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Steep (2007)

Ingrid Backstrom , Anselme Baud , Mark Obenhaus  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ingrid Backstrom, Anselme Baud, Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Chris Davenport
  • Directors: Mark Obenhaus
  • Writers: Mark Obenhaus
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012CJQZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Steep" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with Director Mark Obenhaus and Skiiers Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean
  • Q&A with Director Mark Obenhaus and Skiiers Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean
  • Shooting Steep
  • The Skiiers of Steep
  • Interview with Doug Coombs

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Thrilling and spectacular, Steep is a mesmerizing documentary in the Warren Miller mold about extreme skiing, but with more emphasis on the drive and psychology of the adrenaline-hooked athletes involved. A number of skiers are captured in archival and original footage braving the odds against surviving runs down astonishingly steep, dangerous slopes. Among the subjects is Bill Briggs, who climbed in 1971 to the top of Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and skied down, an unprecedented effort echoed by Europeans who later did the same thing down the French Alps in Chamonix. Doug Coombs, who twice won the World Extreme Skiing Championship, is also profiled and speaks honestly about the possibility of dying for the sake of living life to the fullest as a thrillseeker. Written and directed by Mark Obenhaus, a producer for several of the late Peter Jennings’ television news specials, Steep is visually gorgeous, and literally breathtaking whenever a skier is seen barely outracing an avalanche nipping at his heels. Steep attempts, somewhat, to get inside the heads of the pros who do this sort of thing, but it is hard for many of the subjects to articulate what they feel. It’s best just to be knocked out by their deeds and let the fantastic visuals in Steep speak for themselves. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Warning: You're about to experience the most breath taking, exhilarating and inspirational ride of your life. The world's best skiers go beyond their dreams to conquer the steepest runs ever faced. From the sheer cliffs of Grand Teton, to the treachery of Chamonix France, to the untouched Alaskan peaks of Valdez, these extremers sacrifice their lives for a thrill but what a thrill it is. Fantastically beautiful images of the most magnificent peaks on the globe along with devastating avalanches and fatal spills only serve to push them harder. But you're about to discover -- not everyone who goes up the mountain -- returns.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Risk and Joy March 30, 2008
Format:DVD
Steep
dir. Mark Obenhaus, 2007

Risk and Joy

One of the subjects of Mark Obenhaus's fascinating documentary on extreme ski mountaineering speaks of the pure and simple joy he experiences when tackling a difficult run, and then tells us the joy wouldn't be so great without the risk inherent in the challenge. I think this is one of the younger skiers, perhaps Shane McConkey. [I saw this in theater a couple of months ago, so details may be a bit vague.] But on the other hand, one of the older and wiser heads, I believe one of those who opened up Chamonix, tells us that though the risk may look extreme, the challenge is in developing skill and technique so that the apparent risk is reduced to manageable and sane levels. Of course, what is manageable and sane to some may be crazy foolhardiness to the rest of us, but after all we take risks every day and familiarity dulls the realization that a careless traffic merge, or pushing the speed to make that sales meeting, could result in a far more gruesome death than any in the mountains.

I was on the fringe, or perhaps the fringe of the fringe, of serious outdoors types in the 80's (about when the skiing documented here began to pick up pace), not so much the extreme downhill skiers who went up only to come down, but hard climbers and ski mountaineers who considered it a form of transportation to get into snowbound areas they might hike and climb the rest of the year. These people were very like the earlier adventurers documented here, always conscious of the risk and trying to minimize it, though in the end accepting it for the joy brought by a challenge successfully met or simply being where few others would ever be.

