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Still shot from the movie: Lords of Dogtown.

Lords of Dogtown

Based on the true story of a group of kids from Vince Beach, California (played by Heath Ledger, Stephanie Lamb, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, and John Robinson), who formed a skateboarding team and revolutionized the sport with their extreme moves and attitude. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: D+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 02 Jun 2005
Video Release: 26 Sep 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Heath Ledger trades in his surfboard for a jousting pole when he plays a squire with aspirations to be a hero in A Knight’s Tale. Michael Angarano, who plays the rich kid tag-a-long in this film, portrays a young Red Pollard in Seabiscuit.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: 27 September 2005
It’s a dog-eat-dog world, so if you want a copy of Lords of Dogtown on DVD, you’ll have to wrestle between the Theatrical Version or the Unrated Extended Cut Version. Either will get you the deleted and extended scenes, storyboard comparisons, previews, commentary by Director Catherine Hardwicke and the cast, as well as the following featurettes: The Making of Lords of Dogtown, Bails and Spills, The Making of Pacific Ocean Park, Extended Pool Session, Dogtown Cameos, The Ocean Washes My Hair and Make-up Test, and Of Course We Want a Skateboarding Bulldog!.

Spring the big bucks for the unrated edition and you’ll also receive over four minutes of never before seen footage, a gag reel, the music video Nervous Breakdown by Rise Against, an introduction to Lords of Dogtown by director Catherine Hardwicke, commentary by the original Z Boys, the uncensored audio track of the director and cast (which should be a signal to parents that content may be questionable), and two extra featurettes: Dogged on Dogtown and Alternate $#%@!.

What ever your choice, you can catch all their “skateboardin’ ‘tude” in the anamorphic widescreen presentation with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (English and French). Closed captioning is also available.

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