Into The Thunder Dragon movie finally released!

Hi All,

Our new mountain unicycling film, Into The Thunder Dragon, has now been released on DVD and VHS.

This is a feature length film about a mountain unicycling adventure in the Himalayas, in the
remote kingdom of Bhutan. More info, pictures and a cool movie trailer are at

http://www.unicycle.com/thunder.asp?id=653

The DVD also has a bunch of bonus stuff including a making of documentary, and a behind-the-action section where I talk about the technical riding techniques used for a few of the harder trials and Muni sections in the movie.

Check it out and tell your friends!

Thanks,

Kris Holm

Looks interesting Kris, that must’ve been a fun trip! I’m puzzled though, after checking out the link you gave. About three pictures down, you and Nathan are walking across a rope bridge.

Walking?!?

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And hopefully the successful drop on the Lobotomizer. Crazy!

IT LOOKS AWSOME! :slight_smile: …thats all i can say. thumbs up

Oh, and do you know what date it’ll be shown on OLN?

-Mike

saw it at the unicon, it’s pretty awsome. that stair scene was espically awsome. By the way, you haven’t been posting much, did you finally wind up in hospital? :roll_eyes:

Re: Into The Thunder Dragon movie finally released!

On Mon, 09 Dec 2002 20:28:30 +0000, danger_uni wrote:

> Our new mountain unicycling film, Into The Thunder Dragon, has now been
> released on DVD and VHS.

Jeez… the DVD is 25quid at Unicycle.uk.com. That’s even more expensive
than most new Hollywood releases.

Nick

Sports movies like these are expensive because they will only sell about 1000 of them. Hollywood movies are bought by millions.

Numbers may not be correct, but you can see the ratio.

Re: Into The Thunder Dragon movie finally released!

Just got the DVD in here. Fantastic, the extra bits are great!


The UK’s Unicycle Source


I’m not sure when it will be shown on OLN.

Re the other comments- I hope you all like the movie! It does show the successful 14 foot drop on the lobotomizer- slowed down to 5% of actual speed in the “Behind the Action” segment on the DVD, so that it is easier to see the technique behind landing a large drop.

The other stuff in the Behind the Action includes details of a hard pedal grab, multiple hops on a hard up move, riding 2" round railings, and details of how to incorporate downhill rolling hops into descents of rough terrain.

I haven’t been posting much but it is not because I’m in the hospital! I’m on a trip in Guatemala, mostly just travelling around but also a bit of riding as well. About 4 weekends ago I got the chance to ride down the highest mountain in Central America, which is a 4200m volcano called Tajulmulco. It was challenging but a lot easier than El Pico de Orizaba (in Unizaba)- basically all rideable.

I noticed a couple of other comments on the speed gliding segment in Into The Thunder Dragon, regarding how fast I was going. It looks really fast because it was filmed really well (it’s not sped up on the film), but it is no where near the fastest people have glided. At the fastest it was maybe a little bit faster than I can run, but I know that a German, Arne, has tow-glided behind a motorbike at up to 55 km/hr, and Brett Bymaster has glided way faster than it is possible to run. In both cases the pedals and cranks were taken off to reduce high speed wobbles.

Cheers,

Kris Holm.

Re: Into The Thunder Dragon movie finally released!

> Jeez… the DVD is 25quid at Unicycle.uk.com. That’s even more expensive
> than most new Hollywood releases.

Yeah, was a bit surpised to see that there’s a £5 extra for the DVD
version. Is the productions cost really higher for the DVD?

Klas, yes I’m new

Prdoduction cost are WAY lower on a DVD (or CD) compared to the viedo tape equivelant.

I think you are paying extra for

  1. It’s a DVD
  2. They feel bad about charging as much for a soon to be obsolete item
  3. (and probably the most relevant) On a DVD you get all these extra scenes, footage, documentaries, on a VHS you get the basic movie.

Is there really anyone out there that still has a VHS?!?

Re: Into The Thunder Dragon movie finally released!

