The Epic of Everest review

Tragic silent documentary serves up high-altitude drama in high-definition

This remarkable 1924 film documents the tragic attempt to conquer Everest that resulted in the deaths of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. While the film's treatment of the Tibetan locals makes for rather uncomfortable viewing, there's no denying that it stands as a powerful testament to the climbers and the mountain itself. The BFI's AVC 1.33:1 1080p restoration still exhibits damage and instability, but also reveals a wealth of detailing thanks to the improved clarity. A recreation of the original musical accompaniment (LPCM 2.0) is joined by a new score by Simon Fisher Turner (DTS-HD MA 5.1/LPCM 2.0).

The Epic of Everest, BFI, All-region BD/R0 DVD, £20 Approx