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Highwater [Blu-ray]


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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)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HY3BVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,785 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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This is a terrific movie and a really good understanding of the north shore and it's mechanics.
Keith B. Ramsey
This is a great surfing movie that have professional quality and was well done all around.
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Format: Blu-ray
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 By B. Porter on 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 By R. Spell VINE VOICE on December 30, 2011
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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 By sean on 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 By Mitchell J. Smith on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Merna S. Weber on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith B. Ramsey on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Global_Roaming on 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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