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The Endless Summer Re-Mastered- Director's Special Edition 2 Disc Set

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Digitally Re-Mastered; 5.1 Surround Sound; 2 Disc Set with all new never before seen extras.
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.

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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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert August, Mike Hynson, Lord Tally Ho Blears, Wayne Miyata
  • Directors: Bruce Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: MONTEREY VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NAQ71A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Endless Summer Re-Mastered- Director's Special Edition 2 Disc Set" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Wow! I had the pleasure of screening this newly rejuvenated `Digitally Re-Mastered' version of "The Endless Summer" and it's pretty awesome. The improved look and sound provides for an enjoyable and memorable experience. The box art is great, and the 2nd disc has some fun extras; I really enjoyed both of the short features on the making of the film, the origination of the iconic artwork and the posters from around the world.
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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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