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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Lorcan Cranitch, Kevin McNally, Nicholas Rowe, Chris Larkin
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Producers: Selwyn Roberts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2008
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00158FK1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Writer-director Charles Sturridge ('Longitude') presents his version of Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic South Pole adventure. Setting out in 1914, Shackleton (Kenneth Branagh) and his crew set sail for Antarctica, but get into trouble when their ship, the Endurance, becomes stuck in pack ice. Abandoning the doomed vessel, Shackleton then takes the only course of action available, and sets out on foot, determined to lead his ailing crew to safety.

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Shackleton is not a biopic of the great Anglo-Irish explorer but a dramatisation of the failed trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-16. As written and directed by Charles (Longtitude) Sturridge the production, filmed on real ice floes in Greenland, stays remarkably close to the facts, capturing the look of the surviving expedition photos of Frank Hurley (collected in the book South With Endurance) with great fidelity. Kenneth Branagh makes no attempt at an authentic accent but otherwise gives a powerful impression of a most commanding personality. When the expedition ship Endurance became locked in the Antarctic ice Shackleton vowed to bring every man home alive, and against virtually impossible odds, including a 700-mile journey in an open boat through some of the worst seas in the world, he did just that. This superlative mini-series realises the story with production values and cinematography which would not disgrace a big-budget feature (Hurley's own 1919 documentary film can be seen on video in South). Intense physical drama, strong performances and Adrian Johnston's fine score combine here to deeply moving effect, marred only a little by a rushed conclusion. With Roland Huntford, author of the definitive Shackleton biography, as production advisor, this easily stands as the benchmark for all future comparable films. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Some people probably think that a film of ice and snow is boring but Shackleton is definately not. Great acting makes it a very moving film,the action keeps you on the edge of your seat and the script brings you close to tears. This adventure film is definately a film to watch, if you want to experience a whole new (frozen) land.
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Sir Ernest Shackleton. A man with many flaws, but when it came to the crunch he was definitely the man for the hour. This magnificent TV epic tells the story of his ill fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, probably his most famous adventure. As any schoolboy knows, his ship the Endurance was frozen into Antarctic ice and eventually sank, leaving the 28 men to make an epic journey by foot and open boat back to civilisation. It's one of the greatest stories of survival ever told, and makes Bear Grylls' exploits look a bit tame.

The production takes the time to show Shackleton's character, showing the events in the years preceding the expedition, the germination of the idea, the fund-raising and the crew selection. This segment shows the flaws in Shackleton, his sometimes flighty and selfish nature. While some of the scenes of crew selection might seem far fetched and odd, these are in fact pretty close to the truth. When the expedition starts Shackleton the leader comes to the fore, and the film is relentless in its depiction of the year of suffering and survival in the most extreme conditions on earth that these men endured. Shackleton is brilliantly played by Kenneth Branagh, who brings all the essential traits of the man to screen.

This is largely Branagh's show and other characters do not get so much development (despite an almost 3.5 hour runtime), but they are played by a host of talented British character actors who do well with the limited material given to them, and almost all manage to bring their characters to life and make a memorable impression.

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Ernest Shackleton is one of the greatest explorers of all time, and this stands as a testament to the man. Branagh subtlety conveys the man who was addicted to exploring the unknown and the two-part series does not shy away from his extra-marital affair. Excellent.
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Having just returned from Antarctica myself I was inspired to buy this video. It's factually correct details and the story of the heroics involved made the film gripping from start to finish. Despite the fact it appears the whole venture could have been avoided when Shackleton was warned of heavy ice that particular year, it makes one wonder if it was all necessary. And in actual fact knowing he made the conscious decision to set out nearly cost the lives of him and his men. Nevertheless, it is an amazing story of survival and heroics and definitely worth watching if you have the slightest interest in Antarctica or Shackleton.
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this must be one of the best productions i have ever had the pleasure of watching, never having written a review like this before, i am moved to do so on this occasion, and just beg you to see it, it is well cast,well written, produced,directed etc, etc, a very worthy offering of how it must have been for those 28 men, dogs and the cat, a truly great tribute to these fine men has been captured for us all to re-live on celluloid, it truly is a classic of our time, it underlines a favourite expression of mine "the magic of celluloid" = you are transported back to pre first world war, the threat of which looms over the world, sir ernest, is earnestly (pardon the frivolity) seeking funding for another shot at exploring antartica, the flavour and emotions of the times are vividly recorded, and you are entranced by the whole thing, hardly wanting to pause for breath, in case you miss a syllable, or a fleeting action.highly commended, please dont deprive yourself of a truly compelling 4 hours viewing, like a good book, you wont put it down, finally i must thank all concerned in this production, the memories will linger for many a year, believe me. a.g.
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This is the thoroughly inspirational story of a man of his times. Ernest Shackleton achieved furthest South before the Scott Vs Amundsen race to the pole. This DVD covers Shackletons second and most famous adventure the attempt of the Antarctic crossing.

The DVD is a two part series devised between Channel 4 and ABC - it is an excellent dramatisation and at no point in the 205 minutes does it become boring. Brannagh is simply brilliant as are the vivid effects and the rest of the crew and those who waited back home. Frank Hurley, Frank Wild, Tom Cream and all the other legendary figures are there. It has a delightful period feel to it, in fact one of the most dramatic parts is not related to the adventure but to the entry of Britain into the first world war. This film truly captures an age of Edwardian exploration and of Britain on the eve of change.

The story is an epic and anyone not versed in the polar exploration legends will find it fascinating, anyone with an understanding of the subject will feel gnawed by a restlessness throughout.

The DVD is a two part dramatisation with a break in the middle so can be watched over two nights if desired.
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