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Rush [DVD]
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
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.

The title Rush is quite appropriate as you may experience a certain rush of adrenaline in watching the movie.

I think the movie in a way balances perfectly, because if you are like me, as you watch, clearly as a social guy Hunt steals the show, and as a technical and methodical racer, Lauda is superior. In a way they come across as total opposites, yet at the end one does admire both, Lauda for his heroic comeback showing what a true competitor he is, and Hunt for his charisma and skill.

Rush is jam packed with interesting events. You do not need I think to know much about movie going in, just allow it to rush over you.

I think most people will enjoy it, and I hope this was helpful.
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Although much of the film is a little over-dramatised, you have to accept that is what makes a great motion picture.

The story is compelling and the dialogue generally well written. The effects are breathtaking in their realism and the main characters very well cast and believable, Lauda more so than Hunt. I'm not sure that their rivalry was quite as dramatic as portrayed, but hey, that is cinema for you.

The film short-cut some of the drama of the 1976 British Grand Prix, which could almost have been made into a movie itself. In reality, Hunt was involved in a crash, and was told that he couldn't restart the race because he didn't complete the lap. People power allowed him to restart after the crowd started chanting and Hunt eventually won, only to be disqualified on appeal a few months later. I know because I was there at Brands Hatch on that day. In terms of motor racing it was a very messy season.

The scenes of Lauda's medical treatment were almost too painful to watch and it illustrates some of the torment he had to endure during his amazing recovery. Very moving scenes. The man is a legend.

A great film and Ron Howard can be justly proud of everyone involved. It brings back the atmosphere of F1 racing in the 1970s and tells a great story of two modern gladiators.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 25 January 2014
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. Part of the Limited Edition means you also get Deleted scenes and also behind the scenes and how the film was made.

Don't get me wrong you'll always find little things that have been put into a film that shouldn't be there, certainly as an avid F1 fan i prefer accuracy over many other things, but this is a film BASED on what happened and therefore not a total recreation of what happened yet the alterations they have made aren't enough to spoil it, indeed as a showcase of how things were back then this is fantastic, mostly accurate and gripping but I don't need to tell you that do I? You went to see it for yourself and left the cinema with the same conclusion.

VERDICT: It's a great film, if anything long overdue and the steel-book Limited edition makes it extra special for any F1 fan. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

P.S. Be aware that Amazon has lumped all the reviews of the DVD, Blu-ray and Steelbook Limited Edition together.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
If you have watched this you already know that its about the rivalry/friendship of James Hunt and Niki Lauda.These days I am not the greatest fan of Formula one,not many nice personalities and boring racing.As a child of the seventies I remember Formula 1 as a very different ball game,recalling many horrific crashes,safety didnt exist back then.
This is a very good film of the 1976 season that I really enjoyed,one or two liberties have been taken ie James Hunt punching the news reporter but acting/story is great.There are a few clips of James Hunt at the end of the film which actually brought a tear to my eye when I saw it at the cinema.
Have missed a star out on the review because of the extras,a film like this could have been treated a lot better in this department.However,released on the same day as this was the recent BBC documentary Hunt vs Lauda which is a good companion dvd to this film priced at £4-99 at HMV.I was going to treat myself to the steelbook edition but extras on that were the same as the standard blu ray
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2014
Even if you don't like F1 this film will reel you in! Even the Mrs loved it! Luada and Hunt were larger than life characters and although James Hunt is no longer with us, I think the film gives a fair portrayal of their rivalry. Well worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2014
What a film! Ron Howard knows how to keep viewers flying by the seat of their pants. An accurate portrayal to the tee of the 1976 F1 season events. Even if you're not an F1 fan, this film is well deserved of a 5 star rating on artistic Merritt alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2014
this film is brilliant i loved watching these two heros as a young girl so now as a 40 something i thoughrly enjoyed every bit of this nostalgic sentimental action packed and thrilling yet tender and moving at times this is a ten out of ten film !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
An amazing story that would be hard to believe if it wasn't already part of racing history. This film is for anyone, it is beautifully shot, it is as inspiring and emotional as it is entertaining. Its 5 star and one of the best films i have seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
I'm a very big F1 fan and i must say that Ron Howard has captured this period of F1's history very well and its great they actually used the F1 cars from that period as I live not very far from where Niki lauda first started his F1 career at BRM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2014
For anyone who knows the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda this is a must see, and for anyone who doesn't...its a must see! Casting is great and you really feel part of the action and risk of F1 racing in the 1970's.
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