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Touching The Void Hd [HD-DVD]

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012DNHUE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gobsmackingly good! 13 April 2008
I reluctantly went to see this with a friend of mine,expecting to be bored out of my mind. After all a documentary about climbing isn't exactly my usual idea of fun. However, I was absolutely blown away. I remember coming out of the cinema and actually being speechless. This was a true story which is absolutely unbelievable. The beauty of this is that the real people are narrating the story, not actors. This is a really inspirational film for anyone, not just climbers. It really expresses the human instinct to stay alive and to not be alone. It makes you realise how through sheer willpower and determination human beings are capable of very extraordinary things. an awesome film!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the Seat Stuff!! 12 Jan 2005
By Judeski
This is an amazing piece of film work. Its not fiction - but a reconstruction of an actual event that occured in the Andes. I was gripped from beginning to end. The story is interspersed with interviews with the two climbers and a colleague who stayed at the base camp. The re-telling of the sequence of events is so real that you almost feel that you are there with them ....... all I can say is that I'm really glad I wasn't.
What really struck me was the emotive aspect of the story - without giving too much away, how both climbers responded to the situations they found themselves in - in realtion to each other also.
Fantastic stuff, a triumph of human spirit and strength. Watch and be amazed!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars watch...and think 9 Dec 2004
By Shug
about the human capacity to withstand what will seem to you like some of the most unbelievable conditions, to make the hardest decision you can ever imagine, and to keep going despite everything. I watched this film without knowing anything about it's background. It is the only film I have ever watched again, and again, and I will watch and think about these two guys - Joe and Simon, whenever I doubt whether what I'm doing is worth the candle or not. Watch this film. It is beautiful and awesome.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching the Void 26 Feb 2004
In an age when the term "extreme" is applied to pastimes that carry negligible risks, it is worth being reminded occasionally what extremes really are: Touching the Void is an effective reminder.
The two climbers between them face everything that it takes to break the human spirit: the choice of abandoning a friend to certain death or facing one's own; crawling in agony for miles over rocks and ice; realizing that, whatever happens, help won't come; and, driven by determination not to go down without a fight, they survive to bring us the story of how they did it.
The story alone would make anything worth sitting through, but is complemented here by a gripping narrative, superb reconstructions, and the stunning cinematography. Buy it and get yourself a screen big enough to do it justice.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and harrowing 31 Mar 2008
By D. I. Shipley VINE VOICE
Format:HD DVD
In 1985 two young mountaineers - Joe Simpson and Simon Yates decided to climb the so far unclimbed West Face of Siula Grande, a remote peak of 21,000 ft. in the Peruvian Andes. So remote is this mountain that it could only be approached on horseback and then by walking the rest of the way that is unpassable to horses or donkeys...
Using "the Alpine technique" of literally just packing everything into a rucksack and doing the climb in one hit, instead, of the more conventional method of doing the climb in stages and using various camps along the way, they make it to the top of the previously unclimbed Siula Grande.
On the way down, tragedy strikes when Joe falls and horribly smashes his lower leg through his knee cap. Simon then tries to lower the injured Joe down from the mountain. However, when Joe is left hanging over a ravine and dragging Simon inexorably towards a 300ft drop, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope and Joe falls 150ft into a ravine. Simon believing Joe to be dead then makes his way back down the mountain.

Miraculously, Joe survived the fall and despite his shattered leg, slowly and painfully crawled back down the mountain becoming ever weaker and going into delirium. Against all the odds he made it down to be found by Joe at the bottom and rescued.
Both returned to the UK and Simon faced considerable hostility from many within the UK climbing community including leading climbers for cutting the rope on his climbing partner.
Joe however backed Simon's decision and both climbers maintain to this day that they would have both died, if that rope had not been cut....

This is a superb reconstruction of that fateful climb and is shot on location at Siula Grande which is one of the most beautiful, desolate, and terrifying places on Earth.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Nov 2005
I'm not a climber, but I was thoroughly gripped by this film from beginning to end. I found it very weird that Joe Simpson was narrating, and yet at each stage of the film I kept thinking he couldn't possibly have survived.
Not only uplifting and inspiring, but also a refreshingly long, long way from Hollywood.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film at its best 5 Mar 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Like many armchair mountaineers I couldn't wait to watch this film.
I had read Touching the Void some years ago and was inspired by the courage of the protagonists and impressed with the quality of the writing.
Would the film be worthy of the book?
Yes definitely.
The involvement of Simpson et al ensures that the story is truthfully and grippingly told. The film realistically conveys the desperation and courage of the mountaineers. And the camera work is superb - the panning shots of the mountains are beautiful, and for me, allow a glimpse into the appeal of undertaking life risking adventure at altitude.
Touching the Void really does transport the viewer to a place and situation they previously could only imagine.
This is a wonderful piece of film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ice cold drama
already had version of this marvellous movie, had this blue ray copy bought me as a present, even make movie more impressive, great story, well made , smell the cold ,feel the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by chrisb
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful shooting
the book is excellent-the movie nicely illustrates the plot
I see no reason why should I talk too much about it
Published 3 months ago by Zbigniew Kaszkur
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST see!
A truly awe inspiring and compelling re-construction, and narrative by Joe Simpson & his climbing partner Simon as they re-live their real-life drama that happened in Peru. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, especially the sound effects!
I watched this earlier in the week at uni, I'm not a big fan of documentaries but am willing to give them a chance. I'm glad I paid attention. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lexethoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story, amazing film
After viewing a film such as this, one realises how strong human beings are, both physically and mentally. Read more
Published 5 months ago by patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching the void
Amazing story but more of a documentary. I met Joe and he was truly inspirational but the film didn't do his story justice. Going to try the book!
Published 6 months ago by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars touching the void
I have already watched this dvd a couple of times and is excellent.A friend asked for this as birthday gift .Highly recommend.
Published 8 months ago by ilene crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Action in real life
So well made reconstruction of real events that you truly feel like you are along for this trial of courage and strength.
Published 8 months ago by Anitta Rose Poulsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally, totally gripping & heart-stoppingly unmissable. 6 stars!
I'd read the book, so I knew he made it off the mountain.
That didn't stop me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout though. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephen E. Diggle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story well told
A story that is almost impossible to believe is true. Only bettered in the climbing docu-film stakes by the tragic tale of Tony Kurz. Read more
Published 9 months ago by adeal3
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