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5.0 out of 5 stars Best F1 DVD review in years, 27 Dec 2013
This review is from: F1 2013 Official Review DVD (DVD)
Recent F1 reviews on DVD have been a disappointment (2012 was a particularly poor effort) but this year's season review has been put together extremely well.

Whereas previous years have just provided race highlights with little or no narrative given to events off-track, the 2013 DVD tells the story of the year, with coverage of pre-season testing and the young driver test, key incidents in practice/qualifying plus the fallout from "Multi 21" and the "secret" Pirelli test, a Mark Webber retrospective, and the tragedies of Mark Robinson and Maria De Villota.

Some minor negatives: When selecting individual races (as opposed to select play from the start) only the race itself is shown which is a minor inconvenience. Also, the DVD is almost devoid of any extras, save for the obligatory driver profiles (although the quality of the main feature does not make this a big issue for me personally).

Despite not being a classic season (far from it), this has ironically been the most enjoyable DVD to watch for many years. Hopefully the official F1 review keeps up this standard for future years.

PS: this is a review of the DVD rather than Blu-Ray
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2013 08:28:31 GMT
Stefaan says:
Many thanks.

Finally somebody who writes down a review of the DVD itself, instead of the season. We all know 2013 wasn't the best of seasons, but if you make a good package of it, it can still be worth watching.

Looks promising. I'm going for the Blu-Ray, so I hope it features some nice extra stuff as well.

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 23:00:26 GMT
dave s says:
2013 was boring racing, push button overtaking, redbull seconds faster than other cars, no big crashes, no engine blow ups its just so boring so the blu ray is unlikely to be great

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2014 16:29:22 GMT
Bricktop says:
@ dave s: If someone is looking for more insight into everything other than the results of the races, suggesting the Blu-ray is unlikely to be great having not seen it is short-sighted.

@ Stuart Coulter: Seems like they're in the habit of putting more extras on the Blu-ray now, I know for the 2012 Blu-ray they included 2+ hours of the kind of extras you'd expect to see interspersed with the main feature like team stories, qualifying and practice results, off tracks exploits, etc., which really was a bit of a shaft for those buying the DVD. Okay it would have worked out to a 7+ hour review, but hey the 2011 review was 5+ hours and I thought it was great. With that season it was truly only "special features" available exclusively on the Blu-ray, not the kind of stuff you'd expect to find in the main review. I thought the 2011 review was well done, and the quality of the Blu-ray was spectacular. I see the 2013 Blu-ray is now finally shipping, looking forward to seeing the review in gorgeous 1080i50 resolution with lossless 5.1 audio.

Note that the previous two years were all done by different companies, Universal did 2011, Metrodome did 2012 and now Duke has done 2013, they are no strangers to F1 season reviews.

Would be great if they'd go back to the 2006 DVD and re-author that one over 2 discs, the compression on it is brutal and it was such a good season so it's a shame we don't have a decent quality document of it.
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