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Stranded [DVD] [2007]

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  • Directors: Gonzalo Arijon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Black Diamond
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BIYNJ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,172 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The documentary 'Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains' recounts in gripping detail the 1972 ordeal suffered by a group of Uruguayan rugby players whose airplane crashed in the Andes. Seventy-two days later, 16 survivors came home, having endured injuries, life-threatening cold, starvation, avalanches and unspeakable emotional and physical hardship.

Their remarkable story was the subject of the 1974 book 'Alive,' which was later turned into a fictionalized movie. But here the survivors themselves finally appear on camera to recount and in large part relive their tale, a harrowing story of courage and spiritual transcendence. Their talking-head interviews are punctuated by reenactments, a few ghostly photographs they took during their time in the mountains and footage of their return to the site of the crash two years ago, with family members in tow. Filmmaker Gonzalo Arijon treats the men's story with compassion and sensitivity, especially regarding the cannibalism to which they resorted in order to survive -- a topic of sensationalized media coverage at the time.

'Stranded' combines the derring-do of classic adventure tales with far more serious issues of moral agency. And it serves as a haunting reminder to seek joy and beauty, even in the depths of despair

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This is an intelligent, reflective documentary. The survivors speak candidly about their experiences: physical, mental and spiritual. Their determination is impressive and intensely moving. The documentary is enhanced with cinema footage and pictures of the real event, as well as reconstructions. However, the wise survivors and their sincere retelling of the events are the real stars. i thoroughly recommend it.
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Stranded tells the truly remarkable story of a horrendous ordeal in simplistic fashion; the 16 survivors talk of their harrowing fight for survival amongst reconstructed footage, old photographs, and some film footage. However, with the use of a beautiful soundtrack and the moving intensity of the story this is a must-see film. It is a far superior, and far more vivid, account of the now legendary 1972 Andes Plane Crash, as opposed to the spurious Hollywood grandeur drawn up by the average 1993 Alive! film. This is a profoundly human tale and one everyone person can learn a great deal from - a real achievement in cinema narrative.

Sadly it was ignored by the Oscars in 2008, but won numerous other awards and will, hopefully in time, earn itself a larger, more appreciative audience.
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Having a keen interest Air Crash Investigation and Disasters I purchased this new DVD to add to my collection. Stranded concerns the survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 a chartered flight carrying 45 people that crashed in the Andes on 13 October 1972. The flight carried a rugby union team and their friends and family. Of the 27 that survived the initial accident, another eight were killed by an avalanche. The final 16 survivors were not rescued until two months after the crash. I wouldn't describe this particular film as gripping, quite the opposite. It tells the sombre tale in a rather dull fashion. I wouldn't even recommend it for collectors. The events are much better told in I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fe928c4) out of 5 stars 62 reviews
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01f4510) out of 5 stars Inspiring 22 Jun. 2009
By adiadv - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best films I've seen - documentary or otherwise. It's subtitled in English, thankfully, because a voice-over dub would detract from the emotion expressed by the survivors (and everyone else) in the film.

The uncensored revelation of the facts behind the entire event is a brutal, raw example of the worst-case scenario - way beyond the worst nightmare imaginable - and how people who are just like you and me rose above themselves to do something monumental, inspiring and life-changing.This amazing group of individuals used every fiber of their being to stay alive, to see their loved ones again, and to honor those who had perished and explain their life-saving sacrifices.

The group had no alternative for survival other than by performing the unimaginable, which they did with incredible intelligence and reasoning - intertwined with faith, dignity, respect and love. The degree of determination, presence of mind, and amazing unselfishness that inspired their actions may be almost unfathomable to the of majority of people, because thankfully so few of us are ever put to that kind of test.

The individual descriptions of the events are filled with the spiritual, heartfelt and utterly heart-wrenching feelings of these men. The shocking, sensitive aspects were explained in a way that left me with a complete understanding and empathy toward the individuals and the decisions behind their actions. It's plain to see what led them to do anything and everything in their power in an attempt to survive. They had no choice, because they knew they would not be rescued by any other method than their own faith, drive and ingenuity to make it happen.

The final, death-defying feat that resulted in their rescue after 72 days in hell is irrefutable evidence - in my opinion - of the existence of a power much greater than we are. Surviving the 44 mile journey over 13,000 foot peaks with no equipment, very little to eat and unsuitable clothing in their 10-day ordeal to reach salvation is a true miracle. For those who don't believe in a higher power, you'll appreciate the miracle of the human race and it's ability to overcome adversity. For those who believe in the Creator, appreciate the miracle that it is among so many others and marvel at this example of the human race and it's ability to overcome adversity through faith.

The film pays a highly deserved tribute to everyone who was affected by this tragedy. Their experience and ultimate triumph is an inspiration to anyone who will listen. I can't imagine how anyone could view this and not be affected in some way.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00e6228) out of 5 stars Documentary about the Andes Crash Survivors More Engrossing than Narrative Film. 10 May 2009
By mirasreviews - Published on Amazon.com
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The story of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes and the struggles of the men aboard to survive seems to pop into the public awareness periodically over the three decades since it happened. "Stranded" is the latest documentary on the subject, and it's the best I've seen. All 16 survivors participated. Director Gonzalo Arijon incorporates grainy, impressionistic, silent reenactments of the scenes the men describe. This enhances the audience's picture of the events without usurping the gripping commentary of the survivors. The combination of interviews, some archival footage, and the dreamlike reenactments, which seem like memories, make this retelling of the story more engrossing than any narrative adaptation.

