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  • Actors: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshirô Mifune, Brian Bedford
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: John Frankenheimer, Robert Alan Aurthur, William Hanley
  • Producers: James Garner, John Frankenheimer, Edward Lewis, Kirk Douglas
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: May 24 2011
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004PHE9F6
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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.

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Format: 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 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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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 27 2011
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First time I saw this movie was 1966. I was 15 years old at that time and I didn't know too much about Formula 1, but anyway, I did like the movie.
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
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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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