The Epic of Everest / The Great White Silence

Two restorations of the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring documentaries ever made.

This limited edition box set contains DVD and Blu-ray versions of two of the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring documentaries ever made.

Herbert Ponting’s The Great White Silence is the official record of Captain Scott’s heroic journey to the South Pole, and Captain John Noel’s The Epic of Everest is the official record of Mallory and Irvine’s fateful 1924 expedition. Capturing vast and extreme landscapes, the beauty and savagery of nature, and the endurance of the human spirit, these remarkable films have been restored by the BFI National Archive, and feature stunning new soundtracks by the acclaimed film composer Simon Fisher Turner.

Special features

  • Both films presented in both High Definition (Blu-ray) and Standard Definition (DVD).
  • 90º South (1933, 72 min): Herbert Ponting’s final sound version of Great White Silence.
  • The Great White Silence: How Did They Do It? (2011, 23 mins): the Discovery Channel’s documentary.
  • Archive newsreel Items (1910-1925, 5 mins, DVD only).
  • The Sound of Silence (2011, 12 mins): documentary about Simon Fisher Turner’s Great White Silence score.
  • Three documentary featurettes: Introducing The Epic of Everest (2013, 9 mins); Restoring The Epic of Everest (2013, 8 mins); and Scoring The Epic of Everest (2013, 6 mins).
  • Alternative score for The Epic of Everest: a reconstruction of the 1924 accompaniment.
  • Additional musical pieces which accompanied original Epic of Everest screenings.
  • Fully illustrated booklets with essays and complete film credits.

Product information

    • Certificate

      U

    • Colour

      Black/white and tinted

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      196mins

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1191

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