Plot: What’s it about?
There’s not a lot to say about the plot to this, as it is a documentary. This chronicles the climb up the world’s tallest mountain (and getting taller), Mt. Everest. This is the same movie that was shown in the IMAX theaters, in case you were wondering. The documentary is narrated by Academy Award winner, Liam Neeson and has a song by George Harrison. That’s about all I can say about this, plot wise!
Video: How does it look?
This is the same print used in the IMAX theaters. And really, the only way to experience this movie is in the full screen format. If you have a big enough TV, you can really feel like you’re “in” the movie. This was shot so that for IMAX, and some of the effects are meant to make you feel dizzy or give you the feeling that you are right there with them. There was no artifacting at all, and there’s a lot of inforamtion on how the IMAX film differs from that of a regular 35mm camera. Nice.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is in Dolby Digital 5.0 sound, so there are no LFE. I wasn’t really blown away by the sound, but there are a few nice surround effects that make it worth listening to. The dialogue is again, clean and concise. A good job here as well.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This is a Miramax Collector’s Series disc (which doesn’t always equal SE material, remember Life is Beautiful). They do throw in some goodies here, though. There is a 30 minute interview with Beck Weathers, a climber who was about as close to death as you can come, a nice “Making of Everest” documentary, some deleted scenes and a neat 3-D map of Everest that shows the path to the top of the world.