The Alps

The Alps

DVD - 2007
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A look at one man's journey as he faces the legendary mountain that took his father's life- a sheer rock and ice wall known as the Eiger, in Switzerland.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [c2007].
Edition: Widescreen version, full frame version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (45 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 10, 2015

"The Alps", "The Climb of Your Life" lives up to the titles claim. I never imagined how difficult a climb the Alps can be and the risks they pose to the climbers. As a side story, one climber takes us up the alps with his family down in the valley staying at a hotel. The family watches as the husband/dad climbs the mountain. It really is exciting and a wonderful film for the entire family!
P.S. The movie shows how beautiful train travel can be through the alps. You don't have to be a climber to love this movie!

May 14, 2015

Originally released as an IMAX presentation - "The Alps" (with its 45-minute running time) was an alright (but certainly not great) documentary. It chronicled John Harlin's treacherous climb (in 2005), 14,000 feet up the North Face of the Eiger mountain range, located in Switzerland.

Since 1935 - This particular range of hazardous mountains has claimed the lives of at least 64 climbers, including John Harlin's father who met his death there 40 years earlier, in 1966.

What I found to be the most impressive aspect of "The Alps" was its first-rate camera-work, especially that of the surrounding scenery, showing the green valleys and placid-looking settings of the Swiss towns situated at the base of the Alps.

Dec 15, 2014

A good documentary, but best watched on very large TV's to get the best aspect ratio possible when viewing IMAX movies.

This documentary gives a quick, but adequate history about the Alps, it's people, geology, and creation...almost to the point where you'd think you were watching a science movie. Nevertheless, there's lots of background about the climber, his reason(s) for climbing the Eiger, and stunning views of his ascent to its summit.

The addition of Queen's music to the film is an odd one, but seems to fit in with the panoramic vistas, daring climb, and triumphant success in grand musical fashion. Overall a good film worth watching for those who love climbing.

Feb 09, 2011

An outstanding IMAX documentary centered on an ascent of the most dangerous rock wall in Europe. Well worth seeing.


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