At first I couldn't work out
this disc. It seemed a bit arty for a skate vid at first and then you got to
see the skills of the skaters involved in the video.
I must say that I was extremely impressed
with the production values of the disc and the thought that went behind it.
Streets is a like a travel brochure for
skaters who might be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. All the popular
spots in the area are visited and destroyed (skated) by local pros and legends
of the area. The footage taken is surprising in that it had quite an intimate
feel to it, unless many of the skate flicks you see. There was a passion for
San Fran that was evident in both the way the footage was shot and the
enthusiasm the locals showed for it as well.
There are a number of spots that are hit and
Junipero High School
Third and Army
Mean anything to you? Sure as hell doesn't to
me, but what is evident is that these are great places to skate if you have
access to them. Streets also takes a look at the local graffiti art and heaps
of interviews with local skaters talking candidly about the area in which they
The disc has a really personal feel to it and
what I found especially teasing to me was the ad for the next installment of
Streets in Barcelona. I checked their website but it doesn't appear that we
are going to see a DVD for a while so please stay tuned. After seeing this
disc you are gonna be waiting as intently as I am for the next Streets!
Great quality considering
most source material is from a digital camera from the looks of things, though
I could be wrong about that. Editing and transitions between spots has been
really well done with what appears to be computer generated animations.
This is where the disc gets personal with all
the tunes being put together by local artists and DJs. I loved the mix on this
DVD and it made watching the spots entirely enjoyable. . Good stuff.
This was a great
arrangement of extras on this disc and the focus was squarely on the scene at
San Fran. There's over an hour of interviews alone with the skaters, a brief
look at some of the graffiti tags that they came across during the filming and
even a brief piece on the skaters favourite eating spots in the area. All said
and done, very well put together and entertaining.
Spot Checks (interviews)