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|Riding Giants (Special Edition)
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From its early Hawaiian roots to its current status as a recreational lifestyle enjoyed worldwide, bigwave surfing is given the definitive exploration by acclaimed director Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys).
Riding Giants is more than another blissfulsurfing movie. It's an outstanding documentary about one era in American alternative lifestyles, when surfing was well-suited to a radical culture of social dropouts. Using an amazing array of amateur film clips, shot for the most part in Hawaii and California from the late 1950s and early '60s, director Stacy Peralta traces the rise of surfing's appeal to young men looking to test themselves in an unorthodox (and sexy) milieu--of "living life to the fullest," as former surfer-turned-screenwriter John Milius (Big Wednesday) puts it at one point. Lengthy chapters on the glories of Oahu's Makaha and the "superstition and dread" that accompanied the big-wave challenge of Waimea Bay are riveting and sometimes heroic, particularly told through the memories of surf legend Greg Noll. Great material, too, about the deadly wonders of surfing Mavericks, California, where the rocks will get one if the violent tides don't. --Tom Keogh
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|Step into Liquid
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From the makers of "The Endless Summer", this story is told through the voices of legends, pros and everyday surfers alike. It is not just a film for surfers, but for anyone with an appreciation for sport and an inkling of what it means to be "stoked".
Thanks to Dana Brown's delightful Step Into Liquid, the surfing scene in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, should get a healthy boost. That's because Brown, in the tradition of his father, filmmaker Bruce Brown (The Endless Summer), has captured dazzling images of surfers riding curls in some of the world's most exotic--and sometimes unlikely--places. Besides the action on Lake Michigan, Brown leads us to Costa Rica, where the sport's senior elite (including Summer star Robert August) prove they still have the moves, and Oahu's North Shore, where the legendary Pipeline inspires this quote: "It's so scary, maybe you die a little." Most entertaining is a segment in County Donegal, where the American Malloy brothers startle the locals and meet their Irish counterparts on the grayest ocean imaginable. Great personal stories here, including the tale of Northern California's Dale Webster, who has never missed a day on the waves in 30 years. --Tom Keogh
|Tell it on the Mountain - Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail
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It takes a special kind of person to drop everything and walk through the woods for five months. But in a way, these hikers are just like you and me. They have jobs and families, they love their creature comforts. Yet something pulls them to be in nature, to leave everything behind and embark on what's called a thru-hike.
Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail involves walking 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. The journey lasts from April to October. That translates into about 20 miles a day, every day-on foot. These brave souls face bone-dry deserts, raging rivers, snow-covered mountain passes, mosquitoes, blisters, torrential rains... and the urge to quit.
Follow a half dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt a PCT thru-hike every year. Armed with cameras, they give us an insider's view into what it takes to spend half a year living in the wild.
- Running time: 119 minutes
- Made with Recycled Materials
- Over 55 minutes of extras
- Shot in High Definition HD
|The Endless Summer
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They call it The Endless Summer the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the glob in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime... They live their dream.
Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theaters, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what's most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself, and once you've seen it, you ll never forget why.
The definitive surf movie, this 1966 documentary by Bruce Brown is beautifully shot and thrilling to see in its portrait of youthful freedom on the world's shores. Brown followed two surfers around the globe in their quest for the perfect wave, finding it eventually on a remote beach far from home. The narration by "Big Kahuna Brown" cuts through the reverence a bit, being cheeky in tone. --Tom Keogh
- ENDLESS SUMMER, THE (DVD MOVIE)
|The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
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In 1999, renowned American mountaineer Conrad Anker made a discovery that reverberated around the globe. High in Mount Everest's "death zone," he found the body of George Mallory - 75 years after the British explorer mysteriously vanished during his attempt to become the first man to summit the world's tallest peak.
Mallory had risked everything as he set out, dressed in gabardine and hobnailed boots, in pursuit of his dream of reaching the top of Everest - which in 1924 was the last great adventure left to man. He was last spotted alive just 800 feet below the summit. Then the clouds rolled in and Mallory vanished into legend.
