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Hot Rods, Rat Rods: Back from Dead (2007)

Skratch , Ian Roussel , Brooks Ferrell  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Skratch, Ian Roussel, Billy Wishart, The Burbank Choppers
  • Directors: Brooks Ferrell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Circle King
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Back from the Dead is a journey into the subculture of modern hot rodding. A throwback to a time when cars were hand crafted and built to drive. From the garages of California to the fabulous Viva Las Vegas car show, join master fabricator Ian Roussel as he attempts to build a custom hot rod from junkyard treasures. The tradition of hot rodding is kept alive as, pinstripe artist Skratch and The Burbank Choppers car club take you inside this high-octane underworld. Class is in session as high school auto shop teacher Bill Wishart shows the next generation of greasers what hot rodding is all about. Back from the Dead puts you in the driver's seat and takes you on a journey that will keep you guessing till the very last mile. 62 minutes

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't agree with the previous writer NICKY more . This is a fantastic DVD on "layin' it down" when it comes to "rats" or "hot rod" insight of what you're looking at as far as labor intensive time and thought.It's work to build from groundup like they used to do in the heyday of rodding (40's 50s &60's ), but it's FUN WORK !! CREATIVE!!
The dvd also has info.on PIN STRIPPING,"SCRATCH"who can really lay it down beautifully. Ian Rouchell "the rat rodmam"considershimselfmore of a metal artist and sculpter , than a machanic kustom car builder . THISguy is an artist alright , and an absolutely unbelivable kustom rod builder. it blows my mind how a guy can just casually go out into the STREETS , ALLEYS , or local junk yards , and find find what most folks would consider crud , and make a MASTERPIECE out of it. This is a must have for ANY VINTAGE car fan once again!! and for the price , COME ON ! Dig out thefew bucks and check it out. I don't know these guys and this is NO pitch as to help them out. All I know is I stumbled across this dvd at WAl-MART of all places , bought it ,loved it, loaned it out to a couple
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS!!! January 11, 2007
I can't believe that no one else has reviewed this dvd. take advantage of the low price and BUY THIS NOW! i'm no expert on the HOT ROD scene, but this was very enjoyable. The footage of pinstripe artist SKRATCH is worth the price alone.

I would say anyone who is into watching creative people do something artistic and original will really love this. you get to see the creative process of some great project cars, as well as getting into the motivation of some of the builders and car club members. I will definitely be watching this one a few times.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art meets Rat Fink June 9, 2008
Got this at Walmart for $5. (sorry, Amazon) Was expecting it to be a passably decent thrown togeather thing at best. Turns out this is a well made professional deal. Got great original music. Introduces us to people dedicated to their art. Intimate examination of the creative process. Some of these guys are true artists, with vehicles as their mode of expression. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS DVD ROCKS!!!!!! November 16, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This dvd is great. The soundtrack music alone will you have you tapping your foot to the beat. A very well done film about rat rods and hotrods. I highly reccomend this movie to anyone who loves hot rods, rat rods or cars in general.Watching the work that Ian does on the rod he builds has been a great insperation to me on the work I have done on my 40 mercury.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WiLd RaT RoD RoCkAbiLly Ride! January 17, 2012
Hot Rods, Rat Rods & Kustom Kulture - Back From The Dead

Back In The Day and all the way to today, how often have you worked on an old car -- or at least fantasized about it -- how many times have you heard the stories from other car crafters?

With amazing quality and creativity, this DVD has it all together, from a great story line to outstanding videography, editing, automotive skills on display, and a superior sound track featuring lots of twangy-tangy guitars that all of us enjoy and that a true Rockabilly fan will love.

A project is scoped out, then cut, welded, grinded, hacked, and otherwise wrenched on for an interminable amount of time.

A crate engine is stuffed into it and it roars to life.

Parts come out of their storage location deep inside the cavernous form of an old General Motors Coach "RTS" bus painted black of course. Or is the bus an erstwhile crash pad with reasonable rates?

Day and night, the rat rod is formed. Surreal visitors stop by with parts or just to conduct an impromptu bench-racing session.

At long last, with quite a few close calls and some trepidation and fear of failure, the great American work ethic pays off and the car makes the drive to Las Vegas for the big annual rat rod and Rockabilly show.

You've just GOT to see this.

Truly, it's more of an experience than a DVD to view. The colorography, sights and sounds, the ordeal of building the car -- even taking the steel toe caps out of an old, worn pair of boots to make some swifty scoops on the cowl -- the tumultuous, surf-like upside down, twisting around camera angles, leading-edge wipes, fades, and music all meld together into a fantastic, heart-tugging show that you will savor.

You will watch it again and perhaps again.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rat Rodderz Rejoice December 1, 2008
By Nick
This is a great dvd. The mechanics and scrappers they found for this movie are funny and interesting. If you like old school and rat rods this movie is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Rods, Rat Rods February 4, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Some fabricators are still building hot rods just like back in the 1950s. This is a movie about those people and their creations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast April 5, 2012
This DVD is awesome. I had low expectations because I found it for less than the price of a sandwich, but I was blown away. Follows several hot rod/rat rod guys through day-to-day life as they pick, chop, and prep their rods for the Vegas hot rod show. All of them have really different but equally interesting lives and interests, and they all specialize in different aspects of kustom culture and lifestyle. Love it. At the Vegas show they all come together and show off their projects. Wish this video was longer, I was sorry it ended after only an hour. Loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it!
Would not play. Started, froze, restarted, froze in a clean often used player with no problems on other DVDs. Read more
Published 26 days ago by JohnnyBob Kadiddlehopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video
Any motor head should love watching a man build an entire car from the ground up! Ian is a freaking genius and makes some of the best looking rods out there! Read more
Published 6 months ago by lacnick33
3.0 out of 5 stars rods & rat rods
Its A good how to moive, For all gear heads to view & good points to follow up on by Ian roussel, [HE IS A MASTER]. Like A mordern day frankenstein.
Published 11 months ago by talker
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
Good version of a guy who does it by himself the old school way. I just wish they showed more cars
Published 12 months ago by robert weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
If you like hot rods this is a great one for you. I own several of these types of DVDs and this is a good one.
Published 12 months ago by Norton1
3.0 out of 5 stars More or less what I expected
A documentary about and from builders of hot rods and rat rods ... what I expected, and worth the low price .... again received promptly from Amazon
Published 14 months ago by O. Benet
5.0 out of 5 stars good video
good videoGreat book I enjoyed it. Not a waste of time. Fun to read lots of pics. Well put together, awsume
Published 15 months ago by Slade W. Bowcutt
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
I was very satisfied the product and the speed I received it I would do business with them again, I was very satisfied
Published 18 months ago by Jerry L. Wescott
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!!!
I loved the movie because of Ian's style. I love the rat rod style, and Ian has an awesome sense of artistic style.
Published 18 months ago by frogman
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Rods, Rat Rods
Some interesting old film footage, but not enough discussion of how these things were created. Did not quite live up to the advertised hype.
Published 19 months ago by Ben Harrison
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