The Worlds Best MBR Movie
Right Chaps, like the title says I want to know what's the best mountain bike DVD you've ever seen. I need a little something to stick on my itouch when Im sat in the office and look out the window with the sun coming down and me stuck behind my desk… You know the kind of thing, free riding, xc, downhill anything really…. Note to self download BMX bandits tonight, that will fill tomorrow boredom 8)Posted 7 years agoMilkieMember
Dirt – Remind's me of the good ole days and a few bits of Bristol in it.
ROAM – Great cinematics, great soundtrack, good riding too! Can put on in the background with non MTB'er's and they are wow'd.
There are more video's but I can't remember them, will check the shelf at home when I'm homePosted 7 years agoiain1775Subscriber
Klunkerz good documentary but sort of thing you only watch once or twice, not really a film you can have on in background whilst you do other things like the other 'riding' films
1 The Collective
3 Home (love the Scottish scenery and that its trails you can realistically ride yourself, we can't all visit Whistler!)
4 The Tipping Point
6 Dirt (the riding would put it top of list but the production shows its age now, and being VHS isnt that easy to watch (my video player died along time ago)
The Earthed series are good (esp 5), some of Kranked series okay
Seasons is on itunes for less than £2!Posted 7 years agojamesMember
MBR movie or MTB movie?
My favourite MBR video (I've not seen many) is the helvelyn one on youtube, mostly for the bonnie tyler soundtrack ..
MTB movie, I quite like NWD 8, just because I've seen it more than once because I have a copy. I can't really remember many others. Some of the opening commentary on Seasons can come across as a bit pretenious (though a very minor part), though there are plenty of good bits in itPosted 7 years ago
I remember NWD9 looking a bit OTT, though if I remember rightly it was focussing on how much the riders were being pushed to ever biggerNorthwindSubscriber
I thought Klunkerz was pretty terrible, considering the subject matter and the amount of access they got to the riders… Compare with, say, Dogtown and Z Boys, to see what it could have been. It's still interesting, but it's not a good film, it just happens to be a bad film about a fascinating subject.
Seasons has its low points, to me it does drag a bit now but the good bits are so damn good. Saw it on Sanny's cinema tour last night and the Whistler section still knocks me out every time- I was really down on Follow Me after that, just because nothing in it comes anywhere close to that.Posted 7 years ago
"it just happens to be a bad film about a fascinating subject."
Ouch! Just out of curiosity, what exactly would YOU have done? I made this film on my own, no sponsors ($$$), and I made exactly what I wanted to make. I wanted to a create a real documentary, a character study of the people behind the birth of the sport. I made it, mostly, for the guys who are in the film, too. They were all there for the world premiere (except for Prof. Scott, who was murdered shortly after I interviewed him). I'm friends with most of these guys now. I know their life story, their family, and their friends. Ask Stacy P (not that he cares) if any of the the real Z-Boys would spit on him if he was on fire. I spent 3 years of my life and six-figures of my own cash following those guys around, getting to know them so they'd trust me enough to let me tell their story, chasing that footage all over the world, etc. I didn't want a rock/montage film… I wanted to do something different than what I'd seen in this genre. After completion I got the film in more than 100 film festivals around the world. No marketing firm from a bike company, no p.r. agency, just me. It's aired on television in more than 120 countries, including PBS in the U.S. I'm pretty sure that's the first the Public Broadcasting Company has aired anything MTB-related. The film has raised more than $100,000 for bike advocacy, trail-building and other cycling-related causes. Every year since it's release at least one cast member from the film has been nominated into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. No one had thought of a lot of these folks in years and I hunted them down. I preserved and restored the subject's deteriorating materials, more than 1000 photographs and thousands of feet of film, for future generations to study and enjoy and fattened up the archive at the MTB Hall of Fame in the process. I am sorry you didn't like the film, but at least USA Today, The New York Times, Movie Maker Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, Movie Magazine International, STUFF Magazine and pretty much every mountain bike publication in the world appreciated my efforts. I'm stoked that I had the opportunity to share this piece of history, even if I never live to pay off the loans. It's like they say here in town, Northwind, if you don't like the films you see, get out and make some of your own.Posted 7 years ago
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Dirt – out of all the MTB videos that is the one that gets me out on the bike immedaitely.
Home – has a lot of my kind of riding and is a good film to just sit and watch – also makes me want to go riding.
