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South
(1919)

 

This stirring silent era documentary details Sir Ernest Shackleton’s failed expedition to cross Antarctica by way of the South Pole. From a ship trapped in antarctic ice pack, to a daring sea voyage in a small boat, to an eventual and hard fought rescue, the film documents Shackleton’s relentless determination in the face of certain failure. Amidst the hardship, cinematographer Frank Hurley captured the events of the challenged expedition on motion picture film. — Carl Bennett

The Milestone Collection
2000 DVD edition

South (1919), black & white, 81 minutes, not rated.

Milestone Film & Video, distributed by Image Entertainment, ID5929MLSDVD, UPC 0-14381-59292-4.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 1 NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; snapper DVD case, $29.99.
Release date: 1 August 2000.
Country of origin: USA
In addition to the main program, the disc also features an exerpt from Southward on the Quest, with commentary by Shackleton (from a 1909 recording) on his Nimrod expedition of 1907.

South features modern audio commentary by Luke McKernan of the British Film Institute.

 
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BFI Video Publishing
2002 DVD edition

South (1919), black & white, 80 minutes, BBFC Classification E.

BFI Video Publishing, BFIVD504, unknown UPC number, unknown ISBN number, EAN 5.03567E+12.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 PAL DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (? x ? pixels) interlaced? scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, £19.99.
Release date: 27 May 2002.
Country of origin: England
This edition also features the special supplements the Ross Sea Party, Shackleton’s Last Expedition, Shackleton’s Funeral, a stills gallery, and a recording of Shackleton’s voice. It likely features the same audio commentary by Luke McKernan that is included in the Milestone edition above.

North American collectors will need a region-free PAL DVD player capable of outputting an NTSC-compatible signal to view this edition.

 
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This Region 2 PAL DVD edition is also available directly from the BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE.
Other DOCUMENTARY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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