11/24/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Plexifilm presents
Northwest (2003)

"The kids who are interested will come and skate whatever you put there, so you may as well build what you think is the most optimum."
- Mark "Munk" Hubbard

Review By: Rich Rosell   
Published: June 23, 2003

Stars: Chet Childress, Pat "Q" Quirk, Peter Hewitt, Dave "Shaggy" Palmer
Other Stars: Jimmy "The Greek" Marcus, Joel Price, Pete "The Ox" Colpits, Ryan Johnson, Mark "Red" Scott, Mark "Munk" Hubbard, Matt Dyke
Director: Coan Nichols, Rich Charnoski

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (language)
Run Time: 00h:46m:30s
Release Date: June 24, 2003
UPC: 085392663927
Genre: documentary


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A C+B-B- B-

DVD Review

Filmmakers Coan Nichols and Rick Charnoski would certainly be considered friends of the renegade skateboarder subculture, and they first collaborated on 1999's Fruit of the Vine, a grainy, manic Super 8 documentary on the backyard pool skating underground. With their latest project, the subject is still skateboarding, but their focus is on skateparks of the Northwest (hence the title), and more importantly the people who build them.

Nichols and Charnoski allow the skatepark builders, a crazy bunch of die-hard skaters with colorful names like Q, the Ox, the Greek, and Munk, to offer bits of their skate-centric world outlook as we see them traversing the Northwest installing their custom-made masses of wildly curving concrete like modern-day Johnny Appleseeds. We learn indirectly that a lot of them started cobbling together early public skateparks in Oregon in 1990, and in Northwest we see them, now 12 years later, still assembling even more diabolically twisted creations that are seemingly designed to heighten the speed and thrill of daredevil skating.

But at its center, Northwest is all about the mystical vibe of skateboarding, and really not much else, unfortunately. We never get more than a cursory glance into the individual skaters, and even when they are identified by name they still remain largely anonymous throughout. One shouldn't go into this documentary expecting a deep, well-heeled history of skating and skateparks, because underneath it all, Northwest is all about the pure rough-and-tumble thrill of the skateboard lifestyle, and not a timeline. The moments of simple narrative give way to Nichols and Charnoski's endless (well, 46-minute, anyway) and sometimes surreal shots of skateboarders riding all manner of curved concrete walls, and the frenetic skill of the riders is captured with a kind of raw and very real glee, made even more edgy thanks to the Super 8 format.

While there maybe isn't a lot to necessarily learn in Northwest, the visual chops of the filmmakers is a sold compliment to the subject, and their use of a diverse set of local music on the soundtrack (from punk to folk to ethnic) adds to the gravity-defying actions of the participants. A film like this is more a series of visuals than it is an historical compendium, and I suppose if you sit down to watch a skateboard documentary then you should expect to see skateboarding. And lots of it.

Note: The backcover lists a runtime of 84 minutes, which is a bit deceptive because it includes the times for all of the outtakes.

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: C+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Northwest has been issued in its original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio by Plexifilm, and for a film shot on Super 8 I suppose the transfer is a pretty solid one, considering its simple origins. As expected, the source material is a bit rough and raw around the edges (the filmmaker's intent, no doubt), but the transfer itself is more than sufficient and presentable.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: Audio is presented in simple, basic stereo, with the sporadic narration and voice-overs rendered cleanly and understandable. The filmmakers use of a truly oddball mix of music is where the limited audio range actually manages to sound noticeably fuller and more slightly more spacious. Not flashy, but certainly adequate.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 13 cues and remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
10 Deleted Scenes
Production Notes
Packaging: Alpha
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: Since the feature only runs a scant 46 minutes, Plexifilm has seen fit to provide a set of ten outtakes, most consisting of even more skateboarding set to eclectic music to pad the total runtime, and they are available with the handy Play All option. Only a couple of the scenes have any narration (and it's a doozy about a skateboarding bum who lived in dumpster), and one does not have any sound at all.

The scenes are:
Random Outtakes (04m:07s)
Bainbridge (02m:00s)
More Burnside (03m:00s)
Whiskey Mountain (03m:05s)
Asbury (04m:30s)
Peter Hewitt (02m:01s)
Vagabond (:55s)
Burnside, Halloween 2002 (03m:45s)
San Diego (03m:35s)
Freaks (02m:08s)

Also included is a foldout booklet with seven photos and a written narrative by Coan Nichols, as well as a theatrical trailer that runs 4m:30s, and that was made to promote the film before it was even titled.

The disc is cut into 13 chapters, and does not feature any subtitles.

Extras Grade: B-

 

Final Comments

Nichols and Charnoski dedicate their film to "those who create their own reality," and considering I could never master the concept of staying vertical on a small, wheeled board, I would have to agree.

Their visual style and the decidedly low-rent format of Super 8 mesh exceptionally well, but the substance may come up a little short, unless you're a skater.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store