A World of Firsts

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It seems like these days, any feature film with a star-studded cast passes as a solid movie. It might be void of any real plot or storyline, but you watch it because you recognize the names on the poster. Chuck Fryberger’s CORE ($39.95, chuckfryberger.com) breaks the mold by following climbing’s A-listers on individual journeys to go “to the heart of climbing.” Primarily focusing on bouldering, the film works through biographical vignettes about each climber. From Fred Nicole’s bouldering/sport climbing crossover super-route, to math-whiz Matt Wilder’s 5.14 trad route, CORE gives the viewer a peek into what drives our superstars to climb harder, and in turn, push the sport further. As the first climbing flick ever to be shot in Blu Ray, it boasts Ultra High Definition, which keeps the action realistic and enthralling. With plenty of first-ascent footage and advanced video technology, CORE is on the cutting edge of the sport and how it will be documented. — Julie Ellison