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90 Degrees South [DVD] [1933] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305669422
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Highly recommended for anyone interested in explorers, Antarctica or human-interest-led history. Ponting spent a year on Captain Scott's ill-fated 1910 Polar Expedition and this is the moving footage he shot with his intelligent and reserved narration dubbed over it. He mixes then-revolutionary footage of polar surroundings and wild-life with the involving every-day life for the explorers themselves. Although Ponting did not accompany Scott on the final polar journey, haunting still photographs and maps help to bring to life the end of the story. For anyone with so much as a passing interest in Scott or Antarctica, this is a throughly involving piece of film-making. The picture-quality is excellent and even in black and white, the icebergs and Great Barrier are quite awesome. The film brings the oft-told story of Scott's final expedition to life, showing details such as the men setting up tent, cooking, exercising the ponies and enjoying a chaotic game of football. Ponting captures the grandeur of the Polar plateaus and the spirit of the adventures who explored them. I have read much about the expedition but to see the moving film of these men, especially those who made the final trek and did not return, going about their daily chores, laughing and joking, is involving in a way no words ever could be. As a person not entirely sold on Scott's greatness, I was pleased to find Ponting's tone throughout to be respectful, loyal but not blinkered. Apart from a hypocrital and frankly, bored introduction from Scott's number 2, Teddy Evans, who never liked or agreed with Scott or got along well with any of the other four who died, this evocative film hits the right note every time. The end of the tale is tragic, but the strenght of these men's spirits is ultimately uplifting. To see Oates handing out army-style haircuts and Bowers cheerfully showing off the pony he was training is to remember that there was so much more to these men than noble deaths.
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Although the VHS takes a long time to get going, it's worth the wait. The introduction to the edited film reminds us of old fashioned presentations, although speaking to the camera with hands in pockets is a bit surprising! However, much of the filming is impressive especially when remembered it was filmed in the 1910's, under extreme weather conditions and developed using far from modern facilities. There's humour despite the tragic outcome and well worth owning for anyone interested in the early Antarctic expeditions.
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This is an incredible record of one of the most famous voyages of exploration ever. In the earliest years of cine film, Herbert Ponting's amazing achievement in taking, processing & preserving his historic record is almost as great an achievement as the expedition itself. Unfortunately he saw himself as the first David Attenborough & took far too much footage of penguins where I would have liked more of the humans who played such heroic yet in some cases tragic parts in this remarkable story. Expensive but will be one of the top DVDs in anyone's collection (as it is in mine).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90e8e27c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9138dfe4) out of 5 stars An interesting visual history of Capt. Scott's expedition 7 Feb. 2000
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This documentary was filmed by Ponting on the ill-fated expedition in which Scott and his comrades died returning from the South Pole. The images are quite vivid in describing the conditions under which the expedition suffered and the narration is a heartfelt tribute to the expedition's leader. As a piece of visual history, the film is quite good. Many of Ponting's images are beautifully framed and present the Antarctic as a land of unsurpassed beauty. At other times, Ponting will concentrate on images from the daily life of the group and bring the viewer closer to the difficulties endured by the expedition team. Having read Apsley Cherry-Garrard's "The Worst Journey in the World" previous to viewing the film, I was not sure what to expect, but it met my expectations for an interesting personal recollection of the trip and a fitting tribute to Robert Falcon Scott.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91ff54ec) out of 5 stars Must Watch for fans of South Polar Exploration 6 Nov. 2003
By Weegee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Keep in mind this film was shot at the turn of the century, so don't expect to see IMAX or Matrix type camera work.
That being said, it is a beautiful piece of history. After reading "The Worst Journey in the World" I was curious to get a visual of what these men went through. There is wonderful footage of life on the Terra Nova and at camp. The fact that this film has survived is a true testament to the fact "that they don't make them like they used to." One of my favorite parts is footage of a footbal (soccer match) where the VO casually mentions "...here we are playing football in minus 50 degree weather..."
Great wildlife footage and some Ansel Adams style landscape shots. Simply breath taking.
Again, it is important to note the film was made in 1912 and VO was supplied later in 1933 I believe. So you may find it a little corny. It brought back memories of elementary school social studies and watching topical videos.
In any case, as a historical diary, as a visual first, as a test of time, it is a great film. You may want to supplement with the Imax Antartica DVD. Visually it is unbelievable and gives you a color and under water look of the land. But 90 Degrees South has that "true story" substance which makes it eerie to watch.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91c59be8) out of 5 stars Amazing Documentary! 10 Jan. 2003
By Martin A Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A surprisingly moving documentary including not just incredible cinematography but a harrowing tale of heroism. Captain Scott's doomed expedition was an attempt that would be called preposterous even by today's standards. The route taken was unbelievably difficult. Approximately 15 minutes of the film is wasted on wildlife scenes that are average. However, the exploration details exposed in this film are amazing and the bravery of these men rivals any similiar story in history.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91328798) out of 5 stars "What fun it will be when we are home again and see this at the cinema."---Robert Falcon Scott 11 Jun. 2012
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
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90 Degrees South is a must for anyone interested in Robert Falcon Scott's 1910-13 expedition to the South Pole. It is a film and photographic record of the expedition taken by photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting. This documentary includes an introduction by Scott's second-in-command Lieutenant Edward Evans and a narration by Ponting himself which is often witty and humorous.

The vintage footage begins with the preparation of the Terra Nova. The ponies are shown being lifted aboard and the crew has some fun boxing, dancing and, in the case of Dr. Wilson, getting a haircut. Then, the ship is off and footage shows the Terra Nova breaking through slabs of ice. To see the sites that these men saw over 100 years ago, including giant icebergs in the Great Ice Barrier, natural wonders on Ross Sea Island, and killer whales is fascinating. The dog teams are also featured as well as scenes from a soccer match and some of the men chasing penguins.

Ponting's study of seals and penguins is done extremely well. In many cases, Ponting is able to use the footage to tell entertaining and educational stories about these creatures. In fact, this film is also recommended for those not so much interested in the fate of Scott and his four companions to the Pole, but in the wildlife in the Antarctic seas. One scene shows a gull stealing a penguin egg and the parent coming home in a frantic state to find its egg missing. Ponting did a wonderful job collecting footage that tells the story of the day-to-day life of the Antarctic penguins.

Of course, film footage was not taken during Scott's final march south (a few still photographs were taken by the men), but scenes shows Scott and his men right before they left for the Pole doing activities they performed many times in their journey. They are shown erecting a tent and, inside, cooking a meal and retiring to their sleeping bags. Ponting then, using photographs, illustrations, and Scott's diary entries, tells the story of their arrival to the South Pole and their journey back which ended eleven miles from the last depot of supplies. This documentary is an excellent tribute to Scott and his men and an important companion to the many books about the race to the South Pole.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x918dd43c) out of 5 stars Priceless footage, testimony for eternity 20 May 2010
By Marc Ranger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
90 south is the powerful heritage Herbert Ponting left us regarding RF Scott South Pole expedition.

Watching those admirables explorers performs or interact together such as Edward Wilson, Silas Wright, Birdie Bowers, Tom Crean, Titus Oates, Cecil Meares or PO Evans sure was a big thrill for me. Especially interesting was the setting up of the tent and the meal taken inside by 4 persons.

Even the introduction by Teddy Evans is of interest, when one knows how he was treated by Scott.

The footage is so poignant that from time to time, I sit in front of the VCR and let myself by engulfed by Ponting's work.
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