Manifesto

Discussion in 'Observed Trials Discussion' started by OTAdmin, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. OTAdmin

    OTAdmin Got more product than Ron Popeil Staff Member

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    Well, the video came in yesterday but I was out of town attending my Grandma's funeral. I really wanted to get this review out as early as possible, but I suppose one day late couldn't really be helped.

    This video was insane, I've now watched it 5 times while writing the review and html. I'm sure everyone's opinions will become more available in the next week or so as the DVDs start rolling in, but in my opinion, it is the best trials video to date. Let me know what you think of my review, and if there is anything you wish me to expand on.

    Review: http://www.observedtrials.net/index.php?page=27

    As far as I know, the only place you can currently pick it up is at The Trialsin Shop (Canada)

    PLEASE, let me know what you thought of the video.

    Bill
     
  2. oicdn

    oicdn Look at my member...

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    Where is the trailer of it that's like a minute long? I know it's SOMEWHERE.....
     

  3. Ken

    Ken New Member

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    You should be able to get it from Tim, or Kevin anyday now...Making it a little easier for all you US riders.

    Watch the deleted scenes, they're a blast...

    Ken
    The Trialsin' Shop
     
  4. OTAdmin

    OTAdmin Got more product than Ron Popeil Staff Member

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    Thanks for letting us know Ken.

    oicdn, it's in the video's section at Leech's site: http://ryanleech.com/videos/

    Click manifesto teaser #5, it's 40 seconds long.

    The teaser I'm waiting to hear from him about is all of them combined, in divx, wmv, or mov (you pick your poison). We've been e-mailing about the vid for a couple months, usually it takes a day or two to hear back though, so just give it a bit of time.

    Bill
     
  5. BiKe4EvEr9489

    BiKe4EvEr9489 New Member

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    review sounds pretty damn sweet. watching the previews gives me the impression that this is going to majorly affect trials for the better? can't wait to get my copy
     
  6. BBZ2

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    Ohh my god.

    I just finished watching Ryan's new vid at Theo's and all I have to say is the film is revolutionary. Ryan has developed a style that is purely amazing, it makes you re-evaluate what you want to do on your bike. No correction hops, crazy blind 180's and Huge rear gap to 90 moves make me believe Leech is definantly one of my favorite trials riders of all time. Leech has developed and has now lost his choppy style because he is manifesto.
    Furthermore, this film definantly makes me want to drop a low rise stem and all other Vanschoooooven modifications and put a suspension back on my bike. Amazing and inspiring video!
     
  7. Hardline

    Hardline New Member

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    Dang! All this hype and my computor is saying that it can not play because it is missing the compressor.
     
  8. Elan

    Elan steve french

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    me cany wait..yuuummmy
     
  9. Pancho

    Pancho New Member

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    Kevin is going to be a distributer? this is worth a trip to denver i'm thinking....
     
  10. Tanner

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    Kevin at webcyclery
     
  11. Elan

    Elan steve french

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    hey, matt, i just saw that video tonight at some fucking bum's house. pretty sweet stuff.
     
  12. WhiteRavenKS

    WhiteRavenKS Well-Known Member

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    awesom video- the bonus stuff of his video portfolio alone was would be worth the purchase. his old sloppy ways have eveolved into an amazingly fresh way to ride trials. any trials rider who doesnt want this video is either a fool or named andrew. ryan did an amazing job riding and working on this movie and is a must for any trials rider's collection.
     
  13. OTAdmin

    OTAdmin Got more product than Ron Popeil Staff Member

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    or both :p

    Ryan told me I could post the trailers, so they're now available for download. DivX, quicktime, and wmv. They're linked at the top of the review.

    Bill
     
  14. sphinx

    sphinx New Member

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    Alright. I know you've seen tons of reviews, but I havent really seen any covering areas from a view I prefer so I'm just going to write one myself anyway incase there are any likewise minded riders out there.

    Here's the history of trials, Hans Rey fathered it, the Europeans got godly at it, Ryan's just destroyed everything we knew as the norm. "Revolutionised", however bastardised and cliched the term may be now, is what Ryan's done to trialsin, unthinkably removing correction hops altogether.

