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Lords of Dogtown (2005)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Catherine Hardwicke and actors John Robinson, Victor Rasuk and Emile Hirsch. Rating:8.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on November 10th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
A conversational and somewhat informative track. I imagine it mirrors how things transpired on set, with Hardwicke guiding, keeping the actors on track and restoring order when needed. Hirsch is a bit of a wildcard, spouting off some random comments at times.

They mention how some locations had to be altered by CGI to return them to a 70s look. The real Z Boys were very much involved as consultants, or appearing in cameos, or even standing in for the actors or doubles and performing some of the skating. Hardwicke credits when lines, scenes or situations came directly from Z Boys anecdotes. They point out other notable skating legends as they appear in small roles.

Many of the actors and stunt doubles suffered skating injuries during the course of the filming, including Hardwicke herself.

This was a breezy listen which complements the nature of the film. About midway through the commentary, Hardwicke announces that they have been too self-congratulatory and will be more candid going forward, but the tone barely wavers.
Commentary 2: Original Z-Boys Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on November 2nd, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This movie is clearly a trip down memory lane for these guys as they share all sorts of memories and stories from that time in their lives. They praise the authenticity of certain details but arenít afraid to criticize the moments that the filmmakers didnít quite get right. This is a laid-back, engaging track by guys who were actually there back in the day.