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Antarctica: A Year On Ice

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Anthony Powell

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About the Movie

ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world. Guided by nature photographer Anthony Powell, we experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth along with the hardy and devoted people who call it home year-round. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature's grandeur, and everyday moments of humanity, this one-of-a-kind documentary reveals a close-knit international community of scientists, craftsmen and laborers that thrive in a land few have ever experienced. Filmed over 10 years on the continent, ANTARCTICA combines spectacular photography and a deeply personal adventure to capture the splendor of the frozen planet like no film before it.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The extremes of "Antarctica: A Year on Ice" might seem routine to fans of nature documentaries, but the photographer and director Anthony Powell produces some dazzling imagery in his droll study of isolation way, way down under. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 28, 2014

Fresh: "Antarctica" is successful because it operates on two complementary levels, the epic visuals whose grandeur can stagger you and the small-scale personal stories of the people who live and work down there. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 2014

Fresh: Powell filmed Antarctica over a decade. Some of his footage has turned up elsewhere, in nature docs, but it's never been better presented than here. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Nov 25, 2014

Fresh: Far less austere than the landscape it shows, Antarctica: A Year On Ice sometimes verges on the corny. But it reveals two polar worlds - the natural and the human - that are fascinating and unfamiliar. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Nov 28, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Honest Antarctica

This documentary is the real Antarctica. You can keep all those IMAX shots of ice and stories of Shackleton. Finding out what Antarctica is really, actually like, with no filter, is to me even more interesting to me.

Bravo, Bravo!

After spending a summer in Antarctica, I have always had a difficult time relaying the feelings, sights and good fortune I had living down there as a firefighter. I often get asked questions about what it's like, and my answers along with photos and videos seem mediocre in comparison to the absolute beauty of this continent.

This movie has depicted, what no amount of my words could, just how unbelievable it is down there. I am one of the very lucky few in the world to have been there, lived there and missed being there. Watch this documentary, and witness the beauty our planet has.


Simply Mind-Blowing!

This is the best documentary I have ever seen in my life. The stunning visuals alone are simply breathtaking and mind-blowing. This doc gives us all a very real and extremely rare glimpse at what it's like to be in this amazing place called Antarctica. I, myself, have never really given much thought as to what it would be like to be there. I always just pictured Antarctica as an extremely cold, brutal, even borderline uninhabitable place to be, and yes, it can be that (especially during the winter), but this doc shows the absolutely beautiful and stunning side of this gargantuan environment that most of us have never had the pleasure of witnessing before. It took Anthony Powell 10 years to make this film, and those 10 years definitely paid off because they resulted in one of the most stunning documentaries ever made (in my opinion). I just love it, it's definitely going into my collection of documentaries!

Antarctica: A Year On Ice
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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