    Riding - And you thought the coustellier brothers were smooth. Even the hardest and most intricate natural sections are attacked with unparalleled fluidity. Every_single_trick is linked, every move is millimetre perfect, it's as if Ryan would be more comfortable on a bike than on his feet. Absolutely stunning.

    Music - Finally something fresh and unique. The music links well with the riding and style, covering many different genres and with differnt rythms and speeds. I'm pretty fussy with music and if you dont notice it, then it's doing it's job right. I was pleasantly surprised to find classical music in it too (albeit with a twist.) Often at times the music gave a fantastic effect of making a section feel epic and majestic, particularly in chapter 4.

    Editing - It's a welcome change to have the rider featured in a video edit it himself. It allows the video to be viewed from the perspective of the rider and how the lines worked out, instead of having the editing just make the video look "cool" and flashy (x-games). Having the double-takes shown on some tricks only proves this even more. What some feel would be the most amazing section in the video, the traintracks, was nicely done. However, I feel that the PIP (Picture In Picture) effect was distracting and took you away from the riding whilst trying to focus on 2 shots at a time (esp when shown at different speeds). Chapter 5 had a very nice sureal feel to it, partly to play with the great music choice and also shooting locations. Demo sections are usually incredibly difficult to make entertaining and fortunately ryan saw fit to get rid of repition (my greatest pet peeve) and vary locations with the timeless ff windy roads effect. The rock section, Chapter 7, probably has the most fitting song choice in the entire video. You've gotta see it for yourself =] . Chapter 8 flowed very nicely with the music - as ryan said - abundant drawn out smooth moves and a huge array of shooting locations (damn is that castle (quebec?) sequence nice) complimenting Ryan's manifesto. Overall, the editing in the video may not be perfect and possibly a very slight tad overdone in some places, but it was an extremely fine effort from a non-dedicated videographer. Definately one of the best Mtn. Biking media has seen, Ryan could easily make a living out of being just an editor.

    Locations - As covered above, the video was shot all over the place. From castles with beautiful back drops to a typical vancouver-rainy day. Fresh, eh

    Extras - Wow :shock: . The money's worth the history section alone, check Ryan progressing in style from 1997 to present. Tons and tons of footage from different places shot in different styles and edited by different professionals. Informative commentry was elegantly done. Excellent.

    Replayability - Well, this video isnt the best if you'd like to watch it multiple times in one day (or hour or insert-timelength-here). Mostly because there's only one discipline of riding and only one rider. Does this make anything worst? No. It's just the purpose and way the video's done (who can ride like ryan anyway?!). A year on in life, I'm sure those of us who might still be riding trials would've watched this in numbers well into the 100s. I know I will.

    Final - Throwing 30 Cdn on anything else other than this video (yes, food's included) is to sin. Awe is to be found in it, coupled with an unthinkable manifesto, you'll never swear so much at a screen in your life. Just wait for the riders who start adopting his style. Cant wait till the europeans get hold of this
     
  15. AndyT

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    Not a fool. Movie was a little better than Gigli I think though :dunno:



    Maybe not.
     
  16. Patrick

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    I got my copy yesterday and I am still stunned. He's unbelievably creative, stylish, accurate, etc.. He also has the ability to go really big. There is a huge sidehop he does up a rock and some sort of massive bunnyhop tap to rear that looks to be about 8 feet high. I've watched the video twice, but I will watch it many more times this week:) Usually with trials videos you can pick apart someones lines and for the most part you are very familiar with the moves people are pulling. You don't even want to look at it twice (unless it's really big) because you've seen all these moves done thousands of times. With Ryan, it seems that everything is new and has some twist thrown in to make you want to throw it on slow mo over and over. Does he have a "bad" side? No. He can sidehop with ease to both sides, spins to both sides, etc... This is my favorite video to date.. If there is a 'next' level to trials, Ryan just showed it to us.

    What move/sequence was most impressive to you guys?
     
  17. Patrick

    Patrick New Member

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    hmmmm..... I wonder if this will inspire Theo to get a trials frame with front shock?:)
     
  18. AndyT

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    The one where robin coope started to talk, and I walked out on it.
     
  19. cck

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    so i hear the manifesto is no hopping, but did anyone catch any hops during the movie?
     
  20. WhiteRavenKS

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    he doesnt do correction hops, just correction spins... when he starts to lose it or something he throws out a few 180's or 270's... its crazy.