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The Crash Reel [Blu-ray]

4.9 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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The epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Kevin Pearce and Shaun White is documented in this exhilarating ride into the world of extreme snowboarding. With both practicing more and more breathtaking and dangerous tricks leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, everything suddenly changes for Kevin when a horrific crash leaves him fighting for his life. When he recovers, all he wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear it could kill him.

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By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, thoroughly winning...director Lucy Walker (Waste Land) pulls off a spectacular feat of her own. --Variety

Thrilling and compelling...required viewing. --The Hollywood Reporter

Few documentaries manage to show character arcs as full as the one Walker captures here --National Public Radio

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White
  • Directors: Lucy Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H4RFLVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By L. Brucker on December 30, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a documentary for those that love anything in their life. Be it family, friends, triumph or extreme sports... It's the difficult but heroic story of a fantastic snowboarder. One who had it all before a fateful accident and regained it all afterwords. The best part of the journey is that the film captured so well the experiences of those around him. His family, friends and competitors are given the time to learn and speak about his challenges their own experiences as Kevin re-groups. Oh and on top of it all, there is gorgeous snowboarding footage & wonderful music. Please release a soundtrack!!!
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As a fan of extreme sports I was stunned to finally have it all put out in front of me the rate of traumatic brain and body injuries and deaths. It also dusts the mindset of why people get hooked on these sports despite the injury rate. The Pearce family was frank, open and easy to admire. I took one star away because I was confused as to why there had to be a subplot that trashed Shaun White - it was jarring to me when the main plot was so absorbing and thought provoking. It almost seemed like two unmatched plots; or a payback to White who is obviously not well liked. This is well worth watching and should spark some conversation about how far these sports are going to be allowed to go for us to have some entertainment.
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The Crash ReelI personally have dealt with T.B.I. and think this is a very educational great documentary - as Kevin says I'm brain injured also. I first saw this documentary in June 2013 on HBO and after i saw it went directly to the internet to try and buy it. I did find on a random website but was not comfortable buying from that site so have been searching Amazon ever since. Today I found it finally and ordered it! I am an adrenaline junkie also and dealt with my own T.B.I. and can not ride as hard I use too. I would personally like to see this shown in schools or community centers to spread the knowledge about how quickly this can happen and the effects it has on everyone close to the person who suffers with their brain injury. It definitely is a tough life changing event. Please show all young riders this DVD! JON HALE
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By NYFB on December 24, 2013
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I am in many sports but one activity that puts fear in my bones is when I mountain bike down the hill to shave off 1/10 of second of my own record, time after time, every single time. Watch this compelling documentary with your kids since it will allow you to communicate more effectively if you happen to have a loved one in your family who enjoys adrenaline rush and you find yourself lost in the process. Wish Kevin and his loving family lots of health and happiness. Bravo.
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I am not really a fan of documentaries. I will sometimes watch one and will enjoy it, but The Crash Reel is so much more! It's like an actual movie complete with plotlines and characters you love and some you may not (yes you Shaun White!) I watched this twice in two days and was moved to tears many times during both viewings. Kevin had it all and was headed for Olympic gold when he had his accident, but his story is far from over. I only see him doing great things in the years to come. Do yourself a favor and watch this incredible film, you will not be sorry!
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As a neuropsychologist, I really appreciated that this film showed the good, the bad, and the ugly. As our society tends to idealize and find interest in extreme sports and bad crashes (e.g. Ridiculousness), it's important for the public to know how devastating these types of injuries can be to the patient as well as their families. I don't mean that we laugh when someone gets hurt, just that we enjoy watching crashes (like a train wreck, can't look away). The Crash Reel shows what happens after the crash, and the years it takes to come back from such an injury if one can. This documentary is special in that it shows the moment of impact since they were filming Kevin's practice, pictures immediately post-fall, and everything after (e.g. Hospitalization, rehab, neuropsychological and vision evaluations, and frank conversations with and commentary by Kevin's family). The honesty with which this film was made makes it both poignant and painful to watch. I've now seen this film several times and would highly recommend it. It's a cautionary tale for a society too focused on bigger, riskier, and more exciting sports at the expense of our athletes. We all like to watch, so movies like The Crash Reel are important reminders of why bigger tricks aren't necessarily better.
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A great true story about living and accepting TBI. As a mother who has lived through watching my son go through this, accept that he is not the same person as he used to be, it was so very real to see it all again through this movie. I gave this as a gift to my son with the TBI and he said, "Yep, that is my life".
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So important on so many levels. The ante-upping aspect of thrill-sports, traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability beautifully displayed as the clear, unfiltered voice of reason, post-concussive syndrome, thrilling footage of newly emerging slope-style sports and the ultimately, the family glue that holds the sometimes fractured pieces of life together.
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