7 C
New York
Monday, November 23, 2020
Advertisement

180° South: Conquerors of the Useless Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: VC-1
  • Resolution: 108op/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH
  • Region: A
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • List Price: $29.98

[amazon-product align=”right”]B003DNLLLS[/amazon-product]

BestBuy.com:
180 South: Conquerors of the Useless - Widescreen Subtitle AC3 Dolby

Purchase 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4/5]

There are times in life when the journey is more meaningful than the destination and that is the point of 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless. This adventure documentary follows the journey of surfer and climber Jeff Johnson as he seeks to retrace the legendary 1968 trek of Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia apparel) and Doug Tompkins (founder of The North Face and co-owner of ESPIRIT).

Inspired by the journey that took the two men on a road trip in a van through Latin America to Argentina to scale a hazardously towering peak, Johnson embarked on his own adventure that would see him travel the South American coast by boat, end up shipwrecked in Rapa Nui, experience the wildlife of the Galapagos and ascend Cerro Corocavdo.

It would become something of an inner journey, more than just an outward experience to relive his mentors’ long-ago adventure; a challenge of mind, body, and spirit. Captured by director Chris Malloy with marvelously fitting music by Mason Jennings and Jason Mercer of The Shins, 180° South is a travelogue for the soul that is well worth watching. If you’ve seen Into the Wild and enjoyed it, then  this is a must see adventure.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Multiple sources including archival personal camera footage and loads of slow motions shots mean that 180° South doesn’t necessarily look great all of the time. The beautiful nature shots and vistas are often suppressed by softness of detail, grain, and video noise, but otherwise the video quality is rather acceptable for a documentary of this nature. The presentation does not get in the way of the “feel” of the content, and there are no excessive artifacts to worry about.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

180° South comes with a rather straightforward English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless mix that never really hints at the openness and adventure inherent in the documentary itself. The soundtrack is rather effective, however, at putting forth a clear and precise narration as well as the excellent soundtrack from the members of The Shins. If you don’t go into this one expecting something bombastic, you shouldn’t be disappointed.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

The main focus of the supplemental section is the music that supports this film. The Shins perform in the open, as well as native musicians and it is a treat for anyone who appreciates good folksy tunes.

The supplements provided with this release are:

  • The Making of 180° South (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:23.49)
  • Deleted Scenes (1.78:1; 480i/60)
  • The Music:
    • Mason Jennings “Your New Man” (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:04.22)
    • James Mercer “Gone For Good” (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:03.39)
    • Mason Jennings “Something About Your Love” (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:04.50)
    • Chile Music — Part I (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:01.14)
    • Chile Music — Part II (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:02.32)
    • Chris Malloy Jump Cut — Filming the Score (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:03.00)
    • Emmett Malloy Slideshow — Recording the Score (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:02.00)
    • Keith Malloy (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:02.53)
    • Making of 180° South Music (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:02.53)
    • Makohe Sings — Rapa Nui (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:03.12)
    • Makohe Sings — Interior (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:02.38)
    • Mason Jennings “Something About Your Love” (Bus)  (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:04.16)
  • BD-Live

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

My recommendation is that anyone with a taste for wildlife, adventure, and inner journeys should definitely pick up this inspiring documentary. It is delicately handled by Chris Malloy and beautifully filmed.

Additional Screen Captures:

BestBuy.com:
180 South: Conquerors of the Useless - Widescreen Subtitle AC3  Dolby

Purchase 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Join the Discussion on Our Forum

Advertisement

Related Articles

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.

2067 (Blu-ray Review)

With the world deforested and people dying from a deadly disease caused by synthetic oxygen, a quiet tunnel worker receives a message from the future and must save humanity in this uneven but watchable dystopian Aussie indie sci-fi thriller.

The Irishman (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated (Best Director) late career crime world epic gets the Criterion Collection treatment it deserves.

Stay Connected

299FansLike
0FollowersFollow
0FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.

2067 (Blu-ray Review)

With the world deforested and people dying from a deadly disease caused by synthetic oxygen, a quiet tunnel worker receives a message from the future and must save humanity in this uneven but watchable dystopian Aussie indie sci-fi thriller.

The Irishman (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated (Best Director) late career crime world epic gets the Criterion Collection treatment it deserves.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Criterion gives us a brilliant new 4K restoration on Blu-ray of Jim Jarmusch's 1999's indie classic about a loner assassin who follows the way of the samurai.

Westworld: Season Three — The New World (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The third season of HBO's flagship sci-fi series sends the Hosts into the real world for a somewhat disappointing eight episodes but a magnificent 4K Ultra HD release.
%d bloggers like this: