Vertical Limit-Special Edition

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Product Overview

An emotionally-charged action-adventure tale of a retired climber who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up k2, the world's second highest peak, to save his estranged sister and her summit team in a race against time.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 40152360
UPC 043396050662
UPC 14 00043396050662
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Mountains
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
Martin Campbell
Actors
Chris O'Donnell
Cast & Crew
Bill Paxton - Actor
Chris O'Donnell - Actor
Robin Tunney - Actor
Scott Glenn - Actor
Martin Cambell - Director
David Tattersall - Director of Photography
James Newton Hpoward - Musical Score
Martin Campbell, et al. - Producer
Robert King - Screenplay
Robert King - Story By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 05066
UPC 00043396050662
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The blend of stunt work and effects is seamless, and there's a real suspense as they edge out of tight spots... 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Bill Diehl, ABC Radio A hair raising high altitude adventure.
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