The 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, under the leadership of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was advertised by him as a trip promising constant danger and a doubtful safe return. Five thousand men responded to his ad, and he chose 27 of them to join him on an expedition to cross the Antarctic continent for the first time. Only one day
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits image quality that is acceptable for a documentary. Interviews are a bit soft, lacking finer details, but colors are well balanced and generally natural. Color footage of frozen seas and icy landscapes are peppered with shaky, artifact-ridden stock footage and black-and-white photos of the men who set out on Shackleton
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