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on 26 February 2014
Despite what it says on the DVD case, this is not "as seen on BBC TV" - with a running time of just 52 minutes, around a tenth has been edited out.

Probably due to licensing issues, music is missing and, more damagingly, many of the scenes that went with it - noticeably James Brown's Get Up Offa That Thing (used for Parkinson interview with "playboy Hunt" and footage of "Hunt the Shunt" at Hesketh), Kraftwerk's Autobahn (when looking at Lauda's approach to racing), T-Rex's Get It On (talking about McLaren's Marlborough sponsorship) and Boston's More Than A Feeling (used so effectively when describing the social context of the British GP and then showing Hunt's controversial victory).

Off the top of my head, Jackie Stewart's brief Nürburgring in-car commentary has also been cut in half, while the chilling narration from fellow driver John Watson, who held Lauda's head in his lap in the aftermath of the accident, is gone. Strangely I think a quote from Lauda may have been added - about being asked to date an autograph before the German GP "because it might be the last one."

This is a bare bones release and there are no extras. Even at a fiver I felt slightly hacked off buying it, so I took it back for a refund.

Wait for it to appear again on the BBC - it's a great documentary and well worth seeing in its original form. Incredibly moving and makes the recent Rush movie completely redundant.
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Note that I have not seen the DVD version of this programme, only the BBC4 broadcast, but as I was reviewing the film Rush [DVD], I took the opportunity to write a review of this also, as the two are inseparable. Please note some of the warnings in the other reviews.

This is an excellent documentary on the 1976 Formula One championship rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. I knew nothing of it before seeing this programme, but found it fascinating. Hunt came over as a public schoolboy who had no direction in his life, and was just chasing the moment, whereas Lauda’s approach, whether it was the intention or not, appeared to be the future of F1 racing, as we know it today. The film manages to show the drama and suspense of the races and the various political decisions much better than the recent film Rush does, which concentrates more of the character differences between the two rivals. This programme made me think of the famous quote on the English Civil War, that “the Royalists were romantic but wrong, the Parliamentarians repulsive but right”; though I would not call Lauda repulsive – he was simply being professional while Hunt was just a gifted amateur. However, as Napoleon is oft quoted as saying “I don’t care how good he is, is he lucky?” Hunt got lucky, but consistency won out in the end.
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on 22 August 2014
With so much renewed interest in this battle between two of the racing worlds drivers as Ron Howard's RUSH showed, it's marvellous to hear & see the real footage & hear from the drivers & engineers & very moving firsthand experiences from partners & friends. This documentary is very well edited & a remarkable piece of documentary making about James Hunt & Niki Lauda, it's also an in-depth focus on the teams & cars of that era.
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on 30 April 2014
I have been fascinated with this story because as I child I witnessed the events unfolding.. The BBC did a great documentary... but this is not it! It's been edited by about 10 minutes. One very annoyed customer!
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on 8 May 2014
10 out of 10 even if you're not into formula 1 racing,amazing determination and courage from both men.The actors were perfect for the roles!
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on 8 September 2014
This is the film on which I believe 'Rush' was based but portrays a different James to that of Champion: James Hunt, which I choose to believe is the more accurate one. Good story though!
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on 16 January 2014
Saw this brilliant doc when it was shown on BBC; really looking forward to seeing it again on DVD. The story of Niki Lauda's crash is both harrowing and uplifting and it's amazing to see what F1 was like back then.
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on 23 March 2014
I am old enough to remember the events and thoroughly enjoyed the program.
It not only brings back all the memories of that year but adds wonderful insights from those involved.
Niki's calculating and brave persona complementing the raw talent of the boisterous larger than life Hunt.
Watched in conjunction wit h Duke marketing's " James Hunt " from their Champions series it gives a full humorous and inspiring account.
Enjoy . . . . You Will never see anything like these open, frank comments from today's bland,PR obsessed F1 robots.
Original 1 star was a typo . . Sorry.
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on 29 February 2016
This dvd was a revelation to me, It brings to light issues that was not apparent to Joe public at the time.
If you were around at the time of the 1976 Formula1world championship, chances are you wouldn't have known the full details concerning it.
Amazing.
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on 5 December 2014
One of the most amazing battles in history of Formula One. It even showed to me another side of James Hunt compared to movie Rush that more focused on the rivalry between two drivers. this film made me wish James Hunt would be here today with us..
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