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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Thrasher's A Need For Speed

Thrasher's A Need For Speed - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Four Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Bryce Kanights
Studio: High Speed Productions
Released: 1993
Rating: 4 Stars

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Originally released on VHS in 1993, A Need For Speed is part of Thrasher Magazine's Skate Video Collection which consists of their first 18 videos.

If you have a need for speed then Thrasher's second video offering, A Need For Speed, may be just what you really need. And if you aren't sure, they open up with random folks defining "speed". To cement the concept there's a montage of soap-box racers that seem to demonstrate "slow", but I was never into shooting hills in a box on wheels.

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There are a bunch of snippets of little kids running up to the cameras - as little kids are prone to do. I often wonder if fifteen years later these tikes are aware that they are immortalized in a sk8 video? Probably not. But wouldn't it be cool. Sometimes I wonder how many times I've been photographed in someone else's vacation pictures. Kinda scary... in a number of ways.

We get a look at several public skate parks and talk with a kid who had the gumption to approach city hall and demand a skate park in his town. His advice is wear a coat & tie and smile at everyone as you tell them whatever they want to hear. Sounds like good advice for winning a political election as well. It worked for him and maybe it could for you too, although I wouldn't bill this as a how-to vid for public park acceptance. Skaters are still hell-raisers and towns would rather lock you up than cater to your sk8 demands.

Maintaining the random theme we go backstage with Bad Religion who shed light on nothing. Simon Woodstock demonstrates that a skateboard is anything to which you attach wheels. From a wakeboard to snowboard he rides ungainly boards through ramps and parks.

Whether you really need speed or not, this is a cool vid. with lots of diversity and an equal amount of madness.

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