Mullen, Chet Thomas, Gershan Mosley, Danny Gonzalez, Matt Mumford, Chad
Fernandez, Jayme Fortune, Ben Pappas, Renton Millar, Mike Peterson and Ryan
Insanely good skating is
what's to be had on this thoroughly enjoyable DVD and whilst it's running time
is only 43 mintues, it's packed full of goodness. To watch the grace and
ability of Rodney Mullen alone would have been worth the admission price
though, that guy is so damn good it makes me weep to watch him.
Brought to us by Globe
Shoes, Opinion is the work of Matt Hill and it's surprising the level of
quality that has been put into the entire production. Whilst still just a disc
of skaters hitting up spots, Opinion in it's presentation feels like a journey
of sorts that we are lucky enough to have been taken on.
Shot from what appears
mostly to be mini DV the picture is very clear for all segments and the music
is well suited to the skater that is featured at the time. The rendition of
"Sweet Alabama" played during the Mullen session is awesome. I can't forget to
mention the White Zombie track as well, god bless 'em!
Add to the quality
feature, a swag of extras that we'll discuss below that with the exception of
the opening bail on Globe AM are sweet and add heaps to the value of the disc.
If you are even vaguely
interested in seeing some great skating then I can't recommend this DVD highly
enough to you. It's classy, well presented and a real credit to the sport.
The picture on this disc
is sweet as hell for what is predominately shot on what I'd guess to be mini
DV cameras and is presented in a full screen format. There is a little bit of
grain but really it's one of the best looking skate DVDs I've seen in a while!
The menus for this disc
are animated with audio and are nice transitions from one area to the next.
sound all the way through this one with a killer soundtrack. The composed
music is wonderful and slightly haunting, making it feel a lot more like an
introspective. I almost would have kept that music as the background for the
skaters as well all the way through rather than reverting to songs.
Audio is very clear all the way through all the way to the
sickening crunch of Pat Green's head hitting the ground. Sometimes sound is
too good :) You can tell that a hell of a lot of love has been put into this
Extras are packed onto this DVD and all are good additions
to the disc in general with one exception as far as I am concerned and that's
the start of the Globe AM section. The rest of it is an insightful look at
some more skating footage and also the premiere of the Opinion movie. It's
funny to see the skaters show up on red carpet and no one there to check them
There are also a number of highlight reels and commercials
for the movie that are brief teaser type trailers to get the audience
The real meat of the extras is the extra skating that we
get to watch. This is one awesome DVD from start to finish and I highly
Opinion: To Each
His Own Features