Tuesday, 21 June 2011
When Captain Robert Falcon Scott (R.N., C.V.O.) decided to jeff off to the literal arse end of the world in 1911, he had the foresight to take along Herbert Ponting (F.R.G.S., F.R.P.S., F.Z.S.) (no idea) and his new-fangled moving picture-recording box so that, 100 years on, people could sit in the comfort of their own homes and relive his tragic story with a nice cup of tea and a Hob Nob.
Hilarity aside, The Great White Silence features some stunning photography - the polar landscape looks like the surface of an alien planet, especially when it's tinted purple - and is undeniably moving as it reaches its bitter, frozen finale. It's also massively educational: apparently there are VOLCANOES on the polar ice caps! The expedition took TWO YEARS! Seals are ADORABLE and TASTY!
This release features a new, ethereal soundtrack and buckets of extras for all you South Pole fans out there, and while The Great White Silence is probably more effective in a cinema with an audience, it's still worth a peep on DVD. Probably even more so on Blu-ray. So peep away.
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