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South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

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Genres: Documentary, History
Starring: Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, J. Stenhouse
Director: Frank Hurley
Plot Sypnosis:

South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition (1919) is the original documentary of the greatest epic in the history of exploration, produced by Shackleton and Frank Hurley.

When Shackleton set sail on the Endurance on August 8, 1914, he planned a brave attempt to cross the continent of Antarctica via the South Pole. But within a day's travel, the Endurance was trapped in unusually heavy pack ice. What followed is one of the most spectacular adventure stories ever—an unbelievable tale of courage and survival. The crew drifted on ice floes for months before landing on the completely deserted Elephant Island. With no chance for rescue, Ernest Shackleton and five of his men made a 850-mile journey in an open boat with only a sextant to guide them across the roughest seas in the world.

Made newly relevant with the 2022 discovery of the Endurance at the bottom of the Weddell Sea—this Milestone Films release of South is newly restored in 2K by the BFI National Archive with the original tints and toning and a new orchestral score by Neil Brand performed by Covent Garden Sinfonia, making this Blu-ray release one to cherish.

Blu-ray Features:

  • Audio commentary by film historian Luke McKernan (2002)
  • Audio recordings of Ernest Shackleton
  • Departure of Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition from Lyttelton, New Zealand (1908, 8 minutes)
  • Antarctic Expedition: Sir George Newnes' Farewell to Officers and Crew (1 minute)
  • Shackleton: South Georgia Birds (1920, 13 minutes)
  • Shackleton's Boat Journey (1999, 31 minutes, Produced by Harding Dunnett and John Bardell for the James Caird Society)
  • Southward on the Quest (1922 excerpt, 8 minutes)
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1919
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 88
Specs: Blu-ray Disc
Video Resolution/Codec: Black & White
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1
Audio Formats: Silent Film w/Commentary