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Formula 1 1980 Review [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Duke Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KZNPG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,639 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Showcasing the classic season of 1980, this presents a candid portrayal of Formula 1 at the time, featuring plenty of racing action plus great close-ups of the major personalities and behind-the-scenes footage.

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52 minutes

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2.0 out of 5 stars F1 Reviews (70's) Duke 19 July 2004
Don't bother wating for the 70's F1 reviews - the footage is quite naff in both picture quality and content. Several of the rounds were missed and there is NO use of TV footage whatsoever. The music is teeth-grindingly awful and the "extras" are......
Duke is basically taking the mickey. For the die-hard fan it's possibly (ONLY possibly mind you) worth investigating. Everybody else should stay clear to aviod disapointment
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4.0 out of 5 stars More just a glimpse 4 May 2004
I'm sure I'm not the only one to have long wondered why there has never been a review of the 1980 Formula 1 season available. So when this was released I was looking forward to a great watch with plenty of footage from "The missing year".
As it turned out this film seems to use very little of the television feed transmitted at the time and instead seems to be made up almost entirely from footage shot by one documentary crew. On the plus side there are excellent pits scenes, on the minus side there is very little race footage and in some cases rounds were missed completely, instead just the results being shown. What is illustrated is how different the highly polished sport we know now has changed in the past twentyfour years. Check those aluminium chassis and all the drivers pausing for a well-earned smoke.
The music was a little in the Bontempi Organ style and the commentator, as well as sounding exactly like Steve Coogan, sounded a little bored, although I think it is the same person that Duke Video used on a number of titles.
So all in all not quite what I and I'm sure others were expecting, but nevertheless it does bring 1980 back to us.
I look forward to all the 1970s releases with anticipation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rise of Williams. 28 Oct 2009
After some impressive results which resulted in the domination of the second half of 1979, Williams were hoping to be big players in 1980. Renault too were hoping to make waves with their turbo charged engines which had given them a win the previous year.

Renault were leagues ahead of everyone else to start with as their turbo charged dominance saw them at the front of the grid and tearing away from the rest of the cars. But after a few races there were several drivers in contention for the championship, and further on into the season it was clear that Australian driver Alan Jones was to take the driver championship and help lead his Williams team to their first Constructors championship - the first of many for the team. Nelson Piquet was also a regular on the podium as his Brabham constantly fought at the front and brought him three victories.

This is the last DVD of the collection and I'm quite sad that there are no more. The annoying music and amateur graphics seemed pretty poor to start with but after watching all 11 DVDs (1970 - 1980) I got to almost like it, it reminded me that this is very much a fan made collection and I appreciate that the time was taken to produce these DVDs with the limited video footage they had.

Again we get lots of footage of the drivers sat in the cars preparing for their races and only a small amount of actual race action. There is on-board footage for the British Grand Prix though which was a nice addition.

There's a degree of analysis too as the narrator talks about the principles of the 'wing car', sponsorship, and problems caused by the internal politics of the sport which led to a Spanish Grand prix which lacked some of the sports major teams including Ferrari.
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I own many of these titles from the Brunswick archives and I am mostly pleased to have them, they are the only way to see the formula one scene as it was from 1970 to 1980. In many ways I feel that formula one was better in this period for out and out racing, wheel to wheel action and before money rules and sponsors took away many of the reasons why we watched formula one in the first place, action!. These DVD's however are frustrating beyond belief as no actual real racing action is captured on them as Brunswick only use there own footage taken often from one corner on the track and it shows, painfully badly. Nothing worse than watching the drivers put on their helmets for five minutes, sit on the start line wiating for the lights, only for the picture to pause and the announcer to say "And Jones won the race" So where was the race, let me see it, please !!! While races are omitted there is also the totally dreadful der,der,der,der der, der der der der music as the results are being shown, trust me it drives you mad, it will have you screaming for the remote to turn it down. Why cant they use TV footage, by 1980 the Grand Prix programme with the great Walker/Hunt team commentating was being broadcast. Cor what I'd give to have those programmes on DVD, imagine the 78,79,80 seasons from the BBC, so come on then why not? save me from der,der der der der der and give me fleetwood mac's version ultimate Grand Prix anthem and the unmistakable Murray Walker and James Hunt. I miss those good old days!
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