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Race To Dakar [DVD] [2006]


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  • Format: Compilation, PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Virgin TV
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HD1COS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Race To Dakar is the story of actor and Long Way Round adventurer Charley Boorman's assault on the most dangerous race on earth - The Dakar Rally. From Portugal to Senegal via 10,000km of some of the harshest and most treacherous riding conditions imaginable Race To Dakar is an extraordinary story of the limits that we push ourselves to in the pursuit of adventure.

This 2 disc DVD of the 7 part TV series takes us from the pre trip preparation and race training, through to the highs and lows of Charley's Dakar trip. Extras include unseen and extended footage, dramatic crash sequences, exclusive post trip interview, epic montage, outtakes, photo gallery and details of the bike build and support team.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By redredpoppy on 25 Dec 2006
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I bought this as soon as it came out on the strength of enjoying Long Way Round and wasn't disappointed. It follows Charley Boorman and crew on his preparation and participation of the world renowned Dakar rally and shows the struggles and high points of the most dangerous rally in the world. I was impressed by the strength of the whole team especially Simon Pavey and Patsy Quick who had great mental strength. Even though it lacks the Ewan McGregor element it proves that Charlie can do a great series without him and he is highly entertaining. It also made me realise that this wasn't simply a silver spoon actor following a whim but a serious challenge and as they reach the final stages it almost brough a tear to my eye.

The only down side to this DVD is that I've watched it and have to wait for the next one!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Phil L on 28 Nov 2006
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Highly watchable and fascinating. Far less jokey and fun than LWR, but properly so; this is a seriously punishing race, and the series conveys astonishingly well the anguish and hurt involved, and we glimpse the irrational but intoxicating spirit that drives these people on day after day.. Boorman carries the series well, and to his immense credit doesn't dominate; his support team are all given their fair dues, we share their journey as well. A worthy piece of viewing; unfortunately it probably falls too far in the shadow of LWR, but then again so will the recently announced Ewan and Charlie "Long Way Down".
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. Timberlake on 13 Nov 2006
I ordered this as soon as it became available on the strength of the fantastic Long Way Round and to learn more about the mysterious Dakar race.

It follows a similar format to LWR with pre-training, on board cameras, daily diaries and some familiar support team faces. The new chaps supporting Charley provide a fresh perspective and some existing Dakar experience.

What's good is the insight into the prep needed; the landscapes they tear through; the relationships between all the players - trucks, cars and bikes (beware the feared 'beep' 'beep') and the general hardship endured. There are a few surprises / nasties along the way adding to the gritty drama.

As Charleys' story unfolds you get to see perhaps another side of the man and the viewer will need to decide themselves whether this adds or not to the experience...

Definately worth a view in you are into your bikes or adventure but similarly definately not LWR.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Finlay on 2 Jan 2007
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An account of how dreams become a reality. It shows that you really can try and do something significantly outside of your comfort zone. It shows all the preparations and the Lisbon-Dakar journey itself through the eyes of Charley and his two other partner riders, as well as their back up team. You get the a true sense that you are with them - going through their highs and their lows. You see just how dangerous this event is. I know nothing about motorbikes, but found the DVD just as rivetting as Long Way Round. Whilst Charley and all the other contestants might all be crazy, they all deserve our utmost respect!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Topfoder on 5 Jan 2007
knowing how this ended (I won't spoil it for you!) before watching and being a big fan of long way round I had low expectations of this video, but having just finished it - I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had to keep reminding myself that Charlie is an actor, and you have to question how much is actually staged. Eg the camera is running in the production office exactly when the phone rings from Africa ? Maybee? The other slight irritation was Ewan MacGregor poping up to keep kissing Charlie although he didn't seem to have any role other than star power. The main story though portrays how much preparation (and cost) needs to go into something like this, and how incredibly hard and brutal the rally is. Like bikes and adventure - recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Bowers on 21 Oct 2007
This DVD will be judged against Long Way Down and in many ways unfairly so. It's the same production team, same cameraman, one of the 'cast', same music etc... On the other hand it's a very different subject (a 16 day race instead of a 4 month adventure). To wrap up the comparisons, Long Way Round is for anyone who longs for epic adventures, Motorbike fan or no. Race To Dakar is for the off road fanatic.

I had seen parts of the Dakar rally on TV numerous times, but there's nothing like this on a sports channel. Charlie Boorman attempts the hardest race in the world with two other riders and a support team. Throughout the show you realise how this race is a living hell and my opinion of the rally is now extremely low.

The DVD shows you how the rally has no respect for the life or wealthfare of the participants or the lives of the people who live on the course. Riders are killed or left without money and transport in foriegn countries and spectators killed.

This is a huge eye opening DVD and though the participants who make it have acheived something huge I think there are far better ways to get your kicks. I would be very disappointed if Charley were to attempt it again now he's seen it and shown us it first hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katriona Taylor on 22 Jan 2013
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Considering I am not a bike or car person I really enjoyed this..... Bought it for Christmas for my Fiance and he adored it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Feb 2009
Bought this DVD on spec as we'd watched the other Ewan/Charlie DVds and seen By Any Means. Race to Dakar did not disappoint - plenty of Charlie with his very natural and unpretentious on screen style, lots of African scenery and lots of drama. Only gripes: the highly annoying theme tune, which you got to hear too often because of the highly annoying recaps and pre-caps which you got to see too often because of the highly annoying ad-break style sections to the programmes. I accept that this must have been made for a commercial channel, but I really don't need reminding of the plot every ten minutes.

Never mind: overall very good and you can fast-forward through the bits which would have been either side of ad breaks.
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