Lords of Dogtown

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Contains the documentaries LORDS OF DOGTOWN and DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS

LORDS OF DOGTOWN: Lords of Dogtown tells the radical true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson, Elephant), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk, Raising Victor Vargas) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch, The Girl Next Door) are the Z-Boys, a bunch of nobodies until they create a new style of skateboarding that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. But when their hobby becomes a business, the success shreds their friendship. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (thirteen) and written by Stacy Peralta, Lords of Dogtown is "...a dazzling daredevil ride." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS: This award-winning, thrilling story is about a group of discarded kids who revolutionized skateboarding and shaped the attitude and culture of modern day extreme sports. Featuring old skool skating footage, exclusive interviews and a blistering rock soundtrack, Dogtown & Z-Boys captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing.


Studio Sony
SKU 40721827
UPC 043396125148
UPC 14 00043396125148
Format DVD
Release Date 2/20/2007
Rating Rating
Rags To Riches
Rock And Roll
Teenage Heroes
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note LORDS OF DOGTOWN: Anyone who grew up in Southern California will talk with both nostalgia and frustration about the periodic summers of drought in which the oppressive heat is exacerbated by a shortage of its antidote--fresh water. In 1975, a clan of scruffy, rebellious teens found a way to turn this dearth to their advantage, using the sloping bowl of empty suburban swimming pools to create a new underground sport--skateboarding. The development, explosion, and corporate co-opting of this now ubiquitous sport was the subject of Stacy Peralta's acclaimed 2002 documentary, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS. Peralta, one of the original skaters who came to be known as the "Z-Boys," has penned this dramatized account of his own story, a kinetic and gripping tale with dramatic turns reflective of the extreme crests and falls of those concrete waves.^When a shipment of polyurethane wheels arrives at Venice Beach's Zephyr surf shop, the proprietor, Skip (Heath Ledger), puts together a team of roughly a dozen local layabouts to try his new idea. At lightning speed, the three most talented become international stars, infusing sexuality, danger, and punk rock into a sport formerly associated with kneesocks and lite pop. LORDS OF DOGTOWN principally follows these three as they deal with sudden fame and fortune. Stacy (John Robinson) is the elegant, responsible beauty. Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) is a frizzy-haired heartthrob with an overblown ego and penchant for pugilism. And Jay (Emile Hirsch), arguably the most compelling of the leads, supports his drug-addicted mother and is too cynical to be lured by the temptations of corporate vultures. Director Catherine Hardwicke, who fused gritty documentary techniques and high teen drama to great acclaim in her first feature, THIRTEEN, perfects that style here. The combination of a pulsating punk rock soundtrack, dynamic skateboarding sequences, and a gripping narrative combine in a forceful sweep that keeps viewers glued to the screen.^DOGTOWN & Z-BOYS: In the late 1960s, a group of burnt out teenagers from broken homes ambled together and began to surf along Venice, California's Pacific Ocean Park pier, a ghostly shell of a former amusement park nicknamed "Dogtown." United by their attention to style and willingness to take risks, this group of unruly boys were handpicked and nurtured by maverick surfboard designer Jeff Ho, who christened them the Zephyr surf team (or Z-boys). Originally taking up skateboarding as a distraction for the non-surfing hours, the team ended up revolutionizing what was to become an internationally popular sport, using emptied out pools to create a surf-inspired style that was fluid and vertical and ultimately made them legends.^In this fine, frenetic documentary, director Stacy Peralta (one of the most famous Z-boys) tells the inspiring story of himself and his team. Through interviews, archival film footage, and stunningly beautiful still photographs taken by the Z-boys photographers Craig Stecyk and Glen E. Friedman, Peralta delves into both the large and small of the story--from the personal details of skaters' lives to their lasting impact upon a sport that became a culture. The soundtrack--an expertly chosen mix of classic punk rock and heavy metal including The Stooges, Black Sabbath, and Alice Cooper--is the perfect aural complement to this story, reflecting the rebellious attitude that fueled the boys.
Catherine Hardwicke
Stacy Peralta
John Robinson
Emile Hirsch
Victor Rasuk
Cast & Crew
Catherine Hardwicke - [Lords] Director
Emile Hirsch - [Lords] Actor
Jay Adams - [Z-Boys] Featuring
John Robinson - [Lords] Actor
Rebecca De Mornay - [Lords] Actor
Sean Penn - [Z-Boys] Narrated By
Stacy Peralta - [Z-Boys] Director
Stacy Peralta - [Z-Boys] Featuring
Tony Alva - [Z-Boys] Featuring
Tony Hawk - [Z-Boys] Featuring
William Mapother - [Lords] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 12514
UPC 00043396125148
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Independent Spirit (2002) Stacy Peralta, Winner, [Z-Boys] Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival (2001) Stacy Peralta, Winner, [Z-Boys] Audience Award: Documentary,Stacy Peralta, Winner, [Z-Boys] Director's Award: Documentary,Stacy Peralta, Nominee, [Z-Boys] Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review [Lords] Watching Lords of Dogtown, I momentarily became nostalgic for the summer of 1977, when I would ride my skateboard down my inclined driveway, then see if I could make the sharp turn onto the sidewalk without wiping out. But nostalgia is hardly a reason to recommend a movie. A narrative re-telling of events previously chronicled in the documentary Dogtown and the Z-Boys (which was directed by the writer of this film, original Z-boy Stacy Peralta), Lords of Dogtown will have limited interest for those who exist outside of the skateboarding community.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Z-Boys] ...the film has an infectious enthusiasm and we're touched by the film's conviction that all life centered on that place, that time and that sport.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review [Z-Boys] ...as this taut, viscerally propulsive insider's history of the sport in its early years skids and leaps forward with a jaunty visual panache, it is impossible not to be seduced by its hard-edged vision of an endless teenage summer.
Reviewer Stephen Holden
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Rated PG13, 2 Pack
Product Attributes
Actor Robinson,John Ix
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News [Lords] [Hardwicke] brings a social realism to Dogtown and a fondness for the sport...
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times [Z-Boys] ...a detailed and fascinating picture of the Z-Boys phenomenon.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times [Lords] Lords of Dogtown is as beautifully structured as one of the Z-Boys' graceful and intricate maneuvers.
Mike Antonucci, San Jose Mercury News [Z-Boys] ...a wild ride...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly [Z-Boys] A dazzlingly crafted documentary.
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