Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Liam Neeson, Lhakpa Dorji, Dorje Sherpa, Ed Viesturs, Muktu Lhakpa Sherpa
Directors: David Breashears, Greg MacGillivray, Stephen Judson
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Special Interests
Relive a breathtaking journey to the top of the world with EVEREST, the spectacular giant-screen motion picture for IMAX theatres! Filmed during the infamous 1996 storm that claimed eight lives, EVEREST documents the filmm... more »
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I Love this DVD
Steven Quan | Foster City | 02/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stunning cinematography, incredible acts of human courage, beautiful landscapes, sacrifice and hardship, pain and sufferingEverest I wanted to take a second to address one reviewer's thoughts:Reviewer: William from Texas January 16, 2000 If you've read "Into Thin Air", you'll be disappointed in the film's inability to capture the human drama and hardships of the climbers. It is interesting, however, to see the scenery that you read about in the book. The film is only 45 minutes long - not a real good price-performer. The additional material is very good though - the interview with Beck Weathers is by far the most impactful piece of this disk. * * *And if you read "Into Thin Air" you will also notice that it was written by Jon Krakauer who was not even a member of Ed Viesturs team. "Everest" is an account of Ed Viesturs' team and *their* experience climbing to the top of Mount Everest. Of of the 4 teams that got stranded on top of Everest on that fateful night, there were people that had "no business being there". I cannot remember whether it was Ed Viesturs or Aracelli but that's a direct quote from one of Viesturs team members. "Many teams lacked a critical amount of experience" was another quote from Viesturs.Ed Viesturs' team was the "dream team" of mountain climbers. They assembled a great cast of leaders, a great support team, they planned the entire trip from the start, and as luck would have it, the "Gods" were on their side as well. They also made the right decisions at the right time which certainly helped to avoid a lot of the hardships other teams had to face. Jamling Norgay (having been born in Tibet) and his team of "sherpas" had lived in the Himalayas all their lives. If anyone knew about survival tricks and tactics living in the Himalayas it would be Jamling Norgay. Of course he was able to pass along his wisdom and insights to the rest of the team. It is not discussed in detail in the movie, but Viesturs team was probably very well financed. This results in better clothing, equipment, better food and/or more food. After all, Imax (as well as some Geological survey team) was sponsoring this event from the start. It's hard to do a film when you don't have the tools you need to do your job right. They had to haul a 40 pound camera all the way to the summit. Think that's easy? Jon Krakauer didn't have 30 pound rolls of film strapped to his back. Somebody had to carry that camera, all those rolls of film, tripod, and so forth up the summit (and back down). So in one sense Viesturs' team had to endure a lot more than the other teams did. And just to give you an idea of how important weight was, the climbers were cutting their toothbrushes in half just to save some weight! Yes, you heard me right, they were shaving off every little once just to make it *THAT* much easier to pull themselves up the ice! That 40 lb camera probably felt more like 100 lbs at the summit.Yes, the movie is only 45 minutes long, but you have to look at this in the context of what you are seeing. You are climbing Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. You can't compare this to say, the beautiful beaches of Hawaii where anyone can go and shoot a scene. You can't compare this to the Sierra Nevada because that area is easily accessible.There's only 1/3 the oxygen level up there so there's nothing for the rotors of a helicopter to bite onto. It's not like you can just fly up there with a camera and shoot because you might get killed. Everest is a place where neither man nor machine is welcome and that makes this video VERY special.Off to the side, this DVD is chock filled with extra features. In addition to the Beck Weathers interview, there's "The Making of Everest" which was about 45 minutes in length. I found this to be very informative and enjoyed it as much as the movie. There's a "3D Map" which gives an computer generated image overview of Everest. Within this "3D Map" there's "Camp Information" (info on Base Camp, Middle Camp and High Camp) as well as the "Climber's Perspective" (a short description of that part of the mountain). There's a set of "Climber's Video Journals" which is an up close video of 3 of the climbers. Lastly, there's "Deleted Scenes" which are all the scenes that did not make the final cut. So actually you do get quite of bit of "bang" for your "buck". Well over 2 1/2 hours worth of film I would guess.As for one reviewer below who was complaining that they could have made this longer and more into a "feature" film: This isn't supposed to be a full length feature film. All of IMAX's films are around 45 minutes. It's more of a documentary, and this film has absolutely stunning cinematography for a documentary.I've seen several IMAX movies before since I was a small child. The first time being at Mariott's Great America about 15 years ago where (at the time) it was only one of two IMAX movie screens in the entire world. This is the best IMAX movie I've ever seen. From the reviews I've read on IMAX's other films being sold on Amazon dot Com "Everest" gets the highest ratings by far. And even though you probably won't be able to see this on an IMAX screen, a big screen TV will still provide you with plenty of beautiful stills that will make you want to watch this over and over. If you have a DVD player, definitely add this one to your collection!"
How do they....DO that?
