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  • Actors: Heidi Albertsen, Roger Bilham, Jacob Kyungai, Hansi Mmari, Audrey Salkeld
  • Directors: David Breashears
  • Writers: Mose Richards
  • Producers: David Breashears, Arabella Cecil
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sling Shot
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUK4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By s j branfoot on 23 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
This account follows a group of people as they climb Kilimanjaro. Covering information about the mountain, the different habitats a climber will pass through on their ascent up Kilimanjaro and the climber feelings. A very good insite to any one planning to climb Kilimanjoro or with an interest in the mountain
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pendleton on 7 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had been looking for some time to find a DVD which captured the true scale and uniqueness of Kilimanjaro.
The DVD lived up to all my expectations,and is invaluable in letting people appreciate the wonder of this place.
If anyone is considering going to Kilimanjaro,then I would recommend this as a "must see" DVD.
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By Lyndsey on 22 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
I was slightly disappointed with this DVD as it was much, much shorter than the running time on the case. The film ran for 38 mins even though the cover states 70mins. Its a good insight to the terrain etc but I didnt feel like you got enough from it. In no time at all the trekkers are at the summit and i was hoping for a more indepth visit to Kili through this film.
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Needs some straight-talk on Western Breach 4 Oct. 2004
By Archimedes Tritium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I came across this DVD a couple months before leaving for Kilimanjaro and enjoyed it much. If you are going to climb the mountain via the Western Breach route, purchase is a no-brainer.

It, along with a Nova documentary that appeared about the same time, seems to have contributed to an explosion of thousands of Americans climbing Kilimanjaro in the last 3 years. Said one porter-aid worker I met in in Moshi, "Americans used to be rare in Tanzania, but in the last 2-3 years, they are suddenly common ...". Everyone I met seemed to have viewed or been prompted to go by these two videos.

The film is definately IMAX-ie; beautiful photography, nice swelling music, numerous scenes of herds of animals fleeing in terror along the plains of Africa as the camera swoops down from an airplane overhead. You get the idea.

The narrator (mountain guide Jacob Kyungai) intones that climbers of Kilimanjaro are "ordinary people people, mostly", then goes on to introduce a Gilligan's Island cast of climbers, picked to reflect (or engage) the folk who might go to the science museum IMAX theater on a Saturday afternoon -- as compared to those who actually climb Kili.

You have The Professor (Roger Bilham, an expert volcanologist), Ginger/Mary-Ann (Heidi Albertsen, identified on the DVD only as "Trekker: Denmark", but in reality a New York super-model you have probably seen more often on the cover of women's magazines at your grocery store check-out line), a couple of precocious 12-going-on-25 year old kids (self-possessed and well-behaved, every Yuppie parent's dream-child), a writer (Audrey Salkeld), and Rick Thomson, who barely made it out of the editing room, but is the father of the 12 year old girl (and was in a bad car accident shortly before the climb and had a pin in his hip, etc.)

Basically, the film shows a sort of idealized climb. This is not a movie about man against nature, or pushing the limits of human endurance. It's about a beautiful, diverse mountain and some "ordinary" (*cough*) people who went to the top.

Bottom line: if you are going to experience a Kilimanjaro climb, it's hard to beat tagging along with an expert volcanologist and a super-model.

The DVD contains a "Making of" feature that is of even more interest to prospective climbers than the main film. Behind-the-scenes shots of the logistics and events provides context to the apparent effortless serenity of the main feature.

The problem with the film is this: having climbed Kilimanjaro (via Lemosho - Shira -Western Breach route), the depiction of the Western Breach is disturbingly glossy. This problem is not unique to this film; it exists in the Nova documentary and virtually all text and sales-pitches advocating the Western Breach. Basically, the pitch is that the Western Breach route is "non-technical" and suitable for anyone in good physical condition who is capable of hiking for 6-8 hours a day.

The reality is there are at least 4 spots where you will find yourself clinging to an ice-covered rock, searching for slight finger & toe-hold indentations as you skitter 20-30 feet sideways. Miss a finger or toe, have a balance problem, or slip more than one hold, and you will fall 1000 feet to the rocks below. And aside from those 4 sections, a misstep or slip on any of the rest of the breach also means falling hundreds of feet. And keep in mind you are likely wearing a 20+ pound pack with several pounds of water. Basically, anything is "non-technical" if you don't use safety equipment.

The Western Breach is precarious and dangerous. In the film, they show the cast clambering over refrigerator-sized, step-like blocks of stone. This amounts to at most 15% of the climb. The rest is not really shown, probably because it is too precarious to get footage of. A parent allowing a 13-year old on this route is inconceivable to me, unless ropes and support equipment were used to assist.

While clinging to ice-covered rocks and seeing nothing but air beneath my feet, my initial reaction was anger at the public-relations puff-job in this movie and other sources. This was quickly subsumed by the desire to simply stay alive, repeated a couple dozen times that day.

