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A true-life survival story is unfolded in the compellting made-for-TV film Shackleton. Presented on 3 DVDs, the 200 minute movie is featured in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. While there are a few inherent imperfections to be found (colors sometimes seem far too bright while a small amount of edge enhancement is present), overall this is a fine looking transfer with solid colors and dark black levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and supports the film well. While a newly ...
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Overview

A true-life survival story is unfolded in the compellting made-for-TV film Shackleton. Presented on 3 DVDs, the 200 minute movie is featured in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. While there are a few inherent imperfections to be found (colors sometimes seem far too bright while a small amount of edge enhancement is present), overall this is a fine looking transfer with solid colors and dark black levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and supports the film well. While a newly created 5.1 mix would have been welcome, this 2.0 track is clear, concise and mostly confined to the front sound stage only. No subtitles are included on this disc. The extra features on this multiple disc set should thrill fans wanting to know more about the true-life story that inspired this film. "Breaking the Ice: The Making of Shackleton" is an almost hour long documentary that features actor Kenneth Branagh and the film crew tirelessly working in the frozen arctic of Greenland. Next up is an A&E biography on the real Ernest Shackleton which gives viewers a wealth of information on his life, work and personal successes. Finally there is a 90-minute documentary on the history of Antarctic exploration which includes wealth of knowledge on Shackleton, the expeditions and what it's like to be in the cold, dangerous tundra.
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Special Features

Exclusive anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; 50-minute featurette: "The Making of Shackleton"; Ernest Shackleton episode of A&E's award-winning series "Biography"; 2-hour bonus program from the History Channel: "Antarctica: A Frozen History"; Biography/filmography of Kenneth Branagh; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Barnes & Noble - Jeffrey Iorio
"Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success." So read a sign posted by Sir Ernest Shackleton to recruit men for his expedition to the South Pole in 1914. His journey, deftly dramatized in A&E’s Shackleton, is among the all-time great tales of human survival, a harrowing adventure that unfolds amid the harshest physical environment on earth. Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh shines as the doggedly determined Shackleton, evoking the charisma that led the explorer’s 27-man crew to believe they could somehow overcome the elements. When Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, became locked in ice just 85 miles from its destination, he led a crew of five on a 650-mile journey across a tempestuous sea, braving 100-foot waves and plummeting temperatures. Against all odds, he pledged not to lose a man -- a promise he ultimately kept, it would seem, miraculously. Filmed over five weeks in Greenland, Shackleton presents a vision of the bleak, uncharted Antarctic that is forbiddingly beautiful. In addition to VHS, the miniseries is available on a Collector’s Edition DVD that features more than three hours' worth of extra programming, including a behind-the-scenes featurette, the A&E Biography of Ernest Shackleton, and the History Channel’s Antarctica: A Frozen History. For the history buff or the armchair explorer, this is an essential addition to the Shackleton legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • UPC: 733961704303
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shackleton, Vol. 1
1. Drafting a Plan [7:37]
2. The Money Hunt [9:22]
3. Assembling the Crew [10:03]
4. A Final Plea [7:20]
5. The Brink Of War [6:51]
6. Family Matters [7:56]
7. Ship Shape [10:12]
8. Setting Sail [7:33]
9. Early Warnings [12:55]
10. Breakthroughs [6:47]
11. Full Stop [5:27]
12. A Sealed Fate [10:24]
Disc #2 -- Shackleton, Vol. 2
1. Growing Concerns [8:54]
2. Abandon Ship [9:07]
3. Put On Ice [6:42]
4. The Way Home [7:56]
5. End Of Endurance [5:30]
6. Breaking Point [12:31]
7. A Test Of Wills [6:29]
8. On the Edge [9:51]
9. Harsh Reality [7:53]
10. Sea Worthy [7:40]
11. Peak Performance [11:20]
12. All Well [8:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Shackleton, Vol. 1
   Play Part One
   Scene Access
Disc #2 -- Shackleton, Vol. 2
   Play Part Two
   Scene Access
Disc #3 -- Shackleton, Vol. 3
   Breaking the Ice: The Making Of Shackleton
   Biography - Ernest Shackleton: Looking South
   Antarctica: A Frozen History
   Kenneth Branagh Bio
   Kenneth Branagh Selected Credits
   DVD Production Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb Film

    A great story of survival.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A&E's Shackleton Riveting! Charles Sturridge's depiction of Ernest Shackleton's expedition on the Endurance is outstanding! Entire Cast exceptional, you could not have gotten a better actor than Kenneth Branagh to portray Shackleton to perfecti

    Excellent depiction of Shackleton's story of survival. Charles Sturridge did an outstanding job writing and directing this movie. Selection of such an exceptional cast with Kenneth Branagh playing Shackleton was nothing less than perfection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Accurate Depiction of Survival

    This film accurately describes Shackelton and his crew on an unsuccessful expedition to the antarctic. Kenneth Branagh does a wonderful job portraying Shackleton. I recommend this film to all that are interested an awesome film of survival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent movie, lots of adventure (especially if you don't know the story!)

    Shackleton was a great movie, very well written (there were some really great lines) and the acting was excellent. It was amazing how closely some of the actors looked to the men they were portraying, you felt like you were actually going though the adventure with all of the guys, not the actors. Ernest Shackletons' leadership skills were amazing, he knew how to handle the mens different personalities to achieve the best possible outcome in a very difficult situation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If You Love Animals, Don't Watch this Movie

    I enjoyed this movie right up until the point that they shot the cat and then started shooting the frightened, whimpering, and shaking dogs. I understand the need to illustrate the desperation of the explorers plight, but the way they needlessly focused on the killing of these animals was grotesque. The men stood over the camp stove discussing exactly which dog they were about to eat. I had nightmares for days. Please do not allow your children to watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shackleton by A and E

    The Antartica expedition by Ernest Shackleton is one of the the 20th centuries most important lessons of survival and expert management. The A and E production coordinatd with the History 'Shackelton' and NOVA 'Shackleton' are the ultimate collection of videos on this topic. If you buy one you should buy them all. I wish the original IMAX which the NOVA was based were available (but it is not). This dramatic presentation is wonderful and a GOOD purchase. The story is TRUE to the story as was written by the crew in their diaries.

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