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Overcoming [DVD]

Bjarne Riis , Ivan Basso , Tomas Gislason    Exempt   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bjarne Riis, Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Michele Bartoli
  • Directors: Tomas Gislason
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A fascinating look behind the scenes at the 2004 Tour de France with a penetrating insight into the hermetically closed world of professional cycling, following the Danish Team CSC's experiences.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't help but pull for these guys! 23 Mar 2007
I brought Overcoming after reading the other review on here. It does start off a little confusing but if you give it your time and attention you will be rewarded, it offers a unique and at times compelling insight into the world of pro cycling and the characters go towards making up a pro team.

The documentary follows CSC team in 2004 as they attempt to end Lance Armstrong's stranglehold on Le Tour. To say it's a roller coaster ride is putting it lightly, what these guys go through is almost super-human; you can not help but admire them. If you didn't appreciate what a team sport cycling is you will after seeing the exploits of true pro's like Jens Voight.

It's also a real eye opener for just what a pro tour manager has to go through, the pressure on Riis is unbelievable, the organisation and strategy along with the constant man management of a team of riders would be draining on even the most motivated of people. But just like the rider he was Riis keeps moving forward.

Highly recommended for people new to pro cycling along with those who have loved it for years.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful veiw of a unique team 7 May 2006
The story of CSC's season, focusing mostly on last year's Tour. Although it got of to a confusing start, cutting early season training with later footage messily, overall it was a fantastic film. You get a real sense of the workings of one of the most interestingly run cycle teams. There are many highlights, from Carlos Sastre's reluctance to abandon his traditional training methods for Riis' "scientific" training, to the real emotion of Basso hearing the news of his mother's cancer diagnosis. You also see the inside story of Jens Voight being labeled a traitor by German fans for chasing down Ullrich.

A real tour de force for cycling fans - I was glad I'd thrown a sickie the day this popped through my letterbox.

The Extras are worth seeing too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have. 22 Feb 2013
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A DVD about the way to the top, pain and accidents, training and teamwork. This is "the" DVD in the collection. If you don't have it, I recommend you buy it. Personally I've seen it several times all ready. Enjoy.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent and (mostly) dull 18 July 2008
What is the point of this film? It seems to be a load of cobbled-together and apparently randomly edited clips of the CSC cycle-racing team throughout the season - in winter training and during the 2004 Tour de France. There is little or nothing to hold them together, and no proper storyline to make the viewer feel as if the film is going anywhere.

The situation is made worse by the fact that most of the characters involved are really, really boring people. Bjarne Riis is the most uninspiring speaker you could imagine, and the soigneur is just a bit wierd. Jens Voigt is good value, but he does not feature very much.

This film is OK if you're really into cycling, as there is some good footage of the race. Some of the extras are all right as well, but to be honest the main feature looks like a DVD extras segment. If it's cycling action you want, though, you may as well buy a Tour de France highlights video. And if you want to get under the skin of the Tour De France - experience some of the atmosphere, the suffering and the whole carnival behind the race, you would be much better off buying "Hell on Wheels", which has both coherent editing and interesting characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique documentary. 13 Jan 2013
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This is more than a cycling documentary which simply recounts historical events. Here we are also presented with the Riis management gestalt in a well filmed and edited piece which shows a sports team and all that goes with that through a Fresh lens. The ways in which the team management/staff & riders communicate and operate is bizarrely compelling and impressive. I loved the film, have learned from it, and heartily recommend it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disturbing 17 Dec 2009
I found the film to be very unstructured, the use of inappropriate typographic styling makes the film even more confusing. There is no obvious point to the film, it just seems to be a series of random clips edited together and making little sense as a whole. I agree with another reviewer in that the CSC team soigneur is wierd, his behavior is quite disturbing and slightly on the creepy side. There seems to be an unhealthy obsession with Lance Armstrong, members of the CSC team telephone him for advice and behaving as if he were a god. I thought that this film would be a film very much in the style of Road To Paris following a professional cycling team on a day to day basis, instead we are treated to bjarne Riis being given a hug by the soigneur and being told to open up and ask for help. Before I saw this film I had heard that Riis had a fearsome reputation as a directeur Sportiff, it seems that this is a myth.
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