The Epic of Everest (DVD + Blu-ray)

Release Date: 27 January 2014 | Certificate: Exempt
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THE EPIC OF EVEREST (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Captain John Noel

The Official record of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 Expedition

The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an ongoing debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit.

Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a specially adapted camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet and features sequences at Phari Dzong (Pagri), Shekar Dzong (Xegar) and Rongbuk monastery. But what resonates so deeply is Noel's ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world's harshest landscapes.

The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic - or moving - as the final shots of a blood red sunset over the Himalayas. BFI National Archive experts have gone back to the earliest surviving elements donated to the BFI in the 1960s. The BFI has worked closely with Captain Noel's daughter, Sandra Noel, to review the surviving materials. Before his death in 1989 Captain Noel had been in correspondence with the BFI about creating a definitive version of his film.

 

Newly commissioned music score by Simon Fisher Turner

Release Date: 27 January 2014
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
SKU: BFIB1154