In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest, it was an event that stunned the world and defined an era.

Facing treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund’s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time; the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth. For the first time ever, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund’s story is brought to life using both original color footage and photographs and dramatized recreations of the stunning assault. Both a classic triumph of the underdog story and a gripping, cinematic experience, BEYOND THE EDGE is a tale of human endurance, tenacity and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.


“Beyond the Edge” is a film about how great men can do great things. The myth of Mount Everest is still strong, but I feel it loses its importance with each passing decade. Technology removes us from physical feats of daring do. Why climb to a Mountain’s Peak when you can send a drone? The whole mantra of climbing that mountain because it’s there is hitting a point where it’s just dumb. Why push, when there’s a big glaring sign that says pull?

Mount Everest is still tied deeply into feats of masculinity. Large phallic objects jutting out of the Earth that dare men to risk life and limb. There’s a reason there’s so many corpses on the Mountain. It’s too cold and hard to bring the bodies back down. That’s not to mention the people that fall to their death. I guess that’s what makes Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s feat that more impressive.

The DVD comes with a trailer as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is pretty cleaned up. The Dolby 5.1 track is expansive. Plus, the transfer sports little noise or any standard definition maladies. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 11/25/2014

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