Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure
One of the greatest survival stories of all time comes to life in this extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, a testament to heroism and human endurance. All 28 men survived nearly two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed. Featuring stunning Antarctic images and recreations plus original still photography and 35mm motion picture footage by Rank Hurley, the official photographer for the expedition, this is a voyage you'll want to relive again and again.
Of the many films that have chronicled Ernest Shackleton's team's legendary trans-Antarctic expedition and their struggle for survival, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is the only documentary that traces the actual steps of the explorers' blessed journey. While providing a concise summary of the Shackleton team's 1914-16 expedition, this breathtaking IMAX feature employs exacting re-creations and flyover footage (from 1999 and 2000) of the same harsh landscapes that Shackleton and his men traversed, by land and sea, during their ill-fated voyage. As with most IMAX films, climactic moments are driven by a bombastic score (how many swollen crescendos can one movie handle?), and the harshest facts of the Shackleton journey (e.g., sacrificing beloved dogs for food and euthanasia) are omitted for family viewing. That's a condescending compromise, and the gravitas of Kevin Spacey's narration is a bit overstated. What matters here are the visuals (both vintage and contemporary), and they're absolutely magnificent, conveying the sheer horror--and divine beauty--of the greatest survival story of all time. --Jeff Shannon
The initial shipment of the DVD release of Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure had a defective Dolby Digital track, which was corrected for all subsequent manufacturing. The DTS track was always properly synched.
Some used copies with the defect may be circulating, but all of Amazon.com's new inventory is of the corrected edition. You can distinguish the corrected edition from the defective because the corrected edition has a blue dot under the "Image Entertainment" logo on the lower left corner of the back cover. If you have a defective edition, please return it to the retailer where it was purchased for replacement with a corrected version.
The VHS edition never had any synching issues, so none of the above applies to the VHS edition.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : George Butler
- Media Format : Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
- Run time : 40 minutes
- Release date : September 3, 2002
- Actors : Kevin Spacey, Conrad Anker, Iain Fraser, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds
- Producers : George Butler, Kelly Tyler, Lila Nejad, Louise Rosen, Scott Swofford
- Language : English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
- ASIN : B00006FMCA
- Writers : Crystal V. Spijer, Mose Richards
- Number of discs : 1
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- #5,434 in Documentary (Movies & TV)
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I've had my initial copies for 2-3 years, which have the blue dot on back (meaning the corrected Dolby track), and also an inside cover slip with a night photo of The Endurance, and a list of Scene Selections.
Amazon assured on its site that they sell only the corrected, blue dot, versions of the film, so I ordered 2 more as gifts, and 5 to have on hand for friends and such. And AMAZON is the vendor...not someone outside of Amazon.
The copies that I just received from Amazon are NOT the corrected blue dot versions, nor do they have the inside slip cover with photo and scenes.
I emailed customer service (I couldn't understand the foreign accent of the rep that answered my phone call), and they assured me that they would overnight replacements, and I could then send the "wrong ones" back. (I was afraid that this choice of words spelled trouble, and this proved true.)
The replacements came today, and THEY TOO ARE THE DEFECTIVE VERSIONS! I have now inquired of a completely different vendor (outside of Amazon), to see if THEIRS are the corrected version. I'll send ALL 12 of these defective ones back to Amazon, since I can't seem to talk (or email) with anyone who understands the issue.
I've had great success with Amazon for years...but the fact that they appear to outsource their service to a foreign country is not only disappointing, but frustrating as well. The level of understanding simply isn't there.
But the film is INCREDIBLE, and everyone should see it!!!
One interesting note: an indicator of Global Climate Change can be seen in the retracing of Shackleton's trek across across South Georgia.