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Grand Prix [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal Jan. 24 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Grand Prix is one of those racing extravaganzas that's really about racing. Although the stars are heavy-weights, they add to rather than detract from the racing yarn - Garner does wonderfully, as do Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand and Toshirô Mifune. This is an A+ movie all the way, historically close to the fact, and well worth seeing three-plus decades later. The story line is less clichéd than most pf the racing genre - triumph, overconfidence, loss, disappointment, catastrophe, victory! And the actors aren't just pretty doodads stuck in and around racing cars, they actually seem to know something about what they're doing.
The video depicts the last of the classic era (or the first years of the rear-engine era, as you wish) of Formula One. Many of the real drivers of the 1960s had cameos in the movie, and if you watch for them you'll see one or two in almost every track scene. This is a must for those building a racing video library. Far better than "Days of Thunder" with respect to being true to the actual sport (cars with smashed in body-work haven't won Daytona in years - except with Tom Cruise driving), and widely acclaimed in its day for pure cinematic accomplishment. It's still a great, great movie (and if you've got a copy of Grand Prix Legends installed on your PC, you can go out and race the same tracks you just watched on the video).
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4.0 out of 5 stars a classic and a must for race fans Dec 31 2002
Format:VHS Tape
John Frankenheimer broke new ground when he filmed "Grand Prix", putting cameras on single-seater cars and thus creating some of the most amazing footage ever shot of cars from that era. The movie is on the light side as far as the story development goes, and while James Garner is very convincing as an American grand prix ace, one has a harder time buying this sort of act from Yves Montand who plays the aging Ferrari driver. Eva Marie Saint is cast as a magazine journalist following the grand prix circus around Europe, trying to get a story - a storyline that was recently successfully resurrected in "Driven". Her lovestory with Montand is not exactly hot, but the highly dramatic race action in Monte Carlo, Spa, and Monza (they still used the famous banking of the autodromo in those days!)more than makes up for that. The film features cameo appearances of some of the era's greatest drivers like Graham Hill. Letter-boxed on a larger screen is the only decent way to completely enjoy the breath-taking cinematography of this classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars immortal racing film Oct. 15 2002
Format:VHS Tape
As a young teenager, I stoped in to see this movie quite by coincidence while visiting my Grandmother in Daytona Beach. In those days the movie theatre played a movie over and over during the day. I was entranced and watched the film twice in a row. Some of the effects were unheard of in those days and the perspective of speed and gritty engine sound were intoxicating.
Upon review, many films from my youth fail the test of time. Not this one! It is still a valid and pertinent statement about the cost of participation in motorsports at this level. The excitement is the same. Some commentarists have suggested that some of the characters and plot development is shallow, but how true! In this film you find both deep and shallow characters, just as in life. It is a film about the human drama that doesn't go overboard and doesn't forget that without the machines and the racing there is also no point.
An interesting and final note is that my 15 year old son is just as excited about the movie and is actually the reason that I made the move from rent to buy.
Enjoy a true classic (even cult?) film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Driving Oct. 10 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The #1 greatest racing movie ever made, Grand Prix was a very experimental film using brand new camera angles, new technologies, great story telling, and incredible insight into the greatest form of motorsport. Sure any jerk stomp the gas and go in a straight line its not about the driver its about the car, and you can teach a child to drive in a circle like those redneck NASCAR wimps. F1 is what driving is all about - the DRIVING not the car, not the TV exposure, not the fame - just pushing yourself as hard as you can - lots of turns, lots of shifts - driving because you love doing it. In this particular time period (late 60s) all the cars were rear mount engine rear wheel drive, 2.0 litre V8. Itdidnt matter who made it that was the league limit. Matching all the cars to see who was the better DRIVER. Also with a production team of experienced drivers you come out with famous insightful quotes like
"For three years I was world motorcross champion, I thought nothing could be better. Then I got in a car. You sit in a box surrounded by gasoline, like being inside a coffin, but of course you go faster and that is what's most important"
"I think if any of us ever imagined - i mean REALLY imagined - what it would be like to hit a tree at 120 miles an hour none of us would ever get in the cars. So it has always seemed to me that to do something reALLY DANGEROUS REQUIRES A CERTAIN LACK OF imagination"
INTERESTING TO KNOW: this movie was the first to every use split screening views. Also, this was made the last year the Formula cars were privately owned by the car manufacturers. After this corporate sponsorship ruined the sport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If your enjoy f1 , you should own this !!
This is an amazing tribute to a long gone era. The camera work is fantastic, real puts you in the race. This is also James Garners best role . Read more
Published 1 month ago by mad mal
5.0 out of 5 stars Save up and buy the blu-ray. Trust me.
I hate car racing movies, but this one I can watch again and again. Garner is spot on, and all the characters of the circuit make it very real. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scissorpaws
1.0 out of 5 stars I HATE IT
The disk won't play in my player nor anyone else's (3) that I tried. I sent a complaint but there wasn't any response so I'm out about $25. Thanks Amazon dot com.
Published 5 months ago by Wm. R. McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars One up for the Americans
Here is another old movie now available on DVD! The stars of this movie are the racing cars. The period is I think about 1966 and the story takes us around most of the Grand Prix... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas W. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I had never seen this movie but bought it because I'm a fan of 60's movies. I wasn't disappointed. The visuals are amazing. The quality of the Blu-Ray is outstanding. Read more
Published 14 months ago by glen Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Blu-ray!
Very good sound + vision (50 GB double-layer BD). Original aspect ratio. Highly recommended!

This sixties big time melodrama in glorious 70mm Cinerama with stellar cast... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2011 by mickey_one
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable quality...never been better!
Having purchased this movie on VHS, DVD and now Bluray, this the best this movie has ever looked and sounded! Read more
Published on June 8 2011 by Yesdup57
5.0 out of 5 stars Start your engines!
If you like fast cars and the roaring sound of, "VAROOOOM!" this is the movie for you. Or if you prefer soap opera romances and beautiful clothes, you, too, will like this movie. Read more
Published on May 27 2011 by Kona
1.0 out of 5 stars Grand Prix
Don't buy it! It only works if you use an HD DVD player. Be sure to read the fine print carefully! I didn't and now I am stuck with a useless DVD. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2009 by Jim Sherritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, that sound!
For a race fan, Grand Prix is not just about the sights, but the sound as well. Frankenheimer outdid himself on this one, going for supreme accuracy on the sound effects. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2007 by Christopher Heidel
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