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The Jaguar's Roar - The Story Of The 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour [DVD]

Tom Walkinshaw , Tony Southgate , James Fowler    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Tom Walkinshaw, Tony Southgate, Sir John Egan, Andy Wallace, Jan Lammers
  • Directors: James Fowler
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Definition Media
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UJQ2QQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This brand new DVD is the definitive story of how Jaguar ended Porsche s domination of Le Mans told by the people who made it happened. The DVD features archive footage, and iconic images from the 1988 race, and new, in-depth interviews with the key people at Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing: John Bute Sir John Egan Jan Lammers, Alastair MacQueen Tony Southgate Tom Walkinshaw Andy Wallace Le Mans Legend Derek Bell also gives the Porsche perspective on the race. Extra Features: Interactive map of the Le Mans circuit, with observations from Andy Wallace, Jan Lammers and Derek Bell Designer Tony Southgate detailed explanation of the main features of the XJR-9LM. Exclusive on-board footage of the XJR-9LM being put through its paces in 2008. Exhaustively researched and beautifully put together, it is an accurate and exciting account of Jaguar's Le Mans '88 victory. ANDY WALLACE The essence of Le Mans 88 brilliantly captured and digitally bottled! ALASTAIR MACQUEEN

Review

Jaguar s emotional triumph at the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours is retold superbly in this new release from Definition Media; not through pictures, which are used sparingly, but through the voices of the people who were there the drivers, the competition, the engineers & crew, and the bosses. Without the use of a narrator, the key characters tell the story of the win; from the first meeting between Sir John Egan of Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw, to Jan Lammers recalling just how close his race came to disaster. The stories told by Egan, Walkinshaw, Lammers, Andy Wallace, John Bute (aka Johnny Dumfries), Derek Bell, Tony Southgate, Alastair Macqueen, and others, are entertaining, fresh, and seamlessly edited together. How do you co-ordinate 130 personnel and drivers in the cramped old pits? How big a challenge is it to race at night? What happens after you ve won? What does Derek Bell think of Klaus Ludwig?These questions and many, many more are answered in a very enjoyable 107 minutes. What is very interesting is how key the Le Mans project was to the revival of Jaguar as a marque after some very lean years (suggesting relevance to the modern day?) and also the pressure to win that was applied by sponsors. But there is more to the DVD than just the story of a race. Interwoven with the main theme is the story of the winning car itself and the challenges involved in keeping the old girl running and we see how Don Law Racing readied the car for its return to Le Mans this year, where it performed a celebratory parade lap with Jan Lammers again behind the wheel. In addition to the main feature are several bonus features, taking the total running time to almost 2½ hours. Bell, Lammers and Wallace each describe in detail a lap of the pre-chicanes Le Mans circuit; Tony Southgate takes us through the key design features of the XJR-9; and we see in-car footage of the winning car being shaken down at MIRA (Justin Law at the wheel) before it travelled to Le Mans. The DVD includes an eight page booklet with a summary of the 1988 race and technical specs for the XJR-9. It is worth every penny. If you ve been good this year, make sure it s at the top of your list for Santa. --dailysportscar.com

When a DVD drops through the letterbox it's not always easy to find the time to watch it all in one go, something I always recommend in order to assess the pace of any movie. However, after a bit of schedule rearranging, I settled down to watch the latest Le Mans - based title The Jaguar's Roar. The DVD narrows it's frame of reference to one marque in one race, Jaguar (obviously) at the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans. Taking inspiration from the 20th anniversay of the event and tha fact the the winning Jag was to be run at La Sarthe during the build up to the 2008 race, the film documents the events leading up to that famous triumph. As you would expect the three drivers all feature and there is some cheap laughs to be had here, particularly at Andy Wallace's expense. Was that hair and moustache combo ever rally fashionable? Tom Walkinshaw is there too and provides a very fine insight into what was going on at the time, but for me the two real stars of the DVD are designer Tony Southgate and one of the original mechanics who, in a beautiful piece of symmetry, now works for Don Law Racing, the company entrusted by the Jaguar and Daimler Hertitage Trust to prepare the car for the commemorative run. There's more than enough here for the real enthusiast but less informed viewers should not be alienated as the style of the piece is informal yet informative. The makers have made good use of what I am sure was very expensive ACO race footage. True, in the early part of the movie period snippets are repeated and recent 'test' pictures are used instead. Also there is a little over reliance on what is, in fairness, very impress --Jaguar World Monthly

The DVD narrows it's frame of reference to one marque in one race, Jaguar (obviously) at the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans. Taking inspiration from the 40th anniversay of the event and tha fact the the winning Jag was to be run at La Sarthe during the build up to the 2008 race, the film documents the events leading up to that famous triumph. As you would expect the three drivers all feature and there is some cheap laughs to be had here, particularly at Andy Wallace's expense. Was that hair and moustache combo ever rally fashionable? Tom Walkinshaw is there too and provides a very fine insight into what was going on at the time, but for me the two real stars of the DVD are designer Tony Southgate and one of the original mechanics who, in a beautiful piece of symmetry, now works for Don Law Racing, the company entrusted by the Jaguar and Daimler Hertitage Trust to prepare the car for the commemorative run. There's more than enough here for the real enthusiast but less informed viewers should not be alienated as the style of the piece is informal yet informative. The makers have made good use of what I am sure was very expensive ACO race footage. True, in the early part of the movie period snippets are repeated and recent 'test' pictures are used instead. Also there is a little over reliance on what is, in fairness, very impressive playstationesque animations. However as the pace of the story picks up the frequency and length of 1988 clips ramps up and includes period "Radio Le Mans" commentary from Neville Hay and others. I was particularly impressed by the DVD extras. Very much 'de rigeur' on major movie releases but not, in my mind, really properly exploited in specialist titles like this. There's a very inovative way of presenting a 'walk round' of the car with Southgate plus another little jewel, on board lappery of La Sarthe. Yum and indeed yum. To be honest just seeing and hearing the car running, both from 1988 and 2008 would probably be enough for me to recommend this title. Indeed one could argue the on board footage alone is enough reason to buy. Overall though "The Jaguar's Roar" delivers far more than this and is a fine addition to any Le Mans/Jaguar fans' collection. --Radio Le Mans

