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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

Product Details

Discs
  • 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, 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

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is a lively, action-packed sports drama, which fondly re-creates the energy and thrills of Formula One racing back in the 1970's. The film focuses on the sporting rivalry between the racing driver James Hunt, who's played by Chris Hemsworth, and his toughest opponent, the ill-fated Niki Lauda. The race track re-creations are spot-on and provide plenty of visceral thrills.
This is a predominantly fact-based film which charts the infamous, no holds barred competitive and personal rivalries between the playboy British racing driver, Hunt, and his arch nemesis, the Austrian driver Lauda, who's played by Daniel Bruhl. The movie supplies highly impressive period detail in its vivid depiction and re-creation of the most famous races between these two champion drivers. It starts out with the very early days of their numerous contretemps on the circuits, when they had their very first clash, which happened in F3 racing in 1970. This early bout of crossed swords subsequently set the tone for their regular on and off-track sparring, and it ends after the historic and fateful F1 season in 1976.
Hunt and Lauda were like chalk and cheese. Hunt was undisciplined, insouciant and irreverent, a flirt and a womaniser with barrel-loads of braggadocio. He led a shamelessly decadent lifestyle and was cockily unapologetic about it. Lauda, by stark contrast, was a devoted family man and a remorseless workaholic and perfectionist, who made the very most of his natural talent. He was also perhaps somewhat blinkered about the pursuit of his goals, and the speed with which he returned to racing after suffering frankly horrific injuries, is painful for the viewer to behold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miss marple on 25 July 2015
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I only bought this because of all the five star reviews,I had little interest in motor racing,but I do remember James Hunt and Niki Lauda back in the seventies.WOW,this film was fabulous.The story of the Hunt/Lauda rivalry/friendship is perfectly enhanced by the casting of Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth who so magically bring them to life.Ron Howard has made a marvellous film with a great script ,I was glued to my seat.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By MrE TOP 50 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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