Friday, 16 January 2009

Into The Void video review

Ok, so today I trudged down to my local bike shop to pickup a copy of this here digital versatile disc thingy produced by The Shadow Conpiracy.

For the past few years I have been very lukewarm on 90% of videos that have been released. Thankully, this is finally a recent video I can get into. Firstly, the music is spot on. Aside from Eli Platt's section there is a lot of metallic hardcore stuff (Converge, Symphonies in Peril) and lots of punk (Black Flag and YOUTH OF TODAY!!) To me, watching Chase D and Seth K ride to the sort of music they actually listen to just makes sense...

Onto the riding. Karl Poynter puts together some seriously technical freecoaster jibbery, Seth K has the best section I've seen from him, Johhn Devlin nearly kills himself ten times over and Eli Platt does things I never thought would be possible. Chase Dehart's section is a little short and Ali Whitton's is a little long but otherwise I have zero complaints. Editing is simple and most of the footage is well filmed; some of the international flow team section has clearly had some sketchy format conversion done to it and isn't really up to scratch but its no great qualm.

An interesting little feature is a series of encoded bonus features of which the instructions can be found at the Into The Void flickerbook hosted by www.defgrip.net. The regular bonus should have enough to keep you entertained anyway as there is tonnes of extar footage, but the little hidden extras are a fun addition.

That's it, if you have to squeeze a score out of it me I'd give it an 8.6 out of 10.




Into The Void Trailer from Shadow Conspiracy on Vimeo.

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