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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Dogtown and Z-Boys

Dogtown and Z-Boys Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Five Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Stacy Peralta
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Released:2001
Rating: 5 Stars


Staring:
Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Amen, Bob Biniak, Steve Caballero, Paul Constantineau, 'Baby' Paul Cullen, Skip Engblom, Tony Friedkin, Glen E. Friedman, Marty Grimes, David Hackett, Tony Hawk, Jeff Ho, Wes Humpston, Shogo Kubo, Joe Leahy, Ronnie Jay Leipold, Ian MacKaye, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Steve Olson, Stacy Peralta, Jake Phelps, Nathan Pratt, Mark Reiter, Fran Richards, Henry Rollins, Wentzle Ruml, Allen Sarlo, Tom Sims and Craig Stecyk

It's hard to get people stoked on a documentary these days. Most of them are shot on shoe-string budgets and involve the mating habits of primates or the effect of continental drift and how Africa has become 40 feet closer to the America over the last 300 years. Facinating, right? but they say you can't judge a book by its cover, so why do the same to a documentary?

The short reason is that most documentaries suck ass. But this is a skateboard documantary! That makes it stand out among all others. Why would anyone concider skateboarding worthy of documentary staus or treatment? This film would probably never have seen the light of day had Stacy Peralta not been one of the Z-boys and gone on to become a film maker. Stacy actually pioneered the concept of skate videos while shooting the Bones Brigade videos.

But enough BS. This film is utterly amazing from start to finish. It tells a heartfelt story of pain, triumph and desire to succeed. If you skate and want to know some of your sport's history (and you can't read a book) this is the flick for you. It was co-winner of the "Audience Award for documentaries" at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Stacy Peralta won the best director honor in the documentary category.

Its the tale of eight unruly, proud kids who took on a status quo of the moment and pushed it in new directions and, ironically had the sporting establishment chasing after them with big bucks. While most kids today complain about lack of skate spots, the Zhepher team was out scouting empty pools and draining the ones that weren't already dry.

Apparently one of Sean Penn's reasons for signing on as the movie's narrator was that he himself had lived and surfed in and near the Dogtown area. Gee, Sean... you're so Spicoli.

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