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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2010
E11 is a really beautiful film.

Firstly, Dave MacLeod is quite obviously a really lovely bloke - cheerful, gentle, unpretentious - so that one just enjoys spending time 'in his company'.

Then, of course, the climbing skill is quite simply stunning, but rather than showing someone slickly dancing up a wall, this is the story of a project with all its set-backs, frustrations, fears, dangers and injuries.

And thirdly, the whole film is just so quirkily put together: there's the clever, funny, sometimes slighly narked wife who, with a few well-chosen words and glances, tells the other side of the climbing dream; there's the rapper supplying the soundtrack deadpanning it in the landscape, in one very funny bit surrounded by hyperactive urchins, who look like they just happened to be in the neighbourhood while filming went on and were recruited on the spot; and finally there are those funny little domestic interludes - MacLeod climbing along the door frames in his hallway, crawling out of bed late, bored at home on a filthy day, washing the blood of his leg after a bad fall - done in close-ups and funny angles. Made me smile, anyway!

If all this doesn't sound enough like "Serious Climbing Video", don't worry: in the Extras, there's another version (the 'Psyche' Edit) consisting of the Serious Climbing bits only (no narky wife or urchins) plus a number of impressive short climbing and bouldering films.

Definitely one to keep and treasure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2012
This is a quirky little climbing film and well worth a watch if your into climbing, particularly if you climb in Scotland. On the other hand the DVD is pricey compared with mainstream movies with much higher production values.

There is a $6, 48 hour download rental option on the HotAches website which gives you a chance to watch their films before deciding whether to buy them. After renting E11 I decided it wasn't something I'd watch again and again and decided not to buy the DVD, but it was definitely worth a rent.
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on 8 May 2011
E11 what can I say, firstly ouch! Some of the falls, Boy!You really feel them. I am average climber and loved watching this. You reallyapperciate the skill and training put into Dave's climbing and the sacrificesthat he makes and Claire ( His wife) has to accept and the stresses and strainshis climbing obsessions (?!) can put on them both. It's also good to see thatno matter the level of climbing it isn't always plain sailing and there weresome failures too ( sorry Dave). Thefilm work really gives you a feel for the moves and how desperate they are.Seeing Dave complete this piece of work you can truely relate it to your ownaccomplishments. Good viewing and if youwant a pure climbing video you can watch the additional vids, with bonusboulders sections.
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on 8 May 2011
This is a great DVD if you are looking for a climbing video that is a little bit difference to the usual offering. Unlike a lot of DVDs this concentrates on just one route - and gives a great insight into the effect that climbing such a difficult (and dangerous) route has on Dave and the people around him. The route is obviously awesome, and there is plenty of great footage of both the climbs, and some really horrifying falls. Great DVD - definately recommended!
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on 24 July 2012
Fabulous film about rock climbing. I bought this for my husband and he really enjoyed it. It would have had five stars if it had been slightly longer. I loved Claire in the film, who is the most understanding wife in the world. Would buy more films by this director.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2011
This did not quite live up to the hype of the trailer. Was a good video, but others do it better, bit too much wombling around with pointless additions to story instead of climbing. The best bit was the bouldering etc on the extras. And do we really need to see a white scottish rapper mumbling through his songs.
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