After discovering Mallory's body, Conrad Anker's life became intertwined with Mallory's story. Remarkably, Mallory's body was found with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory's story, Conrad longed to return to Everest to lay Mallory's ghost to rest.
BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE Behind the Scenes Raw Interviews, International Trailers, Original Notes from Mallory's Expedition Team Member, Noel Odell, and more.
|Come Hell or High Water - A Body Surfing Film
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Keith Malloy's debut film, Come Hell or High Water, shot primarily on 16mm focuses on the simplicity and beauty of bodysurfing.
Keith explores the history and progression of the sport through its many unique characters. "It's about taking a breath, and kicking your feet, in the big blue sea."
Bill "Nirvik Coleman, Mark Cunningham, Mike Stewart, Chris Kalima, Tim Burnham, Thomas Melum, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Jon Solomon, Mike Kasic, Dan Malloy, Lewis Bradshaw V, Jeff Mitchell, Fred Simpson, MelThoman, Matt Larson, Don and Beau King, Noel Gino Sotelo, Belinda Baggs, Jeff Johnson, Raimana Van Bastolaer, Danny Hess, Kai Santos, Steve Kapela, Cyrus Sutton, Durdam Rocherolle, Patrice Chanzy, Matahi Drollet, Tom Thayer, Trevor Gordon, and mant more..
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Kon-Tiki is the Academy Award-winning film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by the mythical hero Kon-Tiki. Heyerdahl knew that the trade winds and ocean currents off the South-American coastline bear in the direction of Polynesia. Ridiculed by the scientific establishment, who had concluded that a voyage by aboriginal balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia was impossible, he decided to prove the possibility of his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. The ensuing expedition was hailed as one of the most fantastic feats of daring and courage of its time. On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and his five crew members embarked from Peru on their daring voyage to the Marquesas Islands, on a balsa wood raft which was built according to the traditions of South America s pre-Columbian Indians. After 101 suspenseful days on the open sea, alone amid raging storms, whales, and countless sharks, they landed on the Polynesian island of Raroia. The expedition attracted worldwide interest. Heyerdahl s book Kon-Tiki was translated into 67 languages, and sold more than 20 million copies. Heyerdahl had been presented with a film camera before the journey began, and both the building of the raft and the voyage across the Pacific were filmed in detail. In this fascinating black and white film was awarded an Oscar for the most outstanding documentary of 1951. The raft is now exhibited at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, where it is seen by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
In the middle of the 20th century, the name for adventure was Thor Heyerdahl. The Norwegian biologist-explorer became world famous in 1947 when he sailed an unsophisticated raft 4,300 miles in the Pacific. The remarkable voyage was made to prove Heyerdahl's theory that ancient South American natives could populate Polynesia by sailing across the Pacific. Heyerdahl and his five crewmates supervised the creation of an aboriginal balsa wood raft (made with no nails or rivets) that sailed the trade winds on a voyage the scientific community thought was foolish and suicidal. The film record shot on board--which became this 58-minute documentary--shows that amazing passage of the raft, the Kon-Tiki, and its various encounters with sea life. The low-key Heyerdahl tells his story without irony, certainly a trait that helped during the four-month journey. Heyerdahl's book of the voyage sold over 20 million copies and the film won the 1951 Oscar for Best Documentary. Heyerdahl went on to later journeys (including another voyage in the ship Ra) and discoveries, but this uncluttered black-and-white film delivers thrills all these years after the voyage. Young explorers age 8 and older will get caught up in the excitement. --Doug Thomas
|Imax Movies: Everest / Titanica
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Filmed during the infamous 1996 storm that claimed eight lives, Everest documents the filmmakers' harrowing rescue efforts to help surviving members of the ill-fated group. Join an international team of climbers as they scale the world's tallest peak and experience the perils of skin-blistering cold, creaking icefalls, towering cliffs and dangerous, oxygen-thin altitudes. Narrated by Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (Best Actor, Schindler's List, 1994) and featuring the music of George Harrison, Everest is a rich, dramatic story of a daring adventure filled with triumph and tragedy.
