The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

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Overview

In 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton set out to become the first man to cross the frozen wastes of the Antarctic continent on foot; however, a combination of treacherous conditions, unexpected changes in weather, and simple bad luck left Shackleton and his crew of 28 men stranded in one of the world's most unforgiving environments for nearly two years. Miraculously, Shackleton and his men not only survived, but brought back remarkable footage of their ordeal, thanks to cameraman Frank Hurley, who traveled with ...
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Overview

In 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton set out to become the first man to cross the frozen wastes of the Antarctic continent on foot; however, a combination of treacherous conditions, unexpected changes in weather, and simple bad luck left Shackleton and his crew of 28 men stranded in one of the world's most unforgiving environments for nearly two years. Miraculously, Shackleton and his men not only survived, but brought back remarkable footage of their ordeal, thanks to cameraman Frank Hurley, who traveled with Shackleton to record the adventure on film. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, adapted from the book by Caroline Alexander, combines Hurley's material with newly shot footage tracing the path of Shackleton's journey, presenting a remarkable true-life tale of courage and human survival against grim odds. Liam Neeson narrates.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Despite a few sluggish passages, The Endurance is a generally well-crafted and compelling account of a true-life story. Director George Butler and his crew deftly intersperse the different source materials -- archival footage and still photos, contemporary footage of the ship's route, radio interviews with survivors, talking-heads interviews with a polar historian and descendants of survivors, and diary excerpts read by actors -- to create a straightforward, linear account of the voyage. This is a fairly conventional approach for a documentary, but it works fine in this particular instance, and there are several reasons to watch this movie. One reason is to see Frank Hurley's striking photographs and 35 mm footage from the expedition (which can also been seen in the 1919 silent film South); these images give The Endurance a sense of immediacy that raises it above the standard historical documentary. Another reason to watch this film is to learn more about Shackleton himself. The Endurance's hagiography seems a bit excessive when it emphasizes Shackleton's courage and tenacity while downplaying his crew's accomplishments; but it is refreshing to see a film about a strong-willed explorer whose obsession with personal glory didn't prevent him from understanding the value of people's lives. Above all else, this film is a portrait of a leader; the viewer learns how Shackleton arranged haircutting competitions and gramophone concerts to preserve morale, persuaded disgruntled crew members to follow his orders, and drove his crew to remarkable physical feats that enabled them to survive. While the movie doesn't provide a lot of background information on Shackleton or his crew, it does place their experiences in a broader historical context and describes (albeit briefly) how the values of the age of exploration were changed by WWI. Unfortunately, the latter part of the film is somewhat of a letdown because it covers the part of the voyage when Hurley had to stop photographing; the visuals aren't as compelling because of the relative lack of archival material. Nonetheless, the story line itself is engrossing enough to hold viewers' interest until the end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 043396413870
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,123

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Voice Only
Technical Credits
George Butler Director, Producer
Caroline Alexander Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Paula S. Apsell Executive Producer
Joseph Dorman Screenwriter
Terrence Malick Executive Producer
Peter Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Phyllis Ryan Executive Producer
Mike Ryan Executive Producer
Sandi Sissel Cinematographer
Michael Small Score Composer
Andy Wiskes Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Endurance
1. Chapter 1 [10:10]
2. Chapter 2 [10:09]
3. Chapter 3 [9:55]
4. Chapter 4 [9:36]
5. Chapter 5 [9:26]
6. Chapter 6 [2:20]
7. Chapter 7 [8:46]
8. Chapter 8 [9:39]
9. Chapter 9 [10:02]
10. Chapter 10 [10:26]
11. Chapter 11 [7:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Endurance
   Play Movie
   Play Movie With Commentary
   Special Features
      Iconic Images
      In The Wake Of Shackleton
      Past And Present
      The Tale Of The Endurance
   Chapters
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Gripping and inspiring

    I have given this dvd as a gift to more than one person I love, when I have known that his or her own spirit of courage, tenacity or adventure will resonate with this amazing account of Ernest Shackleton and The Endurance.

    How few opportunities there are to SEE with our own eyes the recorded grainy bits of black and white footage in life of true adventurers of times long past, and men tested by adversity and obstacles unimaginable to us.

    There is a point in the narrative at which I always cry, moved by the heart of the leader intent on rescuing all his men alive. And always I come to the end of the account and my life feels so very small, but I am awed at the spirit of man, the courage, the ability to endure, endure, endure... and the banding together of souls in all its beauty and ugliness, when men are battling together to conquer something... be it enemy, elements, fear, or death.

    An incredibly moving tribute to real-life adventurers and survivors, and the leadership of a particular man, and a piece of history often forgotten. I cannot recommend it highly enough for those who love to learn of such things.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Shackleton's legendary Antarctic Expedition

    This story based on the photographs of Hurley and the diaries of several of the members of the expedition, including Worsley , Hurley, Shackleton and OrdeLees retells in their own words perhaps the greatest ocean adventure of all times. In Shackleton's own words, `We had reached the naked soul of man.' The shipwreck on the Weddell Sea ice, the open boat trip to Elephant Island, the epic voyage of the James Caird with its six crew to South Georgia, the crossing of South Georgia by Shackleton, Creen and Worsley, and the wintering of the 22 left behind on Elephant Island makes a story of epic proportions. Included in the photography using the original Hurley plates are recollections from descendants and up to date footage offilm of the ocean and the ice. A DVD that should be shown in every High School. It epitomizes, courage, endurance, compassion and humanity. This is one of the most outstanding DVD's I have ever purchased.

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