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Progression DVD from Big Up Productions
© Big Up Productions I recently purchased (and subsequently watched) the new Big Up Productions film Progression.
The film is available on DVD or as a download from the Big Up Productions Website.
I went for the HD download as opposed to the DVD. I watch 99% of films on my PC so made sense to go for this option.
The download was quick-ish - 1.8gb took about 1-hour on my home connection. Normally I use a download accelerator which would've reduced this to about 30 minutes but this wasn't available for this film. Obviously download times will vary massively depending on your supplier.
With the download you don't get the DVD extras which seems a little mean, but without seeing them I don't know what I'm missing.
Production quality is excellent - Full Hi-Def (1920x1080) works brilliantly on climbing films, bringing the rock texture to life.
Note: I used Media Player, MP Classic, BS Player and VLC.
It then introduces Adam Ondra, including one of the finest bits of climbing footage I've seen with what felt like 5-minutes of perfectly tracked climbing with Ondra racing up one of Sharma's new routes with such fluidity. Truly inspiring to see him climb with such drive.
Very interestingly, this section focusses on indoor sports/competition climbing - possibly a first for a commercial DVD release? Love it or hate it, it's good the producers acknowledge this aspect of rock climbing and is true to the name of the DVD as this is an area which is undergoing massive growth at the moment.
Also featured is 15 year-old Johanna Ernst and her first World Cup effort. Whilst this section isn't perhaps as visually inspiring as the outdoor sections, it's nevertheless important to recognise the lengths some people go to in order to be the best. Also of interest is the difference in attitudes between the 28 year old Patxi and 15 year old Johanna.
Whilst highly enjoyable, this was perhaps the weakest section of the film, though I can't put my finger on why...
This flows nicely into Kevin Jorgeson's crazy highballing endeavours in Bishop, Califonia. Whilst stunning in setting, somehow it didn't capture the nail-biting situation that it was, especially compared to the other film the Sharp End (UKC Review) which was often edge-of-the-seat viewing.
A well shot, well presented and engaging film. It flows nicely and feels more like a documentary/film than say Dosage which are very different scenes.
Not overly US-centric, and the Ondra segment though brief, is in my opinion one of the best pieces of climbing footage to date.
Price: £19.99 (DVD)VIDEO: Progression Trailer
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