Vertical Limit

Vertical Limit

4.5 4
Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney


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The action film Vertical Limit gets the superbit treatment, a process that sacrifices extras in order to maximize picture and sound quality, on this release. The DVD offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. English, Spanish,See more details below


The action film Vertical Limit gets the superbit treatment, a process that sacrifices extras in order to maximize picture and sound quality, on this release. The DVD offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. This release does offer excellent sound and picture quality.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
When you’re climbing the world’s most dangerous mountain, attempting to reach the Vertical Limit, those goosebumps you feel aren’t just due to the cold. That’s the lesson learned by thrill-seeking tycoon Bill Paxton, who hires young but experienced climber Robin Tunney to guide his party to the nearly unreachable, snow-packed summit of "K2." Paxton’s recklessness first endangers and eventually strands the group, forcing Tunney’s brother, Chris O’Donnell, and grizzled mountain man Scott Glenn to attempt a perilous rescue. The characters in this picturesque, gripping adventure are easily recognizable types, but director Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro) elicits nuanced performances which make them seem relatively fresh. Glenn rates kudos for his clever underplaying of the taciturn veteran whose participation in the rescue mission conceals a secret agenda, and Paxton shows range as the initially personable industrialist who gradually succumbs to base instincts after being trapped in an icy crevasse. Breathtaking locations, nimble camerawork, and daredevil stuntwork combine to make Vertical Limit an enormously satisfying action flick. The DVD features commentaries by Campbell and co-producer Lloyd Philips, along with an HBO First Look featurette, production notes, and a look at similar search-and-rescue operations.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Following the great visual successes of GoldenEye (1995) and The Mask of Zorro (1998), director Martin Campbell continues honing his reputation as a creator of smart thrillers with this exciting, fast-paced action-drama set in the Himalayas. If the script at times strains credulity with stock supporting characters such as those played by Bill Paxton and Scott Glenn, it also maintains a taut, suspenseful framework for Campbell's ingeniously mounted action scenes. The screenplay by Terry Hayes and Robert King also keeps the tension high by zipping along at a brisk clip, never allowing the audience too much time to consider how outrageous the entire enterprise truly is, which is the mark of a superb "B" picture. The cast, led by Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney, is uniformly fine, with Alexander Siddig a particular standout in a small role as a rescuer bent on saving his cousin. However, the real star of Vertical Limit is its director, as Campbell once again displays a high degree of capability with sprawling action material, putting previous mountain-climbing flicks such as Cliffhanger (1993) to shame.
Washington Post
Possibly the most suspense-charged mountain-climbing movie ever made. Desson Howe

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Superbit digital transfer]
[Dolby Digital]

