is a 70mm American documentary film
about the struggles involved in climbing Mount Everest
, the highest mountain peak on Earth located in Himalayan region of Nepal. It was released to IMAX
theaters in 1998.
The 40-minute film is narrated by Liam Neeson
and shot entirely in IMAX format. It includes a vivid description of the training required in order to climb, and the challenges encountered such as avalanches
and lack of oxygen. This film had been in production at Everest during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster
, in which a group of mountain climbers
were trapped by a blizzard near the summit. This film contains footage of these people, as IMAX crew members interrupt filming to aid the stricken climbers.
grossed $87 million during its theatrical run in the US and Canada, which is the second highest grossing amount ever for an IMAX documentary.
DVD and soundtrack
The DVD was released by Miramax
on December 12, 1999. It includes a 'Making Of' featurette, an extended interview with Beck Weathers
, deleted scenes, climber video journals, and a 3D map of Everest.
The soundtrack features music by George Harrison
, interpreted by composers Steve Wood
and Daniel May
, and was released on... Read More