- Format: Black & White, Collector's Edition, Color, Original recording remastered, Restored, Special Edition, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Janson Video
- VHS Release Date: February 1, 1997
- Run Time: 58 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004RECM
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and his five crew members embarked from Peru on their daring voyage to the Marquesas Islands, on a balsa wood raft which was built according to the traditions of South America's pre-Columbian Indians. After 101 suspenseful days on the open sea, alone amid raging storms, whales, and countless sharks, they landed on the Polynesian island of Raroia.
The expedition attracted worldwide interest. Heyerdahl's book Kon-Tiki was translated into 67 languages, and sold more than 20 million copies. Heyerdahl had been presented with a film camera before the journey began, and both the building of the raft and the voyage across the Pacific were filmed in detail. In 1952, his fascinating black and white film was awarded an Oscar for the most outstanding documentary. The film subsequently enthralled cinema-goers all over the world. The raft is now exhibited at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, where it is seen by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
"Winner of the 1952 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Recommended." -- The Children's Bookwatch
Top Customer Reviews
Crude, black-and-white grainy 16mm film, simple English narration. The production is bare-bones. But I've seen this film two or three times. Instead of "reality TV" which is far from reality, this is reality. Five guys who set out in a boat they did not know would be able to survive the distance, finding out by hard experience what it might have been like for any ancient mariner who tried to do the same.
Many days were calm, and the crew could lash the steering paddle down, letting the wind and the current carry them toward their Polynesian goal. They could get in a basket below the water line and watch the ocean life, or float lazily away from the main raft in a rubber lifeboat.
Every morning they got up and picked up the flying fish that had landed on the raft and been stranded. Breakfast! At other times they speared and clubbed dolphin fish (not dolphins) for a change of meat. They caught many sharks, mainly to discourage them from following the raft. They worried about whales and other large fish, but were never troubled by them.
In about three month's time, they arrived in Polynesia and were driven toward the coast of a small island. They very nearly were wrecked on the reef. It was by no means certain that they would make it safely to shore, but finally the raft came to rest and they were able to unload the important equipment, set up on shore, and radio their successful landing and their position.Read more ›
books. I read it many times (every time I had to stay in bed
because of sickness) and always was glad to come back, sit on
that bamboo deck and watch the Pacific waves. There was something
truly magical for me in an idea of that slow ocean-crossing to
Polynesia. Now - 25years after I last read the book I had a
chance to watch DVD. It speaks to me the same way book did.
It is very low-tech, grainy black and white far below any modern
standards for nature cinematography. But it has same spirit the
book had - optimism, perserverence and love and respect for
nature. I recommend that DVD to anybody that read the book.
I hope the other movies will be released soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This video is in black and white but it does not detract from the story it tells at all. It is a documentary and is very well presented. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Annette Bartolina
Footage taken by Heyerdahl and his crew. A bold undertaking to test a fascinating assertion. It captured the imagination. It's not a beautiful documentary. It's black and white. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rick in houston
Interesting, could have been a little more professional but then again, it was unique and dangerous and the real deal, Maybe that is the beauty of it, it was very real.Published 3 months ago by Janet
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