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America's Cup 1983

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  • Actors: John Bertrand
  • Directors: Chip Croft
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sea-TV
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LIP8FW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,669 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Americas Cup that changed everything! This is the 25th Anniversary Special Edition of the historic 1983 America s Cup yacht race. Australia II skippered by John Bertrand beats Dennis Conner s Liberty to end the 132-year domination of the Americas Cup by the New York Yacht Club, breaking longest winning streak in sports history! This is the undisputed greatest sailing event of the 20th Century. A unique documentary of Newport and the Aussie victory shot before the big networks dominated the Cup coverage. The documentary opens with a quick tour of Newport, a city with more historic firsts than any other in the US, such as the first casino, the first library, etc. Then you meet the 12 meter yachts, and the key players leading up to the incredible final race. The big build-up begins when Dennis Conners Liberty is selected by the New York Yacht Club to defend the Cup over Ted Turner s old Courageous, skippered by John Kolius. Then thousands invade Newport as the final race between Liberty and Australia II shapes up to be the Race of the Century. Then you move in with hundreds of boats for the most dramatic close-up ever of the tumultuous congratulations and celebration on the water minutes after Bertrand and crew cross the finish line into history. This is a unique inside view of the great race never seen in typical network coverage. As a bonus, also included is a never before seen exclusive interview with John Bertrand the skipper of the victorious Australia II and author of the book Born To Win. In this insightful interview John talks about what it took to win the Cup under tremendous pressure, the winged keel, the psychology of winning in sports and in life and much more! This is a fabulous, inspiring interview that is excellent for veteran racers as well as youth who want to go for greatness.

About the Actor

Before winning the 1983 America's Cup, Australian John Bertrand was an Olympic sailing champion and earned a masters degree in engineering from MIT. He has participated in five America's Cup campaigns and two Olympic Games. Australia conferred a Member of the Order of Australia on John in 1985. His biography Born To Win, on which the interview in this DVD is based, was published in 1985, was the largest-selling biography in Australian publishing history. John is currently co-owner and Chairman of World Wide Entertainment, one of Australia s largest independent television production and distribution companies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Kirkwood on March 7, 2009
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If you want an excellent documentary on the 1983 America's Cup either purchase The Aussie Aussault or The 25th Defense. The "Special 25th Anniversary Edition" was not very special. Although it contained footage not in the two documentaries I recommended, the footage it contains is amaturish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gaczol on October 9, 2014
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It's difficult to write a review on this because there are two things to consider. First, the quality of the product itself. This DVD is not very long, and its overall quality is ‘average’. The editing isn't very good, the voice-over is occasionally drowned out by background noise and there is also a good amount of 'filler'. To be frank, it all seems a bit amateur. The producer, Mr Chip Croft, would be well served by taking his original video tapes, digitising them and then re-editing and re-issuing the whole presentation.

The second thing to consider is the material itself. Despite the 1983 America’s Cup races being historic - this was the first time the United States had lost the cup in 132 years - there is very little visual material available. There is the 1984 released 'Aussie Assault' which has only ever been available on VHS video (not DVD), and the two part 'Australian Story' presentation screened by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in early 2013. Thus, this DVD is only the third visual presentation of this event. As such it offers some unique footage which I certainly had never seen before. For that reason alone this DVD has value. It also has an interview with the helmsman of ‘Australia II’, John Bertrand, which I had also never seen before.

So, if you are a random person, this DVD probably has no worth for you. If you are a sailor or perhaps have a general interest in the America’s Cup, it might be a worthwhile buy. But, if you are an Australian who remembers with deep fondness and pride that early morning in late September 1983, then this DVD may very well be a must.
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Perhaps the worst video I've ever seen. And I'm a producer who has done work for McDonald's, Disney, Carrier A/C and others. Didn't even bother to return it. Just threw it out.
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