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    Anybody seen this movie? I got it as a Christmas present and absolutely love it. Pretty low budget but well edited and just a killer soundtrack. the first 15 minutes got my heart pumping like I was racing.
    If you love cross you'll love this movie. SEE IT.

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    Where do you get it? There was a local screening here in Tacoma but I missed it.

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    [QUOTE=thekorn]Where do you get it?

    My wife got it off e-bay from a Canadian distributor. I'm sure you can find it from a US distributor.
    Great flick, if you like cross check it out.

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    Got it for xmass, Love it

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    Has anyone who has seen PSH also seen Transition:an American cyclocross season (www.blunttraumaproductions.com)? If so, how do they compare? I've only seen Transition and liked it a lot.

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    I haven't seen "Transition: American Cyclocross Season", but from reading about it, it looks different from Pure Sweet Hell.

    Have you seen "Endless Summer" or "Step Into Liquid", both surfing movies? Pure sweet hell is more like that sort of documentary - the focus is the beauty and energy of the sport, not facts and figures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Atkin
    Has anyone who has seen PSH also seen Transition:an American cyclocross season (www.blunttraumaproductions.com)? If so, how do they compare? I've only seen Transition and liked it a lot.
    There was a discussion on this a while back on RBReview.com. It seemed that PSH was preferred. I've only seen PSH - actually I did the DVD programming as a favor for Brian (the director) so I am a little biased when I say that I liked it a lot. Great soundtrack as well.

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    OK, got my copy of Pure Sweet Hell in the mail. Just finished watching it.

    If I were going to recommend JUST one movie I would recommend "Transition".

    "Pure Sweet Hell" is definitely a movie with great heart and you should buy and watch it.

    But don't expect a good movie because it ain't. The best photography in the 57 minutes or so looks like the throwouts from "Transition".

    Not that there isn't some great old footage from the early days of cyclocross all over the country and most of it is in black and white. That's interesting if that sort of thing interests you but I can't see most people enjoying a camera man running up a hill trying to photograph cyclocross racers running up a hill. You get eye weary watching this stuff.

    The music in the background comes from a garage band or perhaps a groups of garage bands. Music isn't particularly important to this film so that's no big deal. But at times it get's irritating when the guitarist starts copping mistakes and the film maker doesn't even recognize it and mute during that stuff. Not that there was any music that you'd listen to mind you, but musicians would cringe in certain areas.

    What sort of surprised me was that they didn't identify who was speaking at the time. I recognized a picture or two of Clarke Natwick who was MR. Million Win in the early days of cyclocross but unless you looked closely at the credits at the end you would never know that he was even there. Same with Tom Simpson who really is the referee at all of the USCF races in the area these days. When you talk to Tom you can tell that he must have been a pretty good rider at one time but I would have liked to have had him identified in those early pictures.

    All the same the DVD is well worth the price and you can get it and complain about it like I'm doing and maybe it will finance a newer better cyclocross film from the same people. You can always improve whether you're a cross racer or a film maker.

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