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.