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Learn more about Vertical Limit (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 203651229
UPC: 043396181045
UPC 14: 00043396181045
Category Keywords: Mountains  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Hold Your Breath.
K2, a 28,250-foot mountain in Pakistan's Karakoram Range, is the setting for this adrenaline-pumping action-adventure. It's a race against time when a retired mountain climber (Chris O'Donnell) leads a rescue mission to save his estranged sister (Robin Tunney) and other members of her team who have become trapped on K2 after a deadly avalanche.

Martin Campbell, the celebrated director of The Mask of Zorro and Goldeneye, delivers high-voltage action and exhilarating suspense in a film that pits man against his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements.

"Possibly the most suspense-charged mountain-climbing movie ever made.  Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...like riding a roller coaster for two hours...frighteningly exciting.  Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Pulls off thrilling stunts that will leave you a sweaty-palmed mess. It's top-tier movie escapism.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
As action director Martin Campbell's heart-pumping thriller VERTICAL LIMIT begins, an eagle glides gracefully over the stunningly filmed mesas of Utah. Its shadow falls on a vertical rock face being climbed by Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell), his father (Stuart Wilson), and his sister Annie (Robin Tunney). Suddenly a backpack hurtles by, followed rapidly by two climbers whose ropes tear the male Garretts from the rock face. The excruciatingly tense sequence ends in tragedy.

After this stunning opening, the action switches to the Himalayas, where tycoon Elliott Vaughn (Bill Paxton) has financed an expedition that will take him to the summit of K2--the world's second highest mountain. Annie is one of Elliott's party. In the face of a threatening storm, Elliott recklessly insists the climb should continue. The storm duly arrives and decimates the expedition, leaving Elliott and Annie stranded. Peter leads a group of climbers--including the grizzled Montgomery Wick (Scott Glenn) and a French-Canadian nurse (Izabella Scorupco)--in a rescue attempt.|Campbell, director of photography Derek Tattersall, many daring cameramen, mountain climbers, avalanche specialists, and special effects technicians, along with veteran editor Thom Noble, deliver a beautifully filmed mountaineering thriller with even more heart-stopping moments than JAWS.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/19/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 18104
Video UPC UPC: 00043396181045
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Mandarin
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bill Paxton
Video Cast Info Chris O'Donnell
Video Cast Info Robin Tunney
Video Cast Info Scott Glenn
Video Cast Info David Tattersall - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Lloyd Phillips - Producer
Video Cast Info Martin Cambell - Director
Video Cast Info Mike Medavoy - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Nick Bassett, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Robert King - Writer
Video Cast Info Terry Hayes - Writer
Video Cast Info Thom Noble - Editor

Awards


Nominee (2001)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Kent Houston, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"The action scenes in VERTICAL LIMIT take cliffhanging to the highest peaks of excitement..." 12/08/2000 p.4E

Box Office
"...The physical feats are inspiring, crowd-pleasing testaments to the stupendous extremes of human capabilities..." 01/01/2001 p.63

Entertainment Weekly
"...The best scenes give you a vicarious vertigo high..." 01/05/2001 p.51

Hollywood Reporter
"...The stunt work and David Tattersall's lensing catch moments of the adrenaline rush that is mountain climbing..." 11/29/2000 p.14-39

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Strongly acted and well crafted....VERTICAL LIMIT delivers with efficiency and craft..." 12/08/2000 p.43

Sight and Sound
"...Campbell's tale of Himalayan derring-do does exhibit a fearsome kinetic energy and a rounded grasp of characterisation..." 09/01/2001 p.62

Uncut
"[T]he avalanches and stunts are watchable..." 08/01/2001 p.144

ReelViews 7 of 10
I have always appreciated the concept of a man versus nature adventure thriller. Unfortunately, the reality, at least as brought to the screen by Hollywood, has rarely lived up to the promise. Instead of relying on the inherent suspense in the struggle of a small group of human beings to overcome an implacable force, movie screenwriters throw in all sorts of pointless subplots and contrivances that reduce the central conceit to little more than a sideshow. Vertical Limit is the latest case in point. It's not a bad film, and it doesn't fall prey to as many cliches as have afflicted its predecessors, but its numerous missteps reduce this from the level of a gripping thriller to a popcorn diversion. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Somebody, I think it was me, was observing the other day that Hollywood never really stopped making B pictures; they simply gave them $100 million budgets and marketed them as A pictures. "Vertical Limit" is an example: It's made from obvious formulas and pulp novel conflicts, but strongly acted and well crafted. The movie may be compared with "The Perfect Storm"...I've seen climbing documentaries in which climbers do amazing things, although none quite so amazing as some of the stunts in "Vertical Limit." The blend of stunt work and effects is seamless, and there's real suspense as they edge out of tight spots...strong performances, particularly by Glenn as the hard-bitten climber with a private agenda. "Vertical Limit" delivers with efficiency and craft, and there are times, when the characters are dangling over a drop of a mile, when we don't even mind how it's manipulating us. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Tunney,Robin
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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