This post is stickied at the top for a while, new posts will appear belowV-Club have generously allowed us to upload the bonus section from their latest film to go with our review.
I always felt like V-Clubs last video 'Over Exposed; ironically, didn't get the exposure it deserved and that was a shame because Over Exposed was definitely a standout film at the time. Hopefully their new DVD 'For The Sake Of The Video' will buck that trend as this video is flat out awesome.
V-Club have been around for years now, though somehow still seem to stay somewhere between the shadows and the highlight, they were even invited on Props' Megatour 5 in 2006. With a team consisting of Garrett Reeves, Kareem Williams, George Boyd, Ryan Smith, Jeremy Hrabal, Randy Taylor, Dylan Smith, Hanson Little and Andy Martinez anyone can see that V-Club has some serious heavy hitters. For The Sake Of The Video was announced in 2009 with a trailer that made people stand up and listen, dropping straight out of a 10 foot wallride onto a moving car will do that! It was obvious from the first trailer that this video was going to be good and the final product does not disappoint. With arguably one of the nicest opening shots of any BMX movie ever you know early on that this is a serious production. A lot of effort has gone into every stage of the movie from filming to editing and it shows. Thats all clear from ten seconds into the intro.
The DVD is split up into rider sections with Ryan Smith and Hanson Little sharing a split part. The first section is given to George Boyd (chief editor and filmer of the movie) and to say this kid has got good recently would be an understatement! His first trick is out of hand and it doesn't let up for the entire section. From technical grind combinations to huge street gaps and everything in between George does it all and he does it well. Some of his rail moves are completely ridiculous. Randy Taylor gets section two and anyone who saw his Props bio or any of his previous movie sections knows they're in for a treat. Even with some pretty questionable eye wear Randy delivers from start to finish, and finish it does, all too quickly if you ask me. Randy has been hurt a lot in the last couple of years and I think that stopped him filming for the movie which is a shame. His part is solid, though just too short for the Randy Taylor fans!
His early departure makes way for Hanson Little and Ryan Smith, I was a bit disappointed to see them share a part as either of these two could fill a section with awesome riding and still have some left for the bonuses! Either way, Hanson and Ryan hit the streets, trails and even skate parks to fill their section with some of the smoothest and most controlled bike riding in any recent video. These two are so dialled its annoying, blessed with more bike control than any two people deserve, not one slipped pedal or shady landing for the entire section and these two are not holding back at any point. Their section reminds you that you should be out on your bike rather than sitting in your house watching DVDs.
The friends section includes Deven Ferrer, Jared Swafford, Justin Marshall, Travis Kincaid, Tom Dugan and more. It's a short but sweet section and it almost too chilled. The soundtrack to the whole movie is consistently relaxed but this section seemed more so than any of the previous sections. Its a good solid section and it breaks up the movie nicely and of course its good when you can put your friends in the movie, especially when your friends are as good as this lot!
Kareem Williams is insane, lets get that out in the open straight away. Luckily he has that ability to walk away from things that most people wouldn't. Unless of course its getting hit by trucks, in which case, he's only human! Kareem crashes and crashes hard but when you look at the things he's doing you can see why. Massive rails, drops and gaps from start to finish. Another short section but filled with balls out street riding. Pure Kareem Williams.
Dylan Smith on the other hand seems to be able to get out of any scary looking crash better than anyone! His section is a mix of fast, smooth street lines and huge skate park lines. Theres something in the water in Austin, Texas as all of the Austin riders have the most ridiculous amount of bike control. 360 to manual 180? On street? With no brakes? No problem. Dylan's section is again set to a very relaxed soundtrack but with his smooth style it works a treat.
Jeremy Hrabal, wow, anyone who read his Ride UK interview will know how dedicated Jeremy is to V-Club and BMX in general. You have to be dedicated to crash that hard and get back up and try again! From the Kachinsky school of street riding Jeremy goes big and fast. Massive gaps to grinds, huge rails and big wallrides, theres also a few skate park lines in there that are equally as large. Seriously good riding and seriously hard slams!
Next up is car crusher Garrett Reeves, and yes, that crash is in his section in all its glory. Luckily Garrett has a LOT of equally impressive lines which he does land! It seems to be a theme for V-Club that everyone can jump over the biggest gaps like they're hopping up curbs. Garrett is no exception, full speed barspin gaps over rails, big hops and long drops, Garrett ain't scared to pedal fast and land flat!
Andy Martinez gets the last section and I have to say, he makes it count. The first clip in his section is insane, couple that with big wallrides both ways, rail rides and manuals that shouldn't be possible and maybe even a street backflip and you have yourself a seriously good section! Andy Martinez finishes the video off with some of the best street riding I've seen in a long time. Definitely an awesome end to an awesome video.
V-Club have managed to make a 90% street video whilst steering clear of the foot high ledges that have plagued 'street' videos in recent years and Goddamn is that refreshing. Its burly, technical and somehow consistently super smooth throughout. Something a lot of videos just don't pull off. George Boyd has done an excellent job with the edit and hopefully this video will get the recognition it undoubtedly deserves. Go out and buy a copy so that V-club can make another one!