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You're better off watching the repeat on telly
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.