|Grand Prix (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Actors: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune, Brian Bedford, Jessica Walter, Antonio Sabato, Francoise Hardy, Adolfo Celi, Claude Dauphin, Enzo Fiermonte, Genevieve Page, Jack Watson, Donald O'brien, Jean Michaud (ii), Albert Remy, Rachel Kempson, Ralph Michael, Alan Fordney, Anthony Marsh
Director: John Frankenheimer
Publisher: Warner Home Video
Studio: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Label: Warner Home Video
Format: Ac-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Portuguese (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), French (Dubbed)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Running Time: 176 minutes
Number Of Items: 2
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6
Release Date: July 11, 2006 (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: December 21, 1966
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Light on story, this 1966 spectacle directed by John Frankenheimer was shot in 70 millimeter, with a cinematically enthralling emphasis on unique, visceral new ways of capturing the sensations of a car race. James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, and Toshiro Mifune are part of the stellar, international cast whose characters plod through assorted relationship and business conflicts. But the film's real hook is the thrilling and inventive means by which Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) brings an urgency to the drama happening on the racetrack. A true master of the plastic techniques of obtaining and cutting kinetic footage, Frankenheimer offers more than a joyride to viewers: he makes action part of the compelling language of stories. Cameras are strapped to vehicles as they round the track, shots are taken from a helicopter, the screen is split between angles for maximum impact--even if Grand Prix doesn't rank among the director's best character-driven stories, it is certainly driven on its own terms. --Tom Keogh
On the DVD
The much-anticipated release on DVD does not disappoint, with a pristine restored print and upgraded 5.1 Dolby sound. Of course, the Cinerama film can only be fully appreciated if you sit very close to your screen. The absence of a commentary track is forgivable, since director John Frankenheimer died in 2002. "Pushing the Limit" is your standard 30-minute retrospective with many new interviews with the stars and drivers. The universal opinion is that the film caught Formula One at the exact right time when the beauty of the sport was about to be changed in favor of safety and commercialism. There are some fascinating stories on how they were able to use real race footage so seamlessly. "Flat Out" continues the vibe of what racing was like in the '60s with more interviews from the real racers. "The Style and Sound of Speed" talks about designer Saul Bass and how he created the film's different approaches to each race and the cutting-edge use of montages and multiple screens. The vintage doc is kitschy but allows us to see the filming in action (the footage is used extensively in the new featurettes). --Doug Thomas
Nine races. One champion. James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato portray Formula I drivers competing to be the best in this slam-you-into-the-driver's seat tale of speed, spectacle and intertwined personal lives. Eva Marie Saint and Toshiro Mifune also star. John Frankenheimer (who 32 years later would again stomp the pedal to the metal for the car chases of Ronin) directs this winner of 3 Academy Awards?,* crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers take part in the excitement, so buckle up, movie fans. Race with the best to the head of the pack.
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Grand Prix 2 Disc DVD WOW July 28, 2006
This is a dvd well worth waiting for. All racing fans will enjoy the ragged roar of the engines to the side love stories. DVD picture is crisp and the color is beautiful. Only word of caution: there have been some DVDs sent out missing their inserts. Currently, Amazon will accept returns but that doesn't solve the original problem nor get the DVD set into your hands. If you find you're missing the insert, I think our only recourse is to contact MGM and ask them to send it. This happened when Dune was re-released this year, but Universal promptly took care of the problem by sending out the inserts. Hopefully, MGM will do the same.
Grand Prix: What a movie!! July 19, 2006
4 out of 4 found this review helpful
I am 30 years old and I watch the movie for first time. It is a fantastic movie and I am very pleased of it.As C. Stuart Carter from Indianapolis said Grand Prix is the film to accompany the best sim ever, "Grand Prix Legends".Thank you for bring me the great era of 60's.
Best Racing Movie of All Time July 18, 2006
7 out of 7 found this review helpful
Long awaited arrival on DVD did not disappoint. This is by far the greatest racing movie ever made. The extras are a great addition and tell the story behind the movie as well as Formula 1 racing in the 60's, which many consider the heyday of the sport. If you enjoy racing or are interested in the history of motor sports, or like great cinematography, get this movie.
Original, Laser disc, July 15, 2006
6 out of 6 found this review helpful
I originally saw this in San Francisco, a week after its release in 70mm. It was so realistic, that one of our party had to leave, do to the crash scenes.
I had a laser disc copy when it was released, which was far superior to the VHS. Of course these are no longer available.
The DVD version with the 5.1, and difitally remastered is fantastic. ENJOY a great vintage movie that still has no equal in showing racing as it is.
Well worth the wait... July 14, 2006
8 out of 8 found this review helpful
This is one of those titles that DVD fans have hungered for since the technology's first introduction. Why? Probably because many of us saw the film originally in the 1966 roadshow release in Cinerama and have vivid memories of that mind-bending experience. Plus, GRAND PRIX is hands down the best car-race film ever to come from Hollywood. The soap opera elements of the story are pure 1960s movie melodrama, but they work because they are bracketed by the most breathtaking, visceral race footage ever seen. On an 80' curved Cinerama screen, the races were staggeringly real, and GRAND PRIX exemplifies one of the best uses of the 70mm Super Cinerama technology in the 1960s, along with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The fact that very little process photogrpahy was used at all makes the film even more realistic, especially in some of those dizzying shots where the camera turns from the driver toward the road ahead and you're placed in the front seat of a rocket banking the turns at Monza. Spec-tac-u-lar! Superb restoration from 65mm negative elements and great re-mix of the six-track mag stereo into digital 5.1. Terrific film, and thank you Warner Home Video, for taking the usual care to include the overture and intermission tracks that were part of the roadshow experience. Excellent supplementary extras complete the package. Well worth the wait for this DVD.