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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Powell Peralta's Public Domain

Powell Peralta's Public Domain - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Four Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Stacy Peralta & C.R. Stecyk
Released: 1988
Rating: 4 Stars

Mike McGill, Tommy Guerrero, Colin McKay, Casey McKay, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, Rich Grassett, Frankie Hill, Jim Theibaud, Rob Washburn, Doug Smith, Jake Bradley, Mike Vallely, Tony Hawk, Eric Sanderson, Chris Borst, Kevin Harris, Mark Sato, Steve Saiz, Ray Barbee, Brandon Chapman, Sofie, Anita Tenneshon, and Lori Rigsby.

Watching Bones Brigade videos is like studying history, except no school would be cool enough to liken Stacy Peralta's genius with actual history of any worthy sort. Public Domain is the fourth in the Bones Brigade series. At 60 minutes it's almost obscenely long by today's standard of "30 minutes and we're done" attitude.

The only downside is there are no bonus features. They offer a brief look at the other vids in the series, but nothing like a peralta or George Powell interview. Just the original flick. They did update the audio so it sounds better.

The full title of this film is "Public Domain, A Video Extravaganza in Living Color and Drop Dead B&W (Bones Brigade Video Four)" and captures great skating (for the time) and Stacy's filming and editing skill. Few were able to make engaging sk8 vids the way he did.

Kiki Stockhammer Stacy Peralta was also one of the first to jump into computer-based editing with NuTek's Video Toaster originally available for the Amiga computer. Aside from the involved technical prowess, the real asset to the Video Toaster was it's spokesmodel, Kiki Stockhammer. In the mid 90's this little vixen would do demos at computer trade shows demonstrating features including the infamous transitional-fade effect, the kiki kick.

Renown on the Comdex trade show circuit she made quips like, "There is nothing more appealing than a technical guru in hot pants showing you how to use the latest and greatest in technological breakthroughs."

Currently she's the singer/dancer for a Star Trek themed rock band. I guess the wealth from the tech sector ran dry in a hurry.

Public Domain starts off with Peralta dragging out of bed (in a lavish house) and heading out the door on a skateboard as he head to the Powell Peralta warehouse where boards are being made by the thousands... or so it seems. Amid the hordes of skaters all wearing full pads (don't see pads today) are three girls, the most vocal of which is Lori Rigsby who professed to skate until she falls over dead. Pretty cool!

Mike Vallely has certainly changed a lot from his BB days. He looks like a little kid as he tears of turf in DC and NYC. We get a look at Kevin Harris' skatepark, built by Lance Mountain and a young gangly Tony Hawk rips up bowls and pipes with his sporty new-wave haircut. Oh, those were the days.

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