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Chasing Mavericks [Blu-ray] (2013)

Gerard Butler , Jonny Weston , Michael Apted , Curtis Hanson  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin
  • Directors: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,980 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue and Hollywood newcomer Jonny Weston star in this inspiring true story of courage and friendship the whole family will love. When 15-year-old Jay Moriarty (Weston) discovers that the mythical Mavericks surf break is real, he reaches out to local surfing legend Frosty Hesson (Butler) to train him to ride it. What begins as a mentorship turns into an extraordinary bond that transforms both their lives, as Jay and Frosty learn valuable lessons about conquering fear in pursuit of your dreams. Featuring the most spectacular wave footage ever captured on film, Chasing Mavericks is packed with action and drenched with excitement!

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116 of 122 people found the following review helpful

DISCLAIMER: I lived in Santa Cruz 1987-1992. I do not pretend to be a surfer, because I am not one. I have, however, done a lot of body surfing and body boarding (boogie boarding) in Hawaii and Santa Cruz. Plus as a marine biologist I have spent considerable amounts of time near, in, and on the ocean. With that being said...

"Chasing Mavericks" is probably the best surfing movie I have ever seen. This biopic of young Jay Moriarity and his mentor Frosty Hesson delves into the psyche and spiritual basis of surfing better than any other surfing movie.

Gerard Butler turns in a stellar performance as the sage surfer who reluctantly agrees to train a teenager to surf one of the most dangerous waves in the world - Mavericks.

To "get" this movie you have to understand this wave.

Mavericks is surf break just north of Half Moon Bay, CA. It breaks only when the surge is big enough and comes from the right direction. Most offshore breaks occur over reefs that are 20 feet deep or less (e.g., Pipeline, on the north shore of Oahu), but the reef at Mavericks is twice that deep. This means that it takes a huge wave to break there.

In addition to the deep reef at Mavericks, there is an unusual underwater rock formation that helps big waves set up and break. There is a sloping ramp of rock that approaches the shallow water inshore. The water to the right and left of this ramp is deep. The shallower water slows a wave, makes it stand up, and then plunge over explosively. The deep water on either side keeps the focus of the wave in one location.

This combination of factors produces waves that can be 20-80' feet tall, and is one of the most dangerous places to surf in the world.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 7, 2012
By wowgjb
Well done! Can't wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray! I am so glad that I got to see this movie on the big screen. It didn't stay in the theaters very long. Too bad for that since it was a beautiful, inspiring, humorous, emotional (a few tears) and well done movie about surfing and relationships. If you only like coastal northern California's beautiful scenery and wave action that would be enough to enjoy this movie. Add the real life story line of a father-son mentorship of Frosty Hesson and Jay Moriarity and this become so much more. My friends and family loved this movie. Gerard Butler did a fantastic job in portraying Frosty and braved huge waves to show audiences the powerful, dangerous side of surfing.....he almost drowned during the filming. This movie deserves multiple viewings and will make a great gift. Hope the DVD has a lot of extras attached!

March 4, 2013........Well it is a few months later and I finally received the Bluray! Absolute blown away with the photography, sound and extraordinary effort in making this movie. The Incredible extra features have made this movie even better than watching it the first time!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! December 5, 2012
I've found that many of the "sleeper" type movies turn out to be awesome films. I'm far from being a professional movie critic, but I enjoy films that are exciting and inspirational. Chasing Mavericks was no exception. Great movie and I am looking forward to the Blu Ray release.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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So, yes, this movie version of Jay's life starts out like the Karate Kid, the grouchy older guy teaching the "kid" all those life lessons complete with the bullies and the messed up Mom, but this movie is more than all this typical stuff. Why? because they somehow managed to capture the spirit of Jay Moriarity, a young man whose smile Johnny Weston, who played him, managed to capture. This is a movie about a nice young man, even the "bully" is won over (without getting "beat" up), who went for his dream and made it happen. I've been lucky enough to have actually been to Mavericks as a spectator (2008, and things were pretty crazy), and in the '60's I actually surfed long boards at the Wedge (Newport) and Little Corona right after the quake in Alaska, but those waves I ended up under were nothing to what I saw at Mavericks. I gave this movie 4 stars because the real story of Jay's life and his relationship with Frosty didn't need the whole Karate Kid type angle. No sex, no bad words, no violence, this is a movie about a young man striving for something he really wants to achieve, and yes, the end will leave you with a lump in your throat and maybe tears but watch it with your family. And, then, check out the Mavericks and look up Jay, they still love him in Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Oh, watch out for those sneaker waves, they will get you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Mavericks February 14, 2013
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I took my whole family to see this movie when it was at the theaters and we all really liked it. It was not at the theaters very long and I cannot understand why. I have surfed in the past and have always had a fascination with Mavericks. We liked the story and really liked the surf scenes. Good wholesome movie--maybe that is why it was not a theaters long.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous surfers! December 4, 2012
I saw this movie several times. I had no idea that there were waves that high off the California coast at times. To see it on the big screen made one realized the courage of these men that dared to surf them. Fantastic!!!
It's a great movie and it tells the story of real persons. The height and the incredible force of the ocean is beautiful if you're not in it. It was a great story and the actors were very real in their portrayals. (And yes I'm going to buy the DVD's and give some to my family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
This is beautiful camera work and the actors played well. Good story and very heart warming feeling left afterward. Thanks.
Published 1 day ago by Takako Knechtel
5.0 out of 5 stars I did not realize it was based on a real person.
I really liked this movie. It was filmed where I grew up, I believe. Santa Cruz, Ca. Miss that place.
Published 19 days ago by Elaine Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Great vales and example of leadership and fatherhood. Life changing circumstances happening but great character shown how to choose correctly and not waiver
Published 1 month ago by Amy E Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
The fact that is a true story makes it even better. If you are tired of violence and want to watch a movie that will teach someone a life lesson, watch this movie!
Published 1 month ago by D. Faris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very motivational!
Got it because I had rented it on RedBox and wanted to show it to the members of the Spanish Club at the school where I teach.
The kids loved it and totally kept engaged... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rob Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thrill of Surfing the Mavericks
I happen to like Gerard Butler after seeing P.S. I love you and now get movies that has him listed as a main actor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gilda a lusby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
We ordered this movie for my daughter's 13th birthday party. It was her first boy/girl party. We rented a blow up screen for the backyard and showed the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael L. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting and True Story Line
This is an amazingly complex movie on many levels and very well-acted ! I have watched over and over for inspiration !
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Louise Warren-Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars chasing mavericks
it is a great movie for the surfer lover in your house and it was based on a true story...incredible
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Story
Based on a true story, Chasing Mavericks is an inspiring, artistic, cohesive film that depicts the life of Jay Moriarity, a California based, Santa Cruz surfer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James, Chase
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