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DVD Reviews: Tony Hawk's Secret Skatepark Tour


The Final Say!

Review Score
10/10
Extras
9.9/10
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: June 2004
Distributed by:
Stomp

 

 

 

 

Holy Crap! A must have disc for anyone even vaguely interested in either skating or Tony Hawk! Get your skatey, get to the shop and get this DVD right now!

Image this: You are skating your neighbourhood park and all of a sudden this bus shows up out of nowhere and out of it spills some of the best skaters in the world today, headed up by Tony Hawk! That's the premise behind this disc that has been one of the most entertaining skate discs that I've seen in a while.

The secret skatepark tour came about by Hawk being tired of only skating publicly in a competition format that would be swamped by kids, that due to it's very nature would allow him and other pros to really have limited access to them. The skatepark tour allowed these pro skaters to show up at parks unannounced and basically for a period of time have the same amount of access that normal people would have to the facility.

This is a fresh look at the idea of a skate video and one that I personally love. I can say unreservedly that I sincerely hope that this is going to be an ongoing series. I can so easily identify with the guys who are locals at the park with the way their jaws drop open when they realise that Hawk, Sheckler, Vallely, Margera and co. step out the bus and destroy their local park. The sheer variety of parks also means that you get to see how the pros change their style slightly in order to adapt to the new environment.

Fans of skating who know the names of skaters better keep these names on their lips as they will become the new Tony Hawk and other legendary names that you can think of. They are Ryan Sheckler (who I had the privilege to see skate at the 2004 Globe World Cup in Melbourne) and another young guy Shaun White who is totally dominating the world snowboarding scene. These kids have so much raw talent that it is incredible to watch, and even the seasoned pros such as Vallely are saying that they are the ones to keep an eye on. The level of tricks that these kids perform are staggering and absolutely amaze me.

With the structure of the secret tour being what it was, there was what I would consider to be much more innovative skating involved as they didn't have to lug gear about and skate to a routine as would be the case in a huge event where the pros would do the same tricks every night and at the same time. Every park was different with it's own idiosyncrasies that the riders has to adjust to.

Asides from the fact that just about every favourite skater of mine was on this tour, I was especially stoked to see that one of my all time heroes, Rodney Mullen, was on this tour. Mullen is  a bit of a recluse of sorts and really seems to have had a bit of a problem with crowds. He's the sort of pioneer who's been around since the old school days of the Bones Brigade and a skater whom I've enjoyed watching for over twenty years (yes I am that old!). Mullen is the undisputed king of flatland and tech skating and quite frankly skates at a level that I've never seen matched.

All things said and done, this is one disc of such quality that you will watch it again and again. It's not like a lot of flicks that you will watch once and then stuff it up on your bookcase. The concept is new and so packed with the world's best skaters that you are getting some of the best value for money that you could hope for.

Some may ask, why a perfect score for this feature. Simple. It was perfect!

Highest Recommendation!

Video

This feature looks absolutely great and there is nothing to complain about. Not sure of the equipment used but there is very little in the way of faults here. All things said and done, highly entertaining and highly watchable from start to finish.

Audio

You've got good quality audio here and nothing that will make you turn up the volume in order to hear people talking. Slams are distinct and enough to make you wince. Music is your standard skate vid fare that will get you amped to grab your own board to hit the street. A solid package.

Extras

Packed! This is a great line up of extras and they are bound to keep you all entertained. Even the still photos that I nearly don't bother with, were entertaining and told a story in their own right. We got to see skate parks that weren't featured in the main show, Tony Hawk taking time out to see fans, still shots from the tour, it's a jam packed extras area that is awesome.

If you had to ask me my favourite extras it would be the way too short Rodney Mullen Show, Chalmer's Cam and the temper tantrums thrown by Kerry Getz, mixed of course with the glee that Bam Margera had in capturing them on disc!

  • Tony visits fans

  • Extra Park Footage

  • Chalmer's Ditch

  • Chalmer's Cam

  • Rodney Mullen Show

  • Day Off in Wyoming

  • Photo Scrapbook

 

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