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Dogtown and Z-Boys (Deluxe Edition) (Sous-titres français)

Sean Penn , Jay Adams , Stacy Peralta    DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film July 8 2004
Format:DVD
I'm not a skateboarder--I never have been. So my review of this film is from a truly "outsider" position. I'll skip making comments about the wonderful aspects of this film as a documentary about skateboarding, because to me what makes this a truly remarkable work of art has to do with being a documentary about life and truth and beauty and all that.
This movie is about hope. It paints a picture of young kids growing up in an incredibly harsh environment (the film goes out of its way to portray Venice of the early '70's in practically post-apocalyptic images) who see in the concrete wasteland nothing but ocean waves of endless promise. They craft, as artists, a new ballet amidst the rubble. They are obsessed with skating the perfect run, not necessarily to be better than their friends, but just for the sake of perfection. In this pursuit of perfection, I see hope. I see a vision of a recreated world where there are no barriers based on class or empty swimming pools surrounded by fences and patrolled by police. But there's also an irony in the hope, in that the Zephyr boys have an exclusivity about them--they are fiercely elite in their rejection of conventionality.
The story of one of the top two skateboarders, Jay Adams, provides the heart to this film. His story provides a balance to the narrative of corporate greed, which ultimately destroyed the Zephyr team (but which also made the film possible and the story relevent). He is shown as a very young and, though violent and utterly contemptous, innocent boy oozing with natural talent. He's interviewed several times as an adult who, we find out, is doing time for heroin-related charges in Hawaii. Next to the brilliance of the Jay Adams the boy, in Jay Adams the man we see a dark shell of regret and pain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beach Boys go Punk April 9 2004
By Aaron
Format:DVD
Style-wise, the documentary footage was too cut up and special effected for my taste. Granted, film footage from the 70's is minimal, and lots of still pictures had to be weaved in. It shouldn't be Ken Burns slow, but the fast cuts seem very MTV 90's or 00's... while the scene and music are perfectly 70's. Sean Penn's narration is a great coup - the perfect actor for this. At one point, Penn got stuck half way through a word, stopped, cleared his throat, repeated the word, and kept going. I love that no one said "do it again"... a punk aesthetic.
The Dogtown themes remind me of "Style Wars," about late 70's/early 80's New York City kids using graffiti, breakin', and rap to turn their environment into "art." (Authorities often called it "crime.") Dogtown (South Santa Monica/Venice) Z-Boys use their resources - athleticism, style, mental hunger, and physical environment - to create a new attitude... that fed/feeds energy to the world. As a Pasadena grandma would say, "Not too shabby!.... Uh... What the %@# happened to my pool!"
With so many 70's skaters covered in the film (by design - to show the scene), few of the individual stories carry much weight. Jay Adams' story was most interesting: He was the youngest and brightest skater, but at some point took a walk on the too wild side for too long. Adams' not lasting with the pro scene is portrayed as big a loss for skateboarding as Alva's ascendancy was a gain.
Overall, Dogtown is a unique "one of." That said, I prefer the 80's themed documentary "Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator." (It's technically more formal and linear.) Take the preference with a grain of salt... I'm a product of the 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Documentary Jan. 14 2004
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This is an exceptional documentary of a group of guys in blue-collar south Venice Beach, CA that revolutionized skateboarding. As a 50 year old who grew up in Southern California in the mid-60s skateboarding in the "uncool" manner that they portrayed in the first skateboard tournament, I was absolutely mesmerized by the evolution to vertical skateboarder, ie, "airtime".
This film narrated by Sean Penn interviews the members of the Zephyr Surf Shop skateboarding team from the 70s. Sean Penn does an excellent job as voice over and the teammates and shop owners are very honest and forthright in sharing the evolution through the skateboarding where they were first seen, to the urban guerilla boarding in empty swimming pools, to skateboard stardom, and finally to grown-ups.
Many reviewers mention the braggadocio of the participants since the director was also a Z-Boy. Also many complained that they were just a bunch of skateboarders. But I didn't view it that way at all. I found their reporting to be very balanced and in fact, I thought the director somewhat downplayed his stature in the skateboarding world vs. say, Tony Alva. Also as a former skateboarder of a previous generation, I found it absolutely fascinating watching the evolution of the sport. Whether true or not, following that evolution to airborne makes fascinating history. Now, skateboard/wakeboard/surfing/in-line skating have merged into extreme sports. Did these guys invent it? Of course not. But they were substantial in its evolution.
My wife who has never lived outside Southeast US viewed this also and while the subject matter was not familiar, she found it interesting. I recommend this for people wanting to study 70s culture, Southern California or pop culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dogtown and Z-Boys Blu-Ray
This is where skating started. This blu-ray is ridiculously good, of course it's got the PG-13 rating so Glen Friedman is still bleeped from saying the F-Word. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark T
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!
This is a documentary you must see. I saw "Dogtown and Z-Boys" a long time ago and enjoyed every minute of it and still do to this day. Read more
Published on May 3 2009 by Spin Cycle
5.0 out of 5 stars The One To Watch
This doc. was F'n amazing. I wanted to turn back the clock, travel to California and become a skate rat! A MUST see for all boarders, young and old!
Published on Nov. 14 2006 by Shannon Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
great film simple as that well edited great story great music and great skating watch it rent it buy it I saw it in theaters three times and have seen it dozens of times on video
Published on June 14 2004 by corey smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Coulda been longer though...
I have to say this movie was quite enjoyable...and that's an understatement. I enjoyed the "punk" editing, the cool photos, and especially the soundtrack (soundtrack... Read more
Published on April 20 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Should've been longer...
I have to say this movie was quite enjoyable...and that's an understatement. I enjoyed the "punk-aesthetic" of the editing, the cool photos, and especially the... Read more
Published on April 20 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Jay Adams isn't DEAD!
I didn't have the pleasure of seeing this movie until it got to cable. It immediately got my attention because it was about skateboarding and pictures of cute boys (who are now... Read more
Published on March 29 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
it's an intresting compelling story about the history of skateboards
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Ziggy
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This is a great movie for anyone who in interested in skateboarding or even any sports at all. This movie keeps you interested every second and when you watch you'll see.
Published on Feb. 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring!!
it's an awesome film. i randomly picked it up from a video store and decided to try it out. it was one of the best films/documentaries i have ever seen. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Amazon Customer
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