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Hype - a film by Matt Mickey

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When I got the DVD, I was excited to see what was ment with the title "Hype", and the pill glass on the cover. I might be one of the few that enjoy watching skate videos with a theme - like Wasteland and the more recent Words. Another thing that psyked me was the profiles listed on the front page: Rachard Johnson, Jeff Stockwell and Mike Radebaugh, although I was a little skeptical about the latter.

When I got the DVD, I was excited to see what was ment with the title "Hype", and the pill glass on the cover. I might be one of the few that enjoy watching skate videos with a theme – like Wasteland and the more recent Words. Another thing that psyked me was the profiles listed on the front page: Rachard Johnson, Jeff Stockwell and Mike Radebaugh, although I was a little skeptical about the latter.

So I put on the DVD, and quickly found out from the menu that the video also has a split profile of Ryan Northway and Billy Reese. Sweet! The Rachard Johnson section is a split section with Rachard himself and Demetrious George – pretty sweet too. What kind of innoyed me though, was that you can't choose "Play movie" from the menu – you have to click one section, watch that, go back to the menu, click the next section, watch that, go back to the menu, and so on.

Ok – On to the movie itself now… The skating is generally sick! It's the good ol' Californian skating that is just plain sick. Especially the intro sweeps the feet out under you. What I also like about the video (And other intuition skate videos) is that is has a lot of skating from Europe as well as the States. The European skaters include Oli Short, Jona Messerli, Benny Harmanus, and others.

Cosimo Tassone – a skater that I haven't heard of before – has a lot of well-deserved tricks in this video. Watch out for this guy in the future. He mostly does a lot of budget switch-ups but also has some good stunt skating tricks and long grinds.

The Rachard Johnson / Demetrios George section is plain good. It's mostly Rachard that skates, but on some spots Demetrious George joins in. Look out for this section.

The random sections has good skating, but after a while, they get boring to watch – a little too much of the same. I really miss the Hype theme that the cover of the DVD mentioned. There is no reference to this whatsoever in the video.

When I think of Mike Radebaugh, I think of endless switch-ups and a weird style. The switch-ups are still there, but the style has gotten a lot better. On top of that he also does long "single" grinds and is spinning more into his tricks than I remember him doing in earlier video appearances. His profile was a positive surprise, which you can look forward to, when watching this movie. he has definately improved his skating.

Jeff Stockwell usually represents great skating, and in his profile in Hype this is no exception. I would say that this profile is probably his best to this date. He skates with this usual creative approach which is one quality. Another is his spins out of tricks and in gaps (both ways too).

The Ryan Northway / Billy Reese section has great skating too – but the quality of the film aren't that great. It has a lot of night skating with very blurry and matt. I don't understand why these clips weren't corrected to have the right levels and colors. Other clips in the video (in the random sections) also look like they are from cameras of bad quality – sad since the rest of the images are crisp and clear.

To sum it all up the video has a great quality of skating – especially in the profiles – although the random sections get a little boring. What I really missed in this DVD was that the Hype theme would have been a part of the movie, and not just a nice cover for the DVD case. I guess the idea for the Hype title was that you watch one section at a time to get hyped before you go out and skate – but this just didn't work.

The bonus material includes two extra random sections and Matt Mickey's earlier video: Proximity. A definate plus for the video.

This video belongs in your collection – no doubt. So go buy it now. You can get it from Intuition Skateshop.

Check out reviews of the DVD on this page: toxboe.net/Product/show/523

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