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Aspen Extreme (1993)

Paul Gross , Peter Berg , Patrick Hasburgh  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Gross, Peter Berg, Finola Hughes, Teri Polo, William Russ
  • Directors: Patrick Hasburgh
  • Writers: Patrick Hasburgh
  • Producers: Fred T. Gallo, Leonard Goldberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment/Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068MBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Aspen Extreme" on IMDb

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In this heart-pounding action-adventure, two buddies abandon their blue-collar world to become ski instructors in Aspen, Colorado. There, they discover the electrifying playground of the rich and famous -- experiencing firsthand extreme skiing, wealth, and seduction. Surrounded by temptation, and Aspen's alluring lifestyle, the two friends soon face the toughest challenge of their lives ...

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aspen Extreme....Life Unforgiving June 5, 2005
"Dexter Rutecki lived a life that was short and funny and sad and hard and good. Most of the time it was good. It was good the day he died. The snow was deep and pure white. The sun high and cold. He was my best friend."

This film, while some will cry "Predictable", is entirely watchable and utterly enjoyable, almost to the point of sin. Granted, it's not "Chicago", "Phantom of the Opera" (2004 version), "Dances with Wolves", or "Titanic". However, it is certainly not cutting room floor crap either, and WAY better than "Hot Dog" because it doesn't rely on nudity to sell the story. Come to think of it, that's probably why the film wasn't a smash at the box office. YES! That's it! I'm sure of it! No nudity, that remains this film's fatal fault for the vast majority of America.

As for me, this film deals with far more human issues than simply throwing the odd breast on the screen to drawn in crowds. No, this film deals with two friends desire to attain success together (and not in that way).

This is an overall good film if one can manage to see the issues at hand. A man's climb to the top, the value of friendship, and the horror when your world comes crashing down. Then, yes, there is death, remorse, and dealing with all of those feelings in a way that leaves you among the living.

Predictable, yes, but if it wasn't it would either be "too real life" or "depressing". So what if it's predictable. That is why we see films. We watch to either be happy, or sad, or vindicated. Predictability is a good thing. If it wasn't, you'd take your date to what was supposed to be a "chick flick" and need a ride home at the end.

Bravo for predictability and Bravo for Aspen Extreme. It's a fine film and a guilty pleasure sure to be watched countless times over.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray - better than expected October 13, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This will be a short review - chances are, if you're reading this, you're already a fan of the movie and looking to see how the blu ray release turned out. I won't review the movie itself other than to say I liked it quite a bit - enough to buy the DVD a few years ago only to be extremely disappointed in the picture and audio quality (likewise with the other Mill Creek disc I purchased, "Indian Summer"). Thankfully, those issues have all been fixed and the blu-ray is a fine release - mind you, this isn't a reference quality disc and there are no extras what-so-ever (the menu consists of 'Play' and 'Scenes'). But the picture is finally presented in 'anamorphic' widescreen - which was all I was really hoping for to begin with. In fact, the picture is more vibrant than I expected - I'm fairly certain there wasn't any sort of restoration done, but it looks pretty darn good nonetheless. The other nice surprise is the DTS-HD Master soundtrack - again, not reference, but it sounds quite nice - and many times better than the DVD. Bottom line: for the price, this is an easy purchase for fans of the movie looking to upgrade from the awful DVD. If you haven't seen it, give it a shot - for a 90's film about a couple of down-n-out guys looking to live out their dreams of hitting the big slopes, it's probably deeper than you're expecting. Enjoy!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Poor transfer September 8, 2002
First off, I love this movie. Sure, it's a bit ridiculous, but I like the characters, and the skiing footage is great. I'd probably give the movie itself 4 stars, but the DVD production deserves 2 stars, at best.
Issue 1: The video transfer is not very good. I did a side-by-side comparison with my VHS version, and the DVD image isn't much of an improvement. The colors are a little brighter, but the image isn't any sharper, and there is even dust evident on the DVD transfer. But what's worse is the letterboxing. I prefer to see all my movies in the original aspect ratio, so I was excited to finally see a widescreen version of Aspen Extreme. However, I was incredibly disappointed to discover that the 1.85-to-1 aspect ratio was achieved by cropping the top and bottom of the VHS image, rather than restoring the sides of the frame.
Issue 2: There is no Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. As you would expect from a not-so-popular catalog title, it didn't receive any special sound treatment. All you get is the Dolby 2.0 surround.
Issue 3: And finally, as you would expect, this title received no extra treatment in the special features department. Granted, with the ...price tag, you probably weren't expecting much, but if you didn't already know, this is the movie only. There's not even a theatrical trailer.
In short, if you already have the VHS version of this movie, don't bother to buy the DVD version. It's not offering you anything you don't already have.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars much better than you'd ever expect January 3, 2006
I watched this movie thinking it would be some shallow t&a movie- but one with great ski sequences (which I why i thought it worth a look). How wrong I was!

Aspen Extreme is one of the rare films about male friendship that gets its right.

It portrays, as few films do, how a close male friend can simultaneously be your emotional anchor and greatest competitor. Dexter and TJ ( the main characters) have that complexity and paul gross and peter berg are great actors- you actually believe they are lifelong friends who need each other, even while they know they may be going in different directions as they get older.

The ski sequences are excellent and teri polo shows why she should have become a major star a decade ago (if there was any justice in the world)

the only negative- fiona hughes was too one dimensional and not on par with the three leads- you never once get the feeling this person is a successful businesswoman!

the plot twist towards the end is a little shocking- but moving and effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Who doesn't love this movie...
Published 6 days ago by Nicole Henhoeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Aspene Extreme Opinion
I heard about this movie years ago and couldn't find anyone local that had it (Blockbuster, Net Flex, FIOS On Demand). Never thought about searching for it on the Internet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Burger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This movie actually has a story line, even though predictable. It also has several quotable lines that will make you laugh. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Winters
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I only just discovered this movie last year, and it quickly became one of my favorites. I am probably a bit biased though because to become a ski and snowboard instructor has... Read more
Published 4 months ago by N. Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Mt brighton
Mt brighton is the shiznit! Powder 8 baby!! Ahhhhhhh that's how we roll in the d! 1 2 3 4
Published 4 months ago by Nicholas Anthony Spaniola
4.0 out of 5 stars Aspen Extreme
I recommend this for all ages, but primarily adults in their twenties. It's a coming of age story with a little romance, a few problems, and great Rocky Mountain scenery. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Virginia Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie !
Besides the bonus eye candy for all. It is a good buddy and romance story ! Love the skiing and views of Aspen too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by msh
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to find this movie on DVD and at a cheap price.
I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend. She is the one that really likes the movie. She had it on VHS for the longest time and was looking to get it on DVD to preserve the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark A. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Best movie about skiing in the 80s ever!
Two buddies just rippin and doin blow! Ain't nothin wrong with that
Published 7 months ago by Cortlandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Skiings the easy part. Classic
Classic, Classic, Classic. Love this movie more than words. This movie exemplifies the life so many people wish they have.
Published 7 months ago by Matt
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