“Rife with authentic-looking re-creations and captivating black-and-white scenes of Mallory… well-cast celebrity voices lend gravitas to an already weighty subject.”– Chicago Sun Times
“Everest Film marks a high point… absorbing… Mallory lived a life that was more dramatic than most fiction”
— Los Angeles Times
“Spectacular… Awe-inspiring shots”
New York (Feb. 22, 2011) – George Mallory was intent on becoming the first climber to reach the top of Mount Everest, but his 1924 climb would be his last, and his disappearance left the world in shock and disbelief. Almost eight decades later, Mallory’s story takes a surprise twist, leading Conrad Anker in search for the truth behind the tragic tale, which continues to haunt and fascinate generations new and old. Featuring a stellar cast of voices by Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List, upcoming The Hangover Part II), the late Natasha Richardson (Wild Child, Asylum), Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, The Reader, The Hurt Locker), Emmy nominee Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down, Confessions of a Shopaholic) and BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd, Die Hard), The Wildest Dream sheds new light on a story fueled by love, adventure, and determination.
Heralded as “An astonishing 90 minutes that whisks by as quickly as the Everest wind,” by The Seattle Times, and “An awe-inspiring, nail-biting climb,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Virgil Films & Entertainment has teamed up with National Geographic Entertainment to present the DVD and Blu-ray disc premiere of The Wildest Dream on Tuesday, March 15, for a suggested retail price of $19.99 and $28.99 respectively.
Captivating audiences with its “heart-palpitation-inducing vistas at 29,000 feet” (The Washington Post), Director Anthony Geffen retraces Mallory’s deadly climb while illustrating his powerful love story through letters interwoven with never-before-seen photos and film archives. Blended with personal accounts from Mallory’s family, fascinating interviews and vivid re-enactments, the film creates a “Breathtaking docudrama” (Bloomberg) that “everyone should see” (Parade Magazine).
Bonus Features on DVD and BD formats include raw interviews with Anthony Geffen, Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding; information on the Khumbu Climbing Centre; and photo gallery.
Synopsis – The Wildest Dream
George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend. His death stunned the world.
Seventy-five years later, climber Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s after Anker found Mallory’s frozen body with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory’s story, Anker returns to Everest with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to unravel the mysteries surrounding Mallory’s disappearance.
More information can be found online at www.TheWildestDream.com
Virgil Films & Entertainment
Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include: Mad Ron’s Prevues From Hell; Seven Days starring Yun-jin Kim (ABC’s “Lost”), Shoot The Hero! starring Jason Mewes, Nick Turturro and Danny Trejo; The Brazen Bull starring Michael Madsen and Rachel Hunter; Michael Imperioli’s directorial debut The Hungry Ghosts; and National Geographic’s Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo. For more information, please visit: www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com.
National Geographic Entertainment
National Geographic Entertainment is part of National Geographic Global Media and combines into a single operating group National Geographic Films, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, Kids Entertainment and Music & Radio. National Geographic Global Media brings together all of the National Geographic’s editorial platforms to streamline collaboration and support the Society’s mission. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” National Geographic works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through magazines, books, digital media, television, radio, music, film and live events. It funds more than 250 research scientific research, exploration and conservation projects each year and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
Daniel Battsek is president of NGF; Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV; and Mark Katz is president of NGCV Distribution.
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The Wildest Dream
Virgil Films & Entertainment
STREET DATE: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
SRP: $19.99 DVD
Director: Anthony Geffen
Cast: Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Dancy, Alan Rickman
Running Time: 94 minutes
Sound Format: Dolby 5.1
Bonus Features: Raw interviews; Information on the Khumbu Climbing Centre; Photo Gallery