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I will be honest, I thought this movie would be boring and just about some guys climbing a wall but it was much more than that. They took this documentary and made it into something everyone can enjoy. The emotions, strength, power, and history it has was a huge surprise. It showed me that we as humans are capable of so much, if we put our heart and soul into it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
An incredible movie. You find yourself in awe of this determination. Tommy is a true hero. His personality, drive and sensitivity is incredible. So thankful they made this movie! Best film ever. Congratulations!!!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
I'm new to climbing and LOVED the climbing aspects of this movie, but was blown away by the life lessons of perseverance, character and TRUE friendship. Wait for it, and you will see what true friendship looks like in this movie. True friends go BACK for their friends. LOVED THIS!
The dawn wall or free solo should have been the best climbing movies of all the time but these 2 movies have the same defaults. These athletics feats are so incredible that is not necessary to add short sequences to try to increase emotional moments (the only effect is to break the immersion in this adventure. I don't care the point of view of the wife, father, grand mother of the climbers. Just show the climbers. In the movie free solo Alex honnold in the hardest part of the climbing cut by a sequence of the reaction of the people at the foot of the cliff ! what a shame. For the people who has the chance to see the french movie "la vie au bout des doigts" with the late french climber Patrick edlinger, you have the perfect example of a fantastic climbing movie. (no music, no additional interview >just the climber in action best of the best).
Climbers will love this movie because it shows Tommy's battle through a hard climb. We've all experienced those hard climbs with that hold you keep slipping off of and the feeling you get when you eventually are able to push through it. Even better it shows the relationships people build through climbing and a glimpse into the climbing community too. Great stuff!
I first read Tommy Caldwell's book PUSH, and enjoyed it so much I decided to pick up this dvd. If you've read PUSH, not much of this film will be new, but it's never tedious. It brings Tommy, who really seems like a great guy in his book, to life as an incredible human being, full of compassion and drive. In fact, I think Tommy was too hard on himself in respect to his relationship with his climbing partner Kevin Jorgensen. In the book, Tommy writes as if he's never able to connect with Kevin, but in the film it's easy to see Kevin looked up to Tommy and admired him a great deal.
For the ones who know Tommy Caldwell and his feats, it's a great documentary on his life, and specially the Dawn Wall final push. Mandatory footage for climbing aficionados obviously. For the ones that are not familiar with climbing it's still a fine way to learn a lot about this sport and one of the greatest rock climbers ever. The photography, editing, sound, etc. are all pristine, high level quality in all aspects. There's even a lot of drama in the story (a true story of real life footage) so it should please everyone.
5.0 out of 5 starsFor English speakers: contains an audio option entirely in English without German subtitles.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2019
This is not a review of "The Dawn Wall" DVD as such but just potentially useful information for buyers of the German version, "Durch die Wand". For English speakers not wanting to fork out for the overpriced English version, the (current) German version has a German (voiced-over) audio option and also the original English audio, so you can watch the "main feature" entirely in English without German subtitles, etc. The bonus material is anyhow entirely in English without any option for German voice-over and without (at least by default) German subtitles. So you can save yourself about 1/2 the cost of the English version of the DVD and use the other 1/2 to buy "Free Solo" as well! (As for the content itself, I am in awe of these guys and the DVD is fantastic.)
This is an excellent film. I bought it as a present for my partner (who climbs) and ended up watching it too, i thought it was very good. It's a well documented climb and a story told well. I am glad another seller posted that though this is the german titled version, it does have an easy to select English option. Watched the whole thing and bonus features in english (with no subtitles in the way).
5.0 out of 5 starsmost awesome route, most captivating story..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 4, 2019
another oscar should have been earned for this one.. a life story, not just a single achievement.. as much as I love free solo.. this one is better, deeper.. a documentary of the highest order.. 5.14d..
Die Blu Ray: Die Blu Ray ist auf deutsch synchronisiert. Gelegentlich sind deutsche Untertitel zu lesen. Mich hätte es aber auch nicht gestört, wenn der Inhalt nur im Originalton gewesen wäre. Synchronisiert macht es aber mehr Spaß, da man sich doch besser auf die Bilder konzentrieren kann.
Die Dokumentation: Der Film über Tommy gibt deutlich mehr her, als ich zuvor erwartet habe. Er war mir bis dahin, obwohl ich selbst seit Jahren begeistert klettere, nicht bekannt. Denn seine Geschichte wäre schon ohne den Erfolg an der Dawn Wall sehenswürdig. Zwischen Tommys Kletterglück spielen sich Dramen ab, die sich ein Autor nicht hätte besser ausdenken können. Emotional, traurig, packend, lustig und spannend. Sein Partner Kevin hat zum Glück nicht die selbe Vergangenheit wie Kevin, trägt aber gleichzeitig zu einem der emotionalsten Momente in diesem spektakulären Film bei.
5.0 out of 5 starsPerfekte Mischung aus Sport und Emotionen
Reviewed in Germany on January 11, 2019
Erst einmal riesigen Respekt an Amazon. Am Veröffentlichungstag geliefert. Besser geht's nicht. Ich glaube zum Film muss man nicht viel sagen. Ein super Mischung aus sportlicher Spitzenleistung und menschlichem Miteinander. Sehr gut finde ich, dass auch Kevin Jorgeson nicht zu kurz kommt. Auch sehenswert für Menschen ohne Bezug zum Klettern.