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The Crash Reel [DVD]

Lucy Walker    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Lucy Walker
  • Producers: Lucy Walker, Julian Cautherley
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Soda Pictures Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Dec 2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Film-maker Lucy Walker's documentary about snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his fight back from a career-threatening injury. Spurred on to try out ever more intricate manoeuvres by his fierce rivalry with Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin Pearce is left with a life-threatening brain injury when he suffers a training accident at Park City, Utah, in 2009. Determined to help him through the tortuous recovery period, Kevin's family wastes no time in rallying round to help him to rebuild his life. But when he insists on defying medical advice and attempting a return to competitive snowboarding, Kevin soon discovers he has a fight on his hands, as his family closes ranks and refuses to let him take the risk.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
When I was a kid I used to watch all the Olympic Sports on television, some networks seemed to glorify and capitalize on the disaster that was lurking around the corner for athletes that faced dangerous feats-failure was as much a draw for the public as success.
We aren't too far from our Gladiator past and still have a sick fascination for those sporting men and women who have suffered life-changing injuries or death from their sporting passion.

This incredible documentary touches upon the responsibilty of not only franchises like Nike who endorse these athletes , but insurance fiascos and families - the roles they play when it all goes south.

It follows the life and career of Olympic snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his devastating crash and the aftermath.
You will never watch adrenaline fueled, extreme sports the same way again-absolutely brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! 25 Oct 2013
By Helpnxt
This film is just amazing, has to be the best documentary if not one of the best this year.
Will have anyone, ANYONE! in tears within around 50 minutes and its a 108 minute film!
Covers very serious issues and brings too light a growing problem in extreme sports and the amount they are pushed to the limits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 3 Dec 2013
By cri69
This is the best film I have seen this year. It has now been shortlisted for an Oscar ....touching at so many levels. Don't miss it !!!
Would have given 10 stars if available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, life changing and thought provoking 3 April 2014
For me, it is extremely rare that I come away from watching a film and then think about it numerous times a day for the following week / weeks.

But the Crash Reel had this effect on me. I recorded it by chance with no real idea what it was about. I almost turned it off in the first 5 minutes because of the theme and the snowboarder inclination. But I can safely say I am extremely glad I didn't.

This is the kind of film EVERYONE should see. It is about supreme skill, the courage to fight back against severely debilitating brain injuries, the value of a close knit family and ultimately the ability to let go of what you had and focus on the future. It is truly inspiring in a way that you very rarely see.

Growing up Ayrton Senna was my hero and when I saw the Senna film I thought that was as good a docufilm could be. But, dare I say it, The Crash Reel is even better and even more absorbing. So much so I have watched in numerous times now and it still hits the emotions and makes you appreciate what an incredible family Kevin Pearce has. Lucy Walker has done an incredible job directing the film - at times beautiful shots, amazing footage, no holds barred access and like all great films the music film soundtrack completes it.

All I can say is you HAVE to watch this film!! You will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please please view this DVD,brilliant . 10 Feb 2014
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I have watched this three times and lent it to is about so many things other than snowboarding, and very is unique in the way the producer was initially making a film about the two competing top snowboarders when Kevin had the accident and then the story changes to his recovery and acceptance of a changed life.watching the Winter Olympics this week in 2014 it makes you aware of the competitors who fall out of the limelight and are forgotten.kevin Pearce is lucky in having a brilliant family and he is dealing with his changed life with great is great that he can at least snowboard with friends, but no more double or now triple corks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Brilliant film and I don't even follow snowboarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Great documentary
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best documentary film I've ever watched! 13 May 2014
By J. Day
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This was recommended to me by some other snowboarders, surprisingly I'd never heard of it before. Ordered it just to check it out and have watched it myself and with friends (who all love it too) numerous times since. Such a hard hitting, emotional and inspiring film and a must watch!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me speechless!
Don't really have any interest in snowboarding and wasn't too fussed about watching, but so glad I did. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. A. HEPBURN
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring snowboarder kevin pearce and his rise!
Brilliant documentary film, awe inspiring snowboarder kevin pearce and his journey training towards the Olympics, crushed when a fall leaves him with a traumatic brain injury and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Delivered promptly. Film being passed around family members now as it is so good even though I am not that interested in snowboarding.
Published 4 months ago by MR IAN W BELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Delivery, and a fantastic dvd, highly recommended, shame theres...
Very insirational watch he's amazing on his snow board. Shame what happens, but we have to look on the bright side of life now. Read more
Published 4 months ago by simon
5.0 out of 5 stars awe inspiring feel good tale
my daughter recommended this - I ski not board but its a story for everyone about guts and determination against the odds
Published 4 months ago by ninnynoonoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended viewing
Very motivational film for everyone not just snow boarders. Having watched it on Sky I then felt I needed to own the DVD to watch again.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Sue Darlington
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best film documentaries I have ever seen
There isn't enough words to describe how good this actually is. The story of Kevin Pearce has been beautifully told by this film, Lucy Walker, you are an incredible film maker! Read more
Published 4 months ago by MotorBeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale
A fantastic tale of ambition, skill, followed by accident and then recovery. A tale of snowboard dangers and achievements for young and old viewers alike.
Published 5 months ago by Mr R G Sutton
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