Monday, December 8, 2008

Video Review: Standard Films - Aesthetica

Rider list:
Mark Landvik, Eric Jackson, Mads Jonsson, Mathieu Crepel, Chas Guldemond, Torstein Horgmo, Johan Olofsson, Juuso Laivisto, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Xavier Delarue, Dan Migno, Launie Kauk, Keegan Valaika, Sylvain Beauch, Priscilla Levac, Sammy Luebke, JJ Thomas, Mitch Reed

Opinion:
These guys threw down from the press of 'play'. Aesthetica had a quick, well-done intro and got right into the opening section. (I've already seen the trailer, why show it to me again?)I won't give away whose section is where, I think that's part of the fun of watching the video. I will say that guys like Mark Landvik and Eric Jackson went huge in the backcountry and had fun, well-paced parts to show for it. Xavier Delarue survived possibly the gnarliest avalanche ever caught on tape. Torstein Horgmo absolutely owned everything he touched (largely park and urban). Johan and Mads have a rad co-op section where Johan noboards. A couple riders who hit heavy on half parts were Priscilla Levac and Chas Guldemond. 'Cilla started off with a fun stunt and went on to pull off some feats of urban daring. Think long handrails in a single bound type shit. You know Chuck G has the park on lock, what with the 1440 at last years Vail Session (R.I.P.) and any number of high contest finishes. This partial part shows a little more of what he's capable in other areas. I expect big things from him; be it contest or video, he's just fun to watch. Overall, I had to buy this video first because they didn't go on tour with it. I say it was money well-spent. The action is intense and non-stop and it covers big mountain, backcountry freestyle, park and urban action. It's well-paced with lifestyle shots and some comentary, too. Well worth the purchase, I highly recommend it.

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