GFF video/DVD review
Nervous Water DVDA fly fishing DVD four years in the making
Instructor, narrator, producer etc.: RA Beattie
Reviewed by Martin Joergensen I stumbled over this DVD while traveling in Canada, and fell for it's value for money. You get more than three hours of high class fishing video for a price of 25 US dollars.
It's eh... technical
The cover said four feature films, six short films, four even shorter films and additional fish porn - the producer's term, not mine - although I agree.
The producer is RA Beattie, a name you often will bump into in the online fly fishing video community. He has had videos in The Drake Magazine competitions and has many video clips on YouTube, Vimeo and now on the Global FlyFisher video channel too. Some of you will recognize titles such as "Stream of Consciousness" and "Green Screen". Beattie's back catalog is large.
This DVD offers an overwhelming amount of video minutes. The four features are the main course. The first one is on on trout fishing as well as saltwater fishing, featuring US locations and more exotic places, New Guinea taking the prize as most exotic. The second one is an adventurous trip to Alaska with a bunch of anglers - amongst them father and daughter fishing guides. Then follows some very challenging fishing in Slovenia and finally we see anglers chasing false albacore (small tunas) from boat.
The shorts are plenty and vary from the thoughtful, almost philosophical, to the entertaining and even funny. Finally fish porn... casts, takes and fights on end.
The videos are extremely well shot and produced, and Beattie is indeed one of the best fly fishing video photographers out there, producing nicely varied scenes, which are beautifully built up giving the audience a perfect view of a scene.
He varies his angle, point of view, focus and focal length in a way that makes some wonderful sequences. Beattie uses slow motion and time lapsed or sped up bits like 80% of the rest of the fly fishing video industry, but manages to get away with it without tiring the viewer.
This DVD is essentially an almost never ending fishing journey. 3½ hours in numerous bits makes you feel like you never run out of material. You keep on returning to the DVD menu and find that there's more to be had. Of course some subjects are covered more than once, but the variation between people talking, scenic views, casting and fighting action will not bore you.
This earns a Global Class score for the amount of material alone, but add to that the quality and Nervous Water a easily deserves maximum score of 6 on our scale.
For 25 dollars this is a no brainer: Just get it!
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