Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Sports, Documentary
In the beginning of this filmed extravaganza featuring snowboarding, ice climbing, and "extreme skiing," the director appears in front of the camera to explain why he traveled to Alaska with an IMAX camera crew. This unu... more »
Best on the big screen
ct234 | Utah USA | 11/17/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The magic of the IMAX big screen is somewhat lost. The skiing is great but the camera work is very basic. There is little to no point-of-view material. Following a skier with a helicopter or sitting back a mile away with a telephoto lens doesn't capture the real thing for a small screen. The skiing is also limited to long takes of slaloming movement which everyone has seen. Then again, maybe I just need a bigger TV."
R. Yu | Canada | 06/27/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It confounds me that the makers of this film decided to separate this whole IMAX film EXTREME into two parts - winter & summer - in its DVD release. Nevertheless, the film is just magnificent when shown in a widescreen or giant screen TV although nothing compares to the IMAX experience. A lot of its impact is lost on your own home since it's just jaw-dropping to see how majestic and incredible the mountains of Juneau, Alaska. The snowboarding & skiing footages are shot mostly from a chopper hovering above, and there's only one shot of a rider with a camera trailing behind (due to the fact that the runs are very steep and the camera weights around 50 pounds). The ice-climbing is quite tedious but shows how dangerous the climb is. Overall, an above-average effort. The EXTREME summer edition shows more adrenaline though."
Great movie, bad transfer to DVD...
toddjb123 | germantown, md United States | 11/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The cinematography of this movie is amazing. Great shots, beautiful runs, amazing athletes and a committed film crew. The transfer to DVD, though, is very poor. I find it hard to believe that they went through so much effort to capture this beautiful photography and the DVD transfer is obviously an afterthought. It is pretty grainy and on a 61 inch rear projection widescreen I may as well be watching VHS. I really hope they re-release this as a digitally remastered DVD. I'd buy it again just to have these pictures in the media quality they deserve. On the up side, it has convinced me that I should book a spring skiing/snowboarding trip to Alaska. :)"
toddjb123 | 03/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is just so beautifully shot. Not only is the photography amazing, but the Alaska scenery will live on in your memory, and the music is fantastic too. The CD soundtrack from this film is restful and unusual, and is one of my favourites. I'm not even an athlete, and wouldn't have thought a film about snowboarding, skiing, surfing and ice-climbing would appeal to me at all. But all I can say is this is truly a work of art."