Encounters at the End of the World

2007 G 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

Encounters at the End of the World

2007 G 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Filmmaker Werner Herzog takes you on a wild and woolly journey to the South Pole in this Oscar contender -- from the National Science Foundation's headquarters on Ross Island to some of Antarctica's most remote and dangerous terrain.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: DTS 5.1 HD
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
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age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this beautiful documentary -- which follows filmmaker Werner Hertzog to various scientific and research stations at the South Pole -- is fairly dry stuff, particularly compared to similarly themed audience-friendly docs like March of the Penguins. At the same time, it's a celebration of scientific curiosity and the human spirit, and while young kids may be vaguely flummoxed by Herzog's narration, the movie is absolutely family-friendly and full of astonishing images and ideas.

Sexual Content

Minor discussion of homosexuality among penguins.


Not applicable


A written card includes the word "hell."

Social Behavior

The film calls attention to the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge's sake.


Herzog's trip is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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