Grand Prix [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Formula I drivers compete to be the best in this slam-you-into-the-driver’s seat tale of speed, spectacle and intertwined personal lives. 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. Buckle up to race with the best.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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!
Racing sequences: 10/10
Picture quality: 9/10
Aspect ratio: ca. 2.35:1 (orig.)
Run time (24 fps): 2:55'57"
Audio: GB; F;D;E;POR
ST: GB; F;D;E;POR;DK;FIN;N;S o/-
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'
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.
I saw the movie again, 50 years (!) later, this time being a big fan of Formula 1 for years. Since things changed so much in 50 years I thought I was going to see a nostalgic back in time kind of story, . To my big big surprise, I realized that John Frankenheimer, the director, was a real visionary for that time.The angles, the images, the way he inserted those big names at that time (Jim Clark, Graham Hill, etc.. next to James Gardner and Co, was amazing. It was more real than any live Formula 1 Grand Prix TV broadcasting today. For those who are really passionate about F1 i highly recommand this movie
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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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 morePublished on July 21 2014 by mad mal
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 morePublished on July 16 2014 by Scissorpaws
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 on March 3 2014 by Wm. R. McGrath