Billabong Odyssey "No special effects...what you are about to see is real!"
BILLABONG ODYSSEY UK SMASH HIT COMES TO DVD on January 31st 2005
Double Disc Collectors' Edition 50p from every DVD sold being donated to UNICEF
"Awesome!" Richard & Judy "An awe-inspiring film" FHM "A mesmerising, fearsome and exhilarating journey *****" Total Film "Jaw dropping" The Guardian "Astonishing" Empire
Opening in October, Billabong Odyssey took the UK by storm, becoming one of the most talked about independent films of the year. Unusually for an independent, little-known surfing movie - it captured the media's imagination, with everyone from Jonathan Ross to Richard & Judy raving about it.
Huge media support and word of mouth mean millions of people have heard of it and have been downloading the pioneering surfing images from the net. Its success on screen means Billabong Odyssey is now enjoying an extended national tour - but for many the release of the DVD is the first time they'll have access to some of the most breathtaking footage in cinema history.
So why did Billabong Odyssey become a UK smash hit? With a screen average of £2,000 in its first weekend - Billabong Odyssey performed better than many blockbusters in the UK box office top 10. Why? Because it's simply breathtaking, boasting the most astonishing opening sequences in the history of filmmaking which you'll want to play again and again. And with the release of the DVD - you'll be able to.
Watch it and understand why widescreens were invented. This three-year, globetrotting quest for the world's biggest ride is nothing less than spectacular.
Revolver Entertainment will be donating 50p from every copy of Billabong Odyssey sold to UNICEF and the South East Asia Disaster Relief Fund.
SYNOPSIS: A surfer is towed by jetski on to the tip of a rising wave, the camera pulls back and the wave begins to swell. As your eyes re-adjust to the change in scale the camera pulls back further. Within seconds the wave has risen to a monstrous 70ft - one thousand tons of moving liquid arching over the surfer's head. Accelerating up to 55mph, he flies through the arc of rushing water in a race to pull clear before it collapses upon him. This is the beginning of Billabong Odyssey, an epic journey that brought together the greatest surfers in the world with just one goal. to surf the biggest wave in history.
Billabong Odyssey offers a breathtaking journey into the world of big-wave surfing. Forget everything you think you know about surf movies, this is a film that shatters pre-conceptions. Unrivalled in its abundance of jaw-dropping footage, the film is also a moving journey into the lives and psyches of the few surfers equipped to ride giant waves. A human tale of triumph and disaster, it has received accolades from critics and audiences alike. Billabong Odyssey culminates in the world tow-in championships at legendary break JAWS, off the coast of Hawaii. A final sequence that almost claims the life of one of the expedition's top surfers, it provides a nail-biting climax to an utterly remarkable and completely unforgettable piece of filmmaking. As you watch the spectacular footage unfold, don't forget to keep reminding yourself, there are no special effects. what you are about to see is real.
DISC ONE - BILLABONG ODYSSEY - THE FEATURE
DVD EXTRAS: · 35 minute interview with Billabong star, Mike Parsons on being petrified, on the dangers of big wave surfing and the loss of his best friend, Mark Foo
· 30 minute interview with director, Philip Boston - on the mentality and danger of directing 1000 tonnes of water!
· UK theatrical trailer
DISC TWO - CUSTOMS In this bonus 60min documentary, take a mesmerising journey through the spectacular breaks of Europe with the top surfers in the world in this unforgettable piece of film-making. Starring Kelly Slater, Taj Burrows and Andy Irons. With music by Coldplay, Incubus, The Cranberries, Soul II Soul and Goldie.