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Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 131 (May 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Featured Skiers: Ingrid Backstrom, Anselme Baud, Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Chris Davenport, Stefano De Benedetti, Shane McConkey, Andrew McLean, Seth Morrison, Eric Pehota & Glen Plake And Narrated By Peter Krause

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WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include commentary with Director Mark Obenhaus and Skiers Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean; a 13-minute Q&A with Obenhaus, Backstrom, and McLean; a 17-minute Shooting Steep photo montage; a continuous photo montage of The Skiers Of Steep; a seven-minute interview with Doug Coombs; and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 23878
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For extreme sports action and brief language
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 03/18/08
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(Director): Mark Obenhaus
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Without risk, there is no adventure. Or, so they say. Witness the world's greatest skiers as they go beyond their wildest dreams in a chance to conquer the most rugged and outrageous runs the world has to offer. Spectacular and Steep is the terrain, extreme and impressive is the sport. Based on a factual story by William A. Kerig. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD has a pleasing image quality, especially for a documentary, but noticeable compression artifacts and a somewhat soft overall look plague it. Whites can often look crushed, with little definition in the fields of snow. Black level is somewhat elevated, but it does not become distracting, as there are few dark scenes. Archival footage can look poor, understandably, as the filmmakers had little control over how it was shot and stored, but it doesn

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