DVD 206 mins IMDB 7.6 (764 votes)
NR (Not Rated)
Shackleton - Collector's Edition
A&E (2005)
In Collection

My Rating:

Seen It:
(May 2005 )
Adventure, Documentary, Drama
USA  /  English

Kenneth Branagh Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
John Grillo Franks
Paul Humpoletz Man in Audience (as Paul Humpeletz)
Phoebe Nicholls Emily Shackleton
Eve Best Eleanor Shackleton
Mark Tandy Frank Shackleton
Cicely Delaney Cecily Shackleton
Christian Young Raymond Shackleton
Embeth Davidtz Rosalind Chetwynd
Gino Melvazzi Head Waiter
Daniel Webb Perris (as Danny Webb)
Lorcan Cranitch Frank Wild
Michael Culkin Jack Morgan
Mark McGann Tom Crean
Abby Ford Marcie

Director Charles Sturridge
Producer Selwyn Roberts
Writer Charles Sturridge
Cinematography Henry Braham
Musician Adrian Johnston
User Credit 1 Peter Coulson
User Credit 2 Shirley Russell

Shackleton is not a biopic of the great Anglo-Irish explorer but a dramatization of the failed trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1916. As written and directed by Charles Sturridge (Longitude), the production, filmed on real ice floes in Greenland, stays remarkably close to the facts, capturing the look of the surviving expedition photos by Frank Hurley (collected in the book South with Endurance) with great fidelity. Kenneth Branagh makes no attempt at an authentic accent but otherwise gives a powerful impression of a most commanding personality. When the expedition ship Endurance became locked in the Antarctic ice, Shackleton vowed to bring every man home alive, and against virtually impossible odds, including a 700-mile journey in an open boat through some of the worst seas in the world, he did just that. This superlative miniseries realizes the story with production values and cinematography that would not disgrace a big-budget feature (South, Hurley's 1919 silent movie featuring some motion-picture footage from the expedition, is also available on video). Intense physical drama, strong performances, and Adrian Johnston's fine score combine here to deeply moving effect, marred only a little by a rushed conclusion. With Roland Huntford, author of the definitive Shackleton biography, as production advisor, this easily stands as the benchmark for all future comparable films. --Gary S. Dalkin

Edition Details
Barcode 733961704303
Region Region 1
Release Date 4/9/2002
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 3

Disc 1: Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Box set
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 On the brink of death - courage was his only weapon.
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire

Trivia: The port of Hafnarfjörur in Iceland doubled for the port of Buenos Aires. The Icelandic scenery was later replaced digitally with an Argentinean one. (more)

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: When Shackleton lifts up the binoculars to watch the Endurance being crushed by ice, a cameraman operating a camera is reflected in the lenses of the binoculars. (more)

[arriving back at Grytviken]
Sir Ernest Shackleton: Do you know me? My name is Ernest Shackleton. We have lost our ship, and come over the island.
Sorlie: Ernest Shackleton! My friend!
[They embrace.]
Sir Ernest Shackleton: I am afraid that we smell a little.
Sorlie: This is a whaling station. We all smell a little.
Sir Ernest Shackleton: We have been away so long. Tell us about the war. When did it end?
Sorlie: The war? The war, my friend, is not over. They've gone mad, Europe has gone mad. They've killed millions and millions of people. It's a war like... no other war.
Frank Worsley: Who is winning?
Sorlie: Well, whoever is left alive at the end. Won't you sit down, please? Please.

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations (more)