Wednesday, October 07, 2009
A new era in online movies and how to retrieve them
BigUpProductions have put their new movie, Progression, up for sale last weekend. It's $29.95 for the DVD (excluding postage, but you do get extras and subscription to Climbing Magazine for USA citizens).
But, and here's the really neat part, it's also available for download in high definition.
And it's only $19.95.
Which is currently only €12 cause the US dollar sucks against the Euro right now.
So why haven't you bought it yet?
Some caveats, you don't get the Extras (fine with me) or the subscription (which wouldn't have worked for me here in Europe anyway). It's about 2GB in size so make sure you've got a good internet connection.
Finally, in a hugely brave step, the movie is being supplied without any security or copying restrictions so you'll never have hassles copying it from home computers to your laptop for your next road-trip for motivation. Be nice, and all buy a copy of it - don't give a copy to all your friends without question (although use common sense - if your friends in your house want to watch it, treat it like a normal DVD and share it!). A lot of people may acquire their music through alternative means (even if there is free ways to source music), but support the sport that you love and the people promoting it.
It's not expensive and for the amount of work that must have gone into it, it deserves the payback.
And of course, is it any good? Pretty eye-opening of what is possible and the future evolution of climbing. The intro sequence of (who else) Sharma on his new short 9a+ in Spain is outrageous (put it up there with his other classic footage in other movies - Just Do It, Rampage, etc.) and the footage of Patxi UBabcdefghijkl (I'm not even going to try and spell it :) is insane. 2500 holds when he's training, and much of it with a 20 pound weight belt on. Every day. I'm sooo inspired just thinking about that.
I haven't watched it fully yet so stay tuned for a full review.