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Step into Liquid

Step into Liquid

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Director: Dana Brown

Cast: Jim Knost, Alex Knost, Dan Malloy


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Dana Brown, son of filmmaker Bruce Brown, follows in his father's footsteps with this visually stunning film about surfing, which hangs ten in its beefed-up DVD release. Step Into Liquid has been transferred to disc in leterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been


Dana Brown, son of filmmaker Bruce Brown, follows in his father's footsteps with this visually stunning film about surfing, which hangs ten in its beefed-up DVD release. Step Into Liquid has been transferred to disc in leterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in two formats: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. The narration is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Brown, a selection of deleted and alternate scenes, interviews with the filmmakers and featured surfers, chapters on surfing etiquette and surfing terminology, additional musical sequences cut to surf footage, the film's original trailer, and more.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Writer-director Dana Brown -- whose dad, Bruce, helmed the classic surfing flick Endless Summer -- follows in his father's footsteps and takes a 21st-century look at the sport, employing up-to-date cinematographic technology to bring the audience right into those monster waves. The film stars dedicated surfers Ken "Skindog" Collins, Laird Hamilton, Rochelle Ballard, and Gerry Lopez as they test the waters around the globe. Where Bruce Brown cast his beach bums as nomads, wandering in search of the perfect wave and sharing smiles with like-minded dudes, junior is eager to capture the sport as a broader phenomenon, showing women, kids, and men caught in curls everywhere from shores of Ireland to the beaches of Vietnam. In one sequence, he latches onto a group of top female surfers and takes to Tahiti's famous Teahupo'o Beach. He also follows three Irish brothers as they not only introduce some local kids to surfing but also invite Protestant boys and girls to join Catholic kids for the lessons. As can be expected, the surfing footage is heart-pounding stuff; you'll be amazed just how close Brown will bring you to the action. Slow-motion camera work elongates some of the most spectacular rides, and you'll feel every wipeout as though it had happened to you. Well, almost. Don’t be surprised to find yourself reaching for a towel when this movie is over, and that's a powerful tribute not only to the effectiveness of the director's staging but also to the passion he brings to documenting this exhilarating sport.
All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Step Into Liquid is an unrelentingly positive and upbeat film that offers more boosterism and hagiography (and occasional good-natured teasing) than insight into the lives of surfers. While it does show that many surfers don't conform to the stoned slacker stereotype, it doesn't really explore what makes them tick beyond stating the obvious platitudes. Also, the attempts to depict surfing as a positive social force may seem a bit much to some viewers, particularly the sequence in which the Molloy Brothers bring together Protestant and Catholic children in Ireland by teaching them surfing. But the main reason to watch this type of film is to watch surfing, and Step Into Liquid does deliver in this regard by showing different styles and locations, including the obvious, the exotic, and the somewhat unexpected (e.g., riding waves created by supertankers in the Gulf of Mexico). The highlight of the film is the footage from the Cortes Bank, located 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, where a small group of surfers ventured to ride waves that reached over sixty feet high. After seeing these images and hearing the enthusiastic descriptions by the surfers of this experience, it's not hard to understand why someone would be fascinated by surfing.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1:; 16:9 widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio ; Dana Brown DVD intro and audio commentary; Extensive deleted scenes, outtakes, and behind the scenes ; "Let's Go Surfing" surf lessons with Wingnut and Maureen ; "Making of a Surfboard," with Robert and Sam August ; Red-carpet highlights from Fuel; Surfline features: "The Bill of Rights and Lefts...the Final Word on Surfing Etiquette," surfing glossary A to Z; "Capturing the Wave" featurette; Multiple interviews; Music montages; English and Spanish subtitles; Much more!; ; Disc 2:; Step Into Liquid high-definition - Complete movie presented in Microsoft Windows Media High Definition Video; Robert August surfboard outfitter: Interactive feature allows you to customize a surfboard that is just right for you!; Surfline feature: Surf cams ; Stunning 3-D fly-through satellite imagery tour of surf locations featured in the film provided by Keyhole.com; Kelly Slater's pro surfer video game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Knost Participant
Alex Knost Participant
Dan Malloy Participant
Chris Malloy Participant
Keith Malloy Participant
Laird Hamilton Participant
Rob Machado Participant
Kelly Slater Participant
Dale Webster Participant
Rochelle Ballard Participant
Layne Beachley Participant
Keala Kennelly Participant
Shawn "Barney" Barron Participant
Jesse Brad Billauer Participant
Taj Burrow Participant
Ken Collins Participant
Darrick Doerner Participant
Brad Gerlach Participant
Dave Kalama Participant
Peter Mel Participant
Mike Parsons Participant
Mike Waltze Participant

Technical Credits
Dana Brown Director,Editor,Screenwriter
George Acogny Musical Direction/Supervision
J.P. Beeghly Cinematographer,Producer
Joe Fischer Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Scott Waugh Associate Producer,Co-producer
Ray Willenberg Executive Producer
C. Rich Wilson Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. About a Life/Main Title [3:13]
2. That First Wave [:50]
3. Little Fearless Ones [1:19]
4. The Tow-In [5:14]
5. Like All Kinds of Music [2:00]
6. Freshwater Fetch [3:06]
7. In the Pipeline [2:50]
8. Your Inner Beach Bum [4:41]
9. Catch an Irish Wave [4:57]
10. United Under the Sun [2:44]
11. Real Surfers Never Quit [4:22]
12. Surf Like a Girl [1:57]
13. Serious Fun, No Matter What [4:32]
14. From Kelly to Taj [5:19]
15. One of the Girls [5:25]
16. Paradise and a Supertanker [2:51]
17. Those Crazy Mavericks [3:45]
18. Foil Board in the Wind [3:39]
19. Vietnam's Sandy Surf [5:15]
20. Instant Brothers on Rapa Nui [5:12]
21. Top of the Sea Mountain [8:38]
22. Forever Bitchin'/Credits [5:55]


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Step into Liquid 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having surfed (almost to the exclusion of studying at the Univ of Hawaii) during my college years, I enjoyed 'Step Into the Liquid' immensely for returning the viewer to what surfing is all about: the commune of sport, fun, and nature. Too often today, surfing is devolving into a commercial venture, a sport that is highlighted only by cameras focusing on the professional aspects (pro surf meets, etc) of the sport. It is much bigger and more important than that. Surfing is a sport that exists for the enjoyment of riding the waves, the friendships made, and the memories cherished...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is really great, and very well done! I've been surfing for a few years, and I am certainly no expert, but this movie made me want to grab my board and hit the waves every minute of every day!! The best part about this movie is that it doesn't fall into the steriotypical surfing movie category, it's all about pros and ordinary people alike, and the fact that anyone and everyone can surf. Just like no two waves are ever the same, this movie sheds light on the fact that no two surfers are the same either: surfing is something as individual and personal as a person's mind. I highly reccommend this movie to beginners and veterans alike!!!
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