FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:
In August, 2008, 18 mountain climbers reached the top of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. 48 hours later, 11 people were dead, making it the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history. While memorials paid tribute to those killed, there were also condemnations about why.’ Why do these athletes risk everything to reach a place humans are simply not meant to go? Why do they put their lives and the lives on others on the line in order to satisfy some undefinable need?
With breathtaking cinematography and jaw dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, THE SUMMIT is a thrilling documentary about the very nature of adventure in the modern world.
FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:
“The Summit” is about how the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history came to pass. In 2008, 11 out of 18 climbers died while scaling K2. K2 is the a giant ass mountain located somewhere that I can’t be bothered to discover. The film asks why do these people continue to keep trying to reach these high peaks? I said they were stupid, but the documentary didn’t answer me. It made this big runaround about how in re-enacting the events that lead to these deaths, we see the Catch-22 of daring to achieve something greater than you can imagine.
People who climb objects like this always boggle my mind. You have the facts in front of you, plus an unlimited amount of information about this natural widowmakers. 99% of the time, you’re not going up there to learn something to save the world. It’s a vain ego-trip designed to waste money and get a ton of people killed. That’s why I can’t get behind this stuff.
The DVD comes with no special features. The transfer is pretty strong for a documentary. However, the Dolby track suffers those standard definition blues and doesn’t really pack back channel support. Still, you can make out what’s going on. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 02/11/2014