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DEEP WINTER: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Tyler Crowe (Eric Lively) is poised to become the next great American champion and the bearer of his dead father's legacy as the fastest downhill racer in the U.S. However, the burned out Tyler loses his focus and consequently the World Cup - and his coach benches him from the team. Back home, Tyler is greeted by his best friend, professional snowboarder, Mark Rider (Kellan Lutz), whose life is being chronicled by a documentary ski film producer (Luke Goss) and Mark's sister Elisa (Payton List). Tyler and Mark rekindle their friendship in the backcountry where they grew up, ritualistically one-upping each other as they choose their line, dropping into sheer, bottomless chutes, shredding the epic waist-deep powder. But their friendship is damaged over a misunderstanding about Tyler and Elisa, and after Tyler leaves the project, tragedy strikes.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
I'm writing this on board the first flight I could get to Alaska ... no, but seriously, this film is so inspiring, so 'wanna be there!' it's hard to forget the daily grind after the end credits. (And thanks to helmetcam, we almost ARE there.) The opening pan across the majestic, enormous snow capped ranges is simply astonishing. And that's just the beginning. Pretty soon we're in the downhill race - and a skinormous crash, replayed in slowmo on the coach's monitor ...saves us doing it.

There are a few surprises, too, like seeing English actor Luke Goss as the filmmaker documenting the story of Mark Rider (Kellan Lutz), whose sister Elisa (lovely Payton List) is having an affair with Tyler (Eric Lively), our hero and champ skier. Goss, if you forgot, is the dude who plays Prince Nuada in Guillermo del Torro's fantastical Hellboy II - The Golden Army. Talk about stretch! Another surprise is seeing perennial baddie Michael Madsen as the gruff chopper pilot. These casting choices make it interesting. But all the cast deliver the goods, and the mountains, although typecast, are spectacular.

Story gets interesting, too, when Mark and Tyler fall out - seemingly over Tyler's affair with Mark's sister, which fuels unreasonable behaviour by Mark ... which of course leads to serious trouble. We see it coming, but that doesn't diminish the dramatic impact.

Published March 5, 2009



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DEEP WINTER: DVD (M)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Eric Lively, Kellan Lutz, Michael Madsen, Luke Goss, Robert Carradine, Payton List

PRODUCER: Glenn Zoller

DIRECTOR: Mikey Hilb

SCRIPT: John Protass

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Patrick Reddish

EDITOR: Jason Stewart

MUSIC: Gerard Brunskill

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ken Kirchner

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: none

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Peacock Films

DVD RELEASE: February 13, 2009

UPCOMING EVENT
RIVERSIDE SCREEN PREMIERES
A program of premiere screenings of new movies prior to their commercial release on 6 consecutive Tuesdays, starts February 17, 2015 at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, Sydney.

Curated & presented by Andrew L. Urban, discussion to follow with special guests. Briefing notes provided.







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