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The Great White Silence / 90 Degrees South (DVD + Blu-ray) 
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THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE + 90° SOUTH
A film by Herbert Ponting
Herbert Pont's official record of Captain Scott's legendary expedition to the South Pole, restored by the BFI and featuring a new musical score by Simon Fisher Turner, captures in breathtaking detail the alien beauty of the landscape, and ensured that the heroism involved would never be forgotten.
The BFI National Archive custodian of the expedition negatives created this award-winning restoration using the latest photochemical and digital techniques and reintroduced its sophisticated use of colour.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- 90° South (1933, 72 mins): Pointing's final sound version of his legendary expedition footage
- Great White Silence: How Did They Do It? (2011,20 mins): new documentary about the restoration
- The Sound of Silence (2011, 13 mins): new documentary about Simon Fisher Turner's approach to the score
- Location field recordings (2010, 4 mins): celebrated sound recordist Chris Watson's document of Scott's expedition hut
- Archive newsreel items (1910-1925, 5 mins, DVD only): actuality coverage of the expedition's departure and return
- Illustrated booklet with essays, film notes and credits
UK | 1924 | black & white, tinted and toned | silent with music | 108 minutes | original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM stereo audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital stereo audio (320kbps)
Region 0 PAL DVD
Region free Blu-ray
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We then see the expedition men setting up camp, using dogs and Siberian ponies to pull the sleighs. Current writing about Scott's journey to the South Pole tends to emphasise the flaws in the operation: the ponies were ill or unsuitable, the men didn't know how to ski etc. but this is a wonderfully cheerful and optimistic view of the start of the expedition where all seems to be going to plan.
About two thirds of the way through the film, (and just when you are beginning to tire a little of the penguins), there is a shift of tone and the story of the race to the Pole begins. Ponting uses maps and animated models aswell as still shots of the five men who went all the way to the South Pole. There is footage of the men hauling the sledges and then setting up camp for the night: cooking up the beef soup, drying out their layers of damp socks and wriggling into their fur sleeping bags. It feels quite incredible to see this on film.Read more ›
This is a priceless piece of film from the past and deserves to be in every serious film buff's collection.
in particular. Haunting images and a subtle sympathetic soundtrack make this historic document indispensable. I will be watching it again on March 17th, the day 100 years ago this year ( 2012 ) that Captain Lawrence Oates walked out into a raging blizzard to his certain death saying to the rest of his companions the fateful words " I am just going outside and may be some time ". This film gives you an idea of the task they faced and the vastness of the Antarctic wilderness in which the British heroes perished.
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Anything to do with Scott and the early Antarctic explorers is a favourite of mine.Published 26 days ago by Greenwitch
An excellent job of presenting one of the most tragic and brave epics ever in the history of mankind. Purchase it and forever treasure it! Bill NoblePublished 8 months ago by nilgirinoble
Loved this Fascinating to see film of ther lives on the journey from so long ago!Published 8 months ago by goldingirl
Excellent footage of such an historical event. Everything I expected...and more. Will watch this again and again.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having read Scott's Diaries and Cherry-Garrard's Worst Journey in the World. This really put the finishing touches to the expedition.Published 14 months ago by Bookworm
Watched the silent version, and was strangely moved and not a little weirded out by it. The weird came from the coupling of the depiction of that truly terrible continent and the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. S. Barlow