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Grand Prix (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2006)

James Garner , Eva Marie Saint , John Frankenheimer  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJYCU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grand Prix (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer from restored 65mm elements with a soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • "Pushing the Limit: The Making of Grand Prix" - 40th Anniversary making-of documentary
  • "Flat Out: Formula One in the Sixties" featurette
  • "The Style and Sound of Speed" - a look at the style of Saul Bass and the film's sound design
  • "Brands Hatch: Behind the Checkered Flag" - Behind the scenes tour of the famous raceway used in the movie
  • "Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions" - archival 1960s featurette behind-the-scenes at the Grand Prix
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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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

On the DVD
The much-anticipated release on DVD does not disappoint, with a pristine restored print and upgraded 5.1 Dolby sound. Of course, the Cinerama film can only be fully appreciated if you sit very close to your screen. The absence of a commentary track is forgivable, since director John Frankenheimer died in 2002. "Pushing the Limit" is your standard 30-minute retrospective with many new interviews with the stars and drivers. The universal opinion is that the film caught Formula One at the exact right time when the beauty of the sport was about to be changed in favor of safety and commercialism. There are some fascinating stories on how they were able to use real race footage so seamlessly. "Flat Out" continues the vibe of what racing was like in the '60s with more interviews from the real racers. "The Style and Sound of Speed" talks about designer Saul Bass and how he created the film's different approaches to each race and the cutting-edge use of montages and multiple screens. The vintage doc is kitschy but allows us to see the filming in action (the footage is used extensively in the new featurettes). --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Nine races. One champion. James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato portray Formula I drivers competing to be the best in this slam-you-into-the-driver's seat tale of speed, spectacle and intertwined personal lives. Eva Marie Saint and Toshiro Mifune also star. 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, so buckle up, movie fans. Race with the best to the head of the pack.

DVD Features:
Theatrical Trailer
Documentaries
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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Prix- The first. The finest. August 15, 2003
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I saw this movie when it was first released in Honolulu at the Cinerama theatre in the true Cinerama format. I remember nearly falling out of my seat as the astounding race sequences played out before me. This is a truly organic race film, there are real drivers of the F1 era mixed in with the mostly European cast, though James Garner and Eva Marie Saint break the cross Atlantic barrier. This film is a wonderful technical masterpiece. It even has some fine dramatic moments in between the melodrama. Some might say this is the film's greatest short coming. That is true, but also where it really mirrors the emotional high that F1 has always worn on it's sleeve. F1 is a soap opera that is played out across the world, where the wealthiest mingle, though not too closely, with the proletariat for a few hours of high rev mania. Many of the courses in the film are still in existance, but they have been smoothed out and plundered of passion. Often the races held these days resemble a parade, but once in a while things go terribly wrong and a race ensues. And it is in capturing those glorious moments that the film really soars. You will feel the ripping of the air as a car tears through the streets of Monaco, and be stunned by the speed and savagery of a huge racetrack like The Spa in Belgium or the amazing high banked corners at the old track in Monza, Italy. The camera work is a virtuoso masterpiece of technical achievement. Many of the shots that we take for granted today on our live TV races were the brain children of the camera men who worked on the film. This film is the one all of that work we see on modern TV broadcast racing strives to emulate. You are in the race, in the cockpit, in the mind and the heart of the greatest racers in the world. Read more ›
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Racing Experience February 29, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"Grand Prix" is the finest racing movie ever produced. The story involves the pursuit of the Formula 1 World Championship by four men: Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), an aging former champion who grows weary from the acute physical demands of the sport and team politics; Nino Barlini (Antonio Sabato), a brash, fearless young lion; Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford), a man broken in body yet driven to match the legacy of his deceased brother; and Pete Aron (James Garner), a stoic, pragmatic American fighting to restore a faltering career. The Ferrari Team Manager comments during the film, "Everyone wants to win...there is no distinction in that." What distinguishes these four men from others is the sheer force of will each exhibits to overcome his personal demons and to achieve his final destiny.
The drama unfolds amidst many of the great racing circuits of Europe...the narrow, twisting streets of Monte Carlo; the rain-slickened expanse of Spa; and the tortuous, high, concrete banks of Monza. John Frankenheimer's inventive split-screen imaging and on-board cameras put you inside the cockpit where you sense the raw power and road-pounding vibrations from these sleek racing machines. You are at once deafened by the high-pitched whine of superbly tuned engines as they roar off the starting grid...and then mesmerized by Maurice Jarre's soft, eloquent musical score set to compelling visual images of cars rising, falling, and turning through the racing circuit in a ballet of speed, grace, and beauty. I agree with an earlier review that DVD would materially enhance the appeal of this production and I sincerely hope DVD will be forthcoming. Regardless, "Grand Prix" will forever serve as the quintessential racing movie.
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Although racing films in general have never enjoyed overwhelming commercial success Grand Prix stands alone as the best racing film of all time!

The storyline isn't brilliant by any means and there are a few `unexplained' bloopers such as Jean Pierre Sarte's mysterious helmet change from one race to the next - which was due to John Surtees leaving the Ferrari team at mid-season and signing with Cooper for a bit before eventually signing with Honda - but if you're a diehard Formula 1 fan this film is a true blessing.

I already own the Laser disc and still own one of the original programs that were sold at the movie theaters and I have been waiting for this film to come out on DVD for ages, simply in the hopes of viewing the treasure-trove of behind-the-scenes footage.

Although the film did not receive the critical success many felt it deserved the historic importance of this film should not be underestimated because it's the only clear color film footage available anywhere in the world where you can see; Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Jimmy Clark, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, Jochen Rindt, Bruce McLaren, Maurice Trintignant, Mike Parkes, Joakim Bonnier, Lorenzon Bandini, Chris Amon, Guy Ligier and even the great Juan Manuel Fangio together on the big screen and in their crowning glory. - Be sure to watch closely during the Spa Francorchamps drivers meeting when Jochen Rindt playfully reaches out and trips Graham Hill (aka `Bob Turner') as he's trying to step past Rindt.

For fans and students of cinematography the camera angles and the technology invented to achieve many of those angles are a testament to the ground-breaking achievements that underscore the unique and visionary genius of John Frankenheimer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Being a big fan of James Garner and a fan ...
Being a big fan of James Garner and a fan of 1960's race movies. An interesting look into the world of 1960's formula 1 racing. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Bear G
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
my all time favorite
Published 9 days ago by john a listerud
5.0 out of 5 stars still a great racing movie
sound , was hard to understand conversation, too low & muffled. still a great racing movie!
Published 11 days ago by henry d duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Imagine F1 drivers and actors being allowed on the track together today. It's a unique film.
Published 12 days ago by David McG
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great opportunity to see F1 champions of the sixties
Published 13 days ago by Jean-Claude ALBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best if not the race films ever
Published 15 days ago by linda baldaseroni
5.0 out of 5 stars Race not romance.
This would be a perfect movie without all the romance stuff… Take that out and you got the perfect racing movie. The romance stuff is for romance movies not movies about racing.
Published 18 days ago by Robert Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 18 days ago by William C. Quincy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Love it.
Published 18 days ago by Kelly F. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Best race car movie ever
Best race car movie ever. Will never be outdone. Historic. Glad I have it in my collection of milestone films.
Published 19 days ago by Rick Ferrell
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