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Dogtown & Z-Boys [Blu-ray] [2001] [US Import]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2004
No skaterboarder could possibly feel complete without having viewed this DVD. DogTown and Z-Boys is the foundation on which skateboarding was built.
I had no interest in skateboarding before I viewed this masterpiece, and only purchased it to provide some background for an interview I had to conduct with a skateboarder. Wow!! It is one of the most inspiring documentaries I have ever seen. The culture they created is arguably more powerful than Rock 'n' Roll. The creativity, energy and self-confidence these guys enthuse is volcanic. This should be compulsory viewing - a must for all to see. Yeah!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2002
watch an average street and the trend in skating and skateboard fashion is obvious. Its just cool. but theres so much more depth to the sport than that. this film makes it clear exactly when skating crossed the line from athletic aftersurf balance training to a life of its own, to the speed and agression that inspires us today. You see, Alva, Adams, Peralta and the like didnt just start modern skating. they started modern youth culture.And they did it without trying, or even realising. After watching this film, you'll believe that a handfull of men can redirect music, fashion and the minds of generations. Sure they're arrogant, loud, crude and aggressive. So's the world today. They're also something that everyone wants to be- new, fresh, cool and very, very talented. Watch the film, get on board. And to those kids who are already on boards, watch it too. Itll teach you about your roots and it'll teach you about style. Its simply a very thought-provoking, downright cool film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2002
Once the shortboard revolution in surfing had become firmly established as the new status quo in the mid 70's, the Zepher Surf Team of Venice, CA began to experiment with taking the radical new carving approach from the glassy walls of their beloved home breaks and onto the concrete surfaces of local school banks and empty swimming pools.
In 1977 they blew out of California and became the unruly face of a craze that was quickly killed by commercial exploitation.
All of the elements that have survived skateboarding's chaotic history were put in place by the original Dogtown gang: the urban aesthetic, the heavy-rock soundtrack, the radical lifestyle, the camaraderie, the dedication to pushing limits. If it hadn't been for the Z-Boys, skateboarding would never have become associated with youthful rebellion and probably wouldn't have survived.
The film combines original footage with contemporary interviews with pioneers such as Tony Alva and Jay Adams, in such a way as to make it interesting enough for those who are too young to remember the seventies and pure gold for those of us who aren't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2006
I just wish I could skate and/or surf like these fellas. There is some amazing footage in this film, and some excellent photography.

Not only that, but it is a fascinating document about the development of skateboarding and the way that a group of kids from Venice pioneered techniques and moves inspired by their environment - from copying surfer styles to skating in empty swimming pools and finally getting airborne.

It's inspirational. A story of how greatness was acheived simply through kids doing what they enjoyed doing day after day in the environment they had to do it in.

I lend this to everyone I can. Most of them love it too, though one friend who claims to be a bit of a skater says he wanted to see more "vert stuff".

I don't think he could've been watching properly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2002
I was slightly apprehensive about seeing this film as I don't know a great deal about skateboarding, but it was the most fascinating film I've seen in ages. It tells the story of the history and development of skateboarding in a humourous and entertaining way, but it's also a really great tale of the lives of a group of kids who took skating to another level, and really made it their own. The original footage is absolutely gorgeous, and at points gave me goosebumps, the music is ace too, and really captures the mood of the time, and there are some really funny moments when you will laugh out loud.
The kids stories are both great success stories, and really tragic tales. It was wonderful to watch, and left you feeling like you really should be out there doing something positive in life! My husband skates, and he loved it too, so good all round!
Watch this film, and then go out and do something interesting with your life!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2003
The mere mention of documentary conjures up images of dusty professors mumbling under their moustaches about a subject you have no interest in and they do not have the capacity to make compelling. Even when the subject is about something you find interesting, your favourite rock group or film, documentary makers seem to have the ability to make something drab out of interesting subject matter. IN NO WAY DOES THIS FILM FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY.
By no more than chance there was a video camera at a time when a group of kids were making an indelible impression on a new sport. This film is based around those shots and describes what was happening, why it was happening and by whom. The subject matter – skateboarding - is almost irrelevant, as it makes a great film – skill, drama, excitement, humour – regardless of whether you are in to skateboarding or not. Interviews and personal anecdotes taken at the time (late ‘70s) and now constitute more of the film that the action and is probably better for it.
Watching a group of near middle age men get all sentimental about their youth has the potential for toe curling embarrassment but the production actually makes a lot of these interviews the most memorable parts of the film. In fact; the 20-25 year gap from when they were experiencing the scenes shot in the film has allowed them to be more dispassionate and lucid rather than just allowing them to rave about the good times.
This is an all round good film whether you're a skateboarder or not. If you’re a skateboarder it is essential viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2006
There's little point in me going over the details of the film, as other reviewers have done a fine job. But if like me you're over 40 and skated back in the 70's, or even if you're not, then you really should watch this documentary. This is history in the making. And if you're thinking of taking up skating again (after maybe a 25 year break) then watching this should give you the kick you need to get back out there. Happy skating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2002
Although I am not into the skating scene, I thoroughly enjoyed this film which tells the story of the birth of extreme skate boarding. Superbly shot and an interesting story. Highly recommended whether or not you are into skateboarding as the story is an important piece of counter-culture history. My thanks to Judy & Roy for recommending this one to me.
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on 4 September 2009
I bought this having seen "The Lords of Dogtown" and having read the Dogtown articles (Craig Stesyk).
The movie itself far surpasses anything that Hollywood could have cooked up. Dogtown and the Zboys is one of those examples of the truth far surpassing the fiction. Sean Penn, not only the narrator but also a Santa Monica skater himself adds an extra element to the documentary, with his deep and emotionally void voice.

The DVD itself is pretty standard. You get extras (not many) and the odd other option, but to be honest, who cares? The film your getting is so much better than anything else about it, which is, after all, how it should be.
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on 29 October 2004
It doesnt matter if you are into surfing or scateboarding ..this documentary is a unique insight to the transitional world from surfing to scateboarding...which is just marvelous to watch.Capturing the people , the time , and the passion of this new sport.
Its also interesting to see the same wild pioneering kids interviewed years later as adults looking back on what must have been revolutionary times.
A really insightful and well photographed documentary that most people regardless of age or background would Im sure find
fascinating.
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