- Directors: Paul Crowder
- Producers: Michael Shevloff, Nigel Sinclair
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Studiocanal
- DVD Release Date: 17 Mar. 2014
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00GDEZP70
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Narrated by Michael Fassbender, 1: Life on the Limit is an action documentary that evokes the glamour, speed, danger and excitement of the golden age of Formula 1. In an era when the sport was terrifyingly dangerous, the drivers were revered as rock stars with charisma and raw talent, however many of them paid the ultimate price. Those who survived racing at this time became leaders, standing up to save lives in a sport that was stealing them at a tragic rate.
Using rare and archival footage, 1: Life on the Limit features the largest list of F1 interviewees ever assembled.
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This is not just about the drivers either; we get to hear from family members like James Hunt's son and wives etc. Also we get the men behind the sport which has to include Bernie Eccelstone and Colin Chapman, the man behind Lotus. We go through the highs and lows, the developments that took speed further and the negligence of track owners and organisers as to the safety of the drivers and the spectators. The names of the participants read as a veritable who's who of the motor racing world. We have Nicki Lauda, Jackie Stewart, Michael Schumacher, Emmerson Fitipaldi and both Damon Hill and his father to name but a few.
There is oodles of archive footage as well as contemporary interviews and an awful lot of honesty about just how unprofessional some of the behind the scenes antics were. It all makes for fascinating stuff. Whilst a lot of aspects of F1 are covered the controversy around sponsorship and moreover tobacco sponsorship is never alluded to. Whilst that may never have been part of the remit, it would have been nice for the juxtaposition of asking for health and safety in the sport to be taken seriously whilst promoting a product with known health issues. Still this was a different age with very different values and the development of the cars is also fascinating, with wings etc all adding to the increased speeds.Read more ›
The best F1 film so far? Well certainly the best I've seen.
Inevitably, as the film focuses on the dangerous aspects of motor-racing, we’re shown dozens of high velocity crashes. In many of them the drivers were badly injured and even killed. It includes the heart-rending scene of one driver trapped inside a burning car while another desperately tries to save him, but fails because of inadequate trackside equipment. If that aspect of motor-racing repels you, then you definitely shouldn’t watch this.
However, Life on the Limit doesn’t glorify death or exploit the flinch-inducing footage. Instead it uses these examples to illustrate how the drivers’ movement and the F1 organisers gradually moved away from the ‘devil may care’ gentleman-racer free-for-all that initially existed and which relentlessly killed drivers and spectators every season. Using interviews with key figures, some retired and other still involved in F1, the film shows how that loss of life and injury became unacceptable and it explains much about the background to modern grand Prix competition. The film of drivers and mechanics hammering plainly ineffectual ‘safety barriers’ back together just prior to a race was a shocking eye-opener about just how offhand some circuits were about safety in the 1960s and 70s.Read more ›
Unfortunately it's here that it becomes apparent that speed is more important than detail for Crowder: extracts are kept short, the editing fast (but not incomprehensible), interviews brief to keep things moving and sexy, ironically leaving it with more in common with the organisers and officials who were so cavalier about safety for so long and who regarded danger as one of the sport's big selling points - it's just too afraid of losing its audience's interest if it stops too long to consider the story it races through.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
‘One’ is a must-see for any serious Formula One fan. It charts the evolution of the sport with a particular emphasis on accidents, fatalities and safety and with contributions from... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Matthews
Excellent film with my husband unwell it was a welcome distraction for him.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. J. Bruzas
I bought this as a gift for my father and he loved it. Great insight to what formula one was like in the past. Arrived on time and in good condition.Published 6 months ago by Dean Carden
A very nice film about the dangers of Formula 1, with many reports in the first person. Not as high-profile as Rush, but equally interesting.Published 7 months ago by Alexandre L.