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The Endless Summer (2010)

Robert August , Mike Hynson , Bruce Brown  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert August, Mike Hynson, Lord Tally Ho Blears, Wayne Miyata
  • Directors: Bruce Brown
  • 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: MONTEREY VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003G7DSF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brilliant, a perfect movie, a great movie --The New Yorker

A dazzling ode to sun, sand and surf! --Time

Breathtaking! Sweeping and exciting! --Newsweek

Product Description

They call it The Endless Summer the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the glob in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime... They live their dream.

Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theaters, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what's most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself, and once you've seen it, you ll never forget why.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of that perfect wave. January 4, 2001
Format:DVD
This classic surfing documentary retains its charm, high quality, humor and nostalgia. Bruce Brown's 1966 Endless Summer was one of the first and remains one of the best documentaries on surfing. It's a laid-back almost relaxing documentary to watch which occassionally features some awesome displays of surfing pioneers hanging ten on perfect, imperfect and very dangerous waves. Tubes, Pipes, perfect waves, surfing towards, and away from the shore, ridin' the wave, wipe out. . . it's all here.
This was a low budget affair, but the camera-work and richness of color is quite impressive. Most of the footage was shot silent with sound-effects and narration and occassional music added later. Don't expect to hear the Beach Boys, or the Ventures or even Dick Dale on the soundtrack--you won't. You won't get MTV fast edits, or occassional messages about pollution, over-population, or politics either.
That's refreshing.
Most refreshing of all is that you won't see a lot of ads for sneakers or cars, or sporting goods plastered all over the surfboards or cars of the surfers either. It was a less chaotic, simpler time.
The movie follows two young surfers Robert August and Mike Hynson as they follow Summer around the world. First after leaving their native California and the crowded beaches of Malibu, Santa Cruz and Newport Beach (the Wedge) they travel to Africa and surf places probably no one has ever surfed before (and have to be careful not to step on dangerous and lethal stone fish). The natives are fascinated by the California surfers and their sport. Soon Robert and Mike are giving surf lessons to the natives. They hitch a ride with an African Game Hunter and travel along the coast with a perfect tour guide. They find the perfect wave.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Stoked In Your Living room June 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I don't even surf and the Endless Summer is one of my favorite movies. I love the photography and the storyline of this film. People say, "But it's about surfing..." they got it all wrong; it's about freedom that the soul craves. I watch it at least 3x a year. Always puts a smile on my face and a joy in my heart. In fact, I rent it so frequently that finally I told myself that I'm gonna buy it... and that's what I'm about to do... I'm gonna buy me a movie that makes me feel good to be alive on this little blue and green planet that's third from the sun. This movie reminds us that we are all looking for the "perfect wave" in life and sometimes we just have to remind ourselves that we're already riding it. A beautiful film. Love it! Love it! Love it!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics you cannot miss . . . June 1, 2004
Format:DVD
These films are like the 80's movies that made everything that mattered happen. Ferris, Goonies, Breakfast Club, etc . . . except they are surfing classics, epic documentaries if you will.
**Bruce Brown has the classic surfer aesthetic, and narrates each film poignantly and humorously.
Endless Summer 1 is the classic older film, paced a little more slowly and fun-lovingly. It sets a great preface to Endless 2, an incredible multi-hemisphere journey.
Both films have excellent cinematography as well as dialogue and interplay between characters. Endless 2 is as goofily trivial as it is deep, as beautiful as it is mundane. . .
There are gorgeous scenery shots that do Cape Town, Indonesia, Figi, (my fav) and Alaska, justice as incredible places not only to surf, but also to just be.
Our two fascinating and yin and yang protagonists, 1, a Pat O'Connell gives suffusively satisfying short board licks, and 2, a. wing-nut supplies all of the long board smoothness to coalesce.
Five stars, in my to 25 of all time. A truly beautiful film made by those who love life.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Way back in 1966, documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown followed two young surfers around the world in their quest for the perfect wave. It seems as if it were just the three of them - the two surfers and Bruce Brown who filmed that magical year with a hand-held Technicolor camera with no sound. Later, he edited the film and narrated it and his is the only voice we hear in addition to some original music by "The Sandals". There are no sounds of the surf, no remarks from the two surfers and we never hear the voices of all the colorful characters they meet along the way.

The concept was to surf on beaches that had never been surfed before. This led them Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. And, naturally California and Hawaii. Sometimes the surf was to their liking. Sometimes it was not. But always it was an adventure, the kind of adventure that I quickly got caught up in even though it all seemed like a home movie and the camera was old fashioned. I remember one spot where there is a long smooth wave to ride and the narrator notes that the wave was so long that he ran out of film, stopped shooting, changed the film, and was able to continue filming the surfer on the same wave.

As the film was made in 1966, it expressed a view of the world that is not politically correct today. For example, there are a lot of little jokes about the "natives" in an African tribe. But in spite of the words, it was obvious that everyone in the tribe enjoyed watching the surfers. Later, with the help of our surfers, these "natives" tried it themselves and soon were improvising their own surfboards.

There are a lot of beaches in the world. But the sport was perfected in Hawaii as pure recreation. That's the way the Hawaiians lived for centuries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Surfing Clasic
The Classic Surfing Move, the one that started all the others used to see at the Golden Bear on PCH, Huntington Beach.
Published 24 days ago by Kenneth A. Moreno
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Summer is a Must See!!
My son has taken up surfing and said we have to see this movie. I'm of the 60's era and loved this throwback movie. Read more
Published 27 days ago by E. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
As entertaining now as the first time I saw it! Dated, yes, but timeless as well. A classic. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Neenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great surfing movie.
This is a surfing classic. The story is great and the music perfect for the time period. Every surfing movie collection should have this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Carl H Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie !
Came on time. Haven't used it yet as it's my Father's Day present for my dad in June. I'm sure it will be great!
Published 2 months ago by blondeeee
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying
I did not surf, but grew up in the surf culture in Santa Barbara, CA and spent most of my summers on the beach. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Masthoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Surf at its best
Good entertaining movie, timeless. Makes me want to go back in time and purchase property in Cali and Hawaii and just surf all day hanging ten!
Published 2 months ago by Hilgeebaby!
4.0 out of 5 stars I got a kick out of it, but won't watch it a 2nd time.
Cute flick about the young days of surfing. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, seeing how people dressed and traveled back then, and the non-PC narration. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TheMayQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back!
This was an old movie I loved. Couldn't believe Amazon had a copy including digital! Great surfer flick and some pretty good photography considering the 8 mm camera used to film.
Published 3 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Classic
one of the most classic surf travel films of all time. The story that every surfer of today and yesterday dreams of. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LGF
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