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  • Actors: Julian Ayer, John Blackborow, Mary Crean O'Brien, Roland Huntford, Tom McNeish
  • Directors: George Butler
  • Producers: George Butler
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015YY6WS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,704 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Liam Neeson narrates this docu-drama about Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Antarctic expedition - which uses contemporary footage alongside the real footage of the expedition taken by cameraman Frank Hurley. In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, a renowned explorer, set sail with 27 men on his ship The Endurance. His plan was to be the first expedition to cross the Antarctic continent. But when the ship becomes trapped in the ice floes and frigid open ocean of the Antarctic, Shackleton decides, with many of his crew injured and weak from exposure and starvation, to take a team of his fittest men and attempt to find help. Setting out in appalling conditions with hopelessly inadequate equipment, they endured all weather and terrain and finally reached safety. Persuading a local team of his confidence that the abandoned team would still be alive, he set out again to find them and, after almost 2 years trapped on the ice, all members of the crew were finally rescued.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.McGrath TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2014
Based on the book by Caroline Alexander and filmed by George Butler, 'The Endurance' records the legendary and epic adventure of the 1914-17 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Using a mixture of Frank Hurley's actual film and iconic photographs, coupled with modern images and reconstructions, this documentary faithfully recounts the outstanding achievement of both Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance to extricate themselves from seeming death and disaster. In doing this they overcame some of the worst conditions any human can imagine and be exposed to. This is truly a prime example of human endurance, fortitude and leadership over adversity known in the annals of human history.

The documentary is packed with information and the actual footage has a very eerie and haunting quality about it, almost like watching ghosts.
The characters are discussed by interested parties and relatives of the team. The various stages of the trip are also followed and explored. And of course, who was the 4th man? Throughout the film there are some outstanding and beautiful shots of some of the places Shackleton visited.

In all, definitely worth watching, including the interesting 'making of', and 'authors notes' in the extras.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 May 2010
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I met one of the camera men on a flight to Nicaragua. He told me it was the most memorable film he had worked on . I thought it was great intermixing original material with current shots .Highly recommended
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex Sporty on 20 Dec. 2011
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excellent film portraying the great Shackleton aventure... this great man put so many lives at risk but finished saving every life, truly amazing! watch and enjoy!
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