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Grand Prix [Blu-ray]

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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 Gorgeous Blu-ray! Dec 2 2011
By mickey_one TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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 also sports some of the best racing footage ever - this is rivetting stuff! The live action sequences from 1966 Monte Carlo- and Spa- Grand Prix will make you feel like the proverbial documentary "fly on the wall" ...only this time it's the wall of an F1 cockpit - take off and enjoy!

Film: 6.5/10
Racing sequences: 10/10
Picture quality: 9/10
Aspect ratio: ca. 2.35:1 (orig.)
Run time (24 fps): 2:55'57"
Chpt.: 46
Audio: GB; F;D;E;POR
Region free
Bonus, all in SD:
- Making-of, 29'
- Formula 1 in the sixties, 17'
- Style and Sound of Speed, 11'
- Brands Hatch, 10'
- Grand Prix - Challenge of the Champions 12'
- Trailer
Studio: MGM
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1.0 out of 5 stars I HATE IT March 3 2014
Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie June 18 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. Excellent bonus material as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable quality...never been better! June 8 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Having purchased this movie on VHS, DVD and now Bluray, this the best this movie has ever looked and sounded! The BEST racing scenes ever filmed - you'll feel like you're in the race cockpit. Story line could have been better, but watch it for the cars and race tracks. Special features are from the special edition DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Start your engines! May 27 2011
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. It opens with a bang on the picturesque streets of Monte Carlo, as the 1966 Grand Prix racers are bolting through town. We meet drivers from America, England, and France (James Garner, Brian Bedford, and Yves Montand) and follow their rivalry through the racing season. We also look behind the scenes at their love lives as they deal with conflicting feelings about racing.

This is an exciting and very enjoyable movie. Yves Montand never looked hunkier, even though he plays the oldest racer on the circuit. He's dreamy and so much better than his love interest, Eva Marie Saint, who is drab and dull and totally miscast as a fashionista. Brian Bedford, with his cute babyface and stiff-upper lip is memorable as a sensitive driver who never quite lived up to his famous brother. His love is well-played by kittenish Jessica Walter as a model with a roaming eye. On the down side, handsome James Garner isn't given much to do and his character is bland and uninspired. Many real Formula 1 drivers have minor parts and several real Grand Prix races were filmed in various countries adding an authentic flavor.

The film comes in two discs and the Extras are quite interesting, featuring interviews with director and cast that were filmed in the nineties. We learn that the stars didn't use stunt drivers, but actually drove themselves at high speeds for close-ups. The special effects are impressive, done decades before CGI. Maurice Jarre's soundtrack is lovely (and sounds a lot like his "Lawrence of Arabia" and even a bit like "Dr. Zhivago").

This is a movie with something for everyone - high speed racing excitement, romance, and moments of personal reflection. The acting and direction are excellent. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, that sound! Nov. 19 2007
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. The Ferrari sounds absolutely different than the BRM, which sounds different than the 'Yamura.' Sure, the visuals are brilliant, but the sounds are the most incredible part. Actual period F1 race cars were outfitted with tape recorders to capture each make's unique voice. Brilliantly synchronized, and spectacularly authentic, to hear those shrieking engines echoing through the streets of Monaco or reverberating down the straightaways at Spa will blow you away. Forget the plot, which is quite thin. Forget the acting, which is stilted at best. Concentrate on the sights, the sounds and the cameos of all those famous race drivers, probably their only appearance outside of news or sports interviews. Relive the glory days of the sport, when tires lasted several races, brakes were a bad dream, and drivers manhandled those frail bombshells around tight tracks without traction control, semi-automatic transmissions and pit radios. In my collection of car movies, Le Mans and Grand Prix top the list. I find it difficult to choose between the two films because their intent is so different. Still, despite its 'Grand Hotel', soap-opera feeling, Grand Prix remains the Big Daddy of them all, and Frankenheimer will forever reign as 'Commendatore' with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moment in time June 3 2007
Never mind the fluffy plot. This is an opportunity to see classic F1 cars (minus all of today's technological aids) racing against each other - and possible carnage. We shall never see the like again. The in-car shots of the Monaco GP alone are worth the price. Thank you for finally releasing this on DVD!
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