The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. TT: Closer to the Edge is a story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It's also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win.
I should start this review by saying that although I enjoy watching motor car racing (especially Formula 1), I've never followed motorbike racing and I don't ride a motorbike either. To be honest, they scare me half to death. And I came to this film having just seen the much-hyped Senna, which I enjoyed and admired, but wouldn't rate as a great film. I was fearing that it would be similarly over-hyped. But I couldn't be more wrong. This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen and I would recommend it to everyone regardless of whether or not they like motor racing (of any type).
What makes this documentary so great is that it explores the human condition and, in particular, attempts to explain why these men risk their lives to win a race. And they certainly do risk their lives and they know they are risking their lives. The year of TT races that this documentary covers allows the filmmakers to explore the full range of experience. They do this by observing the participants and letting them talk. There is no attempt to force the analysis; instead, we see how these men are drawn into this obsessional pastime and it comes to define their lives. The film is quite extraordinary in the way you get behind the various characters and by the end you cannot help but admire their brave passion. The racing shots are pretty awesome as well. And if you don't know the story of that year's TT races, you will be drawn into a dramatic roller-coaster of emotion.
Only one aspect of the film disappointed me; the 3D. I wouldn't have minded if the whole film was in 3D or if none of it was (frankly I'd have preferred the whole thing in 2D so that I could concentrate on the characters). But the 3D version is deeply flawed because although most of the film is shot in 3D, they couldn't mount 3D cameras on the bikes. So what would have been the most amazing 3D shots ever - blasting around the life-threatening curves of the TT course - are absent. And the switching between the 2D and 3D causes you to notice and watch the effects rather than allowing you to focus on the story. But, of course, with this release, you can sit back and watch the whole film in blu-ray or DVD 2D, which is the way to go.
This really is a fabulous film and one of the cinematic gems of 2011.
Very difficult to say much more.100 mins main feature plus about the same in extras.Picture quality is fab.3d is ok ,not onboard though,which is the only negative you can say about it.If you have not seen this you should.
Liked the film, despite it being pretty hard to understand Guy Martin sometimes. The downsides are that the adverts are of the numerous, cannot-skip and very very long variety, which is just a disgusting way to treat paying customers.
When I got he DVD the last 10 minutes were not viewable as well due to a bad disc skipping all the time, but of course I probably just got a bad one...