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Rush [DVD]

Chris Hemsworth , Daniel Brühl , Ron Howard    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
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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 (333 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090JBHOU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

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


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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By MrE TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
To any F1 fan that didn't get the chance to watch this great motion spectacular at the cinema i honestly feel sorry for you. You will never realise the true "blow away" nature of this film on the big screen aided by full surround sound audio. As a huge F1 fan i was lucky enough to take my girlfriend to see the film on release day, now she isn't the biggest F1 fan but even she liked the gripping nature of wheel to wheel action and realistic historical accuracy that director Ron Howard has attained, mainly due to the input that many people had given that were around at the time such as Nikki Lauda for example.

I have to compliment the two main actors who portrayed Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), not only do they resemble the two they are taking off remarkably well but they evidently did a lot of research regarding both of these two greats as you could easily mistake them both for the real thing. Hemsworth's portrayal of Hunt as a playboy who wants fame and Brühl's of Lauda as a man who almost has a machine like mentality to racing could not be better acted. The script is thoroughly enjoyable and has a good blend of racing, relationships, sex and fright although the main rivalry between the two drivers has been exaggerated beyond what it was in reality but that's to be expected to give the film a more gripping story. For those that need a little more background the film is based around the 1976 F1 Season but naturally does have some background based on what happened before and then after that period.

As for this specific product, You get a very nice Steel case matching the whole RUSH theme and inside you have the Blu-ray disk and also a copy of the film on DVD which means you'll still be able to watch it pretty much wherever you go.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vroom Vroom. Theatrical release review 6 Nov 2013
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
1976. Two racing drivers are competing for the Formula One World Championship. Racing for Ferrari is Niki Lauda, a studious, restrained, methodical and logical driver. Racing for McLaren is James Hunt, a flamboyant British playboy who prefers partying to doing homework about downforce and aerodynamics. Their radically different styles of driving are put to the test in a season-long showdown that will leave one of them physically scarred for life.

Rush is the movie dramatisation of the events of the 1976 Formula One championship season. This season is infamous for its nailbiting, year-long battle between Hunt and Lauda. The showdown is often cited as being the transformative moment for F1's popular appeal, turning it from a niche sport into a global phenomenon as a result of the sale of TV rights for the whole season, allowing motor sports fans across the world to see every race rather than odd highlights.

It's also noted for another shocking event: at one of the races Lauda's Ferrari spun out and burst into flames. It took a minute for Lauda to be pulled from the car, during which he suffered burns to his entire body. He was rushed to hospital and was not expected to survive, even being given the Last Rites by a priest. Unbelievably, Lauda survived and recovered. Even more unbelievably, he was back in the racing seat just six weeks after the accident, determined to take the championship to the last race, which he did.

If director Ron Howard had made up this story, people would be howling to the rafters about its contrived nature. However, the fact that it is true adds an air of authenticity to the drama which really helps sell the tension.

As well as its story and tension, Rush also does very well with its actors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
i got this for my partner who loves formula 1 and we BOTH thought it was fantastic. watch this even if you are not in to sports!!!
Published 10 hours ago by Ms. R. H. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Absolutely brilliant film, It really catch's the spirit of Formula 1, As a long time formula 1 fan this film was long awaited for
Published 19 hours ago by saxmerlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm.
Slightly disappointing though I can't really put my finger on why. We enjoyed watching it, but wouldn't watch it again.
Published 1 day ago by Joyce Symington
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining film, but not as good as the BBC documentary
This is an entertaining film, but should be watched in conjunction with the BBC documentary shown on BBC4 – Hunt Vs Lauda: Grand Prix's Greatest Racing Rivals (BBC Official) [DVD]. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gareth Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for the boys
I bought this film for my teenage sons and husband, but found that I really enjoyed it too. Really 70s and excellent story.
Published 2 days ago by Hjb
5.0 out of 5 stars no idea
My son found this totally addictive, personally I have not watched it but he said that it's amazing and a bit like senna but better, he watched it as soon as it arrived and then... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Aileen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sporty
I'm not a fan of sports at all, especially racing - boring, waste of money, bad for the environment BUT this film is incredible. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Malaki Calden
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin'n it
One of the best films ever!!! First I saw it in cinema and I knew straightaway I must have it.
Published 3 days ago by devilke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great F1movie don't miss it.
Fantastic movie recreates F1in the seventies, thought Nicki Lauda and James hunt were good pals throughout their years together. Thx.
Published 3 days ago by P. Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunt versus Lauda in Formula 1 in 1976.
Very well dramatised - the duel for the World Championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in 1976. Seems true to the facts as I remember them. Motor racing was different then.
Published 3 days ago by Robin W Smith
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