This is a Great Movie! I mean this is an over the top, breathtaking, thrilling, sports achievement. But, beyond that, it is also incredible art, masterfully edited, skilled cinematography, fabulous sound editing, gorgeous scenery, and absolutely some of the most skilled bicycle riding I have ever seen.
As I sat watching this film in my corporate viewing room, the LIRR Car, on the way to the city, I found myself, wondering - Uh, what about the out takes? Well, as it turns out, seconds later I was treated to one. Underscoring the danger in these two wheeled antics, we are also treated to a cell phone call from one of the really injured riders who bought it big time making this film.
I took Kranked Six into a certain New York Newspaper, where I spend the occasional night shift. Now, newspaper folk are kind of tough to impress. Can you spell JADED? They pride themselves on under reaction and sheer indifference to most stuff. They are rough on the edges and have a raw sense of humor. Little impresses them. I started showing the movie on my Mac Powerbook and within minutes I had a small crowd gathered. Within 5 minutes I was hearing things like... "Holy (expletives deleted)!" "Oh (expletives deleted), and (expletives deleted) amazing! Pokes to the ribs were administered along with "Did you see that"'s and "I can't believe thats." These were absolute non-riders who stood in rapt attention to the small screen. Deadline stuff piled up, ignored for a good 20 minutes (a life time on the deadline shift). So I guess they were impressed too?
I would normally hate the kind of music (sadly I am old) that accompanies these riders during their breakneck rides. But, in this movie it fits perfectly and I love that too. So, what more can I say? Go out and buy this movie. Watch it, and then watch it again with some friends. Then give it an honored place amongst your biking DVD's, but make it easily accessible as you will undoubtedly be pulling it out occasionally for re-visiting. Watch it the first couple of times without the commentary, and then watch it with the commentary. No Kidding, I have watched this DVD five times in the last 24 hours! If the feature wasn't enough the special features just put the frosting on the cake. I literally couldn't get enough of this. I never watch special features, and yet, this disk had me checking each and every one of them for another different example of extreme bicycling. And... guess what, you also get the sound track on a CD Too! What can I say, I just loved this film. Well Done Radical Films!
Reviewed by SPDrecrd
Overall rating out of 10: 10
In Kranked 6, the World's eight most talented downhill mountain bikers are called to pull the most technical of trails from a carnal place deep within their dreams or possibly even their nightmares. On a quest to go beyond the realm of what other mountain bikers have ever conceived of, these top downhillers create their own courses and then see if they can ride them.
When you see the "360 degree boardwalk turned vertical" or the skyward trials course, you realize that these athletes are serious about the kind of fun that they have. You also realize that this is one of those videos that should have a disclaimer attached to it that says, "don't try this at home." Of course, it would be literally impossible to make an attempt to do some of these ridiculous manuevers without a full crew to help you. One can imagine that each of the professional level riders has a support team of camera men, trail builders, lumberjacks, and hopefully at least one EMT to pick up the broken pieces.
As an avid outdoors person, I found myself gawking at the phenomenal scenery during the movie. As a cyclist, I found myself ducking, switching position and wincing, as each rider gracefully glides over terrain and obstacles that would have been more then my undoing. Deep in the woods in British Columbia or high up in some mountain in Switzerland they defy gravity and perform an airborne acrobatics display that would rival the Circe de Sole.
Banding together skilled riders with talented "extreme" videographers, musicians, art directors and producers results in an entertaining film that truly captures the spirit of what every cyclist can enjoy from their experience of the sport, whether they are "extreme" or not.