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Winter on Marias Pass - BNSF on former Great Northern rails DVD 2 of 5 (2)

Winter on Marias Pass - BNSF on former Great Northern rails DVD Highball Productions WOMP-DVD
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Continuing our very popular winter theme, we visited Marias Pass in January, 2002. Heavy snow and 70 m.p.h. winds marked our visit, and BNSF celebrated by dumping a westbound intermodal off the bridge at East Glacier on the Saturday night. We taped some of the cleanup work on Sunday morning, and caught the first train to pass the wreck. Lots of dash 9's in both Heritage schemes, and a number of warbonnets, plus SD40-2's, including some still wearing Cascade Green. Taped between Blackfoot and West Glacier, all the favorite locations including Two Medicine Bridge, Spotted Robe, Bison, False Summit, Marias, Java, and Essex, and the weather goes from sunshine to heavy snow.

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Runtime:1 Hour, 45 Mins
Producer:Highball Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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  •  1 of 5

Well, I hate to leave negative reviews, but this is one of the worst (and boring) rail videos I have ever watched. The best section was of the derailment in East Glacier. Other than that, the photographer is too close to the action or using telephoto lens which distorts the trains. And the narration is terrible. Can't understand most of the narration, although I recognize most of the landmarks due to prior visits to the same area. Would have been much better if the photographer had of been further away from the action which would also have shown more of the very beautiful scenery of Glacier National Park.

Additional remarks by Ronnie:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Poor.
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? Definitely not!.

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  •  3 of 5

I like this program, I really do. The photography is wonderful and the scenery is beautiful thanks to Marias Pass giving us a breathtaking background. The many colors of the BNSF paint schemes scream their colors against the winter wonderland. However, I can't say this video comes with no faults. For one, the opening shots contain some very shaky camera work. The narrator comments about it being cold, so I can only imagine the reasons why the camera is shaking in a area also known for its high winds. So let's give it that.

There is a few trains that get a lot of screen time here, and you will see the same train in many shots throughout the program. The narration is quite limited, and often shots are shown that leave you to decide what may be going on here. It would have been also nice to see the program end in Whitefish and not just a few miles away.

But besides all that, like I said.. the photography is great and you can see the real talent of the guy moving this camera. It was interesting to see BNSF some 12 years earlier. You can see the many changes since then, and the many things that are really still the same. It's what I like to call the MSTS era of BNSF. With some derailment aftermath footage and most of the key points of the pass covered. It isn't bad... it just well could have been more of a good thing really.

Additional remarks by Nighthawk262:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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