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Weekend Of A Champion [DVD]

Frank Simon    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Frank Simon
  • Producers: Roman Polanski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FC5DHF8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,918 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In 1971, Motor Racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart's world for three days, both on the track and off. The result is an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Forty years on, Polanski and Stewart meet once again. In a remarkable post-script, they discuss the sport, both past and present, with a unique and unmatched perspective.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glory days 16 Nov 2013
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The contrast to the sterile world of F1 nowadays is so stark as to seem like a different sport and not just a different time when you watch this film.
It is as frightening as it is exhilarating to see the pits open and spectators feet away from the track, it's easy to forget this was a lethal sport during this period and it's principally Sir Jackie Stewart who's to thank for rectifying that.
The degree of access available to the general public is incredible, let alone that granted to the filmmaker.
The insight into the world of an F1 driver is wonderful, particularly at the time of the film a 2 time world champion.
The dedication, preparation and professionalism leaves you in no doubt as to the reason for the success of Jackie Stewart, the openness and camaraderie displayed by the other teams and drivers is yet another (sad) reminder that F1 nowadays is principally a technical exercise for the benefit of advertising with some trickle-down development to road cars.
My only gripe is that the film isn't longer, at 90 minutes it's not short but i could watch for hours cars of this period being driven in anger on a circuit that's really not fit for a fun run let alone a motor race.
Enjoyable, entertaining, frightening and enlightening, a pleasure to watch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polanski and Stewart, what an unlikely couple ;) 24 Dec 2013
By Marcin
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I found out about the movie early this spring from CAR magazine and ever since kept sniffing it out. finally the release date came up and I decided to buy the dvd. I really did not know what to expect apart from the obvious talent of my fellow countryman Roman. the result is simply stunning. I do not regret a single minute I have spent watching it. recommend to everyone, you do not have to be an F1 fan. not at all...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable! 4 Dec 2013
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Any genuine F1 fan - certainly, one who is not a jingoist nationalist like so many of them in the post-Schumacher era - should buy this DVD. Much like the Senna film, it's a fundamental success because of its frank, cool authenticity. And a bleak reminder of just what it took to get into one of these racing cars and put it on the limit - and the cost of failing to keep it on the track!
In fact, anyone interested in motor-racing history or motor-racing in general cannot fail to find this a fascinating insight, completely undimmed by time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight 17 Dec 2013
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This is a fascinating and revealing insight into Jackie Stewart the racing driver and the world of Grand Prix racing of the early 70s. It was much more dangerous then - for example the pits at Monaco were on the pavement at the side of the road with no barriers between the cars in the pits and the cars racing along the road. Jackie Stewart was an early champion of the campaign for greater safety in motor racing for reasons he so clearly and poignantly explains. He was an extremely accomplished driver (World Champion 3 times) and also, later in life, a shrewd business man.

Definitely a DVD for fans of Formula 1.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the movie in the theatre 7 Dec 2013
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I loved it so much that I bought the DVD for my son. Great movie! Especially the scene where Jackie Stewart describes how to drive the circuit over breakfast.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars why change History? 11 April 2014
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Whilst there has been a good job done in restoring picture and sound this release is very misleading and disapointing
Although the DVD mentions that it contains new material it does not state that the integrity of the original film has been altered!
The film has been cut by around 13 minutes and a newly shot sequence inserted towards the end as well as the original end changed which had a freeze frame of Jackie Stewart.
The newly shot material is off interest but why has it not been offered as aditional material. No excuse in these days of DVD and bluray. Other motoring films of similar vintage have been released and have not been messed about with, so why do this to this classic film!
There is a real danger here of interfearing with History! The film was made that way for all its merits and faults so why alter it.
I had been waiting for this film for a long time previously owning a rather rough 16mm print.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BUT WHY THE CUTS ? 4 Feb 2014
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A tremendous film, with especially high quality picture and sound, I also like the occasional subtitles and the naming of drivers like Siffert and Rodriguez.
Two things however stop this being, for me, a '5 Star' DVD.
First, there are some cuts from the original. I wonder why, and who authorised them ? For example, the original contains more from the 'prize giving' scene, and two scenes in which Jackie's sex life in the days before a Grand Prix is discussed !!
Second, I was hoping for a more interesting contribution from Jackie and Polanski as they looked back at the times and the film, for example a full commentary would have been wonderful. Also, were there really no deleted scenes, especially featuring drivers like Graham Hill (always hilarious and interesting) and Francois Cevert talking ?
That said, this is still a great DVD, a must for GP history fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at Formula 1 in 1971 28 Jan 2014
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I had never known that such a well-known figure as Roman Polanski had ever done a documentary film about Formula 1, and his coverage of Jackie Stewart's 1971 Monaco GP is great stuff. Monaco was still in its classic configuration back then (with the original tunnel and no swimming pool) and the cars were relatively unsophisticated compared to what came later. The entire weekend is covered in quite a bit of detail. And what makes the presentation better is a current-day reunion of Polanski and Stewart in the same suite in the Hotel de Paris, many years after the original production, in which the pair reminisce about how much F1 has changed since 1971. This film is a must for all serious fans of F1, especially those who, like me, were around in 1971.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - what an insight into F1 and what a ...
Excellent - what an insight into F1 and what a memorable and interesting post-script between Jackie and Polanski. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scorpio939
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by annedenise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hubby loved this as a gift, we would recommend it for racing fans
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S
4.0 out of 5 stars A slip and a slap (on the back) for Stewart
I watched this movie in a cinema in 1972, and now own DVDs of this latest release and the previous uncut version. So at least I can watch the deleted scenes when I choose to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rogman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This documentary was absolutely worth watching (twice actually). It was well done and we'll thought out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gordon Reifenstein
You've seen it and heard it before; the all-time most important saftey promotor of motorsport gives us the weekend of Monaco `71. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tomas Gustavsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Capsule Dvd giving a very authentic view of F1 in the...
Watch this film and be transported back to F1 in very different and dangerous era, you see Sir Jackie Stewart these days wandering round the F1 paddocks being a the great... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insight into the career of a great racing driver
Love this DVD. A real insight into a 1970's F1 weekend. F1 as much as I love it is rather clinical now but this shows the 70's in all it's glory. A great watch for any f1 fan.
Published 6 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BIT OF F1 HISTORY
Published 6 months ago by DAVID MARTIN
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