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Le Mans [DVD] [1971]

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  • Actors: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Fred Haltiner
  • Directors: Lee H. Katzin
  • Writers: Harry Kleiner
  • Producers: Alan Levine, Jack N. Reddish, Robert E. Relyea
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009P9LW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A look at the personal relationships of race car drivers and their families, set against the backdrop of a 2-day race in Le Mans, Fr ance.

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A classic auto-racing movie starring Steve McQueen, Le Mans puts the audience in the driver's seat for what is often called the most gruelling race in the world. McQueen plays the American driver, locked in an intense grudge match with his German counterpart during the 24-hour race through the French countryside even as he wrestles with the guilt over causing an accident that cost the life of a close friend. McQueen is his usual stoic magnetic self, and the racing sequences are among the best ever committed to film. A solid character-driven story combines with raw visceral power to make Le Mans a rich tapestry of action and thrills. --Robert Lane

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By BD VINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2005
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Is there a better film made about motor racing? I doubt it. Due to it's age, it is a fascinating snapshot of the period of LeMans racing before daft chicanes where put into the Mulsanne Straight, and racers were real heroes putting their life on the line. Forget all about the weak love interest story that pops up now and again, this is a high octane fuel, retro cool, boys movie. None of the actors in the film actually speak anything for the 1st half an hour or so, (the cars engines do the talking) until McQueen at his 1st pitstop mentions to his co-driver "watch out for the red Lola". The sound of the Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 engines has to be heard to be believed. The sight and sound of the leading longtail 917 heading past maison blanche as the camara pulls back just after the start of the race, is awsome. McQueen is of course peerless whose style and screen presence defined an era. By the end of this film you will want to be Steve himself, just don't try to emulate his driving in your Mondeo! Slip the disc in the player, turn up the volume and send the partner down the pub. This film is so cool it hurts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By echo on 9 July 2003
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You'll either love Le Mans or hate it. It all depends on whether you love the feel and atmosphere of motor racing. This film perfectly captures that emotion. Hardened Steve McQueen fans will be pleased to see this film available, but be moan the lack of extras.
The story itself is not terribly original. Take away the cars and you have a classic sexual tension story whereby a relationship is developing between a widow and the man, albeit innocently, involved in her husband's death. This is not the point however ... the point is to see the cars in action, the story is just there to ensure some drama away from the action, but in truth it doesn't need it. The sight of dozens of thoroughbred 70s sports-racing cars overcoming the challenges of the 8 miles of the Le Mans road circuit is utterly compelling.
The opening 30 minutes are the best in my opinion. The gradual build up to the race and the start itself. The scenes of the Loire countryside are magnificent and very evocative, and as the day of the race continues, the anticipation grows until the fall of the Tricoleur to signify the start.
The 5.1 sound is good and worth the price of the DVD alone if you love the sound of a Porshe 917. The picture transfer is good too, but then it needs to be as there are no extras whatsoever - no trailers, no commentaries, no documentaries, nothing.
And it is this lack of extras that will affect this DVD most. Le Mans, the race, is such an institution it is a great shame that no one bothered to pull together even the most meagre of documentaries on the history and the film's place in that.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr D on 8 Aug. 2011
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If I'm honest, I don't think Blu-ray brings too much to the picture quality, but the sound (even just through the TV's speakers) is pretty awesome!!
The story line might not be for all - over 30 minutes before anyone speaks, but if you like watching sports car racing, this is for you. Oh, and Steve McQueen - what else could you want!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Gerrard on 3 Sept. 2003
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Steve was an accomplished racing driver and his Porsche 908 was entered in le mans '70 to gain the on board driving sequences at the start (although he was not allowed to drive). When the film was made in '71 Steve drove another Porasche against 41 international drivers filming for 5 months on location. There is little story, its about a race and the people in it such as Steve who is playing a driver injured the year before. Non race fans may not like it, but cleaned up with 5.1 sound, the music, the cars, some real footage and fantastic filmed driving sequences, no other film has ever or will ever capture the emotion and atmosphere of racing let alone '71 le mans with Porsche 917K's and other cars of that era. I have been waiting for this movie for a long time. (its been out on video in the states for years).
I recommend the book "A French Kiss With Death", it covers Steve's career, Le Mans history, the cars and how this movie was made. In fact, I think I'll put it on again....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2012
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Firstly let's discuss the disc and the picture and sound transfer.

Remember this film is now over 40yrs old, but it has a timeless quality about it ,and those expecting a gripping story full of dialogue as in most other McQueen films may be disappointed.

This film is from an era when the Mulsanne Straight was left fully untamed, and once competitors had cleared the SSS and Dunlop curve it was a totally brutal top speed assault to Arnage and finally Maisane Blanc.

Another DVD well worth comparing to Le Man, is Derek Bells "In Car 956", which magnificently captures the speed of the Muslanne straight in the 1983 Le Man.

The film gives a great feeling of what driving at the limit in a 917k was really like, and it was perfectly clear why the specially produced Porche 917 LH or Langhek long tail was so much faster.

Watch the first few laps where car number 25 the one of only three 917 LH models left the standard short tailed 917K for dead.

Along with the Martine liveried LH and the famous Hippie Car 917 LH, these very unstable 917 racers were built specifically for outright speed on the Muslanne straight, they were around 15mph faster than the famous Gulf liveried cars, but because of their very tail happy driving characteristics they were removed from competition, leaving the now famous 917 short tail to conquer everyone before them.

Enough of the history lesson, what's the BluRay like.

The film really is all about the mighty battle between the Ferrari 512 and Porche 917 with the majority of the action filmed during the 1970 Le Man race, there is really no storyline to the film other than following the race during it's 24hrs.
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