TheEarthed 5: The Law of Fives DVD marks director Alex Rankin's latest effort to capture the essence of the World Cup Downhill circuit. Highlighted by segments featuring the one-and-only Sam Hill, who claimed the World Championships and the World Cup overall title, and the Atherton brothers in a killer trail session.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 4, 2008
Strengths: Good riders and locations. Good coverage of current dh in general.
Weaknesses: Very bad sound, not only soundtrack but the mastering quality is atrocious. They have been making earthed vids for long enough now that they should know how to master sound properly. The music selection is also total rubbish.
The quality of the filming is ok, but again it needs a decent mastering. A simple colour correction in after effects would stop it looking like its straight from a dv tape, which it probably is. Thats not the problem, its the fact that you can tell is the problem, since 28 days later was shot on very similar to the ones im guessing they used for this. Again, its not a difficult thing to fix and something they should know by now.
Just lacks a general professional polished feel and just feels cheap, its like someones really really good home video. Antigravity is probably about the same level as earthed, and yet theyve done such a better job!
Theres simply no excuse, especially since at £15.99 it costs the same as the big names.
The editing is poor, It may sound bad, but you need some clever angles and slow motion not just to maintain attention but to show whats going on properly.
Okay, for those of you that don't venture over to the Ridemonkey Colorado forum, here's the scoop. The fellas from Big Crank are going to have a premier of Earthed 5, and it's also a benefit for Tara Llanes' Road to Recovery. PLEASE NOTE - this is NOT my event, I am only helping to spread the word!
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Looking to order a new bike vid, and dont know which one to get. Anybody seen Chain Reaction 5 yet? Ive seen clips of NWD4, and it looks pretty good....and I know Earthed is mainly dh, but is it interesting?Read More »