Encounters at the End of the World

Encounters at the End of the World

DVD - 2007
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An up-close and personal look at one of Antarctica's lesser-known inhabitants: the human. Join Werner Herzog as he shows those amazing individuals who work, play, and struggle to live in some of the world's worst conditions.
Published: Silver Spring, MD : Discovery Communications, Inc. ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, c2007, 2008.
Branch Call Number: DVD 919.89 ENC
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jan 29, 2019

Werner Herzog rarely disappoints. This film has an extra DVD which includes a conversation between Jonathan Demme and Herzog which shouldn't be missed.

strangegazelle Aug 12, 2017

Herzog does the Antarctic good, playing opera over the alien underwater landscape. The real heart of "Encounters" is with its residents though, who come from all over the globe to live in an ice world. I like the part with Werner and the isolated penguin expert. It's a bit surreal to watch a German trying to make a very reserved person laugh.

Jun 25, 2016

The under water imagery and some of the landscape are sublime. The kinky people that populate Antarctica are each one capable of being a subject of a film themselves. Perhaps the most unusual and memorable things mentioned is that of the crazy penguins, that walk away from both their nesting area and the ocean, going towards the mountains or the interior of the continent - and there is no stopping or redirecting them either.

eggman58 Dec 19, 2015

I loved hearing the seals communicate below the ice. Cool as all get-out. The cinematographers who film these sequences are awesomely brave.

Jul 20, 2015

There are some interesting aspects to this documentary, especially the underwater filming.

Jun 16, 2014

Herzog interviews the strange people he meets at the bottom of the world in Antarctica. Along the way he (probably?) fakes the most soul crushing penguin scene I have ever seen and captures tons of beautiful footage of a place I knew very little about.

Feb 07, 2014

Not one of Werner Herzog’s better documentaries. Rather boring at times. If you have seen footage of Antarctica then most of this will be a rehash. In this documentary he focuses more on the people rather than the animals. There are some parts that are interesting but overall if you decide to watch this be prepared to fast forward.

Aug 14, 2012

Some interesting footage that made me think. Much better than Herzog's cave movie. Still, it was overdone. The bit about the lone penguin going off to his certain death? Or when they put their heads to the ice to listen to the animal calls? And I could have done without the second disc which is basically an extended interview with Werner Herzog where he is praised so excessively for this thing that it's almost nauseating. The film is worth your time, if only to find out what goes on down at the south pole, but it certainly doesn't warrant the excessive praise it's getting.

Jul 18, 2012

dazzling, full of quiet pathos and surpirises. in a tired film world full of fluff and nonsense, werner herzog reminds me that there is quality and substance after all.

Jun 11, 2012

Any excellent documentary on people that chose to work in Antarctica. German director Werner Herzog has an interesting approach and raised some interesting questions to his interviewees.

It is a 2-disc DVD set, with much additional video and info, both under and above the thick layer of ice. Very enjoyable and informative viewing.

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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Journey almost literally to the end of the world at a remote science station to meet the kinds of people who would dare live in such an environment, and the jobs they do, with freezing cold temperatures and limited supplies.


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