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Highwater [Blu-ray] (2009)

Kelly Slater , Andy Irons , Dana Brown  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Sunny Garcia, Jon-Jon Florence, Rochelle Ballard
  • Directors: Dana Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HY3BVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The waves are monsters. The dangers are epic. The competitors are insanely gutsy. Or maybe just insane. But every winter, when breakers the size of office buildings topple onto the North Shore of Oahu, the world’s top-ranked extreme surfers risk injury and worse to win surfing’s fabled Triple Crown. With jaw-dropping rides from big-wave warriors like seven-time world champion Kelly Slater, 2003 Surfer of the Year Andy Irons, the fearless Malik Joyeaux and 13-year-old phenom Jon-Jon Florence, it’s the ultimate, adrenaline-fueled battle of surfing’s mega-stars. And it’s a battle not all will survive. Captured by acclaimed director Dana Brown (Step Into Liquid), Highwater is “…a breathtaking celebration of surfing excellence.” (Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dana Brown, the filmmaker responsible for "Step Into Liquid" (and whose father made The Endless Summer), says in the special features of this DVD that after Liquid--he thought he'd said everything he needed to say about surfing. Well, over the years, he must have changed his mind and the result is the sublimely beautiful "Highwater." Chronicling one competitive winter season on Hawaii's infamous North Shore, this is a comprehensive and thrilling look at the world's best surfers laying it all out for the coveted annual Triple Crown events. A film that respects the athletes, the sport, the lifestyle, and the locale--this is an easy recommendation to just about anyone. Even if you aren't a surfing enthusiast, this is a human interest piece that has great depth, insight, and even devastating tragedy. If, however, you just want to see spectacular waves and wild rides--the massive waves provide incomparable beauty and powerful majesty.

Brown assembles all the pieces necessary for even a lay person to understand the many events that make up this annual event. Comprised of interviews with surfers (mostly) as well as coordinators, the film charts the rise of surfing from a rogue endeavor to a multi-billion dollar enterprise. The Triple Crown season, in fact, is absolutely overrun by press and spectators--a far cry from the North Shore of yesteryear. Brown also tackles the emergence of women within the industry and showcases how, in recent years, this has become a large financial draw as well. But mostly, "Highwater" just presents the sport and its champions. And it is some of the most exciting big wave surfing that you're likely to encounter. And in Blu-ray, forget about it, this is one gorgeous looking film!

If I had one small criticism, the film is very aggressively edited.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I had higher expectations May 18, 2011
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I am a fan of Dana Brown - no question. Loved Step Into Liquid and Dust to Glory as well as Endless Summer II.

I also was on the North Shore in December, 2005, when this was filmed.

Maybe my anticipation had my expectations too high, but for me, it wasn't as good a documentary as Step. The movie didn't flow (bad pun) as well - it was as if it was forced together.

Am I glad I own it - yes, will I watch it again before watching Step Into Liquid - probably not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Documentary of Surfing December 30, 2011
Not in the class of "Bustin Down the Door" but still, a very good documentary of surf competition on the North Shore of Hawaii. Actually, it's not as much about a surf competition, although it does close with a few, it's really about the vibe of surfing and the North Shore. I was fortunate to spend time at the North Shore this year and it's a mystical place to this former low level surfer. Unfortunately, I've yet to be there on a big break day.

If you have interest in surfing or Hawaii, you'll like this film. Not as good or as exciting as other surf documentaries, it does still further the story. Of particular interest will be the accidental death of a member of the surf tribe and the story of the very young future surfer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The behind-the-scenes stuff is the best January 10, 2014
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I could deal with a bit less high-minded narration and more behind-the-scenes contest footage, but it's a beautifully-filmed and timeless account of the Triple Crown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie July 1, 2013
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diffinetly worth your time. Good surf movie. I will definitely never ride waves like these. Heck, I could not even paddle out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant surfing film May 29, 2011
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I really loved this movie. It has some of the biggest names of surfing. It has Andy Irons in it, before his death last year. Love watching the surfers going in the barrels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitchin January 20, 2014
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This is a terrific movie and a really good understanding of the north shore and it's mechanics. Really loved it
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for what it is May 30, 2013
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Not too bad as a dock, but not suitable for pre-surf motivation. Enjoyed it once, probably won't watch it again though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Water hits the High Points!
Great footage of some great surfing - very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Hale Kai Lana Kona Coffee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par with his other surf videos
Dana Brown continues the tradition of his father Bruce Brown. Highwater is worth watching. It gives the viewer the feel of being on the North shore during the Triple Crown, but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael T
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for surf lovers!!
Our son loved watching the surfing scenes of the beautiful Hawaiian waters. It makes our little NC waves pale by comparison. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terri Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Hard to find good surfing based flicks without a bunch of loud screaming music with a bunch of clips mashed together. This was actually a movie and done quite well I might add.
Published 7 months ago by AmazonCJ
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre
This was not what I expected from Dana Brown. Way too much focus on contest surfing and what it is like to grow up on the north shore.
Published 8 months ago by David Young
1.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you don't buy this...blank disc rec'd twice.
I purchased it with high hopes...only to receive a blank disc. I tried it on two laptops, 1 desktop computer, 1 DVD player and 1 Blu-Ray player with the same results... Read more
Published 15 months ago by tj
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it would be something similar to "Searching for Mavericks"
Only a video showing surfing big waves, no story like Searching for Mavericks. Maybe "Step into Liquid" will be better.
Published 15 months ago by RD Core
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
A really good movie. Dana Brown put it together perfectly, but now I want to go to the North Shore!
Published 17 months ago by Olive Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars If you surf its you ticket.
If you want to see how the best of the best handle the Big Water of Hawaiis North shore here is a movie for you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ralph C. Browne
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