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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Drive: Notes From the Wilderness

Drive: Notes From the Wilderness - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Three Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Mark Jeremias
Studio:
Released: 2006
Rating: 3 Stars


Staring:
Mike Vallely, Lance Mountain, Ryan Sheckler and Tony Hawk.

This updated version of Mike Vallely's first Drive film features a look at his philosophies and those he looks up to as heros. Primarily this DVD features the episodes of the show that ran on Fuel TV. The navigation is horrible and confusing, but once you figure it out, you can find the various components to this double disc set.

"You can skateboard anywhere."

The film opens with Mike's signature "Drive"-mobile, a Jeep Grand Wagoneer, parked at an abandoned gas station where Mike sessions the concrete slab, demonstrating that you can indeed skate anywhere.

Mike talks with, and skates a bowl with (remember when it was smoking a bowl?...), Lance Mountain who discovered Mike as a kid in Virginia Beach. Lance looks visibly uncomfortable with the praise that is heaped upon him. Similar interviews roll with both Ryan Sheckler and Tony Hawk.

You'll also find a copy of the original Drive: My Life in Skateboarding among the bonus features.

The show is set in a Zulu village in the Valley of 1000 Hills where among the rolling hills and primitive lifestyle, kids still skate. Some had no shoes, others shared a board, but they had a half pipe and loved skating dearly. The show focused on South African pro, Dallas Oberholzer, and his efforts to bring skateboarding to a higher level for these kids.

Mike joined forces with him to help revitalize their half pipe and get some fresh equipment to the kids. If you're into heart-warming tales, this is a good one. Mike and Dallas did a lot for these kids and their appreciation was tenfold.

Back in America, Mike visits several parks in the rural south and tries to convince pissed off kids that a crappy park is better than no park at all. He tries to make them realize that they are the masters of their own destinies. They should skate not bitch - a tough lesson fro teenagers. He attempts to make them see that they should get involved with the community and try to get the park updated. Not likely with these slackers.

Mike visits with cancer survivor Mike Rogers, and Ryon Rommel, who continues to battle leukemia. Their unique stories make you realize how skateboarding can reach out and do something good in places you might not expect. Mike's star-power really touches people from sick kids to their parents who are desperate to find hope for them.

This isn't your typical skate video, although there is a lot of skating. It's more of an ongoing story of how skateboarding effects the world at large.

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