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Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist [Blu-ray]

James Erskine    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: James Erskine
  • Producers: James Erskine, Victoria Gregory
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IE4ER1W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,046 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

"Pantani's is perhaps the greatest cycling story ever told"--Ned Boulting
"Essential watching even for anyone who can't stand the sport" ****--Total Film
"Stunning portrayal of a great sporting tragedy" ****--Rouleur

In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia--a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions--the saviour of professional cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap Italian hotel room.

This film is not just about cycling but an emotional exploration of what drives athletes to compete; man versus mountain, athlete versus the system, Marco Pantani versus himself.

Extended interviews with Greg LeMond, Matt Rendell and Richard Williams.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
To head off any comments about how I saw this before the DVD release- this film was premiered a few weeks ago in a small number of cinemas and I was lucky enough to see it in Belfast just after the Giro team presentation at a showing followed by a Q&A with James Erskine and Matt Rendell. Why was Matt Rendell there? Well, this documentary was inspired by his brilliant, balanced and detailed "The Death of Marco Pantani" although due to the nature of film making there were only certain elements that could be included.
As for the actual documentary- it brings together many of the important people in Pantani's life to develop an picture of a complex and passionate individual. We live in a world shaped by media that prefers simplified binary oppositions- people are either for us or against us, good or bad- however this documentary challenges that simplistic dichotomy- it is too easy to condemn pro cyclists from that era for all being "bad people who cheated using drugs" but this work places everything in context. While not condoning what went on during a dark period for cycling, it forces viewers to ask themselves honestly what choices they would have made in the same position.
There is also a tendency among many to promote Pantani to the sainthood, such are the myths and narratives that were built around him, but again Erskine avoids this- the film doesn't judge Pantani, it simply offers opportunities to understand a very complex man who struggled a lot internally. It is to Erskine's credit that he cut through a lot of the protective bubble people close to Pantani erected to preserve his legend, and it humanises him all the more.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and beautiful 13 May 2014
Brilliant portrait of a young man who only ever strived to be the best and was naively exploited by the sometimes cruel business of cycling in which young men are apparently dispensable. The culture of doping is ugly and hopefully on the wain. A real insight into an interesting life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant 26 July 2014
Excellent documentary. What this really highlights is the damage done by the whole decades long doping scandal that rocked cycling. The film looks at how Pantani started as a youngster with a love of cycling and a gift for climbing mountains on the bike. It goes on to look at how somewhere along the way to winning a tour and Giro title in the same year he was charged with doping offences and from there spiralled into depression and drug use.

Its a great and well filmed documentary with lots of information I wasn't aware of. It takes a look at that era without focusing on Lance Armstrong (as so many others have).

Its very poignant as it uses members of his close friends and families - in particular his mother talks about how she always encouraged his love of cycling as she saw it as something healthy and social.....but she realised after that Marco was being pushed from a healthy love of sport and competition towards the sole quest of winning...and this unfortunately had to involve drugs in that era...

Well worth checking out and as good as the lance armstrong documentary (which was also excellent!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars First rate account of a great and tragic life. 18 Aug 2014
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This is a thoroughly solid, professional documentary and made with passion and expertise. Clearly well researched, it doesn't over sensationalise a tragic story. I particularly enjoyed the early archive and all the key moments were there from Pantanis career. Good contributions from many of the usual suspects, although I found it a bit odd that Matt Rendall was interviewed for a film based on his own book. I think a slightly more rigorous approach to the doping aspect of his career would have been appropriate, as well as a wider look at the doping culture that existed while he was racing. Although his desperately sad death is covered, it feels almost as a coda to the main film, as thought the filmmakers didn't quite have the confidence to give it more prominence and depth. Of course, new speculation that Pantani's death was not accidental is ironic indeed. I can certainly reccomend this documentary to all cyclists and to a wider audience who should be interested in a story of a brilliant, but ultimately fatally flawed talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterclass 24 Jun 2014
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Amazing and well made documentary about the incredible Pantani but also views his fragile person! Don't miss it. Worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!!! 21 Jun 2014
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This is an absolute must for any cycling fan. Forget the doping issues etcetc, just buy it and have a look at what they did to this guy and who he blames for the whole drug issues at the time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 17 Jun 2014
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The subject matter was very well presented, informative and followed through from the beginning to the sad end with as much content to guide you through the sport of cycling, even if you knew nothing about Pantani. The photography and overall visual impact was wonderful. A thoughtful and poignant film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight 16 Jun 2014
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A very good DVD that gives you an interesting perspective into the world of cycling in the late 90's and early 2000's
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic sports documentary.
Published 3 hours ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliniant film!
Fantastic documentary / film of a true great sadly missed from the world of cycling.
Published 18 hours ago by Dave F
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good story if you like cycling.
Published 5 days ago by Ms. G. Ennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
When they say truth is stranger than fiction, this could be applied to Pantani. Although there is still the feeling that all of the truth is not quite out there. Read more
Published 5 days ago by WS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A clear insight into the tragic demise of a true talent.....
Published 9 days ago by C Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right!
Great docu film, even if you're not into cycling
Published 10 days ago by dominic lamb
1.0 out of 5 stars it is a rather poor documentary about the awesome talent and sad
This is a not a film, it is a rather poor documentary about the awesome talent and sad, early demise of a great cyclist. Read more
Published 10 days ago by MartinA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One that every proper cyclist should see. Superb, thought provoking stuff.
Published 11 days ago by Mr John Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed.

Ok, so the defence for every rider is that everyone else was doing it, and that makes it ok. Pantani, however, only did it under duress? Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener into top sport
This film is an eye opener into just how much drugs and medicine are a huge part of sport men's lives at top level
Even if you don't like cycling,watch it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Graham Edwards
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