Straight from BMC Productions is Pinned, a relatively new DVD covering loads of North American action (along with a few foreigners thrown in for good measure). Shredders include Steve Wentz - Ian Odom - David K - and Chris Kovarik, among lots of others. Pinned has been in and out of my DVD player too many times to count throughout our terrible winter/spring so I'll let you know what I thought!
Does the world need another MTB DVD, and if so should Pinned be on your to-get list?
Read On And Watch The Trailer Inside...Pinned is really a no apologies full on race video. With some of North America's best riders and filmed at races across the country, Pinned looks quite promising. The 'ol travel budget must of got a good bump as BMC Productions managed to get to Angle Fire, Aspen Nationals, the Southridge Winter Series, Fontana, Sea Otter, and the 'Vegas 4x. Not to mention many of the riders home trails and mountains.
The description on the case sums it best:
Pinned Follows The Riders On And Off The Racecourses
Tear Up Their Favorite Trails.
Special Highlights Include Chris Kovarik At Lake Elsinore
And Steve Peat, Greg Minaar Going
Head To Head In The Final Run Of The Dual Slalom At Sea Otter.
With Multiple HD Cameras Covering The Races And The Trails.
You Won't Miss A Moment Of The Action
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After a bit of a marathon intro, Pinned leads into some action from the Chili Challenge at Angel Fire. Watching the bikes get worked over on the Angel Fire track at race speed is impressive, not only do you get to see the rippers but also some punters that remind me how I'd look while trying to put down a good time. For those of you that hit up some of the series in Pinned you'll love being able to see where you've been and how its done. None of the footage seems to get that clear or crisp, but it pretty easy to get the sense that those guys are moving.
TJ Sharp at Angel Fire
Some of the riders get a chance to speak for a bit longer than in other flicks, which is pretty neat-o. Without ever having met David K. I get the sense he is a bit of a funny man after listening to him talk about his reasons for racing bicycles down hills, it adds a bit of personality to the usual mix of pro's riding bikes. It's really only for the money and women, right?
See David Talk and then see David shred!
Steve Wentz getting loose in the dust
Although not really that exciting to watch on film, it was still cool to see the 'Vegas 4x/Mountain Cross/Double Dual get some coverage. The event didn't get a lot of coverage over the Interbike week and I don't think a lot of people even knew it went down. Oh well, make up for it now!
There's a lot packed in there!
Check out the trailer for Pinned!
Ian Odom gets good and loose on his big Brodie
Without exaggerating I can tell you I have pretty much every mountain bike movie that has ever been released on DVD... as well as VHS. I'm not too sure if that is a good thing or not, although I am sure that the girlfriends I've had over the years would say that it isn't. Regardless, nothing beats popping in a good vid to get the fires stoked before a ride, or a proper beer and bike movie night with your crew. There is just something that is right about watching the best absolutely tear the mountain a new a*shole. As it turns out though, most of Pinned doesn't really manage to get my fires as stoked as other videos. The riders are hauling ass, the filming is decent, even the soundtrack is o.k. (which is rare for a MTB movie), but almost nothing in the film makes me jump up and holler. Maybe we're getting a bit jaded by some of these cable-cam'ed and heli-filmed super videos. Maybe not. BNC advertises Pinned as filmed in HD, but to be honest it is one of the lower quality video's I've seen in quite awhile. If you follow any one of the series featured in Pinned you'll get a kick out of seeing it on your T.V., maybe you're even in it, other than that I have a hard time recommending Pinned to any poor mountain biker, there are better films to spend your money on, sorry.
Pretty self explanatory...
Yup, there is a pretty big crash section in Pinned. Yup, it's right in the middle of the video. I've never been a big fan of watching riders go down hard as it seems to take the wind out of my sails a bit (not to mention theirs). Put it in the bonus section, put it at the end at least, not right in the middle of all the action. I guess that's what the 'skip' button is for on the remote.
There are some heavy hits in the "Carnage" section
Kovarik shortly before the shit hits the fan
While most of Pinned is not slow-motion worthy, Chris Kovarik closes down the video with an earth shaking display of riding in California. Dressed in black and on his big Intense, he gives a show on how to ride a big bike with flat pedals: foot out and fast as all F#&*. How else would he have it?! The bike is constantly over at an impossible angle and the corner looks like a land mine went off in his wake. Aggression at it's best, I am now a bit closer to understanding that 14 second beat down everyone received at Fort Bill in '02.
Am I simply a hater? I'd like to think not, Pinned just isn't in the same category as most of the other recent releases. Obviously BNC Productions doesn't have the same budget as some of the big players out there, but there are more and more little guys putting out videos that do nothing but impress, Pinned just isn't one of them. Of course I'd much rather sit back and watch Pinned than, say, Titanic or and episode of The Hills, it is still a MTB movie after all! If you are a simply a MTB movie fan and already have everything else, then by all means I'd say pick up a copy of Pinned and you can get the video for only $12.95 on BNC Productions site. If that isn't the case I would counsel you to give it a pass.