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Encounters at the End of the World

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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An up-close and personal look at one of Antarctica's lesser-known inhabitants: the human. Join Werner Herzog as he shows those amazing individuals who work, play, and struggle to live in some of the world's worst conditions.
Title: Encounters at the end of the world
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Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: audio commentary by director Werner Herzog, producer Henry Kaiser and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger; "Under the ice" featurette; "Over the ice" featurette; "Dive locker interview: Werner Herzog talks with Rob Robbins and Henry Kaiser" featurette; "South Pole exorcism" featurette; "Seals and men" featurette; Jonathan Demme interviews Werner Herzog; theatrical trailer.
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Summary: An up-close and personal look at one of Antarctica's lesser-known inhabitants: the human. Join Werner Herzog as he shows those amazing individuals who work, play, and struggle to live in some of the world's worst conditions.
Audience: MPAA rating G.
Statement of Responsibility: Discovery Films presents a Werner Herzoz film, a Creative Differences production in association with Discovery Channel ; produced by Henry Kaiser ; written, directed & narrated by Werner Herzog
Credits: Director of photography, Peter Zeitlinger ; editor, Joe Bini ; original music, Henry Kaiser, David Lindley.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (1.78:1) presentation, dual-layer; Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0 surround.
Other Language: English dialogue; Spanish subtitles, English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Antarctica Description and travel. Human beings Effect of environment on Antarctica. Human beings Effect of climate on Antarctica.
Genre/Form: Nature films.
Feature films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Human beings
Human beings
Publisher No: ENC5068DVD
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Jun 16, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Herzog interviews the strange people he meets at the bottom of the world in Antarctica. Along the way he (probably?) fakes the most soul crushing penguin scene I have ever seen and captures tons of beautiful footage of a place I knew very little about.

Feb 07, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Not one of Werner Herzog’s better documentaries. Rather boring at times. If you have seen footage of Antarctica then most of this will be a rehash. In this documentary he focuses more on the people rather than the animals. There are some parts that are interesting but overall if you decide to watch this be prepared to fast forward.

Aug 14, 2012
  • acbradford rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Some interesting footage that made me think. Much better than Herzog's cave movie. Still, it was overdone. The bit about the lone penguin going off to his certain death? Or when they put their heads to the ice to listen to the animal calls? And I could have done without the second disc which is basically an extended interview with Werner Herzog where he is praised so excessively for this thing that it's almost nauseating. The film is worth your time, if only to find out what goes on down at the south pole, but it certainly doesn't warrant the excessive praise it's getting.

Jul 18, 2012
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

dazzling, full of quiet pathos and surpirises. in a tired film world full of fluff and nonsense, werner herzog reminds me that there is quality and substance after all.

Jun 11, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Any excellent documentary on people that chose to work in Antarctica. German director Werner Herzog has an interesting approach and raised some interesting questions to his interviewees.

It is a 2-disc DVD set, with much additional video and info, both under and above the thick layer of ice. Very enjoyable and informative viewing.

Jul 02, 2011
  • mj7932 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Truly amazing mysterious unknown Antarctica...especially, under ice cap videos...One suspects if this is really our planet Earth!

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