Tony Hawk's Trick Tips (Vol. 2) Review

Tony Hawk has already been the subject of four rather good skateboarding games which made pulling such stunts as a varial or a 720 relatively easy. However, when it came to real life, wiggling your fingers rapidly didn't really cut it so Tony set out to make two volumes of lessons that should help the non-skaters of the world manage to flaunt it like pros. Well that was the idea at least...



What we have here is the second volume of these lessons - from the outset he assumes that we've already gone through the first volume (I hadn't) and that we have mastered most of it. In the first part Tony brings in Eric Kosten, the best street skater about to help him out with the lessons (Tony's forte is the ramps). The tricks taught are as follows: Backside feeble grind - Frontside smith grind - Frontside boardslide - Backside lipslide - Frontside noseslide - Backside 180 kickflip - Frontside 180 kickflip - Varial kickflip - 360 flip - Backside 180 heelflip - Frontside 180 heelflip - Frontside varial heelflip - Hardflip. They take a sufficient amount of time on each trick and provide enough in wat of screen markers and slow-motions to help you master it. After 40 minutes of this Tony moves on to ramps where he meets up with Colin McKay: together they go through Knee slides - Axle stall - 50-50 grind - Pivots - 5-0 grind - Frontside ollie - Fakie disaster - Backside disaster - and some "Stylin' with Colin McKay" spots which basically shows you how to become a poseur supremo on the ramps...

This DVD will only appeal to skaters wishing to enhance their skills and it's a pretty good place to start... It's not in the least bit entertaining to watch casually. The level is quite high and I'd recommend it for people who've been skating for a fair while and who've mastered most of the tricks. If you can't ollie without coming a cropper this DVD, you'd be better buying the first volume...

The DVD:

The image:The image transfer is not the best - the colours are very vibrant and saturated but there's a general lack of definition more akin to video than DVD. The image should have been much sharper but given the nature of the DVD, image is not everything... It is watchable but not really benchmark material...



The sound

:We get a plain stereo mix which comes into it's own over the music tracks. The voices are clear enough and there's nothing to really complain about there...

The menus:These are particularly well thought out as you can access any single trick and play it... They've gone with the option of giving each trick a separate episode which is very helpful when you want to return to the start of a lesson or skip one...



The extras

:Well if you count product placement as extras the DVD is replete with them from the Tony Hawks radio controlled skater to an as for Skateboard magazine. At least you can skip most of them but you're left wondering how did the epitome of cool ever become just another marketing operation.

Conclusions:This is pretty much a niche product that will only appeal to average to very good skaters - it certainly was a little too advanced for my skateboarding ability but it should be a valuable tool in getting nailing those difficult tricks...

Film
7 out of 10
Video
5 out of 10
Audio
6 out of 10
Extras
0 out of 10
Overall

5

out of 10

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