Journey through the Decades

Journey through the Decades

Director: Max Bervy, Christopher Patterson

Cast: Max Bervy, Warren Miller, Warren Miller, Christopher Patterson


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The septuagenarian swami of ski slope cinema, Warren Miller has been turning out a feature-length film nearly every year since 1949, and he now counts more than 40 productions on his peerless resume. The Miller style involves a combination of breathtaking footage, contemporary music, folksy ski bum humor, and loosey-goosey story lines that are really more about the skiing than anything else, all narrated by the filmmaker. The Journey Through the Decades box set picks up its title from the most recent production, Journey (2003), a film shot on exotic slopes in Chile, Canada, France, and the USA that does nothing to diminish Miller's status as the skier with the best job in the world. With its prominent snowboarding sequences, Journey contrasts starkly with this set's oldest film, Ski à la Carte from 1978. This visit to the dawn of freestyle skiing combines with fashions of the day and some kaleidoscopic visual effects to provide a '70s flashback that's both awe-inspiring and cringe-inducing. Fashions are only marginally muted by the time we get to Steep & Deep, an '86 travelogue concentrating on high-country slopes. As skiers helicopter in to challenge mountain peaks or shoot off cliffs just above cinematographer Don Brolin's perfectly placed camera -- only to touch down gracefully in knee-high powder -- one can't help but marvel at these extreme-sports pioneers. By the time of 1995's Endless Winter, Miller had passed the producing and directing responsibilities on to his son, Kurt Miler, and Peter Speek, although he has continued to write and deliver the narration. One can second-guess Miller's decision to draw titular comparisons to Bruce Brown's surf classic Endless Summer, but one can't argue that the footage is any less spectacular. With wild downhill runs from Austria, Argentina, Bolivia, Japan, Alaska, and various U.S. mountain locales, Endless Winter is an epic snow-fest sure to whet any fan's appetite for an assault on the slopes.

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Each film features on-screen links (just press enter) to bonus footage from 50 years of Warren Miller ski films, including featurettes on the Birth of Extreme, Big Wrecks, Jimmy Huega, Alternative Sports, The Godfather of Snowboarding and Challenged Athletes

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