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DVD Reviews: Warren Miller's Cold Fusion


The Final Say!

Review Score
8.9/10
Extras
7.9/10
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: June 2004
Distributed by:
The AV Channel
Running Time:
95 minutes

 

 

 

 

Wow! One of the most professional looking extreme discs that I have seen in some time. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the topic of all things snow related would probably have heard of Warren Miller as a man who has been heavily involved in skiing for over 60 years!

Cold Fusion takes us all over the world with top class skiers and snowboarders as they take on some of the most challenging slopes that the world has to offer. Breathtaking scenery is the call of the day on this disc and not a single area visited is one that you wouldn't wish that you were lucky enough to visit.

Possibly the most fascinating part of the disc is an inland trek to Mount Kenya, surprisingly enough in Kenya, Africa. Going through the hot jungle for five days and climbing to the top of Mount Kenya showed us an expanse of ski-able snow at the summit! To see people skiing in an area not known for cold weather was simply amazing and I longed to be there just to experience it.

Of course a snow flick would not be a snow flick without some footage of Whistler and some crazy people carving it up on the slopes

Video

4x3 full frame. Despite the full screen, this doesn't take too much away from the visual feast that is in store. It seemed that the extras section might not have been as polished as the main feature, however considering the insane footage that is on offer, this is certainly not a problem.

Audio

The mix on this  disc is Dolby 5.1 which sounds great all the way through. Accompanying the feature is a great soundtrack that will have your heart rate rising along with the grandeur of the footage. Artists such as Frank Black, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews, Jurassic 5, Nelly Furtado, G. Love, The String Cheese Incident, and the Foo Fighters bring the screen to life.

The highlight of all the audio for me of course was the narration by Miller himself, who despite his age, is so enthusiastic about all things snow related, along with his great dry sense of humour, makes this disc a very special event indeed.

Extras

Very impressive, considering how good the feature is. My favourite section here was the base jumping in Europe. The footage simply has to be seen to be believed. Another interesting area is the ascent to the top of a mountain in Iran and the conditions the team found along the way. Highly enjoyable and worth the watch.

  • Behind the Scenes: BASE Jump Europe

  • Behind the Scenes: Destination Iran

  • Trailers

 

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