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Steep

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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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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

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Briggs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom
  • Directors: Mark Obenhaus
  • Writers: Mark Obenhaus
  • Producers: Jordan Kronick, Gabrielle Tenenbaum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012CJQZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Steep" on IMDb

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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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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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This documentary, in my view beautifully, and accurately represents big mountain skiing and skiers. My husband and I have skied Chamonix, and this movie also conveys with clear perceptions, the amazing Mont Blanc range of France and of Chamonix. I can't recommend this movie enough. For those who even just would like a taste of what it's like being with, skiing, and receiving the mountains and their potent energetic contributions to us on the planet, this is the movie for you. I've been told by people who I've gifted this movie to, that it changed their lives in wonderful ways. It reacquainted them with what they were born with, the knowledge that (as stated in the movie) "Without risk their is no adventure"!
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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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More of a documentary on the pioneers of big mountain free skiing than "ski porn," but a first-rate movie for the adventure-minded. Fantastic historic and modern day footage of some of the biggest badasses on the mountain and the mindset that drives them to push the limits...sometimes to the point of tragedy. Many of the stars of this film are no longer with us, and when you watch the footage and listen to them talk about why they do what they do, you'll understand why.

Anyone who loves skiing, big mountains or the history of extreme alpinism will really enjoy this film.
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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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No brainier giving this documentary 5stars....I would give it 6 if it was allowed. The fantastic information/interviews in this film were only topped by it's incredible action scenes.

No need to care even the least about skiing, or extreme skiing specifically in this case. Steep is about living life at the very edge, and chasing one's dream regardless of the risks, or dangers associated with doing so. This is also truly an inspirational documentary.

Just like Riding Giants told the story and history behind the sport of big wave surfing, Steep does the same thing with extreme big mountain skiing. Do yourself a favor and watch both of those documentaries.

This film is the exact reason why documentaries are easily my favorite genre of films, and when done right they deliver both an excellent learning experience, as well as a overall entertaining one.
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