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Between Land & Sea

Film Movement // Unrated // September 11, 2018
List Price: $24.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted October 30, 2018 | E-mail the Author



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Between Land and Sea DVD Review


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Land and Sea
is a documentary feature exploring the world of
surfing with a group of dedicated, passionate surfers from Ireland's
coast of County Clare. The film is produced by Anne Mcloughlin and
Jamie Lee D'Alton. This is a personal and reflective documentary
which has some unique and interesting insights into the dreams and
dedication held by surfers to excel at their craft.


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documentary features a number of noteworthy Ireland surfers as they
discuss their unique goals and approaches to their craft. The surfers
discuss some of the reasons behind their dedication to the sport:
whether it be for the sport of it, the exhilaration, or the feel of
being surrounded by the ocean. Featuring a cast which includes Fergal
Smith, Ollie O'flaherty, John McCarthy, Tom Doidge Harrison, Raquel
Rudio Rodriguez, Dexter McCullagh, Ben Bennett, and Pat Conway, this
documentary should please longtime surfing fans and newcomer's alike.


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the course of the documentary, the filmmakers traverse alongside the
ocean coastline. The film delves into the surfer's families and the
support of their loved ones for their dreams. The film has a warmth
to it that is comforting in its jubilant enthusiasm for the surfer's
ambitions. It's a pleasant, enjoyable documentary experience.


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film even features a pleasant score composed by Michael Fleming. The
film was also edited by Andrew Hearne, who does an exceptional job of
emphasizing both interviews and the footage of surfing featured
throughout the feature. The cinematographer did excellent work as
well with highlighting the surfing in action in a way that feels full
of energy.


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documentary was directed by Ross Whitaker (Bye Bye Now).
Whitaker has crafted an exceptional film about the drive of surfers
(or should that read swim?) as they pursue the
sport to its
full capacity. Even those without much familiarity with the sport
will find this to be a charming and enlightening experience which is
worth checking out.


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Land and Sea
is presented on DVD with a 1.78:1 anamorphic
widescreen presentation preserving the film's original aspect ratio.
This is a modest looking DVD which has a number of compression
artifacts and middling clarity. Despite an inferior picture the
beautiful scenery of the ocean waves amid the surfing still makes a
viewing of the documentary worthwhile. The picture quality might be
disappointing but the cinematography is interesting and effective.


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audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio. This is a
standard stereo track which is unsurprisingly rather flat and
uninspired. It's not really a surprise given that this is a
low-budget documentary production. On the bright side, the film's
dialogue is still easy enough to understand throughout and the score
is effective as a back-drop the experience.




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are no extras on this release.


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Thoughts:


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Land and Sea
is an Ireland-based documentary feature film
about
surfers and their individual journeys to excel at their passion in
the world of surfing. The film has a clear narrative and an intimate
approach. Director Whitaker focuses intently on each surfer's
individual approach to the sport and craft of surfing. The
documentary even features an appearance by surfing legend Shane
Dorian. For fans (and non-fans) of surfing, this is a pleasing
documentary which is well worthwhile.


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Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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