3D Blu-ray Review “Storm Surfers 3D”

Actors: Ross Clarke-Jones, Tom Carroll, Ben Matson, Kelly Slater, Toni Collette
Directors: Christopher Nelius, Justin McMillan
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Xlrator
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Run Time: 95 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
3D: 5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I am not a surfer. I have always wanted to learn to surf. But then I watched “Jaws”. Laugh if you want but I know I am not the only one. Nonetheless, I am still fascinated by the craft and the amazing people that master it like surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones that the film follows. The main draw for me to this film is the fact that it was shot with state-of-the-art miniature 3D cameras. You are literally brought inside the barrel of the waves and I loved every minute of it. If you enjoy watching some amazing surfing in some beautiful locations like Australia and the Great Southern Ocean, then this is a must.

Official Synopsis: Combining cutting-edge 3D technology and bravura filmmaking, STORM SURFERS 3D is the ultimate big-wave thrill ride. The film follows best friends and surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones, along with surf forecaster Ben Matson, as they track and chase giant storms in their quest to ride the Pacific’s biggest and most dangerous waves. Using state-of-the-art miniature 3D cameras that put audiences inside the barrel of the waves, STORM SURFERS 3D is a visually stunning cinematic adventure unlike any other.

Xlrator is delivering “Storm Surfers 3D” in a combo pack with a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray included. Like I mentioned about the 3D is the main draw for this release, but I also tried it in 2D and it still works. The 1080p transfer is absolutely stunning and makes you want to jump through the screen and right into the waves. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track really sounds amazing. Ever since Jack Johnson really hit it big, I have become big fan of surf music. The special features are not amazing but worth checking out. “Behind the Scenes with the Directors” is a short featurette on the production. “Profiles” thats a look into careers of Tom Carroll, Ross Clarke-Jones and Ben Matson. “Ross & Tom’s Need for Speed” feature the duo behind the wheel instead of the water. Lastly there is a “Storm Surfers” trailer.