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Rush [DVD]


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  • Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Natalie Dormer
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan. 2014
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (779 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090JBHOU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award-winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) once again teams up with Academy Award-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) on Rush, a fast-paced and spectacular re-creation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth; Thor) and his Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl; Inglourious Basterds).
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of the charismatic Hunt and the methodically brilliant Lauda, two of the greatest rivals the world of sport has ever witnessed. Taking us into their personal lives and clashes on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.

"An adrenaline-fuelled triumph" 5 Stars--Total Film
"A thrill ride"--Shortlist
"A masterpiece" 5 Stars MSN
"An inspirational film...magnificent" 5 Stars--GQ

Extra Features
• Deleted Scenes
• Race For The Chequered Flag: The Making Of Rush
• The Real Story Of Rush

From Amazon.co.uk

Ron Howard’s Rush--set in Formula One’s 1970s heyday, when ‘sex was safe and driving was dangerous’--is a gripping story of fire and ice rivalry that makes today’s rights-managed Formula One look as dull as rain. Culminating in the summer of 1976 and filtered through a layer of colour-faded nostalgia, Rush follows the intertwining careers of James Hunt--the English rock ‘n’ roll star of motor racing--and his chief rival Niki Lauda, a prickly newcomer with a head for engineering and a Spartan work ethic. Chris Helmsworth plays Hunt, as sporting a playboy as the late George Best, striding handsomely around Monaco’s sunlit racetrack with an open shirt and a hairfull of shining wind. Bankrolled by aristocratic friends and at ease among the sport’s Riviera set, his career and his popularity are overshadowed when Lauda (made enormously likable by Daniel Brühl) catches the eye of an ambitious Ferrari team on the lookout for a new breed of racing driver. As Hunt drifts though a string of beds, boozers and petty brawls, Lauda patiently racks up the points, spending long nights obsessing over his car and those precious milliseconds that can mean an eternity at the margin. A deadly rivalry will do wonders for your career--and Hunt vs. Lauda erupts into snaking dogfights around the hazardous circuits of Monza, Silverstone, and near-fatally at the Nürburgring. Hunt is more alive to the alluring danger of racing--references to the famously large number of women he’s meant to have slept with are left out--but it’s Lauda who pays the higher price, and the film’s dramatic heart is Lauda’s psychological comeback, despite devastating injuries, as he prepares for a final showdown. --Leo Batchelor

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The Nikki Lauder-James Hunt feud during the 1976 Grand Prix Formula One season is one of the greatest stories in motor racing history with everything you could wish for to make a perfect movie - two strong, remarkable larger than life characters, a horrendous near fatal crash and an against all odds recovery and comeback only six weeks later, driven by a rivalry that comes down to the very last point in the very last minutes of the very last race of the season - and Rush doesn't disappoint. It's the perfect mixture of the perfect script perfectly cast, with look-alikes Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl embodying the real people they play with a keen eye for their verbal and physical idiosyncrasies in remarkably convincing performances - Bruhl in particular has Lauda's uniquely staccato machine-like vocal delivery down pat - but manage to avoid mere surface mimicry to flesh them out as real people. It's to the film's credit that when the final monologue mixes footage of the actors with their real-life counterparts there's no jarring sense of being taken out of the movie.

Peter Morgan's screenplay is exceptional, conveying character and information with impressive economy, explaining both what fuelled their rivalry and how it drove them to excel, only really spelling things out in the final scene between the two drivers and even then making what could have been a maudlin sentimental wrap-up seem believable. It doesn't paper over their flaws either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dyer on 26 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A fine film; F1 fans who remember those days should be entertained by the high level of accuracy and the excellent portrayals by Messrs Hemsworth and Bruhl. Non petrol heads will find the drama, rivalry and mutual respect a good story that is not necessarily about motor racing. The "description" above from Amazon is completely over-hyped and does not represent the film at all well.

There will always be anoraks who object to some detail or another but this is after all a dramatisation and not a documentary; it conveys well the atmosphere at race tracks in the 70s, a time when the garages did not look like operating theatres as they do now and a time when there was precious little fencing and other protection for spectators but mainly, of course, there were almost no devices within the cars or around the track to protect the drivers.

I particularly liked the use of Gimme Some Lovin' over the first racing scenes, inviting comparison and contrast with Days of Thunder and highlighting the smaller, undulating, track where one has to turn right sometimes and not just go round and round an oval. There were other nice touches hidden in the script, the use of Lord Hesketh's reason to step up from F2 to F1 being a good example.

I too would have preferred less CGI but I can't see any other way of reproducing those shots on a finite budget.

Overall, not quite as good as Senna but good entertainment for a wider range of viewers.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The rivalry between James Hunt and Nikki Lauda though of comparatively short duration, was nevertheless one of the greatest rivalries in sporting history. The stakes were huge: life, death, the world championship.

Even though I did not follow Formula 1 racing then or ever, I clearly remember when this rivalry went global with badly burned reigning Formula One world champion Nikki Lauda being pulled out of a burning car at a grand prix, by other drivers. Almost dead from his injuries, it looked like his season if not his career was over.

I also clearly remember watching the charismatic James Hunt being interviewed about the subject. Considerably behind Lauda on points in the world championship, his act of getting out of the car to help rescue Lauda could have potentially ruined his own ambitions to become world champion. Truly, this is one of the most remarkable sporting rivalries of all time.

So, it was with more than a little anticipation that I looked forward to watching Ron Howard's take on these events done with the cooperation of Nikki Lauda. James Hunt sadly died of a heart attack in 1993 at age 45.

If you are like me, you do not have to be a big racing fan to enjoy this. Everyone understands we live in a world of rivalry and competition, and Ron Howard does an admirable job in this movie in crafting one of the most memorable movies of the year.

While I was one of the few people not very impressed with the movie Thor, there is no doubt in watching this movie that Chris Hemsworth does an awesome job as James Hunt, easily matching the charisma of the great character, who was both a charmer and a legendary womanizer, and that Hemsworth is a great star. I consider this to be his best role to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lena on 3 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Considering the director Ron Howard (a genius in his field) had barely heard about F1 prior to making this movie, he manages to capture the thrilling pace and excitement of Race day, plus the risks these men took in the more dangerous hey day of the sport. The two lead characters are stunning in their portrayal of Hunt and Lauda. Thoroughly recommended.
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