Eight Below

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Brutal cold forces two antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202505128
UPC 786936709889
UPC 14 00786936709889
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2013
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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
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 5042403
UPC 00786936709889
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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
Product Attributes
Actor Walker,Paul
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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