Kelly L. Norman | Plymouth, MI United States | 07/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since reading "Into Thin Air", I have become a virtual Everest '96 hound, and this is my first quarry. The IMAX team's goal on Everest was to film David Breashear's expedition in that fateful year, focusing primarily on Ed Viesturs, a seasoned climber from the States, and Araceli Segarra, in her quest to be the first Spanish woman to reach the summit. A lot of attention, deservedly so, is paid as well to Jangbu Sherpa, son of Tenzing Sherpa who accompanied Sir Edmund Hilary in his premier trip to the summit. And watching these climbers was riveting--ascending sheer sheets of ice, yards high, that look as though they are leaning in towards the climber; crossing bottomless chasms by placing an aluminum work ladder from one side to the other, and using it as a bridge; and feeling (in part through the excellent cinematography) the pull the mountain exerts on them to continue on. But I was floored, completely, by the thought of the cinematic team following along, all the way to the top, regardless of the weight and awkwardness of the equipment. For example, in the aforementioned aluminum ladder scene, shots seem to be taken from each side of the chasm. Had they carried that heavy equipment accross that ladder? And, once they came down from such a difficult and draining climb, they still managed to piece together a marvelous film.The cinematography, once again, is gorgeous. Shots of the mountain convey not only its beauty, but its terrifying danger, as ice and whirling snow tower over the climbers, as a rescue helicopter wavers, uncertainly, as Liam Nelson explains the scientific impossibility of a helicopter to work in such thin air (it does). Seeing the Icefall alone, I think, was worth the price I paid for the video.Warning: If you get this movie expecting it to be a documentary covering the Adventure Consultants and Mountain Madness Expeditions, chronicled in "Into Thin Air", you will be disappointed. The IMAX expedition was unrelated to the others, and of course the crew could not predict that those expeditions might yield more interesting, if tragic, results. But the teams do interact with each other when it becomes clear that members are facing unexpected danger. I enjoyed "meeting" many of the folks I had read about. Finally, "Everest", the film, stands on its own. With a terrific story in Araceli Segarra, wonderful images from Utah and Spain as well as Nepal, and a score assisted by George Harrison melodies, it provides a great armchair journey to the top of the world."
The Harsh realities of Everest
Steven Quan | Foster City | 08/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This quote from: firstname.lastname@example.org from Champaign, IL "totally portrays Everest as your basic summer vacation". A viewer from Santa Barbara, CA. , May 21, 1999 called Everest a "Fantasy flick" IMAX has only extended the far-fetched dream of Everest to the masses of unexperienced people who might be led to think that climbing Everest is not an exceptional feat. I read these reviews before watching the movie and I can honestly say: The only fantasy in the film is the life the viewer from Santa Barbara is living in. Oh my god, where do I begin? This flick is filled with nothing but harsh atrocities and unbelievable camera angles. Camera crews managed to capture portions of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest. This includes the last conversation between Rob Hall and his wife (7 months pregnant) as they named their unborn baby before Hall's untimely death. If that didn't pull at your heart then you don't have a pulse. The team was forced to cross icy crevices over 25 feet in length over a makeshift aluminum ladder pulled together with some blue rope. Beck (part of Hall's party), nearly lost his life. Instead he wound up losing both hands to frostbite, half of his nose, and two of his toes. And they even had the gruesome before and after closeup photos to punctuate. The loss of life of half of Hall's party. The use of oxygen canisters due to the lack of oxygen. The grueling bike training over the desert. You call this your "basic summer vacation"?!? I'd like to know what do during your summer vacations mkirkland! Then again, maybe not. This film is harsh, period. Anyone who says otherwise like the boneheads above are full of it. I really do not appreciate irresponsible reviews. I, like many others, actually read these reviews and use them to judge whether or not to see a flick."
Steven Quan | Foster City | 03/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are so many reviewers who have vented invalid complaints about "Everest" on DVD it's ridiculous. Here's another:"Reviewer: Thomas Alan Gamble from Kent, Washington January 14, 2000 I bought this expecting to see many wonderous things. What I got was a dull narrative, a bunch of scenes that do not belong on 70mm (packing / unpacking / talking on a telephone / assembly-line lunch) and very little footage of the mountain or climbing."This is totally untrue. There is footage of unpacking, talking on phones, lunch and so forth, but it's very short and is put in to help build up the storyline. There's plenty of footage of the mountain and the actual climbers."Why would I want to see this on DVD or VHS without the benefit of WideScreen footage anyway?"IMAX format size is very similar to the size of your TV screen so you are never going to find a "Widescreen" version. What you see is pretty much what you get in the IMAX Theater."I am pretty disappointed with the whole package. I would guess that the camera crew go gun-shy after the tradgedy that claimed 8 lives. As a result, we see the rear of the climbers, mostly, and shots from conservative angles."They only had enough film for about 90 seconds of footage and they had to be conservative because they were not going to get another chance. The camera weighed 40 lbs and each canister of film weighed 10 lbs which is a tremendous load up there considering there's only 1/3 the oxygen level and you are in sub zero temperatures. I think we should show some compassion and understanding for the photographers for the outstanding work they did under those conditions."