On Bluray 3D, Bluray, DVD and Digital HD from director Baltasar Kormakur and Universal Studios Home Entertainment comes the challenge of a lifetime when climbing to “Everest.”

This film tells the story of two climbing expeditions headed to the top of Mt. Everest. It is May 10, 1996 when these two expeditions attempt to summit the highest point on Earth. On the climb is Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), Michael Groom (Thomas M. Wright), Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), Simon Harrison (Tim Madsen), John Taske (Tim Dantay), Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin), Guy Cotter (Sam Worthington) and Scott Fisher (Jake Gyllenhaal).

Down below in base camp is Helen Wilton (Emily Watson) trying to stay in communication as a storm rages up the mountain towards the climbers. Each group takes turns making their way to the summit before the message goes out that they need to come down and fast. The storm isn’t going to wait and it isn’t going to be kind when it hits.

There is no one actor that stands out in this film which makes it so difficult. Each character has their strength and when it comes to life and death the story jumps from climbers to climber. Clarke as Hall is the man who wants to make sure each person who wants to reach the summit does so. All is going according to plan until Doug Hansen begs to go to the summit knowing it is his last shot.

Worthington as Cotter knows that retrieving the climbers is near impossible with the storm continuing to barrel down on the mountain. Gyllenhaal as Fischer is the second leader who is the charming but is also realistic about what will happen if they don’t get down.

This is an amazing cast that gives the viewers a small look inside the life of these unique individuals.

Other cast include: Keera Knightly as Jan Hall, Michael Kelly as Jon Creakier, Todd Boyce as Frank Fastback, Mark Darwin as Lou Kasich, Justin Salinger as Ian Woodall, Vanessa Kirby as Sandy Hill Pittman, Mia Goth as Meg Weathers, Robin Wright as Peach Weathers, Chris Reilly as Kleve Scheming, Amy Swindler as Charlotte Fox, Pemba Sherpa as Lop sang, Charlotte Boding as Line Gammelgaard, Martin Henderson as Andy Harris, Thomas M. Wright as Michael Groom, Ang Phula Sherpa as Ang Dorjee and Tom Goodman-Hill as Neal Beidleman.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just added an amazing film to their library and making it available for us all to experience and re-experience in our own home theatres. There are films of every genre available from scary to drama to family films. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.uphe.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Everest” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I have to say that I am a huge fan of this genre of film. Yes, it is a disaster film of sorts but it is also about climbing mountains that only those who have a special something who can do it. Perhaps it is vicarious living on my part but can you imagine standing on the highest place on Earth? The view has to be something that no words could describe but instead it can only be felt.

What these climbers put their bodies through is nothing short of insane and yet they talk to one another in such a way that it is impossible not to root for every step they take. It is not only each individuals fight to survive but the sheer determination to save those around them. Each scene is compelling and don’t think I wasn’t holding my breath a time or two!

The effects are stunning bringing the drama closer and closer to the climbers. The cinematography is absolutely stunning and made my jaw drop more than once with fear for the climbers. As the clouds roll in and the lightening hits the mountain it is clear that what depth and talent it took to bring this to the screen is spectacular.

“Everest” has an amazing bonus feature section with Race to the Summit: The Making of Everest, and Aspiring to Authenticity: The Real Story, Feature Commentary with Director Baltasar Kormakur. The Bluray Exclusives include Learning to Climb: The Actors’ Journey and A Mountain of Work: Recreating Everest. The Digital HD with Ultraviolet allows the film to be watched from television, computers, tablets and even a Smartphone.

In the end — never let go!

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Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.