MXA PRODUCT TEST: “SNAKES & LADDERS: ONE MORE YEAR” DVD: An 80-minute DVD chronicling Josh Coppins’ quest to win the 2008 MX1 championship

December 5, 2009
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WHAT IS IT? An 80-minute DVD chronicling Josh Coppins’ quest to win the 2008 MX1 championship. This DVD isn’t really aimed at the American market because most Americans don’t follow GP motocross, don’t know anythig about Josh Coppins and can’t get excited about a two-year-old world Championship chase. It is important though to Josh Coppins.

WHAT’S IT COST? $34.00.

Here’s a list of things that stand out with the “Snakes & Ladders” DVD.

(1) Josh Coppins. Director Alex Rankin spent the entire 2008 GP series following New Zealand rider Josh Coppins around. It was a good effort, but it wasn’t until well into the video that viewers realized that “Snakes & Ladders” was about the 2008 season. Rankin ignored the basic rules of film making and assumed that everyone knew who Josh Coppins was. A good filmmaker guides his viewers; Rankin confuses his.

(2) Run time. The DVD is 80 minutes long, and there is over 45 minutes of additional footage. Unfortunately, the video isn’t always clear as to what is happening at each race. (Are we watching practice, the first moto or second moto?) The story line is very vague.

(3) Racing. There is excellent racing footage, but apart from Josh Coppins and his teammate David Philippaerts, Rankin never mentions who any of the other riders are. Unless you religiously follow the GP racing scene, you will not have any clue as to who is who.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Our one major complaint is that Coppins should have narrated the entire DVD so that we could have had a ghost of a chance of figuring out what was going on.ÿ

This DVD is for diehard Josh Coppins fans and relatives of Josh Coppins only.


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