Hooters on Blue Ridge DVD N&W Train Video
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TODAY, SOME FORTY YEARS AFTER their smoke plumes dissipated over Christiansburg Hill and their exhaust beats and hooter whistles reverberated into silence on the famous Blue Ridge grade, the mighty Norfolk & Western Y6-class 2-8-8-2s, A-class 2-6-6-4s, and J-class 4-8-4s roar back with a vengeance in an incredible 16mm color sound film computer-enhanced and expertly transferred into the dramatic video "Hooters on Blue Ridge". Like cracking open the vault to the Fort Knox of steam era color movies, GOODHEART PRODUCTIONS introduces the camera work of Henry Peterson, who made several trips to the N&W in the 1950s. He not only filmed Americaís last great steam show in 16mm, but he also recorded the action in synchronized sound, much of it in stereo! HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS VIDEO: Y6 plus A doubleheaders on Blue Ridge grade with Y6 pushers, Streamlined J 4-8-4s and K 4-8-2s in passenger service, massive steam turbine Jawn Henry pushing upgrade, and K-class 4-8-2s in freight yard service. The incomparable N&W "hooter whistles" in actual synchronized stereo sound. 50 minutes of video action plus 30 minutes of stills with locomotive and whistle sound background!
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Bob (Michigan) on 2013-03-11 15:20:31.
People who found this review helpful: 1
I liked the fact that the cameraman built a 90 pound microphone and reel-to reel taping setup that he lugged to shooting spots, giving us real sound today, rather than the dubbed-in sound most DVDs feature. 50 minutes of runbys, and the photog didn't start filming until the train was getting pretty close. A downside is that the tripod was often aimed low, and the shots show a lot of cinders and ballast when they could've shown nore "pillars of smoke in the sky". For the most part on the runby filmings, the sound starts earlier than the picture, as the recording began before the filming. The film quality is pretty sharp 16mm, and there are some nice fall scenes, as the photog went in October (both 1957 and 1958). Whether you like A's or Y's pulling (or pushing!) massive coal drags (or sets of empties) over the Blue Ridge, or FAST J streamliners whizzing by over manicured rights of way, or switching, there's something for all here. After the 50 minutes of action, along with some (not TOO many) interviews with the photographer (who is clearly reading off a cue card just offscreen, kind of comical), there is also about 50 minutes of audio-recorded night train material, with pics of still shots to give some visual. This last part is only for the hard-core fan. Still, all-in-all, this DVD will keep the attention of the type of fans who like to see things that sadly can't be seen anymore EXCEPT on DVDs and old graymount Kodachromes.
Robert (TN) on 2012-09-05 16:10:25.
People who found this review helpful: 1
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST N&W STEAM VIDEO ever produced!!! The quality and sound are outstanding. The content is fantastic and very interesting. There are alot of on the train shots from up on top of the engine and tenders. There are alot of run by shots at locations on the Blue Ridge grade. This is a must have DVD!!!
Paul (northern New Jersy) on 2013-08-25 18:34:32.
While I have only watched the original videotape and not the DVD, which I trust is a full and complete tranion of the said videotape, HOOTERS ON THE BLUE RIDGE is a magnificent history in color and true-synchronized, actual stereo sound of the steam operations and hooting whistles of the N&W. The video includes on camera commentary of Henry Peterson who captured images and sounds. I have the great please of knowing Mr. Peterson and his attention to accuracy and the details of his work.
GN Ed (Minnesota) on 2013-07-23 04:41:50.
It's a good overall picture of N & W. This DVD highlights Norfolk & Western's self-built steam at its best.
Ertz (NE Ohio farmlands) on 2012-03-08 03:52:44.
I owned the VHS version and put it to rest to try the dvd which was just as good in quality if not better. It is easier to step back or ahead and I will likely watch at least once a month if not more indefinitely. When I was about 9 yrs old I went to sleep everynight for a couple of weeks hearing the real thing near Beckley WVa. It was haunting then and this brings it all back to me now.It puts vision where I only had my imagination back then as to what they looked like. N&W/C&O,,,all sound same to me. Reverie?