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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: "Journey" (VW-related documentary) Reply with quote

MightyArt wrote:
Anyone seen this one.
http://atomfilms.shockwave.com/af/content/atom_1014
I rented the full DVD from Netflix a while back, wasn't bad.


Took MightyArt up on this suggestion and got "Journey" from NetFlix. It was a pretty inspiring film with only decent footage but very well done editing.

I wasn't expecting to be all that interested in the story, just figured I would see some good footage of a VW bus on the road. Which it had. Guy has a beautiful yellow '71 hardtop Westy. Bus was featured in the movie more than I expected. He talks a little about the VW community, how everyone waves, etc. He is rear-ended by an SUV whose insurance company insists on totaling his bus and giving him $800 compensation. (They end up giving him 10 grand!) They show footage from his four engine rebuilds in 9 months of travelling. Sound like a lot of rebuilds for 9 months? When you watch the film and see him meeting other VW people on the road and challenging them to drag races down rough dirt roads, you'll understand why his engines went kaput.

All in all, I would rec. renting it and giving it a look.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran into the guy (Eric) at the pet store a few weeks ago. He couldn't be a nicer guy. I neglected to ask if he still had the bus (didn't see it in the parking lot). I don't think I've ever even seen the bus around town, so I suspect he doesn't drive it much if he does still have it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the end of the film they say the bus was refurbished and put under a tarp where it sits awaiting the next Journey, or something to that effect.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought that disk a year ago. It is a great film I would recommend to just about anybody, especially those who see VWs as being as much about a life philosophy as driving.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got thru watchin this movie after readin about it here, and I think it's the best movie I've seen in a very looooong time! Thanks for such a great reccomendation.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have netflix... Can someone give me a link?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thejourneyfilm.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw the presentation a couple of years ago. They showed the film then Eric came out with his dog (now deceased), the red head and a couple of others that were now part of the crew. The bus was on a trailer in the parking lot behind the auditorium and I doubt most folks noticed it- they didn't mention it being there. It was being towed by a full sized truck.

I got a free T-shirt with the bus on it and a free hat.

Overall, a pretty good way to spend an evening. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good movie, thanks for the recommendation. That bus was WAY overloaded, and I'm sure it wasn't maintained properly....no wonder he kept blowin engines.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty cool flick. It was much better than I anticipated. Very Happy

As someone who'd had both, the T4 motor for the Bus is the motor to have. It's like a quantum leap in durability, performance and reliability IMHO. Especially in a camper bus. Just way too much weight for that little engine to be trying to push around.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to have to buy this. Looks cool!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool movie and something I considered doing (on a smaller scale) on my own...just traveling in a bus with no clear destination would be great.
At one shot, his bus looked like a sunroof model? I'm definitely down with that! (gimme type IV though) Wink

Colin is the only one I've met who is doing something similar to this...traveling and seeing the world. Makes for a great story.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone ever know what happened to that John Muir dedication video? Someone that knew him was creating a move about him and his affection for VWs. I lost track of that web site and wonder if this ever happened?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can'r find it on Netflix. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try this:

http://www.netflix.com/MovieDisplay?movieid=60033771&trkid=181026

I just queued my copy.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thnks, I just addid it to my queue!
Must've had a frain bade.
Netflix is the greatest.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a lot of fun to watch...........wish I didn't have so many responsabilities.

Perhaps when I am a little older and slower Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed it, although he didn't seem the nicest person in the movie. Makes me want to quit my job and get on the road with the bus for a year. I highly recommend the movie.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

covelo wrote:
Makes me want to quit my job and get on the road with the bus for a year. I highly recommend the movie.

Another good motivator to do that (at least vicariously) is the book Blue Highways, by William Least Heat Moon. He was in some american van rather than a VW, but the spirit of the road runs deep in the book.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heartily second that notion, jtaux! Excellent book for lovers of the open road. Especially people who appreciate the journey as much as arriving at the destination. No interstates for the chap in Blue Highways... it's all about taking his time, meeting people, tasting the true social undercurrent in each community he passes through.

In fact, I'm going to break mine out and re-read it this week.

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