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IMAX: Super Speedway [Blu-ray]

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Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the ride of your life! Super Speedway puts you in the driver's seat of an Indy-type race car tearing up asphalt at speeds of over 230 miles per hour. Follow the excitement and drama of championship auto racing with narrator and celebrated actor Paul Newman, and join racing star Michael Andretti and his legendary father, Mario, as they craft a state-of-the-art race car. Then, follow the pulse-pounding action of Michael's high-speed quest for victory as he pushes the limits of the new car at the PPG CART World Series. So start your engines-- Super Speedway is about to begin!

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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mario Andretti, Paul Newman, Michael Andretti
  • Directors: Stephen Low
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KEGR84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Ferguson on June 2, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was initially put off by the title and the artwork on this DVD, believing it was aimed at hard-core racing fans. After reading numerous reviews praising the quality of the sound and images, I decided to buy it as a "show me why DVD is so great" disk. And in that regard, I certainly wasn't disappointed; it is a spectacular showcase DVD.
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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Snovgras on December 19, 1999
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When you first look at the case two words stare at you Imax and THX, This film was originaly made for the Imax theatre, the dvd version is just as good, the image is awe-inspiring, every single detail jumps from the screen, and the THX sound is remarkable, this is an audio experience which will send your pulse racing, Both these elements put together in one film does not happen very often, but when it does it's an experience you will never forget. If you want to enjoy the thrills of driving an indy-car, or want to find out how an indy-car is made from start to finish, then do not hesitate go and buy one of the best documentarys ever made. You also get the making of super speedway which puts you behind the camera and shows just how much work and money has gone into making this film.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Middleton K. on December 3, 1999
Format: DVD
When I read the reviews from this dvd I had to give it a try. They were right, I'm impressed. This dvd has all the features I expected from dvd from the start. The sound is impressive and envolving, the picture quality based in IMAX film is terrific. Moreover, the story has adrenaline and nostalgia in equal shares. This movie was not only made for racing car fans, DVD and movie lovers will be also moved by it. Also, the making of documentary is top notch. You can see the professionalism and tender loving care that was put in this film. One of the best things is that Mario & Michael Andretti do not try to steal the show. They add experience and a sense of reality that makes you think you're watching an actual race. If you ever wondered why dvd exists, this is the answer. This might be the best DVD I own.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawks on May 18, 2003
Format: DVD
I don't own this DVD - yet...but I will!
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!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: DVD
This is probably the best DVD I own (I have about 120 right now). The sound is incredible in 5.1 Dolby Digital. The video is excellent, but even better is the story line - this is extremely well done and interesting. And get ready - you get a driver's view (and sounds) of what it is like to drive an Indy race car. I have a front projection TV and an 84" diagonal screen - this is awesome with the volume cranked up! I don't anyone who hasn't enjoyed this experience. They all have been extremely impressed. If you want to show off your system, look no further - buy this today!
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