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Bustin' Down the Door DVD (2008)

Shaun Tomson , Wayne 'Rabbit" , Jeremy Gosch  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shaun Tomson, Wayne 'Rabbit", Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Mark Richards
  • Directors: Jeremy Gosch
  • Format: Anamorphic, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Screen Media Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MO4JPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This ground breaking action-packed documentary takes you back to the winter of 1975 in Hawaii- a dramatic moment in history when a group of young South African and Autralian surfers sacrificed everything. They put it all on the line to create a sport, a culture and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world. A powerhouse film, the spellbinding action footage and fascinating subjects make Bustin' Down the Door a surfing classic.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Surf Film January 15, 2009
Format:DVD
The surfing documentary "Bustin' Down the Door" focuses on the Australian and South African surfers that pioneered pro surfing back in the 1970s. Filled with beautiful original footage as well as open, honest, and sometimes emotional interviews, the movie successfully conveys the challenges that Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards, Peter Townend, Ian Cairns, Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, and Michael Tomson faced in their quest to bring surfing to a worldwide, professional level. Overall the movie is well worth watching and is not your typical surf movie as it deals with much more than just the sport.

As the film progresses, we learn about the lives of each surfer and what drove them to go to the North Shore of Oahu at the advent of pro surfing. One surprising yet refreshing aspect the filmmakers included was the conflict the surfers faced with native Hawaiians. By presenting each viewpoint in a balanced yet frank fashion, we become witness to how the situation escalated to a point where neither side was right and where each had lessons to learn about respect, humility, and the true meaning of Aloha.

This film can easily be watched and enjoyed by anyone even if they aren't involved with the sport. The surfing is awesome - of course - but the depth at which the filmmakers explore the athlete's personal lives as well as the inclusion of the historical background of the Hawaiian people relative to surfing make this movie satisfying to watch on many levels. Five stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reflection on Surf Culture June 24, 2009
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This movie was introduced the summer of 2008. It's an excellent journal of how the US surf culture evolved and has changed for the better through the decades with the gradual inclusion of surfers from So. Africa and Australia. There's three different versions included, the movie itself, the commentary version, the movie w/only a soundtrack, as well as outakes.
Great soundtrack remenicent of the 60's & 70's garage-band sound.
Our friends both in and out of the surf community have been riveted when we've played this movie at home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wet Fraternity January 17, 2010
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I managed to catch this on a plane out of Los Angeles, sadly, returning to London NOT my home, Australia. It is a wonderful insight into the brotherhood that grew up between the surfers at a time when surfing was just about waves and mates. Inevitably, it had to become commercial and there were many benefits to that. The interviews with the now older and wiser surfers are incredibly moving and that brotherhood still shines through. To step back in time with original and rare footage is an incredible gift. Cameras weren't all that common in the hands of amateurs back then, especially young, broke, salt-encrusted surfers, but there's a great collection here. Sure, the waves are great to see but they have been there for millions of years and will, hopefully keep rolling in, but the human story shines through. Young, sometimes arrogant young men ( weren't we all at some time ? ) getting into scrapes and paying the consequences. All lessons in life leave a few scars if they're worth learning. Amazing to see how life was back then, it is so hemmed in these days. You couldn't do what these guys did now without a job, tax number, roadworthy car, and lots of cash. They seemed to survive on borrowed burgers and a foam mattress. We could weep for that loss of freedom now. Every tube looks like The Time Tunnel, taking us back to a lovely period of history. A brilliant production.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome November 6, 2008
Format:DVD
I went to the theaters and saw this, and it was amazing, just as good if not better than Endless Summer or Step Into Liquid
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Surf Documentary! October 20, 2010
Format:DVD
I saw this on an overseas flight coming from Europe, and I was so happy as I would have never heard of it otherwise!

As someone who surfed in the late 70s/early 80s, guys like Mark Richards, Shaun Tomson and Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew and crew were our heroes. I was especially a huge fan of Richards, and even had his iconic "MR" superman logo on the bottom of my board. They are and remain legends today, and this movie provided not only a greater insight into the development of pro surf; but also showed where these wave-riding gods are today.

I could hardly wait to get home to buy a copy of this movie, as it is definitely one that every surfer of that generation will want. I have a copy of "Step Into the Liquid" which is a great surf flick; but "Bustin' Down the Door" is old school surfing and a documentary I can better relate to. These guys still look good nearly 30 years down the road, and their story needed to be told. Thank you Jeremy Gosch for doing so!

By the way, not a spoiler but at the end of the movie where they transform the guys surfing today into them surfing back in "the day" was a pure cinematic masterpiece!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me and my son's favorite surfing movie. November 30, 2009
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My 12 year old son and I starting surfing 2 years ago and now own about 7 surfing movies. We have now watched this movie about 5 times in one month! I don't just consider "Bustin' Down the Door" my favorite surf movie, it's just one of my favorite movies period.
Being 47 years old I used to read about "the bronzed aussies" in the surf mags, therefore I had a "one-up" on my son as to who these guys were, but my son is in agreement that this movie takes the cake.
Everything about this movie is solid, the opening song sequence is beautiful, the surfing is perfectly inter-spliced with the interviews,the story itself is absolutely key and brings together the legends of Hawaii with the "invading" south africans and austalians. There is much, much more to this story-you just gotta see it!
The ending scenes showing Shaun Tompson, Rabbit and (who was the 3rd guy?) surfing together currently, then blending into the young versions, was just fantastic!
Beautiful job, well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It really take you to a different side of the ...
It really take you to a different side of the North Shore.
Published 20 days ago by Scott Wysocki
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfing history
Surfing history at it's best. Never thought it was that deep. All of us surfers now and in the future owe it all to these dudes who bust down the door
Published 1 month ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Surf Video!
This surf video is pretty spectacular. The extra footage is very good. The deleted scenes are a great addition & extensive enough to make a difference in the finished product. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ken Carrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth watching!!
great account of how professionalism, hard work, and let's not forget style and class changed the surf scene forever. Two thumbs up!.
Published 3 months ago by Phillip Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good human interest story!
Great history of surfing's early days before all the hype. A good human interest story, even if you are not into surfing.
Published 5 months ago by Van D Miley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history about Pro Surfing
This movie gives a clear explanation about how the whole professional surfing industry started. Amazing surfing action by Rabbit, PT, Sean and the boys from Down Under on Oahu's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Graeme Merrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...
This movie was something I pulled up as some background noise but was very pleasantly surprised with how great it was. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. Altman
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This movie is awesome, finally I know the story of surf, hawaii is the place to become a surf superstar.
Published 8 months ago by Gonzalo del Solar
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see for anyone who surfs.
Though it is not a complete story of the cultural assault that took place in Hawaii in the '70s, Bustin' Down the Door provides insight into a revolutionary period of surfing and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeffrey Arlt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
I viewed it on Amazon Instant Video (Prime) for free, but I loved it so much I had to have it in my surfing doc library, which now includes Step Into Liquid, riding Giants, and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lola
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