Grand Prix (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
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Academy Award winning drama starring James Garner. American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron (Garner) is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford). While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard's estranged wife.
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At 176 minutes, Grand Prix is the very definition of epic, but is so perfectly edited and shot that it never really feels that length. I'm always weary of movies with bloated running times, but Grand Prix even features the 5-minute intermission as seen in theatres, so there's no reason to feel guilty for getting up and stretching your legs a bit.
The film follows four Formula 1 drivers as they question life, chase women, and face a crisis of confidence. It's very Day-of-Thunder-ish, but I guess there's only so much story you can shoehorn in-between racing scenes in a film like this. The documentary feel adds an authentic edge to it, which helps keep a far distance from Tony Scott's similarly-themed disaster.
Shot in 70mm and originally projected in Cinerama (a curved screen for an immersive experience, an early form of IMAX in a way), John Frankenheimer does not hold back and thrusts the audience right into the middle of real races. Up until this point racing movies were mostly b-grade drive-in material with actors shot against a projected backdrop (think of Clark Gable in To Please a Lady) and audiences had never really seen it for real, in color, and especially not from the driver's point-of-view. Some shots are mesmerizing, especially the camera, one inch above the surface of the tarmac, hurtling down the road. Few movies have ever given you this sense of speed. And it's all done for real. I'm not saying that there's no place for CGI in movies, but if you want something to look good, you're going to have to do it the hard way.
Grand Prix deservedly won three Oscars for Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, and Best Film Editing.Read more ›
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An excellent presentation of this outstanding motor racing classic.Published 2 months ago by Jaye Wilkie
Still totally brilliant with truly extraordinary track camera work. You really feel you are driving! Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Livingston
Took a while, was worried when it arrived and the front cover was in French, but that aside works great on my UK Blu ray player. Brilliant picture and sound.Published 4 months ago by Genesisfan2007
In truth the plot of Grand Prix is pretty wafer thin, with not enough story to fully justify the gargantuan run time, yet it's both thrilling and fascinating all the same. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Spike Owen