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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.