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North Face [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]

Philipp Stolzl    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Philipp Stolzl
  • Format: Anamorphic, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Metrodome Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V7P2W2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,722 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Journey to a heart-stopping landscape of danger and relive 48 white-knuckle hours that would go down in history. This is the incredible story behind the first ever attempted scaling of the North Face of the infamous Eiger mountain. Summer 1936. Bearing the expectations of a nation and their Fuhrer, two climbers set out to be the first to conquer the last great problem . But soon their ascent becomes a race for survival threatened by injury and extreme storms. Suddenly, it becomes a pulse-pounding race against both time and the awesome forces of nature.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Biographies, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif - the Eiger - two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent. ...North Face (2008) ( Nordwand ) ( Northface ) (Blu-Ray)

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130 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Epic of the Eiger 29 May 2009
I like to consider myself a climber. I have scaled Mont Blanc, with some difficulty I must admit. But this achievement is a walk in the park compared to the Eigers infamous North Face. This is at the extreme end of mountaineering and is the preserve of an elite few at the very pinnacle of their sport. I have stared in awe at the "Nordwand" and marveled that men could summon the physical strength and courage to dare to take on this challenge. The mile high great Face dominates the little resort of Kleine Scheidegg like a malevolent black tooth. It is an incredible force of nature close up. It was long considered impregnable. But in the 1930s a special new breed of climber cast eyes on the unclimbed face and dared to take it on. Many died trying. They climbed with equipment that is primitive by todays standards. Hand made hemp ropes, woollen clothes and studded boots. They had basic iron pitons and wore no helmets. But they had youth, strength and an unwavering belief in their own abilities. This film is about some of those men.

"North Face" is based on perhaps the most famous true story in mountaineering history. Yes, even more so than the Mallory and Irvine story on Everest. It concerns the story of two young Germans, Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser, and two young Austrians Edi Ranier and Willy Angerer, and their heroic attempt to climb the unconquered Eiger North Face. At a very early stage Angerer is badly injured by falling rocks. This slows them down and the problem is exacerbated when the weather changes for the worse. Suddenly their concern is not about a first ascent, but about a grim battle for survival. Bravery and deep camaraderie come to the fore.

Those that know their mountaineering history will know how it ends.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This is an utterly gripping and beautifully made film. The climbing scenes are awesome and so realistic - no fantastical special effect unlike Vertical Limit. The magical atmosphere of the north face and the sense of dizzying hight looking down towards Grindelwald are most impressively captured. The political background of the story only adds to the tension, and the contrast between savagery of the mountain and the cozy upper-class luxury of Kleine Scheidegg Hotel intensifies the sense of drama.

My only disappointment about this film is the ending. Having read Heinrich Harrer's in-depth account of the tragedy in his book 'The White Spider', I found the intervention of the fictional character, Luise, quite off-putting. The fact was relentlessly tragic and more heroic. There was no guardian angel in the form of a woman encouraging Toni Kurz to keep awake during the night, he had to do more difficult operations than merely unravelling the ropes and connecting them, and his last words were not feeble 'Mir ist so kalt...' but 'Ich kann nicht mehr...' which were a heart-rending utterance of a life who had fought to the end and literally exhausted itself. It could have been a great film if they'd stuck to the historical facts.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING 30 April 2009
This is my first review of a film and felt compelled to write to tell people how good this film is. From the off the film has a good pace and you get to know and care about the characters quickly, the story maintains a good thead throughout and i was captivated by the shots of the mountain. So much so that once or twice the sence of vertigo got to me and i felt like crouching down low on my living room floor to avoid the feeling of exposure the film portrays!

I didnt realise this film was in German with english subtitles and have never watch a film like this before but it didnt detract at all from the film and it shouldnt put people off.

All in all a cracking film with plenty of human interest and fab cinematograhy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film! 16 Jan 2012
I loved this film.

I watched it in the backroom whilst my wife was watching normal tele in the lounge, and I kept going in to see her and say "You've got to watch this film, it's fantastic!"
It really does get you on the edge of your seat - I could feel myself twisting in the chair as they tried desperately to make certain moves but couldn't quite make it. The desperation was palpable. The filming actually made you feel what it felt like to be stuck (at certain points) on that awful sheer cliff face in appalling weather.

You can feel the danger and the sudden moments when things go unexpectedly wrong with bad injurous results make you wince and recoil and I found myself saying blarting out things like "Ohh, Christ!" as you really feel you're there with them.

You hardly notice the subtitles as it's not a word heavy film - just plenty of gutwrenching emotions and heartstopping moments.

Quite a few awkward moral moments as well when you find yourself thinking "what would I have done at that point?" when they were faced with very awkward choices.

It reminded me a bit of 'Das Boot' (another German film) - when you really get the feeling that you know what it's like to be in that submarine - only in this case you know what it's like to have been on the side of that cliff.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked this... The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer which cover the tale of Toni Kurz, thhen watch the film 'Seven Years in Tibet
Published 1 month ago by G A Ballard
1.0 out of 5 stars North Face [DVD] [2008]
Hate it as it came in German subtitles. couldn't be bothered to send it back so its gone in the bin
Published 1 month ago by scott everett
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story
The dramatic story of the first successful climb of the north face of the Eiger. Yes it is in German but that doesn't detract from the events as they unfold in the run up to WW2. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Fictional climbing story loosely based on real events with a ludicrous...
Good shots of the Eiger and climbing sequences but the film was spoilt by a ridiculous love story which in the closing themes was actually hilarious for its stupidity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Road Rocket
5.0 out of 5 stars North Face gripping film
I am really pleased to have watched this film, although I see some folk have given it bad reviews because it is a kind of fictional love story and not a documentary style film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. D. Wantling
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A fantastic version of a 1936 attempt at the North Face of the Eiger. The dramatisation is excellent and for me the strength was the believable characterisation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. C. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A film for people loving the mountains
Normally the Germans are shown as 100% nazis after 1933. But this film shows us, that that was far from fact. The two mountain climbers were members of the German army. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom Lauridsen
5.0 out of 5 stars its a great film
its a great film and i really wanted to watch it.
ok so its in german with english subtitles but it was made it germany so what do you expect.
Published 9 months ago by ms michelle wendy dakin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
You dont need to speak German to appreciate this movie: there are subtitles but the 'action' is self explanatory. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. D. A. Scollan
5.0 out of 5 stars tense and engaging
I really ejoyed this film. It's excellently made and acted with good dialogue and excellent breathtaking filming / effects on the mountain face. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mrbramble
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