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The Alps [Blu-ray]

3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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In the air above Switzerland, on the sheer rock-and-ice wall known as the Eiger, an American climber is about to embark on the most perilous and meaningful ascent he has ever undertaken: an attempt to scale the legendary mountain that took his renowned father's life. Against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty,The Alps is a true-life story of extraordinary courage. It's the intensely personal journey of a man who has every reason not to climb the deadly Eiger North Face (the most difficult climb in Europe), yet climb it he must. Featuring some of the most spectacular giantscreen imagery yet seen, the film celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live there.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Gambon, John Harlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK892
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. Hamilton on August 22, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD based on the majority of 5 star reviews, and was looking forward to watching it on my new HD TV and new Blue Ray player. It was the first blue ray disc that I watched on my newly purchased TV/Disc player. What a disappointment. I wish I had paid attention to the single one star review, because I agree with him completely. The first thing I noticed was the background music (Queen), which was totally inappropriate for the subject and was very distracting from the very beginning of the film. While there are a few good shots of the Alps, the problem is, there are only a few. There is very little of the actual climb, and more of the background story of the climber. Lastly, I felt mislead by the indication that the "special features" are in HD. The "making of the film" segment, which I assumed was a "special feature" is not in HD, and it is extremely grainy and blurry...not even as clear as the broadcasts on standard definition TV. The only "special features" that are in HD are a few still shots of Switzerland, a trivia quiz/facts about Switzerland, and a short promotional segment which appears to be something likely put out by the Swiss Bureau of Tourism to encourage travel to Switzerland. I definitely would not recommend buying this DVD. As a result of this experience I won't be ordering any DVDs without having seen the film first.
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Apparently my wife and I are the only people that were very disappointed
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.
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As stated in the title this is my first and perhaps only review on this site. I'm writing only because some of the prior reviews seem over-exaggerated, both positively and negatively. I bought this blu-ray back in July when it was on sale for 8 bucks. I have since watched it several times in preparation for a more technical review I did on another site.

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.
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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. None of the places that the movie explores are named even though they are some of the most iconic villages in Switzerland. Having been to Grindelwald, Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, etc. it is a shame that none of the aspects of these places were filmed at all. Instead we are treated to some lame family video on the Glacier Express and then a few minutes of "climbing." None of the glaciers with the exception of one were located or named. Do not waste you money on this one.
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