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Super Speedway (Large Format) (2-Disc Edition)  (Bilingual)

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One of the best directors of IMAX films, Stephen Low (Titanica) has always been a race fan. After obtaining permission from CART, a governing body of Indy car racing and Newman/Haas racing (a Championship team co-owned by Paul Newman), Low found his stars for Super Speedway: the racing Andrettis, father Mario and son Michael. Mounting cameras fore and aft on the Andrettis' cars, IMAX offers a better vantage point than an ESPN camera, at a superior grade of clarity. Add to that the excellent sound and you can "feel" the bumps on the asphalt as the cars zoom in and out of corners. The large format can turn a pit stop into a dramatic 12 seconds as we see the driver's eyes dart away from his cockpit for a few brief seconds. We watch Michael Andretti on oval tracks and exciting road courses going over hills and sharp turns. There's even a spin--probably staged--from an angle we've never seen before.

Although true race conditions were impossible (the camera is just too bulky), Low sneakily edits his film to stretch the imagination. On race day, several Indy cars drove alongside the camera car hours before the main event, passing and drafting each other with crowds whizzing past them. When edited with footage of the race, it feels like the real thing. Low takes a few off-beat choices in setting up his story. The first image is the biggest chicken you've ever seen. The last shot is a '50s car (lovingly restored during the film) racing through perfect golden foliage on an autumn day. It gives his movie of modern technology a wonderful sense of nostalgia. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

The "making of" documentary is nearly as long as the 50-minute IMAX feature itself. Any fan of the film will want to see how they made the incredible shots by attaching an 80-pound camera to a racecar. The documentary also shows us how the camera car was made competitive (they turned up its boost) and the troubles involved with filming at the Indy car manufacturer (the mechanics were wary of trade secrets being uncovered). The Mach II edition remixes the powerful soundtrack in Dolby 5.1 or DTS sound and offers the option of a new widescreen anamorphic picture that comes close to the you-are- there IMAX feel. Two additional racing sequences are also shown for the first time. --Doug Thomas

