BANNISTER: EVEREST ON THE TRACK REVIEWED
“Bannister: Everest on the Track” is a look at how Britain took back its respect at the 1952 Olympic Games. Roger Bannister was a student athlete in every sense of the word. While studying, he heard the call to represent his badly damaged country in the Post WWII sports world. He could’ve ignored it, but he saw an opportunity to be great and make his country great. It didn’t hurt that the King had just died, QE 2 was getting coronated and Edmund Hillary’s feats were dominating the news.
Moments of true greatness are rare and they tend to get overblown in the sports world. But, this is a stunning documentary about a true athletic Cinncinatus who stood up and decided to be counted. I just wish that the film was a little viewer friendly. So much of it plays to typical historical sports documentary, that I can see younger viewers turning out. That being said, its importance as historical record can’t be discounted.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0