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Vertical Limit [DVD] [2001]

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  • Actors: Scott Glenn, Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Stuart Wilson
  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Writers: Robert King, Terry Hayes
  • Producers: Martin Campbell, Amy Lescoe, Lauren Lloyd, Lloyd Phillips, Marcia Nasatir
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hungarian
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun. 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AVV5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,917 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Annie Garrett (Robin Tunney) is part of an expedition aiming for the summit of K2, the second highest peak in the world. The ascent seems to be going fine, but the team is failing to receive storm warnings and is thus ignorant of the danger awaiting it. Eventually an avalanche strikes, and Annie is left stranded, trapped in a crevasse with millionaire expedition leader Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton). Annie's brother Peter (Chris O'Donnell) then launches a rescue mission, gathering together a team of dedicated mountaineers - including Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn), a climber whose wife was lost in Wick's previous expedition - as he races to save his sister from certain death.

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Vertical Limit is the film for all those mountain-climbing aficionados who devoured Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and similar books. It attempts to translate man-against-the-mountain adventure into compelling, albeit fictional, drama. But while the climbing action is pretty darn breathtaking, somebody forgot to put the brakes on the cliché machine while penning the screenplay. Two siblings (Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney) are mentally scarred by a climbing accident in which their father died to save them. She becomes a famous mountain climber; he never climbs again. On one of her climbs an avalanche leaves her stranded and only her determined brother can bring her back, along with a ragtag team of rescuers. It's easy to pick out the rest of the story from here, but Vertical Limit is less about the hackneyed plot than it is about putting its characters into increasingly dangerous situations and hanging them precariously over various mountainsides. It's a credit to director Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) that the impressive action keeps the film moving along past the bordering-on-absurd plot twists. O'Donnell tosses his mane of fluffy hair admirably, but it's still disheartening to see this once-promising actor turning into a pretty-boy stand-in; only Glenn manages to overcome his character's predictability. Mountaineering enthusiasts will recognise a cameo by world-renowned climber Ed Viesturs, who as an actor proves that he's... a very good mountain climber. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
I love climbing books. I love climbing movies. Therefore, I was thrilled when this movie came out. It is an action packed, edge of your seat, high altitude climbing film. No doubt about it. There is even a cameo appearance by mountaineer Ed Viesters. The only real problem with the film is the plot. It is downright unbelievable, at times. If, however, you can suspend disbelief, you will still enjoy this film. I know that I did.
The film revolves around a brother and sister, played by Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney, who are estranged following the death of their father while climbing. His death scene is a real nail biter, as it deals with a situation that a climber hopes never occurs. Three years later, the sister is climbing professionally, while the brother has retired from climbing and is, instead, working as a photographer for National Geographic.
He and his sister inadvertently meet up on K2, the second highest peak in the world and probably the most perilous to climb, while he is on assignment for National Geographic, and she is there to climb. The sister is set to climb K2 as part of the climbing team put together by a millionaire played by Bill Paxton. For him, K2 is a trophy mountain, and he plans to climb it with the intention of reaching the summit just as the inaugural flight of the airline he owns is flying overhead. He has put together an ace team, but, alas, K2 has a mind of its own.
While climbing, they are overtaken by a storm, after the millionaire disregards his lead climber's warning that the team should turn back. The sister ends up falling into a crevasse. An avalanche kills off the rest of the team, except for the lead climber and the millionaire, who join the sister in the crevasse.
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Even though it is only an action B movie, I always liked it and I was glad to see it one more time. Rating it four stars may be a little bit generous, but still, I had such a good time watching it, that I simply had no choice. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

A precision here - I know absolutely NOTHING about climbing and the highest place where I ever have been is Klein Matterhorn (3883 metres), followed by Teide (3718 metres), both valiantly ascended by cable-car... This might explain why I liked this film so much...

Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell) and his sister Annie (Robin Tunney) were climbing mountains since they were very young, but now have a difficult relationship, following a very bad accident three years earlier. Peter is now a photographer but Annie continues a very succesful climbing career - she was in fact selected to be part of an expedition ascending K2, together with an exuberant billionnaire Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton) and a renowned climber Tom McLaren (Nicholas Lea, of X-Files fame).

The expedition meets with problems and a rescue party, encouraged by a financial reward, is formed to attempt a rescue. This group will be led by an eccentric but extremely competent hermit/climber Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn, amazing!) - other members will be Peter Garrett, two somehow psychedelic Australians, a Pakistani soldier and last but not least Monique Aubertine (Isabella Scorupco), a woman climber so deep in debt, that she doesn't even dare to descend into the valleys...

This is a surprisingly well done little film, mixing the climber/mountain drama with some additional elements. There is an old and terrible score to settle between two of the characters (I will say no more here).
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A disaster. Film a retired climber comes back to climb various mountains in one such case his sisters team meets a disaster. He goes to the. Rescue

Like all films like its the cgi and the elements shown that are the true stars

For the record I admire mountain climber and various extreme activity participants. ie sky divers mountaineers. In reality they have to show a respect for the elemant

I live in south wales and even in Newport on a good day you can see the brecon beacons. Even though they are. 39/40 miles away further north we have mount Snowdon .Week in week out our local news tells of people with no real clothing venture out into the Snowdonia natural park in clear. When the weather us clear suddenly turns bad and the rescue. Teams are sent properly called.
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Very good movie plenty of dramatic action, and a very good quality picture.The superbit version has the same quality picture as the standard version, more the dts sound.It,s better buy the superbit.
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Format: Blu-ray
I watched this when it first came out on the standard DVD version having upgraded to the blu ray version you can see a major difference. The picture sharpness and the colour of the scenery etc in this film are mind blowing. The sound also just seems a whole lot better I think overall this is well worth a purchase. The film it's self is good with some great scenery and brillant tension through out the film which adds up to a great action film.
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"Vertical Limit" fosters comparisons to "Cliffhanger" because they both start out the same way as the hero, Chris O'Donell as Peter Garrett this time around, faces a fatal mountain climbing accident which makes him swear off such nonsense until circumstances force him to conquer his demons and a bigger, badder mountain. The mountain in question is K2 and the person he needs to rescue is his estranged sister, Annie (Robin Tunney), who is actually trapped INSIDE the mountain. This twist is necessary to justify carting volatile nitroglycerine around the mountain for a series of spectacular explosions. But then everybody with a brain in their head has refused to join in the rescue attempt, leaving it to Peter to take a couple of drunken Aussies who do it because everyone else is too chicken, (Steve Le Marquand and Ben Mendelsohn), the sherpa who is doing it because his cousin is one of those missing on the mountain, (Alexander Siddig), a French-Canadian babe who is doing it for the money (Izabella Scorupco), and the legendary half-crazed mountain climber who has a score to settle with someone (Scott Glenn). Ultimately "Vertical Limit" is a film where the computer generated special effects overwhelm the cartoon characters, because there really is no reason to care for most of these fools. The visuals are stunning, the sound track loud, and the melodrama moronic. I would have thought that mountain climbing could be exciting enough without throwing a "Perils of Pauline" plot into the mix, but I guess I was wrong. Bill Paxton's billionaire Elliot Vaugh is the obvious villain in the piece, badgering exprienced climbers into going against their better judgments and continuing climbing K2 as a publicity stunt for his new airline. But in the end O'Donnell's character is no better since he insists on a rescue attempt that ends up killing way more people than it saves. Ask him why he climbed the mountain and he will tell you: "Because it was in the script."
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