I should emphasize that this is NOT a thrill-a-minute "ski movie".
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Ride For Anyone February 11, 2008
Format:DVD
At first, it appeared that this would be a movie that only appeals to skiers. In fact, this is a fascinating and thrilling ride. You will see places on earth you did not know existed. You will see these guys riding helicopters to the top of mountains where there is barely enough room to stand, and then, skiing downhill at blazing speed. As you might expect, as the movie passes from continent to continent, we see some of the guys we had followed in the beginning actually die. This is a thrilling movie and is not to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing account of the birth of extreme skiing April 2, 2008
Format:DVD
I have been skiing most of my life and have seen my fare share of ski extreme movies, I loved this film/documentary into the birth of back country skiing, it is so absorbing I watched it twice back to back and it just got better. It is the story of the first through to present day back country skiing, with some amazing footage. It starts with the pioneers of this sport telling of there experiences being the very first to try skiing in places no one had ever attempted to ski before, and evolved through the 80's and 90's to now. Trust me you don't even need to be a skier to enjoy this film. Brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie with Lots of Interviews April 20, 2008
Format:DVD
What a great start to a night of watching ski films. Interviews from some of the greats that bring you closer to your love of the mountains, the snow, and the lifestyle.

All the exciting skiing is towards the end of the film, and it's not packed with excitement. It's more about connecting with the lifestyle we choose, and remembering just how close to the edge of life we can find ourselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Feat Through the Steep July 23, 2012
By ubalu
Format:DVD
For those who want spectacular photography of gorgeous but viciously hazardous and perilous places, this is the documentary. Many people may not even know these places exist. If you want the history and development of extreme skiing, interviews with the incredibly skilled skiers and climbers, and their philosophy of it all, this fascinating program offers plenty of that. Cautious, extremely dangerous, thrilling rides are filmed very well. Some of the sportsmen explicitly state that living very close to death makes them appreciate life more. Others state that while the ride may be fatal, training and preparation for it is the key to success. In some cases, a helicopter drops them off at the top of a mountain where there is hardly enough room to stand, and they ski downhill through the breathtaking scenery, taking as many `survival turns' as needed, jumping many hundred feet, and make it down victoriously. Of course, the program makes it clear that not all of them make it alive. For the mesmerized audience, the whole feat is nothing less than phenomenal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steep The Movie April 20, 2008
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Wow. One of the best ski films in history and certainly pays homage to one
of it's pioneers, Doug Coombs. Commentary tastefully done with phenomenal
live action shots as only Shane, Seth and the others can pull off. One
for the home collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars meh March 9, 2013
By Thew
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I grew up watching and idolizing Warren Miller and the guys lucky enough to make his films. When I read the synapses of this film, that it was "in the mold of Warren Miller," I was foolishly optimistic. It lacks the dry humor and wit that was so prevalent in all of Warren's movies (at least until he bowed away and handed the keys to his kids anyhow).
This film does have some fantastic scenery, and some great skiing. If I hadn't been expecting what the label said, I may not have been so harsh on it, but I most likely also wouldn't have spent a dime on it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking
The best downhill skiing film ever. The heroes of ski mountaineering are contained here. You will be overwhelmed by many of the shots taken. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sam I Am
3.0 out of 5 stars amazon video picture quality is not good.
the movie is 5 star, but the picture quality from Amazon is 1 star, so average 3 star, I have DVD version of this, looks better.
Published 1 month ago by skier
4.0 out of 5 stars history of big mountain
Has some of my favorite skiers of all time in it. I like it for what it is, "a story of the first big mountain riders, to the newest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JOE SIMS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Ski Films Should Be
This is the way ski films should be done, and luckily more are going in this direction. Steep is an excellent mix of adreneline and history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Samms
4.0 out of 5 stars Live large, die doing what you love.
Many times while watching this film I was reminded of the surfing/life philosophy of Point Break: that it is acceptable to die doing what you love, even if you don't get to choose... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Debra Rostorfer
5.0 out of 5 stars An extreme skiing classic
Simply one of the best ski movies ever made, lets you get inside the head of some pioneering extreme skiers.
Published 4 months ago by A. Sussell
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a meaningful film
This film wasn't so much about the skiing for me as it was about the challenge of mastering and conquering fear. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mustang6
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This is a great film to watch in anticipation of ski season. It is just a great film from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Manny Uzcategui
5.0 out of 5 stars Steep
Excellent film about the history of extreme skiing, featurung those skiiers who blazed the way for others to push the limits beyond traditional downhill skiing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by peggy zafarana
5.0 out of 5 stars Well told tales, beautiful imagery
Some people need an adrenalin rush. This documentary shows a subset that get it from skiing mountains. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael H. Grobelch
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