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Warren Miller's Like There's No Tomorrow (Blu-ray)
Shout Factory / 2011 / 98 Minutes / Unrated
Street Date: November 06, 2012
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Reviewed by Bryan Kluger
Monday, October 29, 2012
'Warren Miller's...Like There's No Tomorrow' is the next film in the ski and snowboarding franchise under the Warren Miller name. The history of the Warren Miller film company is complicated, but simply put, Warren Miller has not been involved in this particular film series since 2004.
Now, I love the sport of skiing. I've been skiing for the past 22 years. It's the most fun you can have with all of your clothes on. That being said, I don't see the point of these videos. Maybe, if it was a documentary about a competition, or somebody learning to ski their favorite mountain, this would be interesting. But, much like skateboarding videos, 'Warren Miller's...Like There's No Tomorrow' seems to feature several big names in the skiing arena who...well...just ski.
There's not really a point to it, other than watching some professional skiers jump off cliffs, ski through some trees, and talk about skiing. There are a few cool shots in this video. I particularly enjoyed watching the first-person shot as we ski down some pretty steep slopes and off mountains. It was like playing a video game, but without the guns. I don't even think the point of this film is to persuade non-skiers to get up and try it out. From the way it's made, I just imagine professional skiers or people who work seasonally at a ski resort might have these videos around in the break room.
The people featured in this video are not your normal ski enthusiasts. These are the hardcore professional skiers that spend every waking moment either skiing or talking about skiing, and they get paid for it. I recognized none of the names used in the film. 'Warren Miller's...Like There's No Tomorrow' journeys to several places including California, Utah, Chile, India, and Norway to name a few. At each location we get to see the slopes and these professionals "ride the powder", a term I've never heard before. There is a bit of comedy used throughout the film, mainly a skit featuring a guy dressed in a Yeti costume who likes to ski. He pops up here and there.
I compare this to skateboarding videos, because it features the same thing. The only difference is the sport. There are a lot of professionals doing what they do best, and it is all set to music. Speaking of the music, it ranges from Beastie Boys to Dean Martin and everything in between. It was like watching a one 98 minute skiing documentary set to a wide variety of music. I don't see the appeal to these types of films, but I guess there is a decent sized audience, since these continue to be released more than once a year. I'm just not one of them.
This disc has a glorious 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
The cinematography on this film is spectacular. It's my favorite aspect of the film. It looks beautiful. The gorgeous landscapes are breathtaking. The detail is amazing as you can see every sparkle glisten in the powdery snow and every ridge and crevice on each mountain. The colors pop very vibrantly. From the white snows, to the green trees, to the very clear blue skies make this one hell of a beautiful film to look at.
The blacks run deep when they show up, which isn't often as this is a very bright looking film from start to finish. I did not notice any artifacts or aliasing. It looks really good for being shot on hand held HD cameras. I was surprised on how good this turned out.
There is a lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix and it sounds great.
The dialogue is crisp and clear with no cracks or hissing. The music featured on this film, which there are tons of songs featured, flows very nicely and is distributed evenly on all speakers, never sounding too loud or overbearing. The ambient noise of the wilderness sounds good whenever it's used, which is rare, but when it does, it sounds great.
- Teasers (HD, 17 mins) -Teasers - These are not normal teasers or trailers. It's more of the filmmakers traveling to each location listed and describing the landscape and how to film in these locations. There is a Play All feature here or you can watch them individually. They include Tuckerman Ravine, Portillo, British Columbia, India, Norway, Squaw Valley, Utah, New Zealand, and the Denver Big Air Event. These can all be skipped.
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'Warren Miller's...Like There's No Tomorrow' looks and sounds amazing, but, its content is something less than desired. I can't see anyone really enjoying this unless they're a professional skier, work in the industry, or want something to play in the background at a ski-themed party. I know there's a decent sized market out there for this type of film, but I'm not one of those people, nor do I know anyone who is. And for this Blu-ray advertising itself as a "Deluxe Collector's Edition", it is sorely lacking in extras or anything else of real value to get that title. For fans only.
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