Jaguar s emotional triumph at the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours is retold superbly in this new release from Definition Media; not through pictures, which are used sparingly, but through the voices of the people who were there the drivers, the competition, the engineers & crew, and the bosses. Without the use of a narrator, the key characters tell the story of the win; from the first meeting between Sir John Egan of Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw, to Jan Lammers recalling just how close his race came to disaster. The stories told by Egan, Walkinshaw, Lammers, Andy Wallace, John Bute (aka Johnny Dumfries), Derek Bell, Tony Southgate, Alastair Macqueen, and others, are entertaining, fresh, and seamlessly edited together. How do you co-ordinate 130 personnel and drivers in the cramped old pits? How big a challenge is it to race at night? What happens after you ve won? What does Derek Bell think of Klaus Ludwig?These questions and many, many more are answered in a very enjoyable 107 minutes. What is very interesting is how key the Le Mans project was to the revival of Jaguar as a marque after some very lean years (suggesting relevance to the modern day?) and also the pressure to win that was applied by sponsors. But there is more to the DVD than just the story of a race. Interwoven with the main theme is the story of the winning car itself and the challenges involved in keeping the old girl running and we see how Don Law Racing readied the car for its return to Le Mans this year, where it performed a celebratory parade lap with Jan Lammers again behind the wheel. In addition to the main feature are several bonus features, taking the total running time to almost 2½ hours. Bell, Lammers and Wallace each describe in detail a lap of the pre-chicanes Le Mans circuit; Tony Southgate takes us through the key design features of the XJR-9; and we see in-car footage of the winning car being shaken down at MIRA (Justin Law at the wheel) before it travelled to Le Mans. The DVD includes an eight page booklet with a summary of the 1988 race and technical specs for the XJR-9. If you ve been good this year, make sure it s at the top of your list for Santa. --dailysportscar.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars Echoing the other reviews... 24 April 2009
This is an absolutely excellent DVD. Well-produced and very informative, it took me right back to 1988. A wealth of insight and detail from all the major characters involved made it an outstanding watch - especially the sting in the tail from Jan Lammers towards the end that I'd forgotten all about!

I thoroughly recommend this DVD to any motorsports fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing 21 April 2009
This is a top class production by people who clearly share the passion. Even if you know the story, this is excellent viewing and very well handled. well done guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great look behind the scenes! 14 April 2009
Thank you!!!

I was there at Le Mans 21 years ago to cheer the Jag home. The DVD really brought back a lot of the emotions of that great weekend. I really loved finding out about what went on behind the scenes - from the three years of planning, to the drama of the last few laps with Jan Lammers nursing the car home.

This is not a DVD packed with fotoage of cars flying round the laps, it gives a hell of a lot more. This documentary gives a really insite into events, with interviews with everyone involved in the team - ranging from chairman of Jaguar to the mechanics, and TWR boss to drivers and car designer.

Of course its the content that counts (and it certainly hits the spot with this DVD), but the menu design is pretty cool too - these things are so often neglected with many motorsports titles.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this fantastic DVD. It features new interviews with all the key players involved in the fascinating story of Jaguar's triumph at the Sarthe. The whole tale is told without the aid of a voiceover which creates a real intimacy with the many personalities involved. Now twenty years on from the victory, and no longer with Jaguar, the interviewees give an honest account of the 1988 race with highlights such as Tom Walkinshaw's real feelings towards Mercedes, Andy Wallace recalling what it was like to fly down the mulsanne for the first time, and Jan Lammers recalling how the victory was minutes from disaster! Derek Bell is also on hand to give the Porsche perspective on the race and the whole story is told with great flair.
Cleverly interspersed with the main story is the side tale of Don Law Racing's attempts to get the original car ready for it's appearance at the 2008 Le Mans which makes enjoyable viewing on it's own!
The main feature is fantastic, but the extra features are not just add ons. The XJR9's design is detailed in a walk-round with the car's creator Tony Southgate, there is glorious onboard footage from a shakedown test performed before the car's 2008 Le Mans appearance, and Lammers, Wallace and Bell guide us round a flying lap of Le Mans.
A must for all motorsports fans and well worth every penny!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Interviews 5 May 2014
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The interviews in this film are great - they make up the lion's share. There is limited action footage and some goofy computer generated clips are unworthy of the rest of the film. In telling the TWR Jaguar story up to 1988 Le Mans, I felt a few key events - the first win at Silverstone 1986 and the first World Championship in 1987 - were surprise omissions. However, these are minor quibbles. I was at the 1988 Le Mans and this film was a great way to re-live that amazing race. Kudos to Andy Wallace for his drive on that occasion.
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