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Title: DVD of the month April: Farther than the eye can see/ Erik Weihenmayer
Post by: 7summits on Apr 5 2004, 00:44
As you might have read in  this topic (http://7summits.com/forum/index.php?topic=192.0), the movie about the first blind person climbing to the summit of Mount Everest has received much praise and was nominated for 2 emmys.

But it was only shown on specific networks and movie festival, so hard to see for many interested people. Now you can buy the DVD directly at the production company and watch it at home as well!
(Using paypal or cheque/MO, see this order page (http://www.seracfilms.com/buydvd.htm)).

Cinematographer Michael Brown (http://www.seracfilms.com/michael_brown.htm) has shot amazing images from all parts of the climb (Nepal side). Mike has edited the movie in a sort of mix between a climbing documentary and a work of art, using many time-lapse shots (where you see the clouds flowing in, sun set etc) and different lightings, but this is not disturbing, instead it lifts the docu above the many similar movies.

The film is 75 minutes, and starts with an intro about Everest and Erik. He talks about being blind and is seen in his hometown in the US. Expedition Leader Pasquale Scaturro trains Erik in walking the ladders in a backyard, which is funny and interesting to see. Also Erik is shown the track using a large scale model of the mountain.

Next part is in Kathmandu and on the trek to BC where others like Erik's father tell about being blind and how Erik managed to do stuff like hiking and climbing while being blind. Much commentary is done using voiceovers (this is continued for the rest of the movie) which does not always make it clear who is saying what, but it gives room for amazing images of the Nepalese Himalaya and Everest.

After BC we see how Erik has to put his Ladder training into practice when crossing the treacherous icefall. It takes him 13 hours, almost 3 times as much as sighted climbers and the need for increased speed is clear.

The movie continues to show all parts of the route all the way to the summit. The HDTV is very clear and sharp and the overview to detail zooms and shots of the Lhotse Face, South Summit and actual summit are amazing, enough reason to buy this DVD. But the emotional value of Erik's and his teammates' climb is making this movie even more special.

Only 2 minor negative points I could find was that firstly the DVD is just a direct copy of the film/video, so no extra features/scenes/commentary, no menu, subtitles etc., so that is a missed opportunity as I was dying to get looks behind the scenes etc. But the images that are on the DVD are crystal clear and sharp!
Secondly, most shots used were made on beautiful clear days and weeks of bad weather were skipped, so I am afraid that this -coupled with the fact that a blind climber summited- might endorse the idea that Everest is a piece of cake. It is definately not...

- Buy the DVD here (http://www.seracfilms.com/buydvd.htm)).
- See  Seracfilms' site (http://www.seracfilms.com/screenings.htm) for future dates of filmfestivals where the documentary will be screened.
- Erik Weihenmayer has climb all 7summits, therefore statistics and his detail page can be found on our site here (http://7summits.com/info/stats2/index2.php?_=d&familyname=Weihenmayer).
- His book, which covers all of the 7summits was reviewed here on 7summits.com (http://7summits.com/forum/index.php?topic=160.0) (It can be bought here at amazon.com
(http://7summits.com/pix/books/weihenmayerbookcover-th2.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0452282942/the7summitscom/)).