Eight Below (Blu-ray)

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The unforgiving terrain of Antarctica comes to life through the wonder of Blu-ray Disc technology in this amazing tale of courage and loyalty. Eight incredible dogs, left behind when their research team is forced to flee, band together to survive the subzero elements that blister the screen in eye-popping 1080p. The astonishing sound quality of the 5.1 48 kHz, 16-bit uncompressed audio will have you practically feeling the wind chill factor as guide Jerry (Paul Walker) races against time to save his four-legged friends. Experience this heart-pounding adventure like never before through the magic of Blu-ray high definition


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202900095
UPC 786936718829
UPC 14 00786936718829
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note Inspired by a true story and the hit Japanese film NANKYOKU MONOGATARI, Frank Marshall's (ALIVE, CONGO) EIGHT BELOW captures a rugged world of ice, snow, and threatening weather that few will ever experience in person. As a guide for a National Science Foundation Research Base in Antarctica, Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) is perfectly content to spend his time exploring the wilderness with his sled dogs and goofing around with his best buddy, cartographer Charlie Cooper (Jason Biggs). Then UCLA geologist Davis McLaren (Bruce Greenwood) arrives at the camp with plans for a risky expedition: treacherous ice fields make his target destination accessible only by dog sled so late in the season. Soon Shepard, McLaren and the sled dogs--Maya, Max, Old Jack, Buck, Shorty, Dewey, Shadow, and Truman--are on their way in search of McLaren's prize: a meteorite from Mercury.^Unfortunately, an approaching storm forces Shepard and McLaren to return to base early. The return trip proves life-threatening, but the dogs pull through, saving both Shepard and McLaren from certain death. The storm also forces the scientists to leave the research center earlier than planned, and there's no room on board bush pilot Katie's (Moon Bloodgood) plane for the dogs. With the promise that someone will return for them immediately, Shepard leaves his beloved dogs behind. Soon, however, it becomes apparent that the weather has made a return trip impossible. Can the dogs survive in the Antarctic wilderness on their own, or will Shepard get back in time to save them? The dogs emerge as the most intriguing characters in the story, each exhibiting a distinct personality and fierce loyalty. The other major player is the wilderness itself, a beautiful, mysterious world that is rarely depicted on film.
Entertainment Weekly "[I]nspired by a real-life story of sled dogs who survived extended subzero abandonment....There's something invigorating about this unpretentious dog tale." -- Grade: B 02/24/2006 p.42-44
New York Times "[A]n orgy of canine cuteness." 02/17/2006 p.E24
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here' s an old-fashioned charm to director Frank Marshall's heartfelt tribute to canine courage." 06/01/2006 p.46
Widescreen Review "The icy blue-gray locations are nicely captured, and hues are well balanced accordingly." 07/01/2006 p.70
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is one of the most rousing and gripping family films to come out of Disney in a long while." 08/01/2006 p.97
Frank Marshall
Moon Bloodgood
Jason Biggs
Bruce Greenwood
Paul Walker
Cast & Crew
Bruce Greenwood - Actor
Christopher Rouse - Editor
David DiGilio - Writer
Don Burgess - Cinematographer
Frank Marshall - Director
Jason Biggs - Actor
Kirk Francis - Original Music By
Moon Bloodgood - Actor
Patrick Crowley - Producer
Paul Walker - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 5275403
UPC 00786936718829
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Remarkable, how in a film where we know with an absolute certainty that all or most of the dogs must survive, "Eight Below" succeeds as an effective story. It works by focusing on the dogs..."Eight Below" is restrained, for the most part, in how it presents its dogs. When there are closeups of a dog's face, absorbed in thought, anxiety or yearning, we aren't asked to believe anything we don't already believe about dogs: They do think, worry and yearn, and they love, too. Or if they don't, I don't want to know about it.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Cinema goes to the dogs - literally - in Eight Below, an enjoyable, often exciting fact-based tale of survival in the frozen wastes of Antarctica. As long as director Frank Marshall (Alive) keeps the focus on the film's canine stars, shot in breathtaking sequences in Canada, Greenland, and Norway, the movie succeeds at drawing you into their incredible adventure. It's when the narrative shifts to the dogs' human costars that Eight Below loses its otherwise tight grip on your attention. Happily, the dogs are so compelling to watch that you're mostly willing to overlook the flaws in the picture, which, thankfully, never sinks to the jokey cinematic nadir of Snow Dogs.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Walker,Paul
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post ...magnificent and deeply moving.
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...top-notch survival adventure...
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe More than a mushy dog tale, Eight Below is a true love story.

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