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North Face [DVD] [2008]

Philipp Stolzl    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Philipp Stolzl
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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131 of 136 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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31 of 32 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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5 of 5 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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29 of 31 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 6 days ago by persia
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend.
Not a "happy end" film and no English sound but keeps you in from the beginning to the end. Film is about very special people. Based on a true story. Would recommend.
Published 12 days ago by Alla
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't look down
Mountaineering heaven. Subtitles add to the tension, oddly.
Published 1 month ago by James Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good film
Published 1 month ago by mr robert craig
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah well ...
Yes yes, but still ... Fabulous film and story! So why make the mistake of blacking out one third of the picture at the DVD release??? Read more
Published 2 months ago by F. Rønning
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, well acted and visually stunning mountaineering film
An excellent, well acted and visually stunning mountaineering film concerning the ill fated German/Austrian attempt on the North Face of the Eiger in 1936. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
ive watched this at least 10 times great film.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars received in good order. I love this type of film and ...
received in good order. I love this type of film and enjoyed the tension, good film
Published 3 months ago by joan connelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality but great film
Stops playing half way through. Disappointing.
The film itself is cracking...just wish we'd seen the end!
Published 3 months ago by Beth and Ged Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a film that is constantly watching, and watching...
Published 3 months ago by Niksa
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