The Endless Summer [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]
Director's Special Edition Blu-ray
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They call it The Endless Summer, the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe 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, two California surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, accomplish in a few months what most people never get to do in a lifetime...they live their dream.
Director Bruce Brown created 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 surfing itself and once you ve seen it
your search may never end.
We checked out the Director s Special Edition of Endless Summer, and were amazed at what a great job they did with the sound and video really good stuff... --Dailystoke.com
A dazzling ode to sun, sand and surf! --Time
Extraordinary entertainment. Breathtakingly beautiful --New York Daily News
Top customer reviews
The plot, while not very important, follows surfers Bruce Brown (director, writer, and narrator of the film), Mike Hynson, and Robert August as they travel around the world in search of "the perfect wave". Key spots include Hawaii, California, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti. The title derives from the idea of following the summer around the world.
It should be noted that knowledge of surfing is NOT required to enjoy this film (I, for example, knew nothing about the sport). This aspect is Bruce Brown's greatest achievement. The film is incredible in it accessibility. Brown narrates, and from the get-go, he is welcoming, light-hearted, and occasionally quite funny. The soundtrack for the movie is provided by The Sandals, and their music, including the film's now iconic theme song, sets the perfect mood. It also doesn't hurt that the sport of surfing is hypnotic and very fun to watch, especially with the great talents Brown is able to capture (Butch Van Artsdalen and Miki Dora are definite highlights). The film is beautifully shot, usually from the shore, but every once in a while from the surfboard itself.
I hesitate to call The Endless Summer a "great" documentary in the same class as Crumb, For All Mankind, Gimme Shelter, Dear Zachary, or the films of Allan King. It's kinda one-note, probably runs a good 15 minutes too long, and isn't exactly deep. But then again, it doesn't really have to be. What Bruce Brown exceeds at is capturing a mood and sense of fun. When Mike or Robert pull off a great ride, teach a few natives how to surf (in one of the film's most hilarious, though not exactly politically correct scenes), and of course, finally find that perfect wave in Southern Africa, you're just as excited as they are. No, The Endless Summer is not profound or thought-provoking cinema, but one aspect of it is undeniable: It's fun. Sometimes that's more than enough.
I was so upset to find out that there was nothing else. Not even a trailer. Geez... I was hoping that Bruce Brown would have some cool footage...gag reels or something for this DVD release. Of course, I recommend the DVD over the VHS but in this case...the main benefit from buying this DVD over the VHS is that you know it's not going to degrade from watching it many times.
I love this movie...I love it! But the DVD should have more...
I give the movie an A+ but the DVD a D due to the lack of special features and nothing else but the movie. DVD fans expect more these days but I guess when you get an Image Entertainment DVD, not to have your hopes set so high.
If you haven't seen the movie or you are a fan and has a VHS that is degrading due to watching it so many times, check out the DVD version!
My sons (now 15 & 8) aboslutely LOVE this movie, and couldn't wait to show it to their friends! The "extras" really added to the story. We actually met Robert August at a local surfing contest (we are not surfers, yet, but spend a lot of our summer at the beach); he was very friendly and took a few minutes to talk to the boys about surfing & the movie and sign their t-shirts.
I would highly recommend this movie for anyone who's ever spent time at the shore.