Video review – Earthed 3: Europa

I saw this one a few weeks ago. It was fun, but now it’s a bit fuzzy. I guess that says something.

Saw it at: Grenade Bar in Denver. Thanks to Matt Thompson of Big Crank Racingfor organizing the show.

What: Race and play footage of European riders in Europe.

Good: The burliest tracks and the best riders in the world, just pinning it. The way this film is shot, the guys look like super heros. The World Cup downhills are amazing, as are the 4Xes. The Alpe d’Huez Megavalanche blew my mind — a few hundred riders charging down a mountain, shot from a helicopter. Mmm, helicopters.

Could be better: It’s a bike video. As such, Earthed 3 does a fine job. I’m ready for something better, something different. Not hucking, not mini-motos, not racers giving waitresses a hard time. Something. Alex Rankin is a pro; I challenge him to keep pushing his craft.

Worth buying: Yes. Earthed is one of the higher-end series. Keep your collection current and dig on those World Cup courses.

Available soon.

7 replies
  1. james says:

    Earthed 3 makes me want to ride! Thats how good it is, I love it but I’d have prefered more interview but I guess thats just me, everyone should get it though, Its an essential.

  2. [un] says:

    Hey guys, stop fighting over image rights 😉 and get your act together so we can all race the Megavalanche together this year! I saw the chopper, I guess I should have concentrated on the race instead… And I’m diying to see that video. Ahhhh Europa!

  3. Axl says:

    There is a fair bit of interviewing in the bonus features. I preferred the interviews there rather than in the main feature. I’ve written up a lengthy review of the film…

    Earthed 3: Europa – Review of Alex Rankin’s latest instalment in the Earthed series

    This review of Earthed 3 starts with the lyrics of the haunting Stereolab song “Cybele’s Reverie” that plays in the the final segment of the film, with these words repeating as the film comes to ‘fin’:

    “les pierres, les arbres, les murs, racontent”

    “the rocks, the trees, the walls, they tell a story”

    They tell a story indeed. Beautifully filmed, Alex Rankin has told an exciting and inspiring story of mountain biking in the latest installment of his impressive Earthed series – Earthed 3: Europa.

    As for the rights to images… I suspect 4130 is the only one with rights anyway!

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