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Description:
Video Information:
Film Company: Sidewayz/Cadmium/Meddock
Format: DVD
Featured Riders: Randy Harris, Scott Byerly, Drew McGuckin, Parks Bonifay, Shane Bonifay, Thomas Horrell, Brian Grubb, Danny Harf, Shawn Watson, Chad Sharpe, Gregg Necrason
Trailer: Blacklist Trailer (16 MB)
Web Site: N/A

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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a week long wakeboard extravaganza to Lake Powell with Randall, Thomas, two houseboats, Parks, Watson, Sharpe, Pat, Grubb, Drew, Shane, Danny, Necrasson, Ruck, and Mr. Byerly? Well it happened and Sidewayz and Cadmium was there to document it all.
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    Pat McCarthy

    Registered: January 2003
    Posts: 3223
    Review Date: Fri November 7, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4 

     
    Pros: Great scenery, great riders
    Cons: Could show more individual riding

    Reviewed by: Pat McCarthy


    Blacklist is a video all about one trip to Lake Powell by the wakeboarding and wakeskating world's most progressive and well-known riders. If that sounds familiar, it might be because it's the same formula that was used for one of the best wakeboarding films of all time, Mayday.


    Instead of FLF who produced Mayday, Blacklist is a collaboration between a trio of the sport's top video people in Justin Stephens of Cadmium Films, Ronn Seidenglanz of Sidewayz, and Joey Meddock.


    Concept


    As mentioned above, Blacklist takes the following group of riders to Lake Powell for a houseboat trip and films all the action: Randy Harris, Brian Grubb, Gregg Necrason, Parks Bonifay, Shane Bonifay, Chad Sharpe , Drew McGuckin, Danny Harf, Erik Ruck, Thomas Horell, Scott Byerly, and Shawn Watson.


    As you can tell from this list, thatis a lot of wakeboarding and wakeskating talent all in one place at one time. Set against the beautiful and unique backdrop of Lake Powell, these riders build some obstacles to create "Powell Park" where they grind, slide, and ride all day long.


    The atmosphere is not competitive, and you really get to see these guys all having fun on the water pushing each other and doing some things we all do on houseboat vacations like screw around, build bonfires, and dive off the roof.


    Cinematography


    The cinematography in Blacklist is good as there are multiple angles of just about everything that goes down on the water, and it's shot by pros of the sport.


    Length


    Blacklist is just about 30 minutes for the movie itself, and is a mix of riding, interviews, and craziness. However, the DVD bonus extras contain longer riding segments for many of the riders so you can just check out straight wakeboarding and wakeskating, and it makes the whole DVD much longer. The bonus extras also contain trailers of most of the films Sidewayz has distributed in the past couple of years.


    Music


    The music in Blacklist is pretty good and is mostly lesser-known artists like Ming and FS, Greyboy, Snapcase, and T-Cisco. It's upbeat and fits the video well.


    Riding


    Unlike Mayday, Blacklist doesn't have official segments for each rider. It's more of a freeflowing mixture of wake riding, obstacle action, interviews, and off the water clips. A lot of the good riding is featured in the DVD bonus extra at the end called "Ride Along". We'll cover some of the highlights here:


    A big step up rail was built up from a pool, to a flat bar, and then a metal handrail down from that. It was a pretty crazy setup, but most of the riders pull off some impressive stuff. It also provides some outstanding wipeouts where there is a lot of mud involved.


    Randy Harris steals most of the riding show with his gigantic tricks with long grabs, and tons of style. He takes everything very high, and way out into the flats. Some of his highlights include backside 720s and 540s way out, a huge Remix off the double up, big graps, and a Shifty Rewind 360 with a nice grab.


    The wakeskating is good with some rail over land action, an ollie land gap that Byerly conquers, and some kickflips from McGuckin and Grubb. They also put a rail on the houseboat which the whole crew sessions. Thomas Horrell has a nice segment in the bonus section.


    The Pointless guys all represent will with their usual brand of rail mastery and huge spins and inverts. One particular funny part consists of Parks and Ruck betting on what kind of reaction Chad Sharpe will give after he falls each time.


    Bonus Features


    Blacklist has DVD bonus features which consists of random footage, extra riding segments, and full trailers for the following films: Byerly Documentary, Welcome (Hyperlite Team Video), Metronome, Boombox, Running With Scissors, All or Nothing, Sfumato, Underestimated, Delta Sessions, Red Bull Depth Charge, Invisible Cinema


    Rating


    Blacklist earns points for taking the best riders and going to a great location in Lake Powell. The scenery and vibe is much better than the typical video which tends to be shot on the same lakes we always see in Florida. It's also cool to see some different rail types due to the terrain they have to work with. It might have been nice though to get a bit more wakeboarding action broken down by each rider in the main movie. Overall, Blacklist earns 4 out of 5 stars.
    CHiLi DaWg

    Registered: December 2003
    Posts: 1674
    Review Date: Thu March 4, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4 

     
    Pros: Impressive group of riders, nice angles on the footage
    Cons: made me leary of sliders, lol

    I liked Blacklist for the core group of riders most of all. There were many good camera angles, so you could see more of what was happening. The land gap slider parts were killer. And kind of painful looking. I also liked hearing the riders joking around during some of the shooting. Adds some personality. The location was excellent too!
    Good video overall.
    intotheflats

    Registered: January 2003
    Posts: 5499
    Review Date: Sat March 27, 2004 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $20.00 | Rating: 2 

     
    Pros: made by sidewayz
    Cons: not enough riding

    Good riding when they show it. very short, like 20min. would recommend if you can get it for under $10
    determination

    Registered: January 2003
    Posts: 463
    Review Date: Tue April 27, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4 

     
    Pros: great footage
    Cons: short

    this is a pretty sweet film, harris is nuts... its more of a lifestyle film.. music is pretty good and its pretty nuts to watch some of the shit they do


     
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