Thursday, February 9, 2012

“EXTREME” DVD Review



Growing up in Southern California, I had ready access to the ocean (1 mile away) and the mountains (45 minutes away). It was an idyllic location to grow up. At that time, my sports heroes were not the typical baseball or football players, but rather more extreme athletes who were surfing, climbing at Joshua Tree and Yosemite, skiing Mammoth Lakes, and, Snurfing on the local hills (snurfing was the predecessor to snowboarding). I joined them in these pursuits to the extent I was allowed and could afford.

“Extreme,” the DVD, brought back so many of those memories. It’s a quick and interesting peek into big wave surfing, rock climbing, extreme skiing, and big mountain snowboarding. These days, as a father and husband, my pursuits are a bit more tame. This kind of escapist fun is just what I needed!

Extreme is a journey into the soul of adventure featuring a cast of world champion athletes. It takes you to the action of outdoor adventure sports like never before; skiing and snowboarding perilous, untouched mountain peaks; climbing vertical frozen waterfalls and magnificent red-rock spires; and surfing some of the largest waves ever surfed and windsurfing gale force winds.

The film combines incredible adventure sport action and narration from the athletes with an eclectic, contemporary soundtrack. Extreme shares an understanding of those who have made their passion into a lifestyle and provides a unique glimpse into the relationship between nature and humanity.

The Bonus Feature, “The Making of Extreme,” focuses almost exclusively on the use of the IMAX cameras in capturing the surfing footage. Some amazing shots of the enormous waves, well-worth watching.

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