Clay Porter FR1ST Videos

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Product Description

F1RST is 83mins in length and primarily covers the 2007 international race season following the stars of the sport such as Sam Hill, Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, The Athertons, Brendan Fairclough, Sam Blenkinsop and a host of others, as well spotlighting some of the up and coming talents in the sport. The DVD will also feature extras including the director’s commentary, and outtake reel, and crash & case section


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ohalrighthen a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2008

Strengths:    Brilliant compilation of a documentory of what is ticking behind the brain of a world cup downhill racer, good story line, awesome action footages and good soundtrack suiting each chapters. Having Martin Whiteley as assistant director adds extra polish to the whole movie.

Weaknesses:    Clay Porter's narration - his voice can put you to sleep, and also it's hard to understand what Gee Atherton's mumbling about most of the time.

Bottom Line:   
IT IS NOT OFTEN that a simple movie about mountain biking racing manages to captures so much insight into the the intensely competitive world of downhill mountain bike racing, somehow Clay Porter have not only managed to record some incredible racing footage of the 2007 World Cup racing season, but also capture the comments from star riders in their own words, the respect for their rivals, how they deal with the pressure of racing and what drives them on to be the world's fastest riders. But most importantly, what they have learnt through their journey of being a professional athletes and why they take so much risk busting their butts so hard year after year for so little money.

OF COURSE, getting the racers to talk about themselves is not a new concept, the Collective series of mountain biking movie touched on the subject with their free riding stars in the The Collective, Roam and most recently, The Seasons. Clay Porter on the other hand went one step further capturing the intricate details and recording the human factors that cannot be seen in race results or glossy magazines. The first few movies, "Synopsis" and "Hypnosis" were a bit rough on the edge (in a good way) but the recent "Between the Tapes" and this latest episode "F1RST" are some truly remarkable filming work by Clay Porter, who have managed to produce these movies nearly single handedly without help.

WHEREAS the Earthed series of mountain bike DVD will excite you with its crazy paced footage and English twist of humour, The Collective series satisfying your artistic sense with it's immaculate cinematography of riders in their element in amazing backdrops, Clay Porter's mountain biking movies are far more satisfying to watch because they not only captured the life at the pointy end of international competition racing against no one except the clock, but also the human side of the sport which is both incredibly intense yet at times elegantly fragile.
Simply brilliant and a must watch for mountain bike fans. The ending chapter in itself is worth the cost of the DVD alone.

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Favorite Trail:   Wombat State Forest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Adrenalin Films

Similar Products Used:   Synopsis, Hynosis, Between the Tape, Earthed 1-5, The Collective, Roam & Season


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