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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Hurley's Hallowed Ground

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Released: 2005
Rating: 4 Stars

Bob Burnquist, Carabeth Burnside, Kris Markovich, Mike Vallely, Steve Berra, Stacy Lowery, Diego Bucchieri, JT Aultz, Lincoln Udea, Salba, Josh Spencer, Kyle Berard, Justin Roy, Mike Crum, Don Nguyen and Bruno Passos.

Hallowed Ground is billed as a skateboard documentary and doesn't focus on showing the biggest or most technical tricks. It's jammed with amazing technical skating, but the heart of this flick is in the joy of skating, not who does it best. It's about the soul of skating and the fun that erupts from just having fun and interacting with friends and other skaters.

Shot on 16mm film (Yay! no annoying fish-eye shots), its a great blend of black & white and color footage that shows skateboarding in it's purest form: Skaters doing what they love and meeting others who do the same. Based on the lives of the Hurley international skate team, it showcases areas of Brazil, Europe and North America.

Old-schoolers will dig the vintage style during Mike Vallely's part. There aren't too many pros who can session a small concrete square. Mike does it with style and flair, and reminds us what skateboarding is all about. He narrates his part expounding on his philosophy of skating - "Be an individual." He gives back to the sk8 community by sharing what he has learned during his years as a skater. He stops to hang with a group of young kids and sessions a curb with them. Very cool. I dig Mike V.

The disc is broken into 8 chapters:

  1. Brazil
  2. Pools & Pipes - cool segment on teaching your won kids to skate and the integration it creates in the family.
  3. Mike Vallely - He just kills at every aspect of skating and his life.
  4. Amateurs
  5. Diego Bucchieri
  6. Kris Markovich
  7. Bob's House
  8. The Hanger

Not so much the action-packed feature you may be accustomed to seeing, but this is a definitive video in the history of skateboarding. It shows the spirit of skating without trying to add unnecessary hype.

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