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James Martin's Mille Miglia [DVD] [1996]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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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: ADA label group
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NE80OU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Although best known as one of our finest and most popular TV chefs, James Martin has always had a passion for cars and one event in particular has fired his enthusiasm down the years, Italy's famous Mille Miglia. This DVD follows James Martin as he attempts to take on the motoring giants and the enthusiastic individuals in this most challenging of races run on a 1000 mile course over three days from Brescia to Rome and back again. Run on regular roads still open to the public the route takes the participants through spectacular countryside and some of Italy's most famous towns and cities. From finding a car to choosing a co-driver to competing in the race itself, every step provides James with a challenge to be overcome. And then there's the biggest question of all - who will be buying lunch at the end of the race?

Bonus Features
Stirling Moss interview / Nick Mason interview / Simon The Mechanic Interview.
Rebuilding the car time lapse.
A Maserati minute.
Alternative commentaries by Paul Kaye (broadcast version) & James Martin (DVD exclusive).

Customer Reviews

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent motoring adventure 30 Dec 2013
By Ian I
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Bought this after first seeing it on TV a couple of years ago. Great account of the per race build up, research, etc, followed by the event itself. Also briefly features input from Nick Mason of Pink Floyd & the great man himself Sir Stirling Moss. What with historical footage of the races history and JM's heartache when the car goes bang it's a great account of the so of motoring adventure I'm sure all men would like to embark on. Can't believe one of these views are so negative, take my advice and buy this if you like classic cars, historic races and/or JM; my only criticism is that in the original broadcast there was a great soundtrack which is sadly missing from the DVD version and on this JM does the commentary, which is an overdub of the original by someone else, which in my humble opinion is not as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different side to the man 3 Feb 2013
By maggi
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As a big James Martin fan and knowing what a petrol head he is, it was good to see him in a different role than as a chef.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic car event 20 Mar 2010
I was quite taken back at the previous reviewers opinion. I watched this last Xmas and thought it was outstanding. Saw this in a shop this week and decided I had to order a copy. If you want to see what you have to do to get a car into the Mille Miglia, then it's a useful insight. James also takes you through the emotion of the whole experience. I'd love to see from of the same from the BBC.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Italian Bodge Job 25 May 2009
Please, please don't waste your time and money on this. It is a travesty that people thought that this was worth being made into a tv programme and film. A brief summary is that tv celebrity chef has always had a passion for cars. He now has the money to spend nearly a million quid on a 1948 Maserati. However having it rebuilt, he ignores warnings to keep the engine revs down and the result is that the thing blows up on the first day of the event.

The rest of this sorry effort is spent showing Martin moping and rather amateur shots of his rival competitors. I wanted to see shots of the country, the people and more cars but got none of that. If you want the true atmosphere of the Mille Miglia get hold of the collected writings of Denis Jenkinson called Jenks where you will find his report on the 1955 record breaking run with Sterling Moss. Now that book is worth the money JUST for that article. I don't mind celebrities indulging their whims as long if it makes good viewing like McGregor and Boorman. This is just rubbish, don't waste your money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars millle miglia 11 Jan 2011
for some reason this dvd wont play the main feature, have tried 2 differant dvd.s and both the same,
shame really as the documentary is otherwise excellent
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