Special Features

This single, high-resolution Superbit™ DVD includes no extras. The space on the disc typically used for special features is devoted instead to optimizing the quality of the movie's image and sound. Other technical specifications: anamorphic video; widescreen presentation; English 5.1 Dolby Digital; English DTS; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris O'Donnell Peter Garrett
Bill Paxton Elliot Vaughn
Robin Tunney Annie Garrett
Scott Glenn Montgomery Wick
Izabella Scorupco Monique Aubertine
Temuera Morrison Major Rasul
Stuart Wilson Royce Garrett
Nicholas Lea Tom McLaren
Alexander Siddig Kareem
Robert Taylor Skip Taylor
Roshan Seth Colonel Amir Salem
David Hayman Frank "Chainsaw" Williams
Ben Mendelsohn Malcolm Bench
Steve LeMarquand Cyril Bench
Clinton Beavan WNN Cameraman
Dave Bergman Climbing Doubles
Karl Boomsma Climbing Doubles
Alistar Bronins Ali
Rod Brown Ali Hasan
Graham Charles Climbing Doubles
Campbell Cooley Campbell
Gavin Craig Summit Air Pilots
Jo Davidson Italian Team Member
Augie Davis Aziz
Patricia Deavoll Climbing Doubles
Tiffany DeCastro Crying Woman
Aaron Halstead Climbing Doubles
Sally Spencer Harris Party Goers
Bruce Hasler Climbing Doubles
Bruce Kingan Rasul Flying Double
Robert Mammone Brian Maki
Bryan Moore Climbing Doubles
Leela Patel Mayama Wick
Tamati Rice Party Goers
Leos Stransky Grunge Climbers
Tom Struthers Grunge Climbers
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin Sergeant Asim
Ed Viesters Ed Viesturs
Kat West Climbing Doubles
Nicole Whippy Spanish Climber
Craig Walsh Wrightson Party Goers
Shahid Zafar Prayer Leader
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Martin Campbell Director,Producer
Andrea Adams Animator
Alistair Anderson Special Effects
Lynn Barber Makeup
Nick Bassett Art Director
David Brighton Special Effects
Jon Bunker Production Designer
Gareth Clarke Special Effects
Peter Cleveland Special Effects
Tim Coddington Production Manager
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Jill Cormack Art Director
David Cronnelly Stunts
Paul Crowe Special Effects
David G. Crownshaw Special Effects
Kathleen Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Davis Stunts
Brad Dechter Musical Arrangement
Jabin Dickins Special Effects
Pam Dixon Casting
Paul Dunn Special Effects
Sandy East Stunts
Wade Eastwood Stunts
Jamie Edgell Stunts
Ray Ferguson Special Effects
Wayne Flockton Special Effects
Nikki Gooley Makeup
Peter Haran Special Effects
Dave Hardberger Cinematographer
Ryan Hartnett Special Effects
Terry Hayes Screenwriter
Camille Henderson Makeup
Mark Franklin Henson Stunts
Lindsay Herlinger Stunts
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Tim Howell Special Effects
Sherry Hubbard Makeup
Peter Jahnsen Special Effects
Mike Kerby Special Effects
Robert King Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Nancy King Production Manager
Michael Krehl Makeup
Steve Kroschel Camera Operator
Amy Reid Lescoe Associate Producer
Dean Lockwood Special Effects Supervisor
Catherine Madigan Production Manager
John Maine Special Effects
Tony Marsh Stunts
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter McCaffrey Camera Operator
Jason McCameron Special Effects
Joe McCloskey Costumes/Costume Designer
Jo McLaren Stunts
Martin McLaughlin Special Effects
Mark Meddings Special Effects
Marcia Nasatir Executive Producer
Thom Noble Editor
Philip A. Patterson Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Lloyd Phillips Producer
Roger J. Porteous Special Effects
Simon Quinn Special Effects
Mark Robson Special Effects
Kevin Rogan Special Effects
Mark Rogan Special Effects
Diana Rowan Casting
Shuan Rutter Special Effects
Brooke Sandahl Stunts
Stephen Shelley Special Effects
Kim Sinclair Art Director
Gerard Slaven Special Effects
Mark Spevick Animator
Paul Stevenson Special Effects
Sheree Swords Stunts
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Ivan Taylor Special Effects
Hamish Revell Thompson Special Effects
Colin Umpelby Special Effects
Gerry Vasbenter Camera Operator
Anne Marie Walters Special Effects
Steven Warner Special Effects
Peter White Special Effects
Barry Whitrod Special Effects
Andy Wilson Camera Operator
Alan Young Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:02]
2. "Cut the Rope!" [12:22]
3. Garrett Sibling Reunion [3:27]
4. Elliot Vaughn [2:03]
5. Skip Taylor [1:52]
6. World's Highest Party [9:46]
7. Risky Business [2:23]
8. Storm Warning [4:01]
9. The Ice Cave [1:38]
10. Avalanche! [1:16]
11. Contacting Summit Team [5:57]
12. Magnificent Madness [2:27]
13. Rescuer Recruitment [5:22]
14. The Sixth Team Member [2:56]
15. New Team Leader [3:07]
16. Ski-to-Ledge Jump [11:33]
17. Pulmonary Edema [2:54]
18. "Use Your Ax!" [4:33]
19. Cyril Drops the Nitro [5:37]
20. "Straighten It." [4:31]
21. "It's Gonna Blow!" [4:12]
22. Mrs. Montgomery Wick [3:52]
23. "Go Back." [6:04]
24. Crossing the Chasm [1:00]
25. Marking the Spot [2:42]
26. Bang! [2:33]
27. Removing the Survivors [2:02]
28. Sacrifice & Revenge [1:15]


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