WHAT IS IT? This is a two-disc DVD reviewing the 2010 AMA 450 Supercross Series, including highlights of 250 class racing and top rider profiles.
WHAT’S IT COST? $29.95.
CONTACT? www.videoxsports.com or (800) 697-9914.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the “Bar to Bar 2010” DVD.
(1) Length. There are two DVDs in “Bar to Bar 2010.” The feature presentation is 45 minutes, while the supplemental special features section is 70 minutes. Realistically, “Bar to Bar 2010” could have been significantly longer if they showcased every single race in the 17-round Supercross series. Instead, they focused on a handful of pivotal races (Anaheim 1, Phoenix, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle and a few others).
(2) Coverage. “Bar to Bar 2010” had all of the building blocks necessary to create an exciting race-packed motocross DVD. Think about it! They had unrestricted access behind the scenes at the races, total access to all the television racing footage from Speed and CBS, and a trapped cast of professional riders. Unfortunately, the behind-the-scenes coverage came off as an infomercial; the racing footage was lacking, and the rider interviews were boring. What footage they did have centered around crashes (there were quite a few of them). The best parts were the Ryan Villopoto/Ryan Dungey battle and Kevin Windham’s candid answers to otherwise boring interview questions. Ryan Dungey receives most of the face time, and justly so. Dungey’s friends, family and fans should buy this DVD for posterity.
(3) Features. The special features portion contained profiles on James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, and Ryan Villopoto. There were also highlights of the East and West 250 series, Las Vegas shootout and post-series awards ceremony. The profile pieces were rather dull, but the 250 racing highlights were exciting. This was our favorite part of “Bar to Bar 2010.”
(4) Commentary. We would like to say that the commentary was scintillating. It wasn’t. The announcers were informative, but at times it sounded like an infomercial (particularly when talking about the spectacle of Monster Energy Supercross).
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have a few complaints: (1) “Bar to Bar 2010” should have replaced the behind-the-scenes footage with racing footage. (2) At times “Bar to Bar” seemed like an infomercial that Feld Entertainment will use to show to prospective advertisers who don’t know what Supercross is. (3) The rider interviews were lame.
This is a four-star DVD for Ryan Dungey and his family, a three-star product for people who didn’t watch a single Supercross race this season, and a two-star product for anyone else.