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More just a glimpse,
This review is from: Formula 1 1980 Review [DVD] (DVD)
I'm sure I'm not the only one to have long wondered why there has never been a review of the 1980 Formula 1 season available. So when this was released I was looking forward to a great watch with plenty of footage from "The missing year".
As it turned out this film seems to use very little of the television feed transmitted at the time and instead seems to be made up almost entirely from footage shot by one documentary crew. On the plus side there are excellent pits scenes, on the minus side there is very little race footage and in some cases rounds were missed completely, instead just the results being shown. What is illustrated is how different the highly polished sport we know now has changed in the past twentyfour years. Check those aluminium chassis and all the drivers pausing for a well-earned smoke.
The music was a little in the Bontempi Organ style and the commentator, as well as sounding exactly like Steve Coogan, sounded a little bored, although I think it is the same person that Duke Video used on a number of titles.
So all in all not quite what I and I'm sure others were expecting, but nevertheless it does bring 1980 back to us.
I look forward to all the 1970s releases with anticipation.