In this adventure docudrama set in 1996, several groups of professional climbers successfully scale Mount Everest only to be faced with tragedy when a monster storm surprises them as they attempt to make their descent. Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes co-star. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns).~Erin Demers
A mountain of work: recreating Everest
Aspiring to authenticity: the real story
Feature commentary with director Baltasar Kormákur
Learning to climb: the actor's journey
Race to the summit: the making of Everest
Jake GyllenhaalScott Fischer
Josh BrolinBeck Weathers
Jason ClarkeRob Hall
John HawkesDoug Hansen
Keira KnightleyJan Arnold
Vanessa KirbySandy Hill Pittman
Martin HendersonAndy 'Harold' Harris
Tom Goodman-HillNeal Beidleman
Charlotte BovingLene Gammelgaard
Amy ShindlerCharlotte Fox
Chris ReillyKlev Schoening
Naoko MoriYasuko Namba
Michael KellyJon Krakauer
Todd BoyceFrank Fischbeck
Mark DerwinLou Kasischke
Emily WatsonHelen Wilton
Sam WorthingtonGuy Cotter
Elizabeth DebickiCaroline Mackenzie
Justin SalingerIan Woodall
Robin WrightPeach Weathers
Mia GothMeg Weathers
Demitri GoritsasStuart Hutchison
Micah HauptmanDavid Breashears
Nicky Kentish BarnesProducer
Dario MarianelliComposer (Music Score)
Gary FreemanProduction Designer
Alessandro SantucciArt Director
Tom StillSupervising Art Director
Brandt AndersenExecutive Producer
George FurlaExecutive Producer
Lauren SeligExecutive Producer
Mark MalloukExecutive Producer
Peter MalloukExecutive Producer
Randall EmmettExecutive Producer
Thomas TullExecutive Producer
Guy SperanzaCostume Designer
Ben BarkerSound/Sound Designer
Eilam HoffmanSound/Sound Designer
Glenn FreemantleSound/Sound Designer
Niv AdiriSound/Sound Designer
Adrian BellSound Mixer
Annette FieldHair Styles
Ben BarkerSound Editor
Glenn FreemantleSupervising Sound Editor
Jan SewellHair Designer
Laura LilleyHair Styles
Niv AdiriRe-Recording Mixer
Action and Adventure,Adventure
United Kingdom,United States
Year of Release
Blu-ray/DVD, Includes Digital Copy
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
English, French, Spanish
Everest [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] 
Great natural disaster movie based on a true story about the struggles to reach the top of Mountain Everest & the individuals who beat the odds.
Perfect Dolby Atmos soundtrack that brings life to all channels with lots of ceiling height effect on my 11.2 (7.2.4)!
I do want to check out the 3D version as well which I have no doubt I will have a wow factor with the help of the OLED.
3D sold separately.
No slipcover but no big deal.
"The last word always belongs to the mountain". It's interesting that Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur has taken the helm for the 3D mountain-climbing spectacle, Everest. Just a few years ago he tackled another man vs. Mother Nature survival tale, The Deep, depicting a true triumph of the human spirit over the elements. Things aren't quite so rosy in Everest, though; a film of literally high adventure, superhuman exploits, and devastating loss. In depicting the sheer danger of the moment, the awe-inspiring majesty of the mountain itself, the film is beyond reproach, but its characterization of the men and women who risked all is slippery as Everest's icy face.
Based on the tragic true events depicted in author Jon Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air (although other material was used as well), the film centers on multiple 1996 expeditions to scale Everest's summit. Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is the man who helped turn such expeditions into a profitable business, and those corporate concerns clash mightily with the brutal reality of Mother Nature when she's all worked up. Through brisk introductory setup we meet Rob's pregnant wife (Keira Knightley), left behind to worry while he takes on one more climb. There's also 100% Texan Beck Weathers (played by 100% Californian Josh Brolin); everyman Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), who has tried to reach the summit twice and failed; Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), a woman who has reached 6 of the world's 7 summits; and Krakauer himself (Michael Kelly), documenting the journey. There are also a trio of ladies, played by the incredibly talented Emily Watson, Robin Wright, and Elizabeth Debicki, who are left behind to man the fort or just to worry. They don't get a lot to do but are essential for drawing an emotional connection, because there aren't many opportunities for that once the expedition actually begins.
The mountain is, obviously, treacherous in just about every respect. The weather conditions are unpredictable, every movement or errant sound could trigger a landslide, and there are any number of ways a person can die attempting something like this. "Human beings simply aren’t built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747", Rob informs the already-experienced team, all customers who paid a hefty sum to reach the peak. But the real conflict, at least initially, isn't with the mountain, it's with rival climbers leading similar expeditions. Long-haired hippie Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) is leading one, while other groups make for a crowded field. Tension mounts as climbers are forced to wait in sub-zero temperatures while others go ahead of them, creating a potentially lethal scenario. Not everyone has the experience, the concern, or the temperament Rob has, either. If there's an undertone explored by screenwriters Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and William Nicholson (Unbroken) it's that Everest has been shamelessly exploited as just another commercial product. In a way, it undercuts the "Because it's there" gung-ho mentality of those who dare climb the mountain. You can now buy an expedition to the top of Mt. Everest like you buy a trip to Hawaii. Conversely, those in charge feel obligated to get you to the summit because you are a paying customer who could give them bad press. There's danger in that kind of compromise, one that Everest should have dug into further.
But that would take away from the IMAX 3D escapade at hand, and this is a film that the format was designed for. It's literally breath-taking to follow the aerial ascent, reaching heights up to 29000 feet where every gasp for air could be the last. It's true that the mountain itself gets a far better treatment than the human characters as Kormakur and DP Salvatore Totino impressively capture every jagged foot.
However, through all the thick fog and snow the human drama gets buried, exacerbated by the inability to tell who is who underneath all that massive gear. Basically, most of the climbers make the summit, but a severe storm strikes soon after, rendering the journey home nearly impossible. Everybody isn't going to make it back, and the deaths start piling up quickly...perhaps too quickly. In an effort to be as authentic as possible, the tragedy is shown with as little theatrics as possible. It may be honest, it may be how things actually went down, but it makes for a low-key, downbeat survival thriller when all is said and done. There's also a great deal of confusion about the specifics of what actually doomed the climbers, so much so that it may be wise to check the Wikipedia entry, or Krakauer's book, to figure out what really happened. That's not to say the performance during these scenes were bad, though. While this all-star cast don't get enough to build fully formed characters around, individually Clarke, Gyllenhaal, Brolin, Hawkes, and Kelly are great. It's just disappointing to not get more of a sense into who these people were, especially Namba as the one woman in the group attempting a record-breaking feat.
Ultimately, Everest succeeds in capturing the experience, putting you right there thousands of feet in the air where no man was meant to go. But like the air at that incredible height, the film is pretty thin and never strives to be about anything in particular. There's no triumph of the human spirit here, just endless tragedy.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Very good video presentation
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
The producers have toned down the dramatics of this movie and have stayed true to real events. Nonetheless, the 4K presentation is very enjoyable; the contrast between the white snow background and the climbers outfits as well as skin tones are very clear and realistic.
It’s an on the edge of your seat thriller!! I loved this movie, really enjoyed. Only problem I had was the disc was really loud for the first hour of the movie. Disc must have gotten damaged during shipping.
Excellent adventure/disaster movie with a great cast of actors. Beautiful image that bests the Blu-ray, although the 3D version is still my favorite. The Atmos track is immersive and bombastic when called upon for the intense scenes. Highly recommended.