Surfwise R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 29, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Magnolia Home Ent
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary
    • Bonus Footage:
      4. Outtakes

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by , , &

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh98%

Total Count: 45


User Ratings: 35,938
Rating: A- -- Some documentarians think like essayists, propagandists, abstract painters, or magazine reporters. Doug Pray approaches his documentaries as though he's writing books.
AV Club
Jun 19, 2008
Rating: 3.5/4 -- New Bohemian lifestyle: good, bad, or neutral? Full Review
Movie Habit
Apr 22, 2009
The fallout decades later provides the drama in this documentary by Doug Pray, who lets his eccentric octogenarian subject off a little too easy. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Dec 17, 2008
[A] wonderfully engaging look at love and family and the relentless pursuit of happiness, personal meaning and perfect waves.
New York Times
May 9, 2009
Rating: B -- This documentary about a famous family of nomadic surfers is fascinating not only because of the certifiable oddball patriarch, but also because of his endlessly creative offspring. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
Feb 11, 2009
[T]he glimpse into the time and place are captivating and the images are gorgeous. Cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding captures a world of beauty and turmoil...
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2008
You can't stop watching, but every fiber of your being is still shouting, "Put the goddamn camera down!" Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Oct 17, 2018

Product Description:

One need not be a surfing fanatic to find something interesting in SURFWISE, Doug Pray's thought-provoking documentary about the legendary and unconventional Paskowitz family. The first family in surfing became famous for its large size, for earning countless trophies, and for its eccentric leader, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz. Once an admired figure in the medical community, Dorian decided while at the height of his success to leave it all behind, heading for a life on the beach. While traveling the world in search of the next great wave, Dorian met and married Juliette, who shortly began birthing their nine children. Born in quick succession and never placed in school, the kids were raised in the ocean and in an ever-moving camper. Though they seemed unconventional to outsiders, their atypical routine was actually highly controlled by Dorian, who wanted to raise his family the way animals live, free of the material world.

The film takes viewers on a turbulent ride through the family's complex history, first focusing on its patriarch and then slowly moving through the years with commentary by the family's seven now-grown children. Careful never to judge, SURFWISE simply presents the story as experienced by those on the inside. Even at age 85, Dorian appears before the camera outspoken and sure as ever that the extreme way he raised his children was a gift to them. Scenes of complaint by the adult children are countered by a hopeful reunion at the end. Though Pray doesn't break any new filmmaking ground here, he chooses an intriguing subject that, in turn, prompts viewers to leave the film looking at family dynamics, tradition, and personal sacrifice in a new way.

Description by Magnolia Home Entertainment:

Legendary surfer, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, abandoned a successful medical practice to withdraw from the lifestyle of mainstream America. But unlike other American searchers such as Thoreau and Kerouac, Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in a 24-foot camper. The family spent their days living by Doc's rules on health, fitness, sexuality, and above all surfing. The Paskowitzs' prove that America may be running out of frontiers, but it hasn't run out of frontiersmen.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 3,437
  • UPC: 876964000932
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