PLUS: Ever wonder "how did they do that?" "The Making of 'Super Speedway'" (47 min.), shot on High-Definition Video, takes you behind the scenes.
IMAX: Super Speedway [Blu-ray]
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What I didn't expect is how much I enjoyed the human interest story of the Andretti family. The movie takes you into their world, and places racing in perspective: technological, historical, and social. The story arc gently draws you to the racing track, immerses you in the raw excitement of driving at over 200 MPH, and then eases you back out to the real world, your heart still pounding. While the cars are unquestionably exciting, this isn't just about sitting in the cockpit. It's really about the people who do this, from the driver all the way back to the car's designers.
In the "Behind the Scenes" video (an outstanding piece in its own right), the director points out that you couldn't invent a story like this, that no one would believe it. Without giving away anything, the finale of Super Speedway is more touching, more emotional than any Hollywood fiction. Highly recommended.
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!!Read more ›
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