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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.
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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.
|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.
|The Conquest Of Everest
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Ascend to the zenith of filmed adventure with the Edmund Hillary expedition as they climb to the top of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest, and into the pantheon of history's bravest explorers.
This award-winning documentary is a record of the entire trek, from base camps in the Everest foothills, to the icy peaks miles above. The party of climbers and their sherpa guides forge ahead step by agonizing step, up through the clouds and into a world of white where the air is thin and the danger of wind, weather and avalanche is thick. In an awe-inspiring finale, Hillary and Tensing Norkay make the last leg of the journey alone, setting foot on the 29,000-foot roof of the world where no man has gone before.
The Conquest Of Everest features dramatic narration (some of it by expedition members), a soaring musical score and, at the end, 'one of the grandest, most throat choking moments this reviewer has ever witnessed on a screen' (Bosley Crowther, New York Times). The film also rose to the heights the next award season, winning top prizes from British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the National Board of Review as well as a 'Best Documentary' Oscar nomination.
|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.
|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.
|Americans on Everest
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Narrated by Orson Welles, this classic documentary includes the first motion pictures ever taken from Everest's summit by the first Americans to scale the dangerous west ridge. The viewer is a privileged witness to one of the greatest adventures of our time.
|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.
|Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay - Climbing To The Roof Of The World (PBS)
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On May 29, 1953, a lanky New Zealander named Edmund Hillary and his climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, became the first to reach the highest point on earth - the summit of Mount Everest. The few brief minutes these two men spent on top of the world profoundly affected the rest of their lives. Actual footage of the climb, sound recordings, letters, diaries, and intimate interviewers are woven together with evocative new sequences to tell this remarkable tale of human achievement.
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Grab your flashlight and lace up your hiking boots for a visit to a fantastic unchartered universe-- the world of caves. Deep inside Kentucky's "Underground Everest," the world's longest cave, explore miles of passages and discover fossil remains of humans who braved the darkness up to 3,000 years ago. Visit an ice cave in the Austrian Alps and climb down a quarter-mile underground in New Mexico's Lechuguilla. Marvel at breathtaking mineral formations and a kingdom of bats that use their ears to guide them - just a few of the many wonders in Mysteries Underground.
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