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Product details

  • Language: English
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Green Umbrella
  • VHS Release Date: 17 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24KR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,690 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
this film manages to catch very little of the excitment and atmosphere of the tour. Of course two hours isn't much to cover 100 years but after having watched this I felt that much more could be made of it.
What is watchable, only because it is so poor, is Sean Kellys performance as commentator and introducer. It is as natural as if someone is standing behind the camera pointing a gun at him and saying read this or else.. You can clearly see his eyes reading along the lines of the signs.
I only paid 10 euros for the DVD and don't feel it was worth that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lester Peters on 4 Dec. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"This official history celebrates an incredible century of cycling, from the early flickering images of the 1903 winner, Maurice Garin, to the amazing scenes which greeted Lance Armstrong's fifth straight victory in 2003."
It's a great DVD, both inspiring and nerve-wracking to watch but there's only so much that can be included in a 2-hour documentary. While not every winner gets a mention, the overall history and most notable races, winners, tragedies and scandals are relived with footage (or stills for the oldest races) and race commentary. More time is given to the 2003 race.
So, what's missing? DVD extras has an extended profile on only Eddy Merckx - at least all the 5-times winners would be expected; an official history could also be expected to be be comprehensive, with textual history, results and biographies - none of which is included; and this is an English language only DVD which is strange for a French race where the official web site is in French and English.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD works good as a brief introduction to the history of tdf. Its not in depth but its profesionaly made and gives any
fan of the sport two hours of entertaiment and knowledge. For hardcore tdf fans it will bring little or nothing new tough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R Hernandez on 2 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
Well, other reviewers had warned me about Sean Kelly, but I thought they were exaggerating ... they weren't.
Kelly's performance is incredible. When he's not mangling his words he's staring, frightened at the autocue, rushing to finish his script. The choice of Kelly as presenter defies logic.
The DVD itself is enjoyable, great footage and great stories of the stars. Obviously much more content on the Tour from the 1980s onwards as television coverage has increased, but this doesn't detract from the film.
My only complaint is the actual nature of the Tour itself. Other sports dvds can show highlights with winning goals,runs, tries, punches etc. It's very difficult for a cycling film to tell stories in such a short period. I'm not certain that new cycling fans really get to understand and appreciate some of the drama that has taken place in recent tours. Showing breakaways on hills and flying finishes in time trials doesn't really tell the story, but maybe that's just the nature of the sport. One has to put in a lot of work to enjoy the Tour ... but it's worth it in the end.
People new to the Tour may find this DVD a great pathway into a fantastic sport, for them it is worth watching. Just don't try and follow what Kelly is saying!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By razerbaijan on 19 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
Considering the limited footage from past decades there is still enough coverage of how the tour evolved, although not as much as the book that was released in celebration of the centennary. The coverage is great and enthralling though and Sean Kelly's reading of an autocue has to be seen to be believed! Comical!
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