El Capitan...wonderfully restored, now available


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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 11, 2013 - 04:00pm PT
One of the best climbing films ever made, Fred Padula and Glen Denny's "El Capitan" has been been lovingly and wonderfully restored and is now available in DVD or Blu-Ray format.
Fred painstakingly digitally restored, frame by frame, the entire original 16 mm film. The result is a film not only fully restored but MUCH BETTER than the original. Just shows you what a little technology and a lot of elbow grease can do.
El Capitan, filmed by Glen Denny and featuring climbers Gary Colliver, Dick McCracken and Lito Tejada-Flores is a remarkable, historical adventure into the "Golden Years" of Yosemite climbing.
Now available at www.elcapfilm.com

Ice climber
Bernal Flats, CA
Sep 11, 2013 - 04:24pm PT

I got my copy a few weeks ago from Fred.
It's a seriously cool film.

And if you're a young'n...
...a pretty amazing time capsule into how they got it done.

Mountain climber
Sep 11, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
Thanks for the heads up. Going to the site now.


berkeley, ca
Sep 11, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
I bet they would receive 100x more sales if they were to create a very short trailer and post on vimeo/youtube. I would certainly be more likely to buy if I could get a sense of what I was buying.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Sep 11, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
Trailer. Not that you need it.. it's arguably the best climbing film ever made. Lotta folks here donated to make this restoration possible.


This trailer does not do it justice

Here is a MUCH better docu/trailer


Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Sep 12, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Yay! One of my favorite memories from adolescence was watching this for the first time. I was like Charlie visiting the Chocolate Factory!

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Sep 12, 2013 - 02:44am PT
I have a background in graphic design, photoshopping, digital renderings, etc. Even so, after I watched the original (unrestored) film next to the enhanced version...my mind is blown. They really did some amazing wizardry to improve this film, not just restore it. It's better than the original ever was.

Sep 12, 2013 - 03:40am PT

best climbing film ever.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Sep 12, 2013 - 08:26am PT
I still have my VHS tape from the original release.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:55am PT
Thanks for the heads up. I've been trying for months to get a hold of this film.
Fred must of just made it available to the masses?

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Sep 12, 2013 - 10:58am PT
thanks for the marketing jim,
i otherwise never knew.
i just happy-channeled my paper-back-spine
to these cause.

mountain zeal!

Trad climber
Sep 12, 2013 - 11:27am PT
TFPU Jim. That doc had me speechless as kid and probably changed my life.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Sep 12, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Thanks Jim. Just got my PayPal on and ordered a copy! Stoked. My old VHS copy had been dying....and I don't have a VCR anymore so it will be nice to sit down and have a showing of the film that started it all for many of us.

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Sep 12, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
I still have my VHS tape from the original release.

Me too! And, just ordered up the Blu-Ray via PayPal! :)

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
I received the BluRay! The video came out great! And, the audio is good, too. The audio was tricky for them originally, as well. The only audio part that lacks some of the original VHSs punch is the night time lead fall, that audio was more dramatic in the original VHS tape. In the VHS tape I remember it sounding more like a quiet night and then a large box of silverware dropping onto the ground. Made you jump a bit more than the BlueRay. But, other than that little audio bit, it looks and sounds great! Love most of the current interview footage, too! Great film, a must have!

Sunnyvale, CA
Jun 30, 2014 - 08:27pm PT
Saw this posting on Facebook by Alpinist Magazine, really interesting read...http://www.alpinist.com/doc/ALP40/40-elcap/1

On the two-year anniversary of Alpinist contributor Michael Ybarra's death, we remember a friend and climber. "[Ybarra] was a lively and mischievous child, inevitably wandering off to the dismay of our parents, always found again with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile," his sister Suzanne Ybarra writes.

Click here to read Ybarra's retelling of the tumultuous making of El Capitain: The Movie from Issue 40: http://bit.ly/1nXvxvk
mark miller

Social climber
Jun 30, 2014 - 11:34pm PT
That film was great, I can't wait to get my copy of the new remastered version.
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