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Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2008

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"Step into Liquid" (Blu-ray)

movie-step-into-liquid.jpgSynopsis

This documentary details the spectacular waves and superb atheletes who surf them in beautiful spots around the world, including California, Maui North Shore, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. There is also some surfing in not so beautiful oil tanker wakes off Galveston, Texas, but it is fun nonetheless.

Surfing is obviously a very dangerous sport, and the 66 foot wave that one surfer navigated was apparently the largest wave ever surfed on film at the time this one was made (2003).

It looks like a lot of thrills, and I have been to the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii many times to see this sport, but it is windy, so I prefer to sit in the sand with a Starbucks and just watch, thank you very much.

Even the photographers out in boats filming these guys looked like they were scared half to death by the huge waves.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2003, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English DD 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Directed by Dan Brown
  • Starring Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Ami DiCamillo, and many other surfing superstars
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Apparently, Gidget was an actual surfer back in the 1960's, and the movie by the same name was based on her. Up to that point there were about 1,000 surfers worldwide, and after the movie, millions of people got into the sport.

Technical

There are a lot of very grainy shots, but I suspect it was just due to overcast days and the necessity of needing fast (grainy) film so they could use high shutter speeds to capture the quick action.

Extras

These include the director's commentary, making a surfboard, and other things.