Thanks for all the comments, I'm sorry I was not able to respond sooner, but I'm very busy now days.
JohnH stated: The only people I could see possibly bemoaning it would be some of the bigger egos on the Ed Staff. But really, who's going to tell the Mahre Bros. that they are full of it?
When PSIA officials censored the Mahre's ideas they must have been trying to protect the organizations ideas rather than providing a free exchange of ideas. There was something very different that challenged PSIA thinking.
Tog - I think copies are becoming collector items. You might try sending an email to email@example.com
and request a copy.
I can't help you out much with the boot fitting question. Warren Witherell has said that Phil's natural alignment is perfect, and I do know that he was not one for using new boots.
Roto- The decision to offer the video to ski schools was made early on, it was mostly an attempt to make the Mahre's and Nelson Carmichael's aproaches more widely available.
Bob- The lime green suit was an only choice. Spyder sent a large box of clothes for the shoot, but all the pants that would fit the Mahre's were solid black which would not work well on the video.
Most of these issues would best be addressed by Mike Seiler, but I was there for most of the discussions, so I'll give you my take.
PSIA ideas were well represented with a variety of materials including a paper Mike Porter presented at the national academy about about slalom technique. Mike Seiler discussed the PSIA view with Phil and he was clear; that was not what was happening.
As far as rotary movements in slalom turns are concerned, Phil doesn't say that there isn't a lot of rotary movement at the start of a turn, but rather it is not an active steering movement that the skier is making. When Phil says be patient and let the ski get the direction, that doesn't mean add an active steering force. The Mahres are guilty of not being very exact when they talk about their turns, because they do sometimes say steer or turn when they don't mean it in an active sense.
In GS turns things are more drawn out, but no active steering movement is necessary. Bob, you asked what turns the skis, things naturally move in a straight line, so as soon as you stop edging the skis, inertia will take the skis in the direction of the new turn. Add to that some wound up muscle tention and gravity, and no active steering movements are needed. Sometimes the forces were so high when Phil was in the course that they would throw his body inside the new turn, and with his very early weight transfer, even his straight skis would start carving very early in a turn.
For wedge turns the distinction was made between steering with the skis relatively flat and transfering weight with the skis more on edge. Using just a weight transfer in a wedge helps to develop that patience at the start of a turn.
There was already talk of the effects of shaped skis as we were working on the video, but the Mahre's approach on traditional skis didn't emphasize steering, so it worked well with shaped skis. People did get obsessed with carving right at the start of a turn with shaped skis, and the video didn't touch on that option. But that was viewed as an option not the "new" or "modern" technique. It can be faster if the ski can hold all the way to the end of the turn and if the turn is started in the right place, but it can also require a lot more work than just floating in the first half of a turn. In any case Phil said racing is about tatics and that is still the bottom line today even though we can edge earlier more often.
Another unique aspect of the video was to use Nelson Carmichael to show that skiing is a specialized sport, in contrast to the old idea that a great skier is great at everything. They tried to show that even though there is no one "right way" to ski, there best ways to ski for different types of skiing. So instead of just saying here are all the skills or elements of skiing, they showed how to use them for some specific applications.