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Epic of Everest, The

Synopsis
The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an ongoing debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit.

Filming in harsh conditions with a specially adapted camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet and features sequences at Phari Dzong (Pagri), Shekar Dzong (Xegar) and Rongbuk monastery.

The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones.

Special feaures include: INTRODUCING THE EPIC OF EVEREST: Sandra Noel and Bryony Dixon (BFI National Archive) discuss the background and filming process;
SCORING THE EPIC OF EVEREST: Composer Simon Fisher Turner discusses the production of the new score; RESTORING THE EPIC OF EVEREST: Bryony Dixon, Ben Thompson (BFI National Archive) and Lisa Copson (Deluxe Digital) discuss the restoration process; original 1924 film programme (downloadable PDF, DVD only);
a thirty page illustrated booklet with essays/contributions from explorer and writer Wade Davis, Simon Fisher Turner, Sandra Noel, Julie Brown and the BFI National Archive’s Kieron Webb, plus notes on the musical extras and full credits.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2014
Notes
Dual format - contains both DVD and Blu-ray versions
Subjects
Geography
Keywords
Mount Everest; mountaineering; Tibet; archival film; Travelogue films; Mallory, George; Irvine, Andrew

Credits

Contributor
John Noel
Composer
Simon Fisher-Turner

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL, Blu-Ray DVD
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
88 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
 

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