The highest grossing giant screen documentary of all time.

In this special director’s cut of Everest, audiences will revisit the inspirational and harrowing ascent of the world’s tallest mountain with a team of four international climbers who find hope, beauty, and triumph in the wake of tragedy. Digitally remastered in 16k resolution and with never-before-seen footage, this special edition will allow a new generation to experience this critically acclaimed film. When Everest was first released in 1998, it was the largest and fastest rollout ever for a large-format film. In December 1998, Everest earned the number one spot on Variety’s box office list for “limited releases,” and placed on the “Top 50 films of 1998” list by USA Today. It shattered all previous attendance records and went on to become the highest grossing giant-screen documentary of all time. Everest: The Director’s Cut will be released in IMAX® and giant screen theaters in February 2021.

  • What the large-format IMAX screen was made for: a breathtaking climb to the top of Mount Everest that reveals the world’s highest mountain in all of its awesome, perilous grandeur.”  “A.”

    Entertainment Weekly
  • “…combines real-life tragedy and derring-do with eye-popping scenery for an effect that’s as dramatic as it is fascinating and spectacular...Somber yet exciting and beautiful, this dazzling doc is sure to be a favorite…”

    Daily Variety
  • Everest... is not only a visually glorious and absorbing film and a story of hope and hubris; it is also an amazing feat of filmmaking.” - New York Times

    New York Times
  • Everest... is a thrilling account of athleticism and courage. The eight-story-high clarity of the IMAX screen is as close as most people will want to get to the sport of mountaineering. Without the expense, exertion, pain and risk, Everest is the next best thing to being there.”

    New York Daily News
  • "…a powerful, absorbing adventure..."

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Plain and simple, Everest takes movie-making to new heights—in every sense of the phrase. It’s not only the best IMAX film to date, it features some of the most spectacular, breathtaking photography on record. Indeed, the thrill-a-minute scenario makes Everest a must see for all.

    New York Post
    New York Post

Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films with major funding from the National Science Foundation

Sponsored in part by the Everest Film Network

Presented by Polartec

Narrated by Liam Neeson

Featuring the music of George Harrison, including “Here Comes The Sun”

Director’s Cut release date: February 2021

Original Release date: 1998

Runtime: 40 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm

Awards
  • Inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame – Voted in by members of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, September 2009
  • Best Picture of the Year, Best Cinematography of the Year, and Best Score of the Year – 1998 Maximum Image Awards, IMAX Corporation (Best score Award presented to George Harrison & Steve Wood)
  • IMAX Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Large Format Filmmaking – IMAX Corporation, 1998
  • Best Marketing Campaign of the Year by a Distributor – 1998 Giant Screen Theater Association Achievement Awards
  • Grand Award and WorldMedal for International Non-Broadcast Media (Documentary) – New York Festivals
  • Grand Prix du Public (the highest award) – La Géode Film Festival, Paris
  • Golden Eagle Award (Documentary Feature) – Cine Golden Eagle
  • The highest grossing IMAX Theatre documentary film of all time

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