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VINE VOICEon 15 November 2005
Lords Of Dogtown is a compelling true story about the origins of pro skateboarding. Following the ups and downs of the three major stars to emerge from the 'Z-Boys' skate club, this movie documents the struggle that fame and recognition has on their once impeccable friendship. Tony, Stacy and Jay, three teenage boys with very different backgrounds but all sharing a passion for surfing, break into the pro skating world with their revolutionary moves, but only to find that the fame is not as appealing as it looks. The three boys are tested to the limits when they begin to shine at the sport and are flooded with potential sponsors, and faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to sell out their loyalty to Skip, their Team Leader, for fame and money. Not only is their relationship with Skip tested but their allegiance to each other is pushed past its limits; the attraction of fame, fortune and notoriety quickly breaks down their friendship and changes them in many ways.

Jay's story is a saddening journey depicting the effects a broken home can have on a teenage boy striving to support his incapable mother in any way possible and at the expense of his own dreams. Tony's story demonstrates the way a desperation for fame can negate the original passion and fun; transforming it into a constant trial and strife to be nothing but the best, despite who might get hurt in the process. Stacy, depicted as quite a mundane and questionably perfect teenager, takes a more understated and less glamorous journey to the top born out of his hard work and a sustained love of the sport.

The acting is brilliant, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk and John Robinson are believable in their roles and carry the movie exceptionally well. Heath Ledger is also very impressive as Skip, the down trodden owner of the skate shop and Michael Angerano as Sid, pulls off his unfortunate story perfectly. The actors help to bring the story to life; give it energy and excitement with the help of a perfectly chosen soundtrack and beautiful scenery.

The movie is exceptional at displaying the pure, untouched energy of the youths, so much so that you can almost feel the rush the teenagers are feeling. It's a raw and beautiful emotion that is constantly existent throughout. The hard hitting break up of the friendship is excellently depicted, and although laced in tragedy, the ending is something beautiful and incredibly powerful reinforced by Sparklehorse's perfectly heartbreaking cover of Wish You Were Here. Highly recommend, whether a skateboarding fan or not.
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on 16 July 2010
Lords of Dogtown is based on a true story highlighting the constant evolution of Skateboarding throughout the '70s and the Zephyr Team, that are recognised as one of the "original seeds" to make Skateboarding the art-form of concrete Surfing it is 'til this very day. The movie focuses around the original stand-outs of the Zephyr Team; Stacy Peralta, Jay Adans and, of course, Tony Alva. The kids are skating Pools during the '70s drought and are content with sneaking into backyards and running from angry homeowners and Cops when Skip Elbom (owner of locals-only Venice surf shop, Zephyr) makes the Zephyr Team where they enter into the Bahme-Cadillac Skate Competition (otherwise known as the Del-Mar Nationals) and get more attention than they bargained for! With their freestyle, unique approach to Skateboarding this gains them attention at more Skate Nationals which ultimately leads to fame and fortune for some, and tested, frayed Friendships for all. What happens when the Boyz are approached by big, commercial Skate teams, can they possibly leave Zephyr behind? If so, what's in store for Skip and the rest of the Zephyr team? Can these friends get back to the purity of the sport? A must of anybody who's interested in Skateboarding!
I loved this film because it was written and shot by original Z-Boy Stacy Peralta which gives it a real element of truth and I think it really captures what happened in the '70s when the Team were starting to compete. It's extremely well shot (especially during the Surf and Skate scenes), extremely well acted (my stand out performance was Emile Hirsch playing Jay Adams) and has a real '70s, sunny feel to the whole Movie. Also, the 3 main Actors who played Stacy, Jay and Tony actually learned to Skate for months on end so that they could do all the Skate and Surf scenes, which I think is brilliant and it really makes the Movie. I have watched this Movie over and over and it's still fresh and brilliant, I don't think anyone could ever tire of it!
If you haven't seen this yet, you're missing out!
Keep it local!
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on 24 August 2013
on the whole hollywood produces a lot of dross. most of it is regurgitated storylines, with bog standard acting, that quite often just feels half hearted. i am glad to say this is not one of those movies.
the feel of the film is great, slightly grainy, with sun bleached colours, and a rip snorting rock soundtrack that propels you directly into the era. the acting is sensational. for all of those who thinks heath ledger's best acting role was the joker, you are wrong. this is. he is absolutely stonking as the misguided, wayward Skip, yet despite all the brashness there is an underlying compassion and vulnerability that really engage you. emile hirsch too is outstanding. i saw him in the girl next door and although i really enjoyed the film i felt like he was going to be just another one trick pony. i couldn't be more wrong. his journey as a character and person is highly believable, and is one of the highlights of the film.
when i first saw this film i wasn't aware it was based on real life. since my first viewing i have seen the documentary and was surprised by how closely the film follows the story. the looks of the individual characters too are spot on, especially peralta.
this is much more than a movie about a bunch of skateboarders who found fame. it is a story about life, and friendship, desperation and hope. it truly is a joy to watch.
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on 7 December 2012
Well according to the picture it says the DVD is the 'original theatrical version' but iv recieved the directors cut addition. Anyone going to buy this don't, go for the one above as it's exactly the same and is only £4.50. Apart from that, it's an awesome film and arrived on time.
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on 31 December 2011
I thought this was the entertaining 'Dogtown and Z-Boys' documentary i watched in the cinema in 1999. I purchased the wrong dvd. Anyhoo regarding this dvd 'Lords of Dogtown', my dog has a higher IQ than the blokes who feature in this 'movie'.

The blokes in this movie come across as mono-dimensional, simple, unlikeable, quasi-autistic morons. Time now to buy Dogtown and Z Boys which is directed by the same person Stacy Peristalsis. Perhaps he is riding on the back of his first docu, and exteding it to Lords Of Dogtown.
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on 21 September 2017
Great film. Tells the story just like Dogtown n Z Boys. Awesome. Watch both to appreciate these guys and how they invented skateboarding as it is today. Anyone who loves skateboarding will love this. Awesome is the only way to describe it.
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on 3 August 2014
This has to be one of my all time favourite films. Heath Ledger at his best, deserved an oscar for his performance. The soundtrack throughout the film is fitting for the era, as well as the deep rock vibe running through it too. If you love surfing and skating, this is the best film of this genre. A true life biography of the skateboard era of the 70's. If you're a lover of skate and surf, this is the film for you
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on 27 March 2016
A dramatised version of documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys (which you should order right now). Very evocative of the era and faithful to the original story. Heath Ledger steals the show, but the skaters and the skating are the real joy of this film.
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on 12 November 2015
I bought this dvd for my boyfriend and he absolutely loves it!! Couldn't stop talking about it after he watched it! And he's watched it multiple times now with various groups of friends! A good dvd, deffo worth a watch!
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on 16 January 2018
Long awaited gift.
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