Gravity Games: Summer One [DVD]

Gravity Games: Extreme One serves up footage of extreme sports with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this is a fine release for anyone with an interest in the subject matter.
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Gravity Games: Thrills and Spills
This video contains a bit of "thrill-seeking" captured in footage from the various events of the Gravity Games. Dave Mirra risks life and limb while riding his BMX and champion skateboarder Tony Hawk shows how he can all but fly on his device. The wonder boy of freestyle motocross, Travis Pastrana, also appears, clearly indicating he has little to no fear when it comes to racing. These athletes and others are sure to make viewers ponder whether gravity applies equally to mere mortals and athletes like these. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

Gravity Games: Bikes
The first Gravity Games were held in Rhode Island in 1999. It is now an annual event featuring some of the country's best free-style cyclists. This video features highlights of these cyclists' precise technical maneuvers. See dynamic aerial acrobatics as they spin and flip, twist and turn. Watch as these gifted riders push their talent to the ultimate limit. Some of the outstanding riders featured in these games are: Dave Mirra, Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Nyquist, and T.J. Lavin. Watch these amazing riders defy the laws of gravity in the first annual Gravity Games. ~ Beth Deki, Rovi

Gravity Games: Freestyle Motocross
Freestyle motocross is a competition in which motorcyclists launch themselves and their bikes nearly 50 feet into the air and then perform tricks that were traditionally used in BMX freestyle competitions. The sport originated in traditional motocross races when racers who were far ahead or behind would play to the crowd with leg kicks, twists and no-hands tricks after a high jump. Filled with slow motion shots and modern rock, this video highlights many of the more memorable moments of the freestyle motocross competition at the Gravity Games, an Olympic-style competition held for the first time in 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island. Those unfamiliar with this "extreme sport" may find themselves in awe of some of the tricks these men pull off and will definitely cringe when they do not land quite right. Carey Hart, one of the sport's most famous participants, at one point launches himself and his motorcycle into the air and completes a back flip. Though the editing style and the accompanying music is geared toward the Gen-X/MTV crowd, it retains the original production styles of NBC Sports, which originally sponsored and broadcast the competition; though targeting a certain demographic, there is an attempt to appeal to everyone. And for those that can't find a thrill in watching these maniacs do things that should never be tried at home, check to make sure there is still a pulse! ~ Ed Atkinson, Rovi

Gravity Games: Skateboarding
The founding father of competitive skateboarding, Tony Hawk, and other professional skaters' performances at the 1999 Gravity Games are captured on this highlight video. The Gravity Games, an Olympic-style competition for extreme sports, were originally broadcast by NBC Sports as a response to the popularity of ESPN's X-Games. Held in Providence, Rhode Island, the 1999 competition had three skateboarding competitions: the vert competition, where skaters attempt to top each other and gain the highest point above the halfpipe rail; the halfpipe competition, judged much like gymnastics, where skaters perform difficult aerial tricks; and the downhill race, where skaters compete on a course much like a bobsled course, racing downhill against one another. Though the style of the video could be described as MTV-like with its editing cuts and modern rock music, the influence of the NBC Sports production style is undeniable in the overall presentation. The skater interviews are much like postgame questions presented to football players and the overall flow of the video moves like what one would expect from NBC's coverage of the traditional Olympics. The prime reason for watching the video remains the top-notch camera work and thrilling skateboard action! Several other competitions from the Gravity Games have also been released on video, including Gravity Games: Motocross and Gravity Games: Snowboarding. ~ Ed Atkinson, Rovi

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