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Academy Award® winner RON HOWARD (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) teams once again with Academy Award®-nominated writer PETER MORGAN (Frost/Nixon, Last king of Scotland) on Rush, a fast-paced and spectacular re-creation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between gifted English playboy James Hunt (CHRIS HEMSWORTH of The Avengers, Thor) and his disciplined Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (DANIEL BRÜHL of Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum). 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 sports 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.

Starring:
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Dormer
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 2 minutes
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde
Director Ron Howard
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 27 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 2 minutes
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Wilde
Director Ron Howard
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 27 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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53 of 61 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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Format: DVD
Although I can't fault the acting, this film was a big disappointment to me because of the inaccuracies in the story. It would have been passable if they hadn't called the characters Hunt and Lauda but, having done so, they shouldn't have played around so much with the story.
The film has Hunt and Lauda as rivals in F3, which they never really were. Both seem to be making their F1 debut in the same year, when Lauda actually entered F1 in 1971, with Hunt two years later in 1973. Lauda's debut in the film is with BRM, whereas he actually raced as a works driver for March for two seasons before joining BRM. Hunt is presented with his first F1 car by Lord Hesketh: in the film it is a Hesketh 308B, whereas in reality it was, again, a March for more than a year's racing. When Lauda switches to race for Ferrari, he is given a Ferrari 312T, instead of the 312B. Lauda actually had a good season racing against Fittipaldi for the championship, with Hunt as a bit-part player, rather than a real rival. Even with the Hesketh 308B, Hunt was not a consistent GP winner in reality, but the film suggests he and Lauda were contesting the championship in 1975.
Hunt became competitive in 1976, when he took Fittipaldi's vacant seat. The season was spoiled by appeals and counter-appeals about the legality of the cars. The film includes the controversy about the rear width of Hunt's car in Spain, but completely misses out the far more spectacular disqualification of Hunt from the British GP: that would have been a more interesting event to include. The season was interrupted by Lauda's terrible accident which, at the time, had people believing he would be a posthumous champion, as Rindt had been.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By MrE TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Jan 2014
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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