This is only true for large production runs of DVD from what I understand.
The set-up cost for DVD’s are high for mass production with a very low unit
cost or very low for low production but a very high unit cost.

Roger
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> Prdoduction cost are WAY lower on a DVD (or CD) compared to the viedo
> tape equivelant.
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> I think you are paying extra for
> 1) It’s a DVD
> 2) They feel bad about charging as much for a soon to be obsolete
> item
> 3) (and probably the most relevant) On a DVD you get all these extra
> scenes, footage, documentaries, on a VHS you get the basic movie.
>
> Is there really anyone out there that still has a VHS?!?
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Originally posted by Sofa
[B]Prdoduction cost are WAY lower on a DVD (or CD) compared to the viedo tape equivelant.

I think you are paying extra for

  1. It’s a DVD
  2. They feel bad about charging as much for a soon to be obsolete item
  3. (and probably the most relevant) On a DVD you get all these extra scenes, footage, documentaries, on a VHS you get the basic movie.

Although duplication costs are not much different than a VHS, it is VERY expensive to make a DVD. Basically you are writing a high level graphics program- it’s not like VHS where you simply duplicate once you have edited the movie.

It cost us about US$5000 to make this DVD, just including expenses. The producer Sean White basically worked for free on this, and this also does not include the cost to make the movie.

This movie was also very expensive in relative terms, with a budget of about US$92,000. That said, it probably would have cost twice as much had Sean not been able to Direct, Photograph, Produce, and promote the film, and also make the DVD.

So if you can, buy a copy and support these efforts!

Thanks,

Kris.

Re: Into The Thunder Dragon movie finally released!

Good choice of music (very simple and uplifting, but not too uplifting).
Video clips are very sharp looking and colorful.

Will this movie be availible to us in canada? is it sold at bike stores? Will Darren Bedfordd be selling them? or is it just a unicycle.com exclusive?

Thanks, I remember how good the film was a UNICON, that’s why i want to buy it so badly.

Why were you in the hospital Kris?

-Ryan

Hi,

Darren Bedford will be selling them, I think. I was never in the hospital!

Cheers,

Kris

Sorry!
I mis-read you’re post. I thought it said that the reason you had access to the internet in the middle of your vaction was since you were in a Guatamalan Hospital, and thought OH no!
that’s funny.
that great news about the movie!

-Ryan

So what hospital were you in? :wink:

-mg

Wow, I can’t believe Sean White singlehandedly produces the film and the subsequent DVD run while serving as a resident at a Guatemalan psychiatric hospital. I can’t wait to get my copy. I hope there’s some unicycling in there.

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Greetings

In message “Re: Into The Thunder Dragon movie finally released!”,
danger_uni wrote…

Are we talking about the movie on Buhtan? I must have missed the main message
with info on how to buy it. Will someone please tell me how to buy it.

>
>Sofa wrote:
>> [B]Prdoduction cost are WAY lower on a DVD (or CD) compared to the
>> viedo tape equivelant.
>>
>> I think you are paying extra for
>> 1) It’s a DVD
>> 2) They feel bad about charging as much for a soon to be obsolete
>> item
>> 3) (and probably the most relevant) On a DVD you get all these extra
>> scenes, footage, documentaries, on a VHS you get the basic movie.
>>
>> Although duplication costs are not much different than a VHS, it is
>> VERY expensive to make a DVD. Basically you are writing a high level
>> graphics program- it’s not like VHS where you simply duplicate once
>> you have edited the movie.
>>
>> It cost us about US$5000 to make this DVD, just including expenses.
>> The producer Sean White basically worked for free on this, and this
>> also does not include the cost to make the movie.
>>
>> This movie was also very expensive in relative terms, with a budget of
>> about US$92,000. That said, it probably would have cost twice as much
>> had Sean not been able to Direct, Photograph, Produce, and promote the
>> film, and also make the DVD.
>>
>> So if you can, buy a copy and support these efforts!
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Kris.
>
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