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Weekend Of A Champion [DVD]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2013
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2014
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2013
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
on 7 December 2013
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2015
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2014
This documentary was absolutely worth watching (twice actually). It was well done and we'll thought out. I grew up in that era watched a lot of Formula one through Wide World of Sports. Monte Carlo was and is still the jewel! The commentary by Jackie Stewart was so interesting and conversation with the other drivers of that time was great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
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.
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on 18 July 2015
When the cars made a racket and the drivers balls were huge. We go back to Monaco in 1971 and film director Roman Polanski and F1 former and soon to become newly crowned champ Jackie Stewart embark in each others company as Stewart and his Tyrell/Ford team try to win the Grand Prix. Stewart shows Polanski around the circuit, gives an insight into his driving skills (in his pants) and generally hob nob together in his hotel room.
Sad to see so many faces who were to only see months/years left i.e. Siffert, Cevert, Hill etc. but the documentary really gives you a feel how much the sport has changed in the 40 years or so. The last 20 minutes are brought forward to near the current day and they reminisce and strangely briefly discuss Cevert and the ladies (as if Stewart knew nothing about Polanski's exploits). Recommended if your an F1 fan!
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