On Friday, October 13, 1972, a college rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay set out on Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 to Santiago, Chile, where they were to compete in a match. Having changed its route to avoid inclement weather, the plane descended too early over the mountains, severed both wings, and crash-landed high in the snow-covered Andes. Of the 45 people aboard, 29 survived the crash, 23 uninjured. They didn't have adequate clothing for the freezing conditions. Many had never seen snow before. And, even strictly rationed, food would only last a few days. They hoped to be rescued but could hear on the radio that the aerial search was called off due to heavy snow. And yet 16 of the young men spent 72 days on the mountain and lived to talk about it.

All survivors participated, but some say more than others. Fernando "Nando" Parrado, who wrote a book about his experiences, seems to have been a leader after the group lost its team captain. Roberto Canessa, who, with Nando, was responsible for the rescue, is the most pensive and analytical of the experience. Gustavo Zerbina is vibrant and opinionated. Those who had the strongest voices on the mountain have the most to say today. The film places no more emphasis on the men's cannibalism than on any other element of their story, for which I am grateful. I've never understood the fascination with the cannibalism. It's the least interesting aspect of the ordeal. This is an incredible story of survival and escape against all odds and against the indifference and supremacy of Nature. In Spanish with optional English subtitles.

The DVD (Zeitgeist 2009): Bonus features are a US trailer (2 min) and a featurette, "The Making of Stranded" (52 min). This is a loosely organized mix of interviews with survivors that were cut from the final edit of the film, some brief interviews with the director on location, in which he emphasizes that this film is about the experiences of the men, not about action, and we spend time with some of the survivors as they relate more details of their experiences to the young actors who will portray them. Both the film and featurette are in Spanish with optional English subtitles.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3996a80) out of 5 stars A surprisingly uplifting film 11 Mar. 2009
By 2things@once - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1972, the small plane carrying a rugby team from Uruguay crashed in the Andes. After 72 days stranded in the cold and snow, 16 of the original 45 passengers were rescued. For the first time, survivors tell the incredible story in their own words, including the notorious cannibalism that saved their lives.

Atmospheric recreations, narrated by the survivors, give a chilling sense of the wilderness, isolation, and brutal conditions these people endured. When a group of survivors return to the scene of the crash in 2006 to pay their respects, filmmakers follow. Many of the survivors are accompanied by their children, some the same age as their fathers when the accident occurred. Sitting amid the gorgeous snow-capped peaks of The Valley of Tears 35 year later, these men are able to articulate their experience, including rare moments of profound beauty, in language that is heartfelt and hopeful.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa047c654) out of 5 stars Very well done, interviews with the survivors, not sensationalized at all. 28 Oct. 2010
By Silver Hooligan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Well done, sensitive, thought provoking documentary about the Andes crash. What I like best about it are the interviews; the survivors are eloquent, articulate and they share their experiences with great candor and intimacy. The film is respectful, it doesn't sensationalize the event, it's not voyeuristic or CNN or FOX-ish.

One doesn't feel like a ghoul or vulture watching it.

The film doesn't manipulate the viewers emotions or try to project the producer's interpretation of the survivors' characters or experience. They are shown as people not heroes (which they are in my eyes) or two dimensional characters. The director lets them speak for themselves. The documentary is patient; telling the story meticulously.

One reviewer said it was slow and boring, but the pace I felt, gave you a sense of their experience. After the crash it wasn't exciting and action packed. They were young men plodding through their experience, focused on surviving-- bored, restless, scared, hopeless, hopeful, depressed, and hungry. It is a story of endurance and faith, they had their patience, intelligence, moral fiber and psyche severely tested. The film does a good job of creating that experience for the viewer.

Bonus: the Uruguayan accent.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01ec81c) out of 5 stars They Whisper in Our Ears 12 May 2010
By Randy Keehn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I spend a couple of months living in Chile as a foreign exchange studet in 1969. It was a life-changing event for me and left me with an eagle eye for anything in the news having to do with Chile. Thus I caught the story of the Uruguayan rugby team whose plan went down in the Chilean Andes back in 1972. I followed the stories of the search and the despair and I was flabbergasted like everyone else when survivors were discovered two months later. Like most others, I wondered how they could have survived for so long in the mountains. Well, the explanation for that became front page news as a modern-day remake of the infamous Donner Party. Later, after the Allende regiem was overthrown and the CIA slipped into the back pages, I got a copy of the book "Alive" and found myself even more engrossed in this gruesomely fantastic tale of courage and perserverance. Later I watched the movie version of "Alive" which was also well done. What was there left except, perhaps, an occassional cheap exploitation film? Well, how about the story in the words of the survivors in a documentary done with professionalism and empathy. That is what I found in "Stranded".

This movie isn't just a filmed series of interviews; many, if not all, of the survivors made the trip back to the scene of their terrible ordeal 35 years later. Their stories told us so much more than we had known before and their eloquence of survivalism was profound. What really got to me was a sense that I had gotten to know these people and now I was getting to know them even more intimately. I remember recently reading "The Indifferent Stars Above" about the Donner Party and hearing the tale of a member of that party who survived for decades after the tragic experience yet never spoke a word about her experience. I can understand that yet I can also appreciate the sense of common stuggle that bonded these Andean survivors. They tell their story as a sort of band of brothers whose only path to survival was to work together in a common cause.

The old adage "Truth is stranger than Fiction" comes alive in "Stranded". What an accomplishment by these young men and what an accomplishment by director Gonzalo Arijon in putting it together. This was one of those rare movies that left me numb and speechless after watching it.
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