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Hunt Vs Lauda: Grand Prix's Greatest Racing Rivals (BBC Official) [DVD]

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  • Directors: Matthew Whiteman
  • Producers: Matthew Whiteman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Delta Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GZ3DJWW
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HUNT VS LAUDA: Grand Prix's Greatest Racing Rivals

The official BBC documentary.

An emotional documentary, which tells the true story of two great drivers and the managers that almost killed them.

This film features unseen footage and exclusive interviews from friends, colleagues and family members of both drivers, as well as the journalists who worked on the Formula 1 circuit at the height of their rivalry in the mid-1970s.

Formula 1 was at its sexiest, most glamorous moment in 1976, a time when it seemed Playboy racers ruled the world. But the reality was very different. The weak were preyed on by the strong. There was no margin for error: if you made a mistake, you died. Grand Prix was mortal combat and the drivers knew it.

Hunt and Lauda were at the mercy of their ferociously ambitious team managers every time they raced. In the mind of Ferrari's Daniele Audetto, and McLaren's Alastair Caldwell, 1976 was to become a legendary battle between Ferrari and McLaren. Both teams craved victory - whatever the cost.

Like gladiators, Hunt and Lauda would be tested to the limit in a season that took on almost Shakespearean proportions as they fought for the chequered flag and control of their lives - circuit after circuit.

The victory duel for the 1976 Formula 1 Championship has become the stuff of legend. The spectacular battle for supremacy that raged between Austrian, Niki Lauda and 'True Brit' James Hunt has never been equalled. After almost burning to death in his car at the Nurburgring track, Lauda came back from the dead and fought Hunt all the way to the last race of the season. The Japanese Grand Prix would prove the greatest moment for one man and the darkest for the other; an extraordinary end to a racing epic that had seen the closest competition ever for a Formula 1 Championship.

This film is no simple tale of driver versus driver: both men had their demons, but the forces that threatened them most were bred from the insane circus that surrounded them.

'A must have true story'

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My husband was very pleased with this.
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Bought as a gift for my son, he said it was excellent and he really enjoyed it, He also said it complemented the film version "Rush"
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Despite what it says on the DVD case, this is not "as seen on BBC TV" - with a running time of just 52 minutes, around a tenth has been edited out.

Probably due to licensing issues, music is missing and, more damagingly, many of the scenes that went with it - noticeably James Brown's Get Up Offa That Thing (used for Parkinson interview with "playboy Hunt" and footage of "Hunt the Shunt" at Hesketh), Kraftwerk's Autobahn (when looking at Lauda's approach to racing), T-Rex's Get It On (talking about McLaren's Marlborough sponsorship) and Boston's More Than A Feeling (used so effectively when describing the social context of the British GP and then showing Hunt's controversial victory).

Off the top of my head, Jackie Stewart's brief Nürburgring in-car commentary has also been cut in half, while the chilling narration from fellow driver John Watson, who held Lauda's head in his lap in the aftermath of the accident, is gone. Strangely I think a quote from Lauda may have been added - about being asked to date an autograph before the German GP "because it might be the last one."

This is a bare bones release and there are no extras. Even at a fiver I felt slightly hacked off buying it, so I took it back for a refund.

Wait for it to appear again on the BBC - it's a great documentary and well worth seeing in its original form. Incredibly moving and makes the recent Rush movie completely redundant.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 15 April 2014
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Note that I have not seen the DVD version of this programme, only the BBC4 broadcast, but as I was reviewing the film Rush [DVD], I took the opportunity to write a review of this also, as the two are inseparable. Please note some of the warnings in the other reviews.

This is an excellent documentary on the 1976 Formula One championship rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. I knew nothing of it before seeing this programme, but found it fascinating. Hunt came over as a public schoolboy who had no direction in his life, and was just chasing the moment, whereas Lauda’s approach, whether it was the intention or not, appeared to be the future of F1 racing, as we know it today. The film manages to show the drama and suspense of the races and the various political decisions much better than the recent film Rush does, which concentrates more of the character differences between the two rivals. This programme made me think of the famous quote on the English Civil War, that “the Royalists were romantic but wrong, the Parliamentarians repulsive but right”; though I would not call Lauda repulsive – he was simply being professional while Hunt was just a gifted amateur. However, as Napoleon is oft quoted as saying “I don’t care how good he is, is he lucky?” Hunt got lucky, but consistency won out in the end.
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With so much renewed interest in this battle between two of the racing worlds drivers as Ron Howard's RUSH showed, it's marvellous to hear & see the real footage & hear from the drivers & engineers & very moving firsthand experiences from partners & friends. This documentary is very well edited & a remarkable piece of documentary making about James Hunt & Niki Lauda, it's also an in-depth focus on the teams & cars of that era.
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I have been fascinated with this story because as I child I witnessed the events unfolding.. The BBC did a great documentary... but this is not it! It's been edited by about 10 minutes. One very annoyed customer!
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One of the most amazing battles in history of Formula One. It even showed to me another side of James Hunt compared to movie Rush that more focused on the rivalry between two drivers. this film made me wish James Hunt would be here today with us..
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10 out of 10 even if you're not into formula 1 racing,amazing determination and courage from both men.The actors were perfect for the roles!
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