I had a blast with this
disc and it's fun to watch format. You can see that it's been put together by
people who are having fun with what they do and are quite possibly true fans
This is what you'd
expect from a DVD that is following a true magazine format and every section
was fun and informative. Being a Tom Green fan, I was stoked to see a bit from
his time on the Birdhouse tour (he even had a pro model board made for him).
This was a fun look at what must have been a pretty uncomfortable tour for the
guys with long trips in the car with little to do but set off fireworks and
throw stuff at other cars in their group! Not only that but it was for the
Hooters/Birdhouse tour at that!
Of even more interest to
me was the look back at the Blind Video that was made years ago. I remember
seeing this vid ages ago and how much fun it all appeared to be. One weird
thing is that it did not register one iota that the Jason Lee whose movies I
have enjoyed heaps was the same J Lee who is skating in the Blind Video, yup
one and the same. Also Spike Jonze talks about filming the skating and how it
was to work with Gonz back in the day.
We also get to see Ed
Templeton's art exhibit that he hold in France. Mixing skating with art was a
proposition that he was somewhat dreading, however the two mix well and the
end result is good video for us to enjoy.
There are other smaller
sections on the disc that are also lots of fun too such as Chad Muska talking
about his fave ghetto blasters and Kenny Reed sending video postcards from
Hungary and Vietnam.
I can say wholeheartedly
that this disc is a good look at the sport for fans who want a bit more than
just skateboarding spots. It's fun, and a real refreshing look that is well
worth the dollars. A quality presentation that definitely has replay value, in
fact I've watched it four times already.
Add to all this fun the
extras and you've got a production well worth the watch.
The disc is shown in
full screen and is pretty clear considering. Most skate DVDs are filmed with
Digital Video Cameras and as a result often suffer from a little bit of grain
and mpg artifacts.
This disc is pretty
clear all the way through and certainly is not hard to look at any stage.
Quality is fine and all things said and done is a great presentation.
Sounds are cool on this one, clear and good music kicked in
to complement all segments. As far as aural prowess is concerned there is
nothing really to set this DVD apart from any other, but that isn't the aim
with discs like this. The aim is to be informative and in this respect, it
wins hands down.
There's some rad extras on this disc that do give it a bit
more life. The trippy thing about it is that considering the format, I wonder
why they weren't just included with the main package instead of added on in
We get to some some of the more risque footage of the
Birdhouse tour that is good for a laugh and essentially an alternate or
additional view of each feature that was on the disc in the first place.
These extras are pretty sweet and to add to the overall
depth of the disc as far as the consumer is concerned.
Video Days: On
Skateboarding Summer 2003 Features
Birds Gone Wild
Behind the Art
On the B Side
Behind the Scenes Photos