- Actors: Ryan Andrew Evans, Werner Herzog
- Directors: Werner Herzog
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: U
- Studio: Revolver Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 31 Aug. 2009
- Run Time: 99 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001QFZ8KK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,541 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Encounters at the End of the World [DVD]
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Encounters at the end of the World is the visually stunning exploration of a land of fire, ice and solitude from award winning director Werner Herzog. Set in the awe-inspiring polar landscape, McMurdo, Antarctica is home to a hidden society. Here a thousand men and women live among some of the world s most beautiful and unexpected natural wonders, whilst at the same time risking their lives in the pursuit of cutting edge science in the extremely hostile conditions. Now for the first time an outsider has been permitted into this extraordinary place. Werner Herzog and his cameraman take us on their adventure, exploring a previously unseen world and capturing some of Antarctica s breath-taking scenery and wildlife for the very first time - both above and below the ice cap. Delivering the same kind of enthralling images as Planet Earth, Encounters At The End Of The World is a unique film that will leave you captivated by life in the ultimate Down Under.
Extraordinary Herzog finds breathtaking beauty here in the awesome scale of things FOUR STARS --Uncut
Superb. It also contains some of the most jaw-dropping photography you're likely to see this year. Powerful... eye-boggling... utterly masterful. FIVE STARS --Timeout
Breathtaking Almost every image is astonishing. This is a film that makes our existence feel utterly insignificant in the most life-affirming manner possible. Brilliant. 9/10 --Clash
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The scenes are massive in scale and include glaciers, mountains, underwater breathtaking scenes, human interaction and a thorough dissection of the land and the people that occupy this one outpost. Hertoz narrates the film with not just his comments on the amazing scenery, but his personal interactions with the people living there to study. There is plenty of heartbreaking and amazing history throughout the film (i.e., Shackleton's journey). The characters are both normal and odd. Traveling to this location in a huge specialized plane shows the crew in each of their unique positions; sleeping in bags on the floor, strapped into less than comfortable looking chairs, tents set up inside the aircraft, conversations both normal and strange. At times explaining their interest in the areas conditions and their own methods of survival - some of which are quite funny, if the consequences of dying were not so real.
The cinematography is the real star here and with copious amounts of blue and white surrounding you, the feeling is surreal. There are no cute penguins or whales, just great shots of bizarre looking starfish that move and clams that snap open and shut as they travel through the water. The underwater visibility is impeccably clear. The ice cutting, severe wind and blizzards make the experience real. This is another place with unique individuals all filmed in magically and frightening real circumstances.
Through a series of interviews and archive footage, we get into the mindset of these great minds who cut themselves off from the rest of the world for the love of what they do. Understandably, many of the residents live up the
now well-established Herzog muse; walking the tightrope between genius and insanity.
The animals themselves are also explored in great depth, with the deranged penguin being a particular highlight, as the director explores the notion of insanity in the animal kingdom. The cinematography is also sublime, matching anything seen in Planet Earth or similar.
Once again, Herzog himself provides a voice-over with the kind of voice you could listen to all day, and at certain times makes observations that are laugh out loud funny - "Why is it that a monkey should choose not to mount a goat and ride off into the sunset?"
Even if you're not familiar with the director's previous work, Encounters at the End of the World is well worth checking out and would make a perfect present for any member of the family.
Much of the documentary is spent interviewing the mostly American population who inhabit the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. This seems to be quite a sizeable settlement sitting on the worlds white bottom. The denizens happen to be an interesting bunch, many of whom are homespun philosophers. It seems that Antarctica draws the types who do not like to let the moss grow under their feet, and many have fascinating tales to relate. Herzog shows some documentary footage of early explorers in McMurdo sound to illustrate just how much things have changed. In Shackleton's day it was a question of survival, but fast forward to today and McMurdo station can boast such abominations, Herzog's words not mine, as yoga classes, a bowling alley and even an ATM machine. It is worth watching Shackleton's own film of the expedition "South", which has been nicely restored by the BFI to fully understand just how much things have changed. Perhaps funniest was the sight of grown men with white buckets over their heads to simulate a white out.Read more ›
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Fantastically absorbing documentary of people living on the edge.Published 13 months ago by Sweet Glory
Love him or loathe him - Herzog makes interesting movies and "Encounters At The End Of The World" is one of them. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by Mark Barry
What a disappointment! I thought it was going to be shots of the amazing scenery and beautiful skies etc. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2013 by GECKO 5
Though I bought this as a present, I actually watched it with the recipient and we agreed that Herzog never fails to show the world in a way that most of us would miss had he not... Read morePublished on 5 May 2013 by Mrs Angela Muthana
Werner Herzog knows a secret: it is this that keeps him returning to the documentary form of film-making. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2012 by Straightforward
Werner Herzog knows a secret: it is this that keeps him returning to the documentary form of film-making. Read morePublished on 30 May 2012 by Straightforward