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Great action, poor extras,
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This review is from: Le Mans [DVD]  (DVD)
You'll either love Le Mans or hate it. It all depends on whether you love the feel and atmosphere of motor racing. This film perfectly captures that emotion. Hardened Steve McQueen fans will be pleased to see this film available, but be moan the lack of extras.
The story itself is not terribly original. Take away the cars and you have a classic sexual tension story whereby a relationship is developing between a widow and the man, albeit innocently, involved in her husband's death. This is not the point however ... the point is to see the cars in action, the story is just there to ensure some drama away from the action, but in truth it doesn't need it. The sight of dozens of thoroughbred 70s sports-racing cars overcoming the challenges of the 8 miles of the Le Mans road circuit is utterly compelling.
The opening 30 minutes are the best in my opinion. The gradual build up to the race and the start itself. The scenes of the Loire countryside are magnificent and very evocative, and as the day of the race continues, the anticipation grows until the fall of the Tricoleur to signify the start.
The 5.1 sound is good and worth the price of the DVD alone if you love the sound of a Porshe 917. The picture transfer is good too, but then it needs to be as there are no extras whatsoever - no trailers, no commentaries, no documentaries, nothing.
And it is this lack of extras that will affect this DVD most. Le Mans, the race, is such an institution it is a great shame that no one bothered to pull together even the most meagre of documentaries on the history and the film's place in that.