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Wildest Dream [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G9UXFI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting and poignant documentary 4 Aug 2011
By GJ
Format:DVD
If you enjoyed 'Touching the Void (2003)', 'The Beckoning Silence (2007)' or 'The Endurance (2000)', then you will love this. Narrated by Liam Neeson and featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson and Alan Rickman, this tells the story of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine's ill-fated conquest of Everest in 1924.

The story is told through the eyes of top American Mountaineer Conrad Anker, who in 1999 discovered the body of George Mallory on Everest. He, along with his climbing partner Leo Houlding, are shown attempting to recreate Mallory's route to the peak, starting from Tibet in the north. This involved scaling a dangerous rock formation near the top, the 'Second Step', in the way Mallory and Irving would have had to have done it in 1924, without the aid of the metal ladder attached by Chinese climbers in 1975.

As you would expect the photography is spectacular and the modern day scenes are exhilarating and majestic but it is the account of Mallory's life, featuring rare film footage from the 1924 expedition, that really takes this documentary to the heights. Mallory's letters, read by Ralph Fiennes, show him to be a fascinating character and a deeply passionate man. Although he was obsessed with Everest he was totally devoted to his wife Ruth. The readings of the couple's correspondence are very touching, and are overflowing with passion, love and affection. Ruth's are read beautifully by Natasha Richardson and are given added poignancy by the fact that Natasha tragically died shortly after.

An emotional adventure well worth seeing if you are fascinated by personal sacrifice, courage and endurance, underpinned by deep passion and love.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faulty soundtrack. 5 Oct 2011
By qpippin
Format:DVD
I entirely agree with the previous reviewer about the soundtrack.
The music is so loud that the narrator and voices are scarcely audible and entirely incomprehensible.
Anthony Geffen's wonderful film has been ruined.
I have written to 2Entertain about this since there is no point in returning the video to Amazon and getting an identical replacement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible soundtrack 18 April 2013
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The subject matter was great, it was well acted but the soundtrack was dreadful.. The music overwhelmed the people talking. In the backup film it was fine, well balanced. A pity really. As usual the purchase and delivery worked beautifully.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film - pity about the soundtrack 18 Sep 2011
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Most British heroes of the twentieth century are long forgotten. The story of George Leigh Mallory, however, still fascinates, probably because the question of whether or not he and his climbing partner, Sandy Irvine, reached the summit of Mount Everest before dying will almost certainly never be answered.

This film is superbly photographed, and cleverly intertwines the tale of Mallory and Irvine with that of modern-day climbers Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding, as they retrace - sometimes in period climbing gear - the route of the 1924 expedition. Anker and Houlding cannot, of course, prove that their predecessors made the summit, but they do show that it was possible for them to have free climbed a difficult precipice and thus could well have done so.

I would have given the film five (rather than four) stars, except that the balance of sound on the DVD, particularly during the first half of the film, spoiled my enjoyment. The music is far too loud, so much so that the narration is often nearly impossible to hear clearly, which in a documentary film is a fatal flaw. There were even times when I wished that there had been no background music whatsoever, so that what was being said could have been fully appreciated.

The bonus feature, a documentary about the making of the film, is also well worth watching, not least because it emphasises just what a challenge Everest remains, and also the achievements of all those involved with making the film in such an extreme environment.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 18 Oct 2011
By Bess
Format:DVD
I'm sorry to say I was very disappointed with this DVD. The problem is the soundtrack which at several times throughout the film drowned out the voiceovers. It was very frustrating.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because it's there 1 July 2011
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Stunning photography, subject matter researched and presented in an absorbing way, why did they not want people to see this in the UK? Almost as difficult to see as "Touching the Void" was in cinemas, this made it to our county in one cinema for 2 days. At least TTV made it to TV and DVD in a shorter time. You don't have to be a climber to appreciate this film.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Background noise 17 Sep 2011
By Izzy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having read about George Mallory and also seen part of the documentary on TV I was keen to have this DVD to re-watch the film. My only gripe is that the background music, particularly for the first 20 or so minutes is far too loud and completely drowns out the narrative at times, which defeats the object, seeing as it's the narrative that one wants to listen too and not the music !
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 20 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
This really was so disppointing. Got a heads up on it at The Outdoors Show this year, really excited when Lovefilm duly delivered, GUTTED. The production is absolutely terrible. First 20 minutes you can just about make out Liam Neesons commentary, but you'll need the tv loud...Rest of the way through the commentary floats in and out of audibility and it is such a shame! If the makers read these posts you really do need to address this and reissue. What went wrong? You obviously had the money to make the trek, emply the actors... what happened?
Such a shame as such an interesting story, and an amazing acheivement all round.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to try harder...
High and lovely.
Any one of us who wished to aim and hit high will love this film.
Doubted now by many, the ideal that inspired these climbers us revived by the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hong Kong Pol
3.0 out of 5 stars This was interesting more of a documentary
Great film for people really into mountainineering and everst in particular. Lot so fsnow and great shots of the mountains.
Published 5 months ago by Julian Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Everest climb
Another Leo Houlding trek into the mountains this one being Everest. A bit disappointing really as a lot of the old footage has been shown on TV in various documentaries and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. M. Maden
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
What a really good purchase, very true to life. Has been watched by many family members and has been a cause of much conversation.
Published 8 months ago by Gaynor Troake
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Passion...
I should say 'Tragic Dream' instead of 'Wild Dream'...

My personal point of view doesn't let me feel much about these 'Scenarios' because ( I will only say it once )... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paula Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Everest up close and personal
To get the technical stuff out of the way first, this film deserves 5 stars in every single respect, except that someone mucked up the sound balance; during almost all of Liam... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Riveting from begining to end. One of the best films to watch this year and i went brought the book which was as good as the film. Would highly recommend.
Published 10 months ago by chris_w
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken with a pinch of salt
I love the mystery of Mallory and Irvine, it really is a fascinating story. I have read a lot of books on the subject and therefore watching this film leaves me taking the claims... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DCheyside
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary, not quite the cigar
As my title suggests, this is a well-made documentary that falls short of being a great one - due largely to it feeling too stagey at times, almost too scripted, with the American... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Demon Pazuzu
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring.
One would have to be emotionally dead to not become totally involved in this dramatic true story. Incisive criticism of the soundtrack detracts from and fails to perceive the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by John
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