Two Stunning Restorations by The BFI National Archive.
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.
- 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 Did Do It? (2011, 23 min): the Discovery Channel's documentary
- Archive newsreel Items (1910-1925, 5 min, DVD only)
- The Sound of Silence (2011, 12 min): 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
Cast and Crew: Directed by Captain John Noel / Herbert Ponting. Music by Simon Fisher Turner (Caravaggio) .
Awards and Reviews:
‘One of the most remarkable treasures in the national film archive….A largely unseen masterpiece’ The Guardian
“The Epic of Everest must be seen” *****Financial Times, Antonia Quirke
“…an astonishing movie…feels more like an art film than a documentary…” ****The Guardian, Pamela Hutchinson
“The new print has been partially tinted in reds and blues, making a slow sunset over the Himalayas breathtaking.” ****
The Times, Kate Muir
‘The Great White Silence offers one of the greatest records of polar exploration ever committed to film’ ***** LWL