Eight Below details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, Wendy Crewson|
|Directors:||Bruce Hendricks, Frank Marshall|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Children, Family|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Disney Movies on Demand, For Kids|
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, English, French, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
This Antarctic adventure starring Paul Walker takes a look at the relationship between man and dog...
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superbBy williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 02 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]this film is superb. the story begins at an Antarctic research station, where we are introduced to Jerry played by Paul Walker, who is a dog sledder-guide and the best friend of eight irresistible sled dogs, led by trusty Old Jack and loyal Maya.
The staff must evacuate the research station, because a dangerous storm is coming.
the crunch comes however, when they do not have room in the plane for the dogs, but promise to come back and get them as soon as possible.
Although Jerry wants to stay with the dogs, his boss won't let him, telling him that his frostbite is just too bad.
The dogs are eventually left on their own to fend for themselves, but chained up, in this frozen underworld, whilst Jerry returns to the USA, unable to shake his guilt over leaving the dogs.
the film then alternates between showing the dogs' struggles to survive alone, and Jerry's efforts to rescue them.
the dogs struggle to survive on their own, in the most inhospitable of conditions. Freeing themselves from their chains, is just the first of many obstacles the dogs face.
As you can imagine, finding food and staying warm are also extremely difficult - and they face some external threats, as well.
it is actually based on a true story, where Jerry frantically tries to raise money, so that he can return to Antarctica to save them.
Jerry is faced with the blind indifference, of the base commanders, and even his friends, are disinterested in the dogs' fate.
No one is the slightest bit interested in taking a risk, and returning to pick them up.
It was shot in Canada, Norway and Greenland, and the photography is superb.
well worth renting out, to see the outcome of this fantastic film.
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Humanity Vs Animal LoveBy AmirLeo11 (1 review) , 20 Jul 2013Awesome, really a touch movie and highly emotional too. One can not stop his tears. It tells you about the humanity and animals love for humans. A highly recommended movie for kids too.
Mans best friend!!By a customer , 15 Jul 2013Really lovely, heartwarming film. A real feel good film!! One for all the family no matter what age you are.
Tear jerkerBy TopCatTara (25 reviews) , 09 Jul 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]This was the most heartwarming movie that my grandchildren and l have ever watched other then Bambi. We were all in tears when the dogs were left behind on the chains, then again when the old died in the snow because he would not leave the base, again when another dog died from falling off the cliff. My grandchildren were jumping up an down in tears as was l when the last remaining dogs were found, There tears then turned to tears of joy, including me. This story grabbed the hearts of my grandchildren and me. I agree the dogs were the stars of this film.
Eight Below, I give it above 10By JohnnyBelinda (32 reviews) from Nottingham , 28 Jun 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a heartwarming movie, it takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions - sad, happy, sad again....... One man and his 8 dogs story of never giving up (told from both sides - Man & dogs). Anyone who loves dogs will enjoy this movie, it's as much about them and what they endure to look after eachother as it is about the people in the movie. If you get this on DVD, watch the extras. Well written, well acted, the dogs are amazing in it. I can't say any more without giving things away. Just watch it and ENJOY.
'Inspired by...'By SydB (6 reviews) , 18 Jun 2013Nice story summarised well by other reviewers. Just thought I would add a little about the real events this film was inspired by. Notice 'inspired by', not 'based on'. In 1957 during the International Geophysical Year, a number of countries established bases in Antarctica. Most were on the coast because this is the easiest (cheapest) way to resupply and get people in and out of a base. One such was the Japanese base Syowa. Syowa was evacuated in Feb 1958 because the resupply ship could not get through the sea ice and the Winter compliment could not get in. The decision was taken to evacuate the Summer compliment via helicopters. 15 dogs were left chained up with enough food for a few days. In Jan 1959, the Japanese returned to the base. 7 dogs had died on their chains. 8 dogs had escaped their chains and 6 of these were never found. Remarkably, 2 dogs (brothers) survived and were found near the base. None of the dead dogs had been eaten by the others. Perhaps the most likely food would have been Emperor penguins during at least some of the Winter months. Perhaps Weddell seals either side of Winter. If the dogs had safe access to sea ice and an Emp penguin colony they would be ok for food but the going underfoot would still have been hazardous. Larger dead animals would quickly freeze and become very difficult to break bits off of though days of unusually high temps during the Winter may have made this possible. No other smaller prey would have been available during the middle of Winter. At British bases, working dogs were largely replaced by machines during the 60s and 70s but some remained. All dogs were banned and removed from Antarctica in 1994 due to environmental protocols. Recommended reading: 'Of Dogs and Men: Fifty Years in the Antarctic', Kevin Walton and Rick Atkinson (1996).
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