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Scott Of The Antarctic [DVD]

John Mills , Diana Churchill , Charles Frend    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Mills, Diana Churchill, Harold Warrender, Derek Bond, Reginald Beckwith
  • Directors: Charles Frend
  • Writers: Walter Meade, Ivor Montagu, Mary Hayley Bell
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XNHY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

John Mills stars in this docu-drama which captures the ill-fated final expedition to the South Pole in 1912 of British explorer Robert Scott .This classic drama highlights the problems which beset the journey and is accompanied by the music of Vaughn Williams.


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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the version to get 23 Dec 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you're after a copy of Scott of the Antarctic starring John Mills, with the superb filmscore by Vaughan Williams, this Optimum Classic is the transfer to get. Given the age of the film (released 1948), the colour photography is vibrant, and the sound crisp and clear in this transfer. Don't make the mistake I made of ordering 905 Entertainment's cheaper but very inferior transfer available from Amazon.com (this looks as if it was trasferred from a video copy, with colours washed out - looking rather like coloured-in black and white - and a soundtrack that sounds both muffled and harsh).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of this version! 29 Dec 2006
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This is a classic film, not least for the superb score by Vaughan Williams. But don't be tempted by the low price to buy this transfer (from 905 Entertainment): the picture quality - fuzzy with the colours washed out - looks as if it's taken from a VHS copy, and the sound is both muffled and harsh (with the first chord of Vaughan Williams' score clipped). You'd be far better off getting the Optimum classic Region 2 transfer, which has vibrant colours and a very acceptable soundtrack.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor Ealing (& not a Comedy).... 27 Mar 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Whilst more recent documentaries might be more accurate and better told, technically, this just-after-the-war Technicolor British 'Pride' docu-drama is both stirring and patriotic.

With one of the best cinematographers that ever lived behind the camera, the great, late Jack Cardiff, the snowy wastes (actually filmed in Norway) are a far cry from the cheeky, monochromatic East End comedies of other Ealing's.

The much-loved John Mills plays and narrates as Captain Scott, whilst there's rousing support from the familiar faces of Kenneth Moore, John Gregson and James Robertson Justice. The stiff upper lip is never far away as bravely, first Scott rallies for funds to pay for the trip and then undertaking it.

There's humour, comradeship, sadness and glorious spectacle in this and I'm sure the at-times dastardly and enthusiastic playing was more for cinematic appeal than the original trek must have been. When it was originally shown, the film must have seemed like a breath of fresh air, being so different to what was normally in the cinema. Location shooting being expensive, abroad more so and in such a hostile environment, a real achievement.

We all know the outcome but it's the journey getting there and this film, very well made and entertaining to watch, does the memory of Scott and his endeavours, proud.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinematography taken to new heights 27 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Wonderful cinematography, and Vaughan Williams deeply moving "soundtrack" (later incorporated in his Symphony Antarctica) combine to make this sweeping documentary-style epic a memorable movie.
Some of the early sets, before arriving in Antarctica, are a little wobbly, but this just highlights the wondful Antarctic scenery.
I couldn't work out whether the acting was wooden, or whether the director wanted Scott to come over as wooden. Either way, some of the acting seems somewhat dodgy. But the film is over half a century old.
Scotts original diary appears a few times. Scotts famous last diary entry is as poignant in the film as when reading it in Antarctic histories. A spectular movie. For lovers of antartic history, or the natural history of the continent, this film is a must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Criminal Butchery of a Classic Film 31 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
The company selling this product should be expelled from Amazon. I have never watched a worse quality dvd in my life, and of a film I have seen many times of television and enjoyed. Avoid all business with these cowboys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British Actor plays a doomed hero 15 Mar 2013
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When viewing this movie, one must remember this was filmed in 1948. It's not a film relying on CGI or going to the Arctic for authenticity.

I am going to be honest, I really like this movie - probably because I have a real soft spot for the late Sir John Mills. He's a man that I would have loved as a dinner guest because I'm sure he would have had a fund of amusing stories to tell from a long career in film and television.

However, he managed to inject a real humanity into the character of Captain Scott. Again, this was covering a time when the British thought we were the best at everything in the world and we were the best country in the world and that getting to the South Pole would be a formality.

It's very easy to say female actresses of the time, aka Joyce Grenfell were very "jolly hockey sticks" but that's exactly the feeling that I got when I watched how Scott's team of men was put together. The character of Dr Wilson seems the only one with possible reservations as to what they were getting themselves into.

Unless you have never studied the story at school or read the Ladybird book (British adults of a certain age would remember this)about him, you will be aware of how the story ends. However, the sacrifices made by Lieutenant Oates (wonderfully played by the gruff genius James Robertson Justice)make you realise the comradeship, almost the "British-ness" that bound the team together.

Was Scott a hero? Possibly, but was he foolish? Only in that he didn't really plan the thing properly. He was the first British man to get to the South Pole - his dismay at failing to be the first ever is palpable and you feel for them all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old, but still good viewing.
I last saw this film as a child ( c 66 years ago) and it has always stuck in my memory. Viewing it again today, it is as good as ever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Neal
4.0 out of 5 stars good but a little old fashioned
good film, but some scenes taken in studios are artificial. Anyhow, this film respects the historical facts of this tragedy
Published 3 months ago by Marc Preschia
5.0 out of 5 stars A centennial reminder
This was the first film that I was allowed to see on the big screen. I use the word "allowed" carefully because those were the days in which a parent controlled what a child did,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J W Snowball
5.0 out of 5 stars History as it was
Great historical story of a gallant failure. Draws you in as if you were part of the ill fated expedition.
Published 5 months ago by eric coster
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for the family to enjoy
Great DVD for the whole family to enjoy. Despite it being an old film, it captures the essence of what the journey was like back in 1912 and how brave these men were in the midst... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lisa Rouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Although this film was shot in the studio, I felt the extreme cold and courage of these men. A truly better than the books film. Watch it and admire, and then go and read.
Published 6 months ago by martyn tupper
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your thermals on for this one!
A classic John Mills film & well worth watching in my humble opinion.

This tells the true story of Scott's ill fated expedition to the Antarctic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Derek John Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars wendyb
Love old films and amazon have great choice fast delivery I can now watch any time I want Plays well on dvd player
Published 8 months ago by Wendy Boland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great heroic disaster
There is some wonderful clipped dialogue,fantastic scene painting in the opening scenes, superb footage of the Terra Nova cutting through the ice and stunning cinemaphotography in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by rainstick1
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
A bit dated and many years since I last saw it, but really enjoyed watching it again and found it very enjoyable
Published 12 months ago by Ross Kennedy
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