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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:DC Shoe Company's The DC Video

DC Shoe Company's The DC Video - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Five Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Greg Hunt
Studio: DC Films
Released: 2003
Rating: 5 Stars

Danny Way, Colin McKay, Rob Dyrdek, Josh Kalis, Stevie Williams, Anthony Van Engelen and Brian Wenning, Ryan Gallant, Ams Robbie McKinley, Ryan Smith, Greg Myers, Lindsey Robertson, Christopher "Big Black" Boykin

This DVD review is based on the original DC Video, not the deluxe edition. It's an awesome disc, but we're only buying it ONCE!

This is one hell of a video and should be a core piece of your DVD skate library. DC thought it was so good they re-released it with additional footage (which annoys the hell out of those of us who bought the first edition). Three years in the making, The DC Video is DC Shoe Company's first video and they spared nothing in making it stand out. From the individual pro parts to their AMs and Danny Way's record breaking run on the Mega Ramp, this flick has everything you want in a sk8 vid.

Filmed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Europe and Australia, the spots are fresh, the soundtrack rocks and this vid will keep you coming back for more.

It's hard to say which was more impressive Way's Mega Ramp runs or Van Engelen's sk8 rage - both were enjoyable to watch. Van Engelen opens up the action with amazing talent followed by Kalis tearing up Love Park. Dyrdek's part was awesome. The kid can skate, but the introduction of his personal security detail, Big Black, is priceless. This hulking guy explains that his job is ensuring that Rob can skate without getting hassled by security. Additionally, he says he waxes and occasional ledge. Boykin has a knack for comedy... and security.

We witness some of McKay's shoulder surgery. I prefer looking at tattoos on a person's shoulder as opposed to seeing "inside" their shoulder. Injuries kept him out of the action for a while, but we get a good dose of Colin killing the DC Super Ramp. Once Danny Way is onscreen it's time for everyone else to pack up and please go away.

I wonder if DC ever thought that their "Super Ramp" would be shamed by a greater "Mega Ramp"? The sheer size of the Mega Ramp is amazing to see. We initially get an arial view from a helicopter as Way drops in. From there you slowly get an appreciation for the balls it takes to sail over the gap. This is the kind of stunt that can take a life. It's one thing to sack a handrail, but slamming after a 50-foot+ arial is quite another.

Leeann Tweeden Premiering June 19th, 2003, The DC Shoe folks know how to hype their video: The DC Video. Using Price Is Right model, Leeann Tweeden is certainly a good way to get your enormous ramp noticed. Just stuff her into a DC T-shirt and shout, "Stand here" and there ya go - instant publicity! Way killing the Mega Ramp doesn't hurt either.

Despite this, Way makes it look easy. In a single run he broke 2 world records (longest distance jump: 75' backside air 360 and the highest air: 23.5' backside air). Amazing footage that you'll want to watch a few times. Don't forget, prior to the Mega Ramp jumps, we see Way on the DC Super Ramp as well as street skating. He does it all and does it well. He's also been Thrasher's Skater of the Year... twice!

Bonus Stuff

The various commercials were weak - nothing too exciting. The best DC Shoe commercial is Dyrdek's one in which he's being chased by a ton of screaming chicks and makes his getaway down a 12-stair. You can see it in 411 Video Magazine Snowboarding #3. That's the only place I've found it, although I'm sure there are others.

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