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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Blind's Video Days

Blind's Video Days - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Four Star skateboard DVD review rating

Released: 1991
Rating: 4 Stars

Mark Gonzales, Guy Mariano, Rudy Johnson, Jordan Richter, Jason Lee.

Originally released in 1991, Video Days is part of a box set also containing Blind's What If - Special Edition.

Let's get this out of the way at the start...
Yes, the Jason Lee in Video Days is the same guy on TV's My Name Is Earl and the actor in many Kevin Smith films like, Mallrats and Clerks II. Just goes to show that you can't be a pro skater forever. OK, so he relaunched his former sk8 company Stereo in 2003... maybe I'm wrong.

45 rpm record insert Stereo Sound Agency was founded in 1992 by professional skateboarders Jason Lee and Chris Pastras. Their products incorporate street art, 50s and 60s design, jazz album cover artwork, and ideas pulled from early men's magazines.
Together, Jason and Chris released two skateboard films: A Visual Sound (1994) and Tincan Folklore (1996). But this is about a Blind video so never mind that stuff for now.

In 1996, Jason set skateboarding aside to pursue an acting career. Chris headed Stereo entirely on his own in Jason's absence until 2000. Chris went on to pursue other interests outside of the skateboarding business. He attended college full-time and continued skating. Chris and Jason joined forces again in 2003 to re-launch Stereo under Giant Distribution.

Video Days is a re-issue of a classic (and amazing) skate vid from the early 90's. You may be wondering how you can obtain this gem of a relic. Naturally, you can't just go buy it - well, you can on ebay. Otherwise you have to buy the Blind box set containing What If (the special edition) and Video Days. If you already own the original "What If", it sucks to be you since the SE version seems to only consist of 2 more bonus parts.

Have you seen any of the Gonz's Krooked flicks? Well, if you were wondering if he was as whacky back in the day as he seems to be now, the answer would be, yes. He's a kook, but a great skater with a lot of style and its cool as hell that he's still out there riding today with the same vigor you'll see in Video Days.

All the parts were great, but I have to admit I'm a Jason Lee fan - most likely because I dig his Kevin Smith roles - but it's inspiring to see his success continue in so many different ways. Watch an episode or two of "Earl" and then watch Lee's part in Video Days. You just can't imagine this dude used to be a pro skater. Hell, he's still a skater. Check out Way Out East, released in 2005.

Cruising the spots in a low-rider Caddy, the car becomes a theme throughout the flick right up to the end in which it takes a heinous crash... along with the team. The credits roll listing each rider as deceased in 1991. It's a short flick at only 25 minutes, but there's some good bonus footage from the Blind team in other vids.

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