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First Descent: The Story Of The Snowboarding Revolution
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Shaun White, Terje Haakonsen, Nick Perata, Hannah Teter, Shawn Farmer, Travis Rice & Narrated By Henry Rollins

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include a 21-minute AK And Beyond featurette, five minutes worth of Top Of The World: Wescam footage, a five-minute Thousand Words montage of stills set to conventional over-produced head-bobbing music, a six-minute Big Mountain Riding backcountry snowboarding tips featurette, four minutes of additional snowboarding action (and crash footage), and two deleted scenes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 28449
(MPAA Rating): PG13
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(Retail Price): $22.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/21/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kemp Curly & Kevin Harrison
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Five professional snowboarders (both older generation and newbies) head to Alaska to make the First Descent down some of the most challenging and rarely ridden mountains in the world. While Shaun White (2006 Winter Olympian), Terje Haakonsen, Nick Perata, Hannah Teter, and Shawn Farmer board the untouched backcountry, this documentary delves into The Story Of The Snowboarding Revolution. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture can have a soft, slightly hazy or smeared appearance, but details are adequate. Shots of the jagged mountain peaks and snow-covered Alaskan slopes can be quite beautiful, depending on the source element. Colors are mostly well-balanced and nicely saturated. Clips from vintage (if you can even call 1980s and 1990s footage

With hard-hitting, tight bass and a low noise floor, the Dolby