The Great White Silence details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Robert Falcon Scott|
|Director:||Herbert G. Ponting|
The Great White Silence
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Jun 2011|
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THE GREAT WHITE AWESOMEBy a customer , 02 Jun 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this tale from another perspective. While we are all familiar with Ponting's images and the odd snippet of film reel, sitting down to watch almost 2 hours of footage, complete with his narrative running throughout, brought it all to life in a way I hadn't anticipated. What struck me most was his genius sense of humour which had the whole cinema in an uproar at the most bizarre things, a tiny chick hatching from an egg ['Thats not a Yorkshire Terrier, its still the chick!'], Penguins courting one another [or giving each other the 'glad eye'], himself hanging off the side of the Terra Nova on a plank of wood while filming her slice through the ice. It was so wonderful finding that someone I have thought of as a hero for a while was actually a hilarious and wonderful chap to boot.
Due to Ponting's sharp wit throughout a lot of the first half of the film, I actually forgot or just didn't think about what was to come. One moment you are laughing at penguins, the next you are suddenly remembering the outcome of the trip. It was pretty immense. I did a bit of a cry.
King George said every schoolboy should watch this film, and I agree - everyone [boys and girls thank you very much King G] should see this film. I'm pretty certain I'm getting it as soon as it comes out on DVD to watch when I need to watch something comforting. Its hilarious, its captivating, and its inspiring. Herbert Ponting is a master at his craft and is definitely invited to my fantasy dinner party.
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A tragic taleBy jenko (43 reviews) from Pewsey , 05 Jan 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]A really interesting snapshot of The Antarctic. This film shows an overall image of what awaited the polar explorers, and the pieces of 'real footage' add to the appeal especially for anyone interested in this genre. If your really want to know the story and get to understand something of the characters who undertook this voyage you may want to read the book but this is an excellent starting point.
Poignant brillianceBy a customer , 15 Dec 2012So poignant and touching. The endeavors and what they saw which were virtually unknown to anyone else was incredible. Triumph over human spirit and love and respect of ones country. Makes you look at yourself and appreciate their sacrifice and what we now take for granted.
a piece of historyBy phil917k (11 reviews) from Goettingen, Germany , 09 Oct 2012I've been reading a lot of the accounts of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. This film adds a lot to all that. To those who want a complete story of the expedition and the men, then this isn't it. Nor was it ever intended to be. It was to be a piece of popular cinema to pull the punters in and raise money to pay off the expedition debts. Penguins are cute - that's why you see so much of them. Nevertheless, you do see some film of Scott and his men. Almost one of the most poignant scenes is a staged piece showing how they lived in their tents.
The real revelation is the quality of the restoration on this DVD release. And the extra piece documenting how this was done is of great interest.
Fantastic Film !By apoldion (2 reviews) , 11 Jun 2012Superbly restored and presented, this is a fantastic, informative and inspirational slice of history that was over too quickly for our liking :)
A truly memorable vintage filmBy a customer , 10 May 2012This is a fascinating and unusual film which charts Scott's polar expedition. The title and DVD cover do not really reflect the nature of the film, which is the original 1911 footage and captions, restored so thay the effect is true to the film-maker's original vision and style. Ponting's footage is charming and moving and the iceberg shots are incredible. The film brings a new dimension to a familiar and tragic story of adventure and heroism. The special features which show how the film was created using modern digital techniques along with traditional methods provides a useful context. The musical score is sinister rather than epic, and grates somewhat - the least successful aspect of a unique and memorable film.