this film doesn't put as much weight on Mallory's climb. Anker's own story is less interesting. Anker does give a good depiction of the difficulties of climbing Everest even with modern equipment. However his attempt to recreate Mallory's fatal expedition could have been better. My two two main complaints are that Anker's attempt on the Second Step didn't really prove anything. Conditions on Everest are difficult to recreate 75 years later so it's difficult to make any conclusions about what Mallory was or wasn't capable of at the time. Secondly, Anker and Leo Houlding only used equipment based on Mallory's own to a limited extent on their attempt. Most of their climbing, including the difficult Second Step was done with modern equipment. All honor to Mallory for his attempt on Everest, but unfortunately this film didn't quite live up to expectations.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By timcon1964 on March 9, 2013
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On June 8, 1924, Noel Odell, a member of the British Mt. Everest expedition, saw fellow expedition members George Mallory and Andrew Irvine climbing along the mountain's Northeast Ridge toward the summit. Then the two climbers disappeared in the clouds and were never seen alive again. Their fate, and whether they actually reached the summit, has been one of mountaineering's great mysteries. "Wildest Dream" begins with the discovery of Mallory's frozen body on the North Face of Mount Everest. Conrad Anker, who made the discovery, felt compelled to learn about Mallory, and eventually decided to re-create Mallory's last climb, in order to answer the enduring question, Could Mallory and his companion Sandy Irvine have reached the summit?

Using archival footage and photographs, letters between Mallory and his wife Ruth, and interviews with Mallory's granddaughter and Irvine's great niece, the film traces Mallory's life and his role in the British Everest expeditions of 1921 and 1922, as well as the fatal 1924 expedition. Combined with this is the story of Anker's 2007 attempt to repeat Mallory's final climb. As Mallory had selected the athletic, but inexperienced Irvine as his climbing partner, Anker chose the similarly athletic but inexperienced Leo Houlding to accompany him. Of course, Anker enjoyed many advantages that history denied to Mallory. Nonetheless, during his attempt to climb the Second Step (one of three large rock outcroppings) along Mount Everest's Northeast Ridge, Anker slipped. Thus, in a film about how Mallory and Irvine fell to their deaths, we come chillingly close to seeing Anker and Houlding fall to their deaths.
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