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Review of Close Up 3985 Pacing the Challenger DVD

Here are two spectacular programs featuring Union Pacific Challenger 4-6-6-4 3985 - the world's largest operating steam locomotive - at work on freight and passenger trains between Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Omaha, Nebraska.

CLOSE UP: 3985 opens with a brief history of the Challengers, illustrated with rare color archive film, which also includes beautiful color scenes of Union Pacific 4-8-4s, 4-12-2s, and the legendary Big Boy 4-8-8-4s. Contemporary action begins as the 3985 departs Cheyenne and accelerates to 55 m.p.h. for the run over Archer Hill. To supplement exciting trackside, in-cab, and pacing sequences, Mark I Video's exclusive ChoochCam locomotive-mounted minicams capture thrilling closeup views of drivers, rods, and valve gear, offering a unique perspective of this magnificent machine in action. Beautifully-photographed night action views, and even exquisite sunrise shots, are also included!

PACING THE CHALLENGER features spectacular rock-steady side-by-side pacin

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.
Good.
Excellent!

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.
Fair.
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.
Yes
Definitely.
A "Must Have"!

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