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Shackleton [DVD] [2002]
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on 2 March 2013
As an avid reader of Antarctic exploration books I was pleased to see this mini-series when it first appeared. The DVD was pretty expensive for a while so I waited and bought it when it came well down in price.

There are various reviews that criticise this production for being inaccurate; filmed at the wrong end of the planet; failing to accurately represent the condition of Shackleton and his companions after they crossed the island, etc, etc. So what? It tells a story. It compresses it into a sensible amount of television time but captures the essence of what happened. A "successful failure" a la Apollo 13 perhaps? Maybe not. Shackleton's plans were flawed from the outset and the DVD adequately illustrates this - the early part in London before departure sets the scene for what was likely to be an expedition that would end in disaster. Where the film falls down is in failing to say much about the other half of the expedition on the other side of Antarctica, and what became of all of that.

What comes across though is Shackleton's utter dedication to his men and the determination that drove him to make so many attempts to retrieve them all in what to most would have been insurmountable circumstances.

Well worth adding this DVD to your collection.
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on 25 January 2014
Well, it couldn't be anything else with Branagh, could it? Having recently been to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands and seen where Shackleton came ashore ithe film fitted in very well with his achievement which, from the comfort of our centrally heated, sat.nav. existence seems almost unbelievable. The film conveyed the isolation, lack of communication and sheer bloody-mindedness of the man and his companions. See the fillm and get out to South Georgia where he died in his 40s of a heart attack and is now buried amidst elephant seals and penguins in what must be one of the most wonderful, frightening and dangerous places in the world. The film captured much of his sheer will power against the elements and his success in rescuing his men.
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on 22 May 2017
A brilliant telling of an amazing story.
Just one question - why on earth is it rated 15? I can't find an explanation anywhere and it must limit the audience.
This film should be a 12A.
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on 25 January 2016
A really great film that relates in some detail Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica commencing in 1914 during which he and a small number of his original party of 28 rowed some hundreds of kilometres to effect a rescue of the remaining crew who had been left behind when their ship, the Endurance was crushed when it beach trapped in and destroyed by the ice.A long 2 part film but utterly engrossing.
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on 11 September 2016
Real-life adventure of Shackleton's exploits against extraordinary odds on the Antarctic continent.
While his mission, as such, failed, his achievement in saving himself and his men is vividly related.
Great acting from Branagh and members of his crew, incredible cinematography of outstanding scenery both at sea and on land.
And unforgettable movie.
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on 23 August 2015
Good, not great. Far too much time is afforded the preparations before the journey and not enough time is spent on the most harrowing aspects of the journey. I just felt it all a bit cosy and at no point did the awful cold and conditions come across. I suppose you could call a bit sanitised really.
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on 10 December 2011
This film deals with shackletons attempt to cross the south pole 100 years ago. He had previously failed in being the first to reach the pole so this was an attempt at gaining glory for another achievement. He did not succeed in this endeavour and had to lead his men across a frozen waste to safety.
This fil is well written and directed with excellent performences by all actors. There are scenes from london in the ilm but they serve a logical and integral purpose of the story. This is en excellent story to watch
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on 26 August 2017
I haven't watched it yet but I know it is brilliant from seeing it on the Beeb years ago. Cant wait to get started 😊
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on 29 December 2014
This is an excellent DVD, well acted by KB. For those interested in Sir Ernest and wishing to get more of the depth to this story, read Alfred Lansing's book, Endurance. You almost get frostbite turning the pages and it is truly the most remarkable story of survival ever in my view.
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on 2 March 2011
Arrived very quickly and well packed. Good story even though it does take some time to move on to the main theme. The first part goes into Shackletons private life and his frustrations at having to raise the money for the expedition and putting together his team. Kenneth Branagh acts the part well as do all the other actors. Not for everyone but if the story of Shackleton interests you then this is not a bad effort.
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