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In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey - like all previous attempts - fell short of the goal. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.
|National Geographic - Everest 50 Years on the Mountain
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In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay made history as the first people to reach the top of Everest. Now, 50 years later, three sons of Everest's most celebrated climbers return to the mountain to challenge it again. Join their journey as they brave the elements and face death to climb 29,000 feet of wind-blasted rock and ice. And, relive the dramatic history of Everest from great triumphs to deadly tragedies, enduring rivalries and the unsung role of the Sherpa people - as National Geographic exposes the untold stories that lurk in the mountain's epic shadow and takes you on THE ultimate Everest experience.
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Relive a breathtaking journey to the top of the world with EVEREST, the spectacular giant-screen motion picture for IMAX theatres! Filmed during the infamous 1996 storm that claimed eight lives, EVEREST documents the filmmakers' harrowing rescue efforts to help surviving members of the ill-fated group. Join an international team of climbers as they scale the world's tallest peak. Witness the perils of skin-blistering cold, violent blizzards that drop the windchill to minus 100 degrees, and air so thin it numbs the mind. EVEREST will take you across creaking icefalls and gaping chasms, up dangerous, towering cliffs and into the death zone of oxygen-thin altitude. Filmed in spellbinding IMAX photography, "the most hyperrealistic format yet invented," says producer Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Academy Award(R)-nominee Liam Neeson, including the music of George Harrison, EVEREST is a rich, dramatic story -- a daring adventure of triumph and tragedy.
|National Geographic: Climbing Redwood Giants
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Climbing Redwood Giants tells the story of a man obsessed with monster redwoods. To say that Humboldt State University's Steve Sillett likes redwoods is like saying Edmund Hillary was keen on mountains or Jacques Cousteau had a fondness for the sea. Just when Steve Sillett thinks he's climbed and measured the tallest living tree on earth, another one turns up in a hidden valley of California and breaks the record. Sillett, the first researcher to explore the redwood canopy, awaits the analysis of a new aerial survey that may point to the next record-breaker. As Sillett studies redwoods limb by limb, explorer Mike Fay is charting the entire redwood range step by step to get a sense of the past and future of the world's tallest living trees.
They are giants—stretching more than 300 feet above the ground, with hidden gardens and mysterious predators thriving within their canopy.
National Geographic reveals the unexplored environment of the California redwoods in an epic, year-long exploration. Obsessive redwood climber Steve Sillett of Humboldt State University investigates their monster crowns, tallying biological material and discovering new record-breaking trees, while escaping falling branches and crashing trees in the process. Down below, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay charts the redwood range to size up the past and future of these primeval trees threatened in 21st century California
- Featuring Steve Sillet and Mike Fay
- Filmed in and around the trees
- See a habitat that you did not know existed
- Widescreen format
- Bonus program: Wildlife War USA: Elk Harvest (25 mins.)
|Epic of Everest
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The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an ongoing debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit. THE EPIC OF EVEREST (1924) is an awe-inspiring travelogue of their perilous journey.
Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a specially adapted camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet and features sequences at Phari Dzong (Pagri), Shekar Dzong (Xegar) and Rongbuk monastery. But what resonates so deeply is Noel s ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world's harshest landscapes.
The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original colored tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic or moving as the final shots of a blood-red sunset over the Himalayas.
Special Features: Introducing THE EPIC OF EVEREST with Sandra Noel, Scoring THE EPIC OF EVEREST with Simon Fisher Turner, Restoring THE EPIC OF EVEREST with BFI curators, Trailer
|Beyond the Edge
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In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest, it was an event that stunned the world and defined an era.
Facing treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time; the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth. For the first time ever, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund s story is brought to life using both original color footage and photographs and dramatized recreations of the stunning assault. Both a classic triumph of the underdog story and a gripping, cinematic experience, BEYOND THE EDGE is a tale of human endurance, tenacity and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
|Into the Thin Air of Everest - Mountain of Dreams, Mountain of Doom
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The incredible story of the world's highest mountain and the adventurers who tempt fate to reach its deadly summit.
Reaching five and a half miles into the sky, Mount Everest is a massive pyramid of intimidating rock, freezing cold and hurricane force winds. It towers above all other peaks and is the highest point on earth. Known as Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World, by the Sherpa people who live in its shadow, this awesome mountain has become the ultimate test of man's strength, endurance and will power. It is also deadly...for every five people who reach the summit, one dies trying. All who attempt its slopes risk their lives. Some survive in triumph, but many others never return from its icy heights.
This extraordinary collection is the definitive documentary of the history and mystery of Mount Everest.
Part I - "EVEREST: THE QUEST" includes the incredible stories of the early climbers, including George Leigh Mallory and Sir Edmund Hillary's legendary summit climb, and much more.
Part II - "EVEREST: TEMPTING FATE" explores the triumphant (and tragic) expeditions of the modern era and takes an in-depth view of the terrible events of 1996, the deadliest year in the history of Mount Everest (and the subject of the current bestselling book).
Part III - "THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST", is the thrilling Academy Award nominated best documentary about the 1953 British expedition that was the first to reach Mount Everest's summit.
EVEREST - Mountain of Dreams...Mountain of Doom takes viewers on the adventure of a lifetime and vividly captures the haunting beauty and constant danger of the most awesome mountain on earth.
|Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD
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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD
Meet the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age, and see how - their burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed, produced seven key technological achievements of the Industrial Revolution. This series uses a compelling mix of computer-generated and dramatic re-creations to bring these fascinating stories to life. The seven stories that are revealed here are: The Great Ship; the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bell Rock Lighthouse; the US Transcontinental Railway; the London sewer system; the Panama Canal; and the Hoover Dam.]]>
- Meet the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age, and see how - their burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed, produced seven key technological achievements of the Industrial Revolution. This series uses a compelling mix of computer-generated and dramatic re-creations to bring these fascinating stories to life. The seven stories that are revealed here
|The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
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In 1999, renowned American mountaineer Conrad Anker made a discovery that reverberated around the globe. High in Mount Everest's "death zone," he found the body of George Mallory - 75 years after the British explorer mysteriously vanished during his attempt to become the first man to summit the world's tallest peak.
Mallory had risked everything as he set out, dressed in gabardine and hobnailed boots, in pursuit of his dream of reaching the top of Everest - which in 1924 was the last great adventure left to man. He was last spotted alive just 800 feet below the summit. Then the clouds rolled in and Mallory vanished into legend.
After discovering Mallory's body, Conrad Anker's life became intertwined with Mallory's story. Remarkably, Mallory's body was found with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory's story, Conrad longed to return to Everest to lay Mallory's ghost to rest.
BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE Behind the Scenes Raw Interviews, International Trailers, Original Notes from Mallory's Expedition Team Member, Noel Odell, and more.
|Bannister: Everest on the Track
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History wonks and running buffs will vie for who loves this movie the most. Everest on the Track is as much an historical study of Britain's psychological, if not almost physical, need for something - anything - to erase the woes of World War II as it is a fresh look at the quest for the first sub-4:00 mile, the heretofore deemed physically impossible. Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its Sporting Tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki Games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed in his medical school studies inject the booster shot into Britain's flagging but still flickering morale?
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