While this movie might lead people in good shape, used to jogging around the park or hiking the local hills, into thinking it's no big deal to climb Kilimanjaro via WB ("hey, a couple 13 year olds did it"), the reality is inexplicably different than the PR. You have been warned.

By the way, if you read the companion book to this film, there is a note at the end that mentions that a few months after filming, the cast and crew was reassembled and climbed Kilimanjaro AGAIN (a 2nd time) to obtain more shots.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Great for planning or remembering 27 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Having seen this film after climbing Kili I found it brought back great memories and I would recommend it for those having climbed and planning to climb. Potential climbers should not expect trekking tips but will get a sense of the mountain. I think that the more critical reviews of this film are unfair. The implication that anyone could summit given 6 weeks and a staff of 150 is true, but planned properly most normal people can as well. It should also be noted that film maker -David Breashears- has reached the summit of Everest at least 4 times so how 'clean' the climbers look needs to be kept in context. Kili is not a technical climb, in fact it's a relatively simple hike, whose challenge stems from each individuals reaction to the altitude. That accessibility makes Kili everyman's mountain. From age 12 to 72, if you have the bug to summit and impressive peak, are reasonably fit, and brave enough travel to the other side of the world, then Kili is the perfect adventure for you and this film should only serve to whet your appetite.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great visuals and questionable story 9 Mar. 2003
By A Fellow Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I write this review as a recent trekker who successfully reached the top twice while leading groups up the easier Machame or Coca Cola Route. I saw the film with wonderful anticipation and was struck by the sheer majesty of the mountain, its surroundings and people-all nicely portrayed in the film. The images brought back wonderful memories of the two climbs and the sheer joy of reaching the top.
The film, however, was most disappointing because it did not convey the magnitude of the support team that went along with us carrying our food, water, cooking utensils and bedding. Only once or twice in the film did you catch a glimpse of the support team. We trekked with nearly three support personnel for each trekker. The accurate portrayal of the support team would have given real meaning to the scope of the climb.
The climbers themselves, for the most part, looked as if they stepped just out of the shower. This again tended to diminish the seriousness and difficulty of their accomplishment. At breathtaking altitude ,the pardon the pun, I rarely saw them gasping for air or working hard to reach the top.
Perhaps, I was not in the same shape as these people, but I must confess that after seeing more than 200 trekkers over the two climbs (we shared meals and stories at the base camps and passed each other going up and down the mountain), few if any looked as sparkling as these trekkers.
The story of the climbers appeared contrived and the scenery wondrous. My hats off to the individuals who made it to the top.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
GREAT MOVIE! Inspiring! 8 Jun. 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie was great! It had beautiful cinematography and it was great seeing it on the IMAX screen!

I felt that it was inspiring and made me want to climb Kilimanjaro myself.

I saw it 2 times in theaters, then bought it on

DVD.

In the movie, they show 5 ordinary people brave the mountain. They go throught 5 different climate

zones, all beautiful and mysterious in their own ways. This movie also teaches you about Kilimanjaro itself,

the Great Rift Valley, and other unique features. The narrator and trek leader- Jacob. The trekkers- (adults) Roger, Heidi, Audrey, (kids) Hans, and Nicole (also Nicole's father, but you don't really get to now him) are ages 12-64 years old. David Breashears, the Director/Producer says he pick those 5 people to represent the audience- the ordinary people.

The movie shows each trekkers journey with interviews along the way.

Also another great feature of the film is the music. Composer Alan Williams really brings to life the beauty, power, and mystery of Kilimanjaro with the great score!

Other reviews criticize this movie because they don't show how hard it is to climb this mountain and what not. I say WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?! THis movie isn't about the hardships of making it to the top, it's about Kilimanjaro; its beauty, power, and mystery.

There are special features on the DVD that are a Making of Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, production slide show, quiz, and what else is on DVD.

Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa is a great and inspiring movie that moves you.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Worth buying if you are going to climb Kilimanjaro 9 Jun. 2003
By Eric R. Hale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I climbed Kilimanjaro in November 2002 via the Machame route, which this film depicts. (One of the other reviewers referes to the Machame route as the "Coca-Cola" route, that is the Marangu route. I think it was an oversight.)

I found the film to bring back a lot of memories and did a good job of capturing the sights of the mountain. If you are climbing Kilimanjaro, it's a no-brainer. Buy this movie.

The movie does not do a good job at showing the difficulty of the climb. But, that's not why you should be buying this movie. If my memory serves me, it was filmed over 6 weeks and with a support crew of 150 people. My 82 year old grandmother could climb Kilimanjaro at that pace.

The reason to watch this movie is to learn about the mountain and so see some of the stunning sights. Breashears does and excellent job capturing the mountain's beauty.
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