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  • Actors: Jackie Stewart, Roman Polanski, Helen Stewart
  • Directors: Roman Polanski, Frank Simon
  • Writers: 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 (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FC5DHF8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marcin on 24 Dec. 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Di Petrillo on 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Honey on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phillipa Gilroy on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. W. Davies on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Gowan on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hobbes on 16 Feb. 2015
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I was delighted to see the availability of this DVD as I was originally responsible through the advertising agency I then ran for the publicity launch of this film. We had just been appointed by (I think) Gerry Lewis of Columbia Pictures, a most wonderful client, and this was our first project together. (The second was Cathy Come Home.) He first showed us the Director's cut, which ran I believe from memory for well over three hours. It was absolutely riveting, and there was not a single longeur in it. But Gerry rather reluctantly had to accept the studio's view that this would be completely un-commercial at that length, so there was a lot of footage on the cutting room floor even then. The released first-run cinema version was significantly longer than this DVD; a pity it has been clipped further. It would be wonderful if we could ever again see Polanski's first preferred cut!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By oldtimer on 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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