Plunge miles below the surface of the North Atlantic and immerse yourself in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The world's greatest deep-sea scientists and award-winning filmmakers are your guides in a high-risk journey to the resting place of one of the darkest tragedies in history. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and shot in IMAX®, Titanica reveals the clearest motion pictures ever captured of the Titanic. Witness startling images of the long-lost ruin contrasted with never-before-seen 1912 archival photos showing her in all her splendor. Feel the passion of the explorers—each obsessed with a different aspect of the expedition—and relive the poignant memories of two survivors.
Special Feature(s): Everest and Titanica are presented in their original theatrical aspect ratio, approximately 1.33:1
|Joan Wulff's Dynamics of Fly Casting: From Solid Basics to Advanced Techniques
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This 1-hour 30-minute DVD is the culmination of Joan Wulff's 60-year career as a champion fly caster, teacher and fly fisher. She shows and explains the mechanics and techniques she has been developing, analyzing and refining for those 60 years. The viewer will learn the important elements of great casting, vital hand and arm movements, practice routines that teach how to make almost all kinds of casts and some very special tips. They are all shown and explained, clearly and concisely, sometimes using on-the-water demonstrations and sometimes utilizing computer graphics.
The format of the DVD is in Chapter style (20 of them), with each Chapter focusing on one aspect of casting, or on special techniques to be utilized while casting.
The DVD begins with a Chapter that highlights Joan's amazing and very successful career, her welcoming the viewer and then her explaining what she hopes will be gained by watching it.
|Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich [Blu-ray]
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Come onboard the magnificent Norwegian square-rigger as it sails its spectacular 17,000 mile journey, manned by a crew of young sailors-in-training, all photographed in the widescreen splendor of Cinemiracle, Cinerama s only true competitor to thrill 1950 s audiences by sheer size and clarity. Now digitally remastered in the unique SmileBox curved screen simulation, the color, the music, and the true artistry of this classic are reborn. Embarking from Oslo, Norway, the ship sets out across the Atlantic with a storm-tossed stop in Madeira, where New Year s festivities entice the young crewmen to enjoy Portuguese musical celebrations and heart racing rides in basket sleds down steep cobblestone streets. After that, it is on to Willemstad, Curacao, where the young sailors take part in Dutch festivities. They catch a courtyard performance of Pablo Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, they re greeted by native steel bands and Calypso singers. By the time they arrive in New York, the Cinemiracle cameras offer a kaleidoscopic treat of color and sound created by famed photographer Arthur Weegee Fellig. A later encounter with the U.S. Navy Task Force makes for a grand promenade of ships, and when underwater shots of frogmen and a submarine emerge from the depths to reveal the Windjammer on the open sea, Cinemiracle becomes the true star of this breathtaking story. Morton Gould s top-notch score, along with a fine variety of music throughout the picture, sounds perfect in Cinemiracle s 7-channel sound recording. Seen digitally, the film hasn t looked and sounded as good since its original theatrical engagements, over 50 years ago. BONUS FEATURES The WINDJAMMER Voyage: A Cinemiracle Adventure (2012) A new documentary by historian David Strohmaier on the film s original production - 56 min. WINDJAMMER Gets A Facelift featuring before and after demos on the film s remastering - 13 min. The WINDJAMMER Breakdown Reel - 14 min. The Christian Radich Today at the Aalbourg Denmark Tall Ships Festival 2010 - 7 min. WINDJAMMER Trailer: New re-creation from the original 1958 release trailer - 3 min. WINDJAMMER Behind The Scenes Slideshow: Featuring images of the production, the original exhibition, and original publicity of the film - 9 minutes Cinemiracle Booklet Image Gallery: Facsimile of an original WINDJAMMER Cinemiracle booklet.
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