Surf videos are just plain cool. Granted, I may be a little
biased having partially grown up in Hawaii, but nevertheless,
when you slap together awesome surfing clips with kickin' music,
people want to watch. I guess showing well-built women in skimpy bikinis
tear up some waves doesn't hurt either.
The original Blue Crush documentary has become one of
the biggest selling surf movies of all time, and went on to
inspire last years Universal Studios hit theatrical release of
the same name. In fact, the same women who perform in the surfing
footage in the theatrical release star in this DVD. In addition
to being famous, this video has inspired young women around the
world to go out and catch some waves.
Bill Ballard's wonderfully edited Blue Crush, filmed in
1998, takes you around the world to see some of the best women
surfers show off their stuff. You get to follow big names such as
Layne Beachley, Lisa Anderson, Rochelle Ballard, and Megan Abubo
as they surf some of the most beautiful beaches in Samoa, Cabo
San Lucas, Gold Coast, South Africa, and of course, Hawaii.
Besides the great video footage, what really makes this movie
work is the utterly perfect music selection. The music,
highlighted by Inner Circle, Dance Hall Crashers, Towa Tei, and
Crystal Method, blends so seamlessly with the footage it
accompanies you'd almost believe the artists had composed the
music right there on the beach. In addition, the surfers featured
in Blue Crush are so likeable and so carefree that you
just can't help but enjoy watching them do what they do best.
Video: Blue Crush is presented in a
1.33:1 full screen aspect ratio. This is the type of movie that
would really shine in High Definition video, so unfortunately for
now we'll have to settle with the normal DVD format. It's a shame
though that this DVD release doesn't look as good as it could,
for the video looks blocky and pixilated in many scenes
throughout the movie. Also, edge enhancement appears to be laid
on pretty thick and is easily apparent if you look for it. But it
should be noted that the video is not consistent because several
different surfing clips have been edited in that are of varying
ages and from varying sources. However, if you don't sit too
close to your TV, most of these video imperfections will not
bother you. Overall, the video is somewhat of a disappointment
but is still very fun to watch.
Audio: The audio is a stereo affair only, which
isn't a problem because the entire move is just dialogue and
music. So a 5.1 audio track would simply be overkill for a
release of this kind. The music sounds great, which will surely
make you want to turn it up!
Extras: There were a lot more special features
on this DVD than I was expecting. All of the "Bonus"
extras are presented in much the same format as the movie: video
accompanied with music.
Bonus: Here you'll find 12 different clips of the
girls doing their everyday thing. I found all of these bonus
clips to be very enjoyable. They definitely show you how much fun
these professional athletes have traveling the world performing a
job that doesn't seem so much like work. The clips are: Surf
Samoa, Take 2, Serena & Samoa, The Blowhole, Hunting for
Elephants, Snickers Satisfies, Samoan Dancers, DVD Credits, Pam
Burridge Interview, Shopping in Cabo, Trudy Todd's Tour, and
Favorite Section: This is really just a scene selections
menu. But it's nice because it's like getting to choose which
music video you want to see.
Links: These are links to various surf sponsors.
Trailers: These are trailers for other Billygoat
Blue Crush is a wonderful surf video. It's the movie
that catapulted women surfing into the spotlight, and has become
an instant classic. And despite the pitfalls of this DVD
transfer, it's still a beautiful looking movie. The music is
fantastic, and really immerses you into the film. If you're a
woman, and are even remotely interested in surfing, you owe it to
yourself to buy this DVD. However, anyone can enjoy the beauty
and upbeat energy this documentary has to offer.