06 May God Save the DVD
The DVD vs Web edit debate has been debated for years now and here at NE we’re not going to debate it further… we already know DVDs are way better anyway. Sean Burns said it well a few weeks back…
That being said, it is a very exciting time in Canada, with nearly 10 DVD Canadian DVD projects in the works at the moment, it’s proof that riders and filmers are seeing the long term value in creating a DVD, a hard copy of good times.
While we anxiously await these Canadian DVDs to drop, we hit up some Canadian shredders, filmers, and NE contributors for their top 5 dvds list of all time and the results were awesome. If you are looking for some extra spring time motivation, get your hands on these dvds (or if you must, find them online) and get stoked.
3- ALYK No Days Off
4-Talk is Cheap
5- Gotta throw a VHS in the mix, the DWOK Mixtape
ICC – Lock N’ Load
Animal -All Day
Faction – Who Brought The Dicks?
Lotek – Mixtape Volume 1
Fit – Barcelona
Compiling a list of my favourite videos is tough, especially now that the line between web / DVD projects has all but disappeared. I like to think these videos shaped what BMX was to me at the time, and what BMX is to me today.
It’s a rare occurrence these days to crowd in front of the TV before a riding session and enjoy a BMX video from front-to-back. When I was growing up though, it felt like we would watch the same couple of videos endlessly. The five videos I’ve mentioned above are the few that stand out in my mind after all these years. As a kid with no cable TV and with the internet only slowly emerging at the time, some of these images and songs have been burned into my head forever.
Props EuroScene 2000T-1 You Get What You Get
Props Best of 1995
Animal (Tie between Can I Eat & All Day)
In No particular order…
Animal – Can I Eat
Cult – Talk is Cheap
Little Devil – Criminal Mischief
Etnies – Forward
Above Below is dope too put together real well.
I know its 7 to hard to narrow down to 5 haha
Building the underground
S&M please kill me
Team Dilly Is the Man
Wide Awake Nightmare
Can I eat
“Damn that’s a tough one haha. Five that come to mind at first thought are:
Shook “winter active”
Animal “can I eat”
Rides “drop the hammer”
S&M “please kill me”
“left right” produced by navaz.
Shook “we are everywhere” also sticks out for me because of the PegLeg section which had a handful of Jetty clips
1. Ride insight
2. Shook it’s on
3. Animal can I eat
4. The Michigan video
5. Lotek mixtape
Brighton Ain’t ready
The Michigan video
Props issue 59
Road fools 15
T-1 You Get What You Get
Building the Underground
Tomorrow We Work
Honorable mentions: Etnies Forward, Road Fools 5
Drop the hammer
Can I Eat
Etnies – Forward
MacNeil dvd (the original first one)
Markit – Zero
Empire – Bad Idea
Can I Eat – Animal
Forward – Etnies
Road Fools 5 – Props
That’s What I’m Talking About – ICC
Kink Cheap Thrills
Animal Can I Eat
Fit Summer of fit
Cult Talk is Cheap
Bonus: 90 East Public Property, Voices, Etnies Forward, Volume On the Clock, 10pack video, hard to narrow down. Still have a bunch more to add to the list
Mutiny – Let’s Get Mystical: Probably the most aesthetically pleasing video on my list. The riding is great and it has a killer vibe, but the main thing that makes this video work is Joe Simon’s incredible talent behind the lens.
I want to give Cult’s “Talk is Cheap” an honorable mention here as well as I see these two videos in the same light. Both were videos created for a bike company that managed to transcend the relatively stale “team video” box. They also both involved very talented filmmakers going all in to create something akin to a masterpiece (also see Left/Right in the case of Navaz).
Voices/Tomorrow We Work: The riding was incredibly innovative for its time and nobody had heard of any of those guys. Joe Cox captured his scene perfectly – great spots, killer tunes and crisp, colorful shots (on a GL2, no less!). They were all in and out of the spotlight so quick.
Take it or Leave It: Dean Dickinson captures the spirit of bmx via pool riding. One of the few BMX videos that could carry a theme throughout without being obvious about it.
Anthem II: BMX the way it’s meant to be ridden. Our generation’s most timeless video – this type of riding will never get old.
T1 – You Get What You Get: The greatest BMX adventure ever filmed. Joe Rich. Garret Byrnes. Ruben Alcantara. Like everything T1, You Get What You Get was truly an outside of the box endeavor. Joe Rich has always been a master of documenting the process of things; give him a nine month trip around the world and you get something amazing.
Road fools 4
Wide awake nightmare
Can I eat
Animal Can I Eat
ALYK No Days Off
90 East sound of the city
More recently Above Below
Those are the videos that I watch most often at least, there’s other videos that I like certain parts of more, but those are the DVDs that I sit down and watch the whole thing over and over again while drinking beer with friends and whatnot.
Stay tuned for info on these Canadian dvds that are in the works!!