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  • Actors: None
  • Directors: None
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Topics Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MD3UNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Features
7 classic films on 4 DVDs
Featuring the best of Otto Lang, John Jay and Dick Barrymore
Five hours of vintage alpine skiing movies
Films span 1938-1971
The best classics: Winter Magic Around the World, The Best of John Jay, The Basic Principles of Skiing, Ski Flight, Skifully Yours, The Performers, and The Last of the Ski Bums
See Hollywood stars from the 1930s on the slopes in Sun Valley!
Footage of locations, from New Mexico and Colorado to Switzerland and Japan

Product Description
Seven classic ski films by three legendary filmmakers!

Skiing s Best
Relive the golden age of alpine skiing with seven classic titles from three legendary filmmakers Otto Lang, John Jay and Dick Barrymore in Classic Ski Films. See five full hours of ski history, from the world s very first theatrical ski film premiering at Radio City Music Hall to European glacier skiing!

Seven Films
Winter Magic Around the World (1946-1970) by John Jay is part global travelogue and part thrilling ski spectacle while The Best of John Jay (1946-1970) is a greatest hits compilation covering Vail to Zermatt. The Basic Principles of Skiing (1941) by Otto Lang was used to train United States mountain troops. Ski Flight (1938), the first theatrical ski film, demonstrated the Arlberg System, and Skifully Yours (1939) focused on the star-studded Sun Valley ski scene in the late 30s. Dick Barrymore s The Performers (1971) ushered in the freestyle revolution and The Last of the Ski Bums (1967) follows the European exploits of three footloose American skiers.

Legendary Filmmakers Otto Lang was an entrepreneur, a ski instructor to the stars and an Academy Award®-nominated documentarian. John Jay was a Rhodes Scholar and respected ski filmmaker, and is considered the grand-daddy of the modern ski-film road show. Dick Barrymore was a Los Angeles fireman before he earned his global reputation as one of the greatest ski filmmakers of all time.

Customer Reviews

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Yes the sound could be better.
Ski Bum
Lang's films show what early ski equipment looked like, how it functioned and why early skiers had to be real athletes.
S. Scott
A great trip down memory lane for an old skier.
J. Nixon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Boutelle on March 23, 2007
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This is a wonderful collection of ski movie classics. It brings back great memories. As a kid, I remember going to see a John Jay movie in Albany, NY in the early 60's. His drole humor and home movie feel makes it fun to watch all over again. The 1960 Winter Olympic footage at Squaw Valley, Dick Barrymore's "The last of the Ski Bums" and Otto Lang's classic B&W movies are worth adding to your collection. These movies are a reminder of skiings rich history. It puts the emphasis on the joy, the exhilaration and the pure fun of skiing. You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Nixon on January 9, 2007
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A great trip down memory lane for an old skier. Took me back to people, places and events with special signifigance. For someone who isn't an old skier it's a look at history which shows what it used to look like and how we used to do it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Scott on July 2, 2010
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This is trip back through time, showing the development of skiing from the 1930s and 40s through the 60s and early 70s. Lang's films show what early ski equipment looked like, how it functioned and why early skiers had to be real athletes. Excellent production and close-ups of how early equipment looked and worked. Jay's films are quite similar to each other, but give an interesting and humorous look at the development of ski areas and equipment, as well as different ski techniques as time moved along. Barrymore's contributions are great to watch and show expert skiers skiing lines that many of the skiing public could actually ski -- as opposed to jumping cliffs and skiing extreme terrain as is usually shown in today's films. "Ski Bums" alone is worth the cost of this set. Interesting history you'll never see elsewhere. And, as always, promptly shipped by Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Hayward on December 4, 2010
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Wonderful films from the 1960's. I got to know Dick Barrymore on a summer ski trip South America in 1960s, but had lost touch with him in recent years. He was a great guy and loads of fun to be with. I think his ski cinematography remains the standard by others are to be measured.

It's great fun to watch the skiers cut through powder on skinny skis and Arlberg technique. However, if one looks closely the rudiments of what has become modern powder skiing skills are evident. An entertaining evening - to be repeated each November. One of the disks was unplayable - Amazon took it back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By braveskimom on June 21, 2011
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I am a ski geek. I write about skiing for a living and I ski to live. I love ski history and so finding this collection of classic ski films was pure gold. The quality is what you'd expect -- old movies, scratchy, black and white, etc. but overall quite enjoyable to watch. Just don't expect these to be of Matchstick Productions or even newer Warren Miller quality. These are pioneering ski movies made my skiing pioneers. If this is your cup or tea, or perhaps your preferred piste, you'll love 'em!
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