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Review of Beneath Los Angeles - The Building of the Red Line Subway DVD

From Red Cars to the Red Line Subway. This is a tunnel-face look at the construction of LA's first modern Subway. Plus Pentrex gives us an 'Extra", a 10 minute look at the Red Line Subway today.

Independent filmmaker Chris Hume spent thousands of dollars of his own money and hundreds of hours making this documentary about the beginnings of the Los Angeles' Metro Rail subway system. The Red Line, now also called the B Line, was the first subway line in LA. It was a $4.5-billion construction project by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority - which gave the filmmaker unfettered access to the project. Hundreds of feet underground Chris explored the Red Line's deepest and longest tunnels.

The Red Line is 16 miles long, running from Downtown LA to North Hollywood. At one point the miners, tunnel boring machine and filmmaker were 900 feet below street level. The LA Times interviewed Chris Humes, Entering the tunnel on the Universal City side, he once traveled nearly two mile

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
4 Star Very Good
3 Star Good
2 Star Fair
1 Star Poor

The rest is optional but appreciated.

In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
A "Must Have"!

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