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on 27 December 2013
This could also be in the photo journalism category. very well shot with very good commentary. It is well worth the price.
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on 26 March 2013
This has to be a 5 star film, it is great. What an absolutely amazing piece of filming. Herbert Ponting's original 1924 black and white film has been expertly brought up to date with clear images and all the original colour shading that Herbert Ponting used has been reintroduced digitally. It is a record of Scott's Antarctic Expedition and shows much of the scientific research that went on as well as Scott's attempt to reach the South Pole. All in all it is facinating to watch and I would recommend it to anyone with an adventurous spirit.
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on 4 May 2015
Watched the silent version, and was strangely moved and not a little weirded out by it. The weird came from the coupling of the depiction of that truly terrible continent and the strange, often otherworldly, very effective, applied soundtrack. And the 'moved'? Bloody Hell - don't you KNOW the story of the Scott expedition?
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on 8 January 2012
I decided to rent this film after hearing it being discussed on Radio 4's The Film Programme last year.

The film is utterly spell-binding and captivating. Compiled from footage from the British Antarctic expedition of 1910-1912 - this silent film sublimely conveys the alien surroundings with a wide-eyed sense of wonder - leaving me with an echo of the awe which would have been experienced by the members of the expedition a hundred years ago.

There are scenes observed and filmed here, for the first time in history, that are practically identical to BBCs Frozen Planet of 2011. To see such similarities from works filmed 100 years apart is completely humbling.

The BFI restoration is one of the best restorations I've ever seen on Blu-Ray - and the documentary on the restoration is equally as interesting. The sympathetic approach used in the restoration still makes this feel like an earthy, natural film of its age, but with a lovely clean crisp print. The brilliant new soundtrack by Simon Fisher Turner - ultra modern in its approach - is also complete genius.

An amazing piece of work when it was made - and now with it having been loving restored to a definitive version - we can now hope that that this film will continue forever to been seen and known as one of the greatest ever documentaries.
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on 26 December 2011
It is well worth buying for the material Ponting took on the expedition itself. Amazing footage of seals, penguins, whales and unmissable on the people who made up the expedition. But Ponting's own compilation of this into The Great White Silence has its odd side, especially his recreaton of the trek to the Pole. (Of course, he was not on the trek himself so there is no footage of that. The pictures of Scott, Wilson, Bowers, Evans sledging, setting up camp etc were in fact taken near their winter quarters at Cape Evans - a fact made very clear by BFI in the accompanying booklet, but not by Ponting himself.) The film's commentary for this section is horribly chauvinistic and sentimental. Also, some strange (modern day) decisions have been taken when adding music. Puccini for the voyage out is peculiar, and the even more than usually lugubrious version of Abide With Me near the end, downright horrible. But when all is said and done, Ponting's film material is unmissable.
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on 30 August 2011
This DVD is really worth having if you are interested in Scott and his Polar exploits. It is moving and informative and the quality is really good
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on 17 January 2017
This is an extraordinary film and it is hard to believe that it was made over 100 years ago. The title should be by HG Ponting since he was the photographer. It is truly compelling.
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on 17 November 2015
An excellent job of presenting one of the most tragic and brave epics ever in the history of mankind. Purchase it and forever treasure it! Bill Noble
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on 14 May 2014
The Great White Silence.This item fully met my expectations and it is wonderful that these historic films are now available to the general public.
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on 22 August 2011
A magnificent film by Herbert Ponting.Filmed around 1909.The scenes of Antarctica are stunning.Some of the wildlife pictures are remarkable.Captain RF Scott and his Ill fated companions are vividly brought to life. In my opinion this film should be required viewing in all schools.
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