- Actors: Peter Hackett, Jodie Foster, David Breashears, Ed Viesters
- Directors: David Breashears, Liesl Clark
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: Spanish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: eOne Films
- Release Date: March 3 2003
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: 1578071976
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,244 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Everest:the Death Zone
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"Because it is there" is the reason so many men and women have risked death to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth. NOVA follows a scientific investigation of high-altitude physiology in Everest: The Death Zone, which examines the biological and psychological changes experienced by a group of climbers during their ascent. Jodie Foster's narration accompanies the team as the NOVA photographers capture the stark, alien beauty of the mountain; the drama reaches a crescendo on the descent as it becomes unclear whether or not an ill climber will make it. Well worth watching by anyone interested in mountain climbing or the limits of human endurance, Everest: The Death Zone is at once cautionary and inspiring. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The film focuses on a climbing party, complete with Sherpa's and the obligatory personal profiles of each climber. We follow them from Base Camp to the various points above, then descend, then ascend again gradually to the peak. The debilitating effects of AMS and HACE are shown in excruciating detail. There are many segments of climbers in their tents, scarcely able to breathe or function properly. The courage of these climbers is awe inspiring, especially in the face of violent weather and the prospect of death on the mountain.
If you're an actual climber or just a vicarious Everest person like myself, you will enjoy this movie. It offers as much, or more, than the IMAX film and that is indeed high praise.
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On the downside, the film leaves me wondering how much risk comes from the cold. It also gives us a lot of loose numbers (blood oxygen level and pressure numbers) and test cases without much explanation, and does not really tie up the conclusion. Overall, the 60-minute film leaves me wondering: wait, is that it?
Nonetheless, this is a very unique medical-Everest film, and I do very much appreciate the risks these hikers put themselves in to deliver this product.
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