The Last Place on Earth [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
...Then the second episode started up, and I was hooked.
As the title would suggest, it's really quite hard to think of how to describe this series. It features so many powerful moments, so many exemplary performances, that any summary I could give would feel lacking. I have never seen a more faithful or more compelling look at the race to be the first to reach the South Pole than this one. The direction and cinematography is very simple, letting the endless white landscape do most of the work in telling the story. Ample long shots which must have been amazingly difficult to film reveal a landscape unmarred by footprints or any other signs of humanity save for the small column of explorers forging their way through the snow. Meticulous attention to detail brings the reality of the desolate yet beautiful Antarctic landscape home in a way that feels almost brutally honest. There is no attempt to glorify or villify anyone. No enemy but nature. And it needs none.
Anyone who is even barely interested in the history surrounding these expeditions owes it to themselves to give this a watch. And everyone else should watch it anyway just to experience this breathtaking piece of cinema. Films this good simply don't come along all that often anymore.
dramatization of Ernest Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition.
Although I have seen "Last Place" many times, seeing "Shackleton", which is not bad, made me appreciate how
good "Last Place" really is. Ultimately, "Last Place" gives
a very good presentation of the different approaches to polar
exploration that Amundsen and Scott had. Unfortunately, "Shackleton" did not do this as well. Scott, a typical product of the hidebound Royal Navy and the class-ridden society
that made up late Victorian Britain believes that technology combined with immense will-power and "natural superiority of the Englishman" will overcome all obstacles.
Amundsen, a citizen of newly independent Norway, was much more open-minded and willing to make due with less. Unlike the British who believed they were a superior civilization and had nothing to learn from "inferior natives" like the Eskimos had clothing and food that was less well adapted to life in the very harsh polar climate. This flexibility that Amundsen had led him to adopt the clothing of the Eskimos and also led him to be more concerned about the problem of scurvey which plagued previous expeditions to the polar regions. This meant that Amundsen's men were much healthier (they actually gained weight on the journey!) than Scott's. By using dogs, there was less physical strain on the Norweigians than on the British who pulled their sled by themselves for much of the trip.
Amundsen was a meticulous planner whereas Scott had a tendency to rely on the British habit of "muddling through" and hoping that things will work out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fine adaptation of Huntford's book. The actors are great, some well known names. Cool to see an early Hugh Grant and Bill Nighy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary Bebeau
Mini-series is well done and worth watching.
Like the Titanic we know the ending but the journey to get there was tense and heartbreaking.
Two teams, one Norwegian, one British, set out to be the first to reach the South Pole. One team was first and everyone survived. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ST
I am very disappointed by this edition of "The Last Place on Earth." My wife and I have loved this mini-series since we first saw it on Masterpiece Theatre in 1985. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hugh Pickens
I found this DVD story of the unplanned "race" to the South Pole by Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to be very disappointing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bryce Babcock
Too much in the way of into prior to the expedition. However, it's one of the few productions that is justly critical of Captain Scott. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Majted
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