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  • Actors: Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Marco Confortola, Pat Falvey, Niall Foley
  • Directors: Nick Ryan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IC4T7AA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documentary about the ill-fated mountaineering expedition to the summit of K2 where eleven climbers lost their lives in 2008. Although K2 is behind Mount Everest in terms of height, the peak is still considered the more challenging climb due to the unpredictable and arduous nature of its terrain and its regular extreme storms. Film-maker Nick Ryan interviews the survivors of the 2008 expedition and together with footage recorded on the mountain we are offered an insight into the great difficulties experienced and suggestions as to the reasons behind the eleven lost lives.

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Originally saw an edited version of this film on the BBC, where approximately 20 minutes was cut out. At the time, I found the film very disjointed, but having watched the complete version it now makes much more sense - even if the storylines do jump around somewhat. The photography was superb, both 'new' and original footage (which just goes to show how good 'home video' cameras can be these days.
The people interviewed are very passionate about their own version of events, even though they have conflicting recollections. This goes to show what the realities are like in high altitude mountaineering. (I found the book No Way Down, about the same events, was just as unclear). My main negative in this respect was the desire by Ger's family to find some kind of 'truth' and the way the Italian Marco was presented at the end - nobody knows the full story of what happened therefore creating 'heroes and villains' seems unfair.
Along with "The Beconing Silence" this is a mountaineering documentary I will revist again and again in years to come.
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I love montaineering movies....Touching the Void etc....so i think its easy to be biased when saying how amazing any film is about the great mountains and the stories of the people driven to conquor them - so i will try and avoid that.

So, I was hoping for a dramatic and intense story of the ill-fated K2 climb. Whilst the photography was fabulous and there were moments of tension, the story lacked any real cohesion. It wasnt helped by the fact you were told from the very start exactly how many of the climbing party died and that it remains a mystery as to exacly what happened on the mountain.

The personal stories of passion and ambition were sporadically placed through the film so as to retain some emotive connection to the characters but there was confusion over exactly what was happening and why! At the end I felt I had satisfied my lust for the extremity of the mountains but i didnt feel i had just watched an informative and thrilling documentary Im afraid.

It will please those avid mountain doc fans but I think those needing a bit more substance may feel a bit short changed.
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Really really enjoyed this. Was a really good docudrama and covered what happened so beautifully. Only thing that spoilt it for me was the end. It seems that this story was all about making Ger look lime a hero. He may or may not have done what was suggested in the story. No one knows for sure as there have been many stories about what really happened. Lack of oxygen at that high altitude can make people behave in a way they normally would never do so, and its ok and understandable.
Despite this still loved the documentary...almost felt like you were there.
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In a genre where no more than two decent films exist - Nordwand (North Face) and Touching the Void - this is quite exceptional. Never seen footage of K2 anywhere near as good. And given that 11 of the protagonists aren't around to give their versions, I thought Ryan gives a pretty fair and balanced account. A little hagiographic of Gerard McDonnell, perhaps, but, for me, a simply wonderful docudrama.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2014
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This documentary started out well, my interest was piqued as we were introduced to the climbers from many nationalities. I have a love of climbing and gave read and seen every film about Everest, and am now on the K2 films.

I have no understanding why we were introduced to climbers from the 1954 expedition except to tell us how difficult the climb actually is. OK, but we know this from the rest of the documentary. Like others have stated, this movement from one group in time to another completely confuses the film. I wanted to stay with the 2008 group, no interest in the others. It seems many mistakes were made, and there were many people who made them, but it seems to be the luck of the draw. The climb in August also mentioned numerous times as too late because of higher humidity turned out to be one of the bigger errors. The error that remains with me was the continued climb so late in the day when a climber had fallen and died. Too late to hit the top, and to descend in darkness is foolhardy.

The addition of the family giving us insight into the members of the climb was helpful and gave resonance to the people who died. I am sorry for their loss. I wish the documentary had been better edited and put together, but it is what is. I agree the Wikipedia article on the K2 disaster of 2008 was much more informative.

Recommended For The Photography. prisrob 06-05-14
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One of the most realistically staged explanations of a mountain disaster I've ever seen. The climbing shots are stunning and I understood for the first time where the real dangers lay in attempting the K2 summit. The characters are well portrayed, the climbing worryingly authentic and the incidents leading to disaster well explained.
Recommended reading, if only to put you off the idea of going for it yourself!
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I enjoyed it. A lot of the reivews here cover fact that it flitted about a bit and was a bit hard to follow,. But it was a good watch as I was not aware of this story so found it interesting.

The photography is good

Tip: be sure to watch the extras, especially the one about using the helicopters to Film high altitude on K2, that was an eye opener itself.
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