Collective – good to watch but doesn't make me the slightest bit interested in riding my bike – mainly due to most of it being jumps or BIG North Shore stuff – great for camera, but I've no interest in that so I'll just watch and be impressed but have no desire to ride.
Roam + Sessions – as above…too much jumping in it…I like the sections where they are ragging down the hillside on a ride – very good to watch but as soon as the jumps and jumping arrives I switch off…
F1rst – although this is all about the racing (again not really any interest) – I did feel quite imspired by it – not quite to go rag my bike but it was telling a story that just watching a few good kids blasting down a hillside.
Not seen many more to be honest as they all tend to now follow this kind of formula – loads of jumping and not a huge amount of just riding so I have very little interest in them.
That's just me though…Dirt is the best out of all the MTB videos I've seen (I think I've seen about 20 in total over the years)…Posted 7 years agomyfatherwasawolfMember
Good film and good answer Klunkerbill!
My favourite is the semi-retro (maybe full retro now?) Chainsmoke with Shaun Palmer and others. Good mix of DH & XC and great music (in my opinion – Downset, Shelter and stuff). The shot of Palmer being dropped by a helicopter at the top of a long singletrack descent, as the opening riff to 'Empower' starts sends shivers down my spine! 😀Posted 7 years agoiain1775Subscriber
wow you go Klunkerbill!Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for bringing us the film, your passion does definately come across in it despite what Northwind may think, and personally I find it much more watchable than Z-Boys (and I grew up as a skateboarder before switching to bikes) which I felt was now where near as 'personal'SannySubscriber
Disregarding any shameful plugging I may be prone to doing, I really liked Home. The sequence with young Ruaraidh winning the World Champs still gives me goosebumps. It's the look of joy on his family and friends that nakes me smile every time I watch it. I was feeling really chauffed with myself when I saw myself in Home on the big screen. The feeling lasted all of three seconds when I walked out the cinema and my good mate Doug (now of Basque MTB) said how much he enjoyed my bit especially as it had been shown in slow motion….talk about coming back down to earth with a crash! Ha! Ha!
Berrecloth's scene in Roam is a fantastic start to any film, the closing scenes in Seasons are well up there too. The final NZ sequence in Follow Me is really special. I think my wife summed it up perfectly when she turned to me at the end of the screening and said that she just wanted to go ride her bike. 😀
SannyPosted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Oops, that's what comes of speaking freely on the internet I guess. Klunkerbill, It's obvious you made the film you wanted to and you're proud of it and that's great, and I wouldn't deny it's achieved a lot, but… Well, I just didn't think it told the story well, is the bottom line, despite everything. Maybe it did exactly what you wanted it to and it's just that none of that is what I hoped it would do.
Everyone's a critic, eh.Posted 7 years ago
Northwind, I totally get it, but I'd like to know what YOU would have done differently if you had limited funds? Dogtown's production budget was 1.2 million dollars, and Stacy hardly paid anyone for shots and footage. I didn't want to do play it like that. People got paid for their materials, or they donated because they were into what I was doing. I told the majors straight up I didn't want to make a commercial about their new products. Lots of the guys really didn't want to talk on camera about the old days. Many were still REALLY pissed off at each other. Some made fortunes, others drifted into obscurity, so there were feelings involved. I had to tread lightly. Some guys I had to hassle for more than a year just to get an interview. Others were stoked I cared enough to research and find them. So my question is if you only had 200K, what story about the mountain bike history would you tell? For me, I just wanted to look at the beginning of the thing and to end it with the intro of the first production bikes in '82. The question is where was the actual beginning? All that's open to debate. Would you have gone further into the future? Perhaps into the racing scene of the '80s? Annodiz-a-palooza? More modern stuff? Josh Bender-o-rama? There was certainly a lot more photos and footage once the '80s started rolling along. I'm old, so I was just into early guys and what they started. I did all kind of research (almost a year) on Von Drais, through the Bone Shakers and Safety Bikes before roads were paved, then the Buffalo Soldiers, Annie Londonderry, the Italian Infantry of WW1, the RoughStuff Fellowship, etc. In the end, I realized I only had 80+ minutes, so I concentrated on the California guys, cuz that's where I'm from. I really hope more people make films about the sport's history. There's lots to learn about our forefathers. After all, every rider has a story, even if they just got their first bike:).Posted 7 years ago
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