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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible footage... Aug. 2 2003
By A Customer
This is an incredible DVD. The images are absolutely the cleanest. As clean as you can get on an HDTV without an actual HDTV signal - almost 3D. The racing and testing footage was spectacular. I have an Hitachi 65" HDTV(WS) but the DTS and 16:9 function would not work on this DVD - each time I selected 16:9 WS and DTS it would lockup the DVD. I watched it in 4:3 fullframe in the 16:9 std mode on the TV and the audio in DD 5.1 EX with no problem. That is the beauty of Hitachi WS televisions. They will take a fullscreen 1.33:1 and expand the image without distortion in the 16:9 std mode - although I prefer movies in WS. Do not use the 4:3 expanded mode - it creates distortion. I have no idea why the 16:9 WS function would not work along with the DTS audio and I tried it several times. I am returning it for another. I know there is nothing wrong with my system because we watched Cheryl Crow - Rockin the Globe in DTS before watching SuperSpeedway and the Eagles Hell Freezes Over in DTS after that - it must be the DVD disk. If you like racing - it gives an incredible feel - at times "almost" as if you were actually driving...
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Can I have 8 Stars to put on this one?! May 18 2003
I don't own this DVD - yet...but I will!
I just saw this at a friend's house who has an HDTV rear projection TV, and a decent audio system ... Audio and video were of the utmost quality - no grainy translation of color or image to the HDTV's screen in widescreen format, even though the DVD is too old to be HD.
This has got to be the best quality DVD I've ever seen from a presentation standpoint. Even if you don't like racing, I would be willing to bet money that you'd still like this for its excellent documentary quality. Though this film is older ('97 originally - in IMAX) it is still a very true to life behind the scenes story (I work in motorsports). It is captivating and interesting to see just how an Indy car team lives and breathes year-round.
The sound is incredible! One scene shows Mario and Michael Andretti working on something in the paddock area while there are cars out on track testing. You actually hear the cars on the track in the background going AROUND your viewing room as if you were standing in the paddock with the Andrettis.
The in-car/on-car footage is the same - a racing competitor comes up to pass on the left; you hear him in the left-rear before you see him, then the nose of his car appears and the sound is beside you (in both front and rear speakers) and finally as he passes the sound of his car moves to the front, all with appropriate volume levels. You can almost feel the steering wheel in your hands! And the visual experience of going 180-200 MPH around Homestead is astounding! None of this watered down, graphic crowded, short focal length/narrow-angle view junk you see on TV...You get a VERY GOOD idea of what it's like to travel at such speed in an open cockpit car!! Wind noise and all! Unbelievable!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but.... Aug. 4 2002
By Mike M.
As others have said, the DVD is great, and probably even better when seen in an actual IMAX theater. I think I found the making-of documentary actually more interesting than the feature itself. It was interesting to see the challanges of mounting a 70 lb IMAX camera on a car that was engineered and designed taking into account where every ounce is placed. Hanging 70lbs on it and still expect it to perform is quite a task.
I felt the audio was not accurately dubbed at some points. Too many/not enough gear shifts, mixing of two audio tracks with different engine RPM without a break in the video.
The biggest thing I had a problem with is the fact that it seemed several shots were sped up a bit to make it look more intense. Thats not cool. I hate when "World Scariest Police Chases" does it, but its expected from them. To have it done in a professionally done IMAX feature just is not acceptable. If you look at the on-car shots, watch Mario's head bouncing around. He doesn't have a natural movement- it moves to fast.
IMAX is supposed to bring the awe and adventure of things the normal everyday person will never experience. I feel there is a certain responsibility to bring it to us true, not buttered up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money and time. April 3 2002
Boy was I disappointed when I watched this! IMAX films are generally designed to wow viewers in their exclusive massive theaters with hundreds of speakers and a monster sound system. But the story-line, dialog and every other aspect of the films are are pretty sterile, contrived and basically boring. Well take away the big theater and what you get is the lame story and only a glimpse of the films visual and audio impact. (Yes, I've got all the cool stuff, 42" TV, DTS, 200W/channel...blah blah blah). There lots of IMAX-y shots that start at a distance then slowly zoom in. In the IMAX theater the crowd goes ooh and ahh. At home you go huh? And don't expect any real racing excitment. They show a few random clips of a race, then wha-la the winners are spraying champagne. The dialog is presented as if it's genuine, but it's obviously scripted. The test track footage is pretty cool and the engine sounds are good but inconsistent,they have to turn them down so you can hear the lame dialog. Mario Andretti is of course way-cool, he can't help it. And if you're into it (I'm not) there's a handful of old clips of horrific crashes, most of which someone was killed (neat huh). These are not filmed in IMAX. I haven't watched the making-of bit yet but I'm sure it's more interesting than the main feature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Triple Feature
For us "old" Elvis fans, this is a delightful trio of movies. Although the story lines aren't spectacular, it is enough just to watch Elvis and listen to his songs.
Published on July 23 2012 by Valerie Skiba
3.0 out of 5 stars Box Set?? I Think Not !
When I was purchasing this item, I thought it was a box set ( as it shows in the picture ). But it is a single case with 2 discs ( the first 2 movies on one disc and the 3rd movie... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2010 by A. Joudrey
2.0 out of 5 stars not quite what i had hoped,but racing buffs will probably enjoy it
i should mention that i'm not really a racing fan.nevertheless,i picked
this documentary up fairly cheap,and i thought it might be interesting
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Published on Oct. 29 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Not Forget Grand Prix!!
Clearly, Super Speedway is a well-crafted documentary and belongs in every CART/F1 fan's DVD library. Read more
Published on July 25 2007 by Jag-Nut-E
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any CART fan!
This is a very engaging film, narrated by the great Mario Andretti. The sound is incredible--almost like being at a race--and the visuals are breathtaking. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by C. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing!
This DVD is a must have for your home theater. I bought it on the recommendations here on the website and was not disappointed. The clarity is amazing. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome!!!
This is a must see DVD. It's everything the previous reports have to say about it. It's simply AWESOME if you do indeed want to show off your HD surround sound system get this DVD... Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Bruce Schramm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...What a great movie.
I bought this with the intention of being able to Demo it in a home theatre lounge at a high end retail outlet where I work. It still continues to WOW! Read more
Published on April 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I own this DVD. I just wanted to respond to the review from Mike M. below. Another reviewer commented as well, these scenes are NOT sped up. Read more
Published on March 24 2003 by Kristin Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Theater must have
If you own a home theater or are a race fan this is a must have very interesting, the only disappointment is it's not 2.35:1
Picture quality 5 Sound quality 5
Published on July 29 2002
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