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Starring: Ingrid Backstrom, Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Stefano De Benedetti
MPAA Rated: PG
Distributed By: Sony Pictures Home Enterttainment
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Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them jumping off mountains.
Date Movie: If she likes skiing, beautiful scenery, or both.
Gratuitous Sex: There's no action in the ski lodge here.
Gratuitous Violence: Only skiers crashing.
Action: Lots of fast-action following the skiers.
Laughs: A chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: I liked the dude combining skiing and base jumping.
Memorable Quote: "That's gonna be the next big mountain, skier chick.
Directed By: Mark Obenhaus

Cool Things About the DVD

Learn French! You get some subtitles.
Buy a New TV! This movie is made for the big screen.
Anything Else! I liked the "filming" portion and the Q&A session was alright.

A Movie/DVD Review


DVD Rated - PG

It's 1:30 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
If you like to ski you might know names like Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Ingrid Backstrom, and Stefano De Benedetti. If you like to ski and you donít know those names your skiing probably sucks, at least in comparison to those named. The DVD is "Steep," itís a documentary about skiing, but itís not your "Weee, weíre going down the bunny slopes!" Nope, this one is about extreme skiing, you know, the skiing where you get to the top of the mountain by helicopter or mountain climbing and then come back down, hoping for total exhilaration and that you donít die.

All right, maybe that first paragraph was a little extreme, but "Steep" is a fascinating look at a bunch of extreme skiers, how the sport evolved over the years, and that yes, it is as dangerous as it looks. Now, I wish I had more to say about the documentary, but for one, I donít ski, although I do appreciate the skills needed to do what these folks do. The other thing is that along with hearing the stories of the skiers, "Steep" is one beautiful movie, as you would expect of something that pretty much takes place along virgin mountain ranges.

If you like skiing, watching "Steep" might give you delusions of grandeur, of a new challenge, but Iím thinking until you can conquer the black diamond slopes you might just be better off dreaming of the challenge and live vicariously through the lives of the skiers found here; If you like a documentary about the beautiful scenery of snow, ignore the skiers and enjoy the pristine nature and destruction of the snow slopes as the dudes and dudettes make their way down; And if you hate skiers and donít give a damn about beautiful scenery, rent "Ski Patrol" to further your hatred.

The DVD has the normal commentary stuff I didnít listen to, but I did enjoy the section showing how parts of the movie were shot using cable cams, you know, those cameras that drift over the football field nowadays, and how difficult that challenge was in itself.

If you appreciate skiing, "Steep" will be a great rental for you, probably even 5 stars, but if youíre just the casual person who watches skiing on TV just to see people crash, itís probably about 2 stars. Iíll average them together and give "Steep" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5. You can probably know if itís for you just but the subject matter.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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