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NASCAR: The Ride of Their Lives (2009)

Kevin Costner , Richard Petty , Rory Karpf  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Darell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Directors: Rory Karpf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MTV
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LM64V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It will come as no surprise that the coolest stuff in the NASCAR chronicle The Ride of Their Lives is vintage footage of the early days: stock-car geeks racing around on the sand in Daytona Beach, and the 1959 building of the fabled racetrack in that NASCAR capital. The treatment of that era has some of the inventing-the-wheel quality of documentaries such as Dogtown and Z-Boys in its breathlessness about a new subculture and its terrific original footage. There's more to cover in this standard-issue, TV-style history, of course, and the film does an energetic job of tracking the many dynasties that have enlivened the sport: the Pettys, the Allisons, the Earnhardts. Shooting stars such as Tim Richmond (the flashy driver who contracted HIV and died in 1989) and Jeff Gordon (who once hosted Saturday Night Live), and their ability to change the image of NASCAR, are also tracked. The film is intended as a celebration, and isn't a critical take on the sport in any way, but to its credit it does at least allude to the less salutary aspects of NASCAR, including the fans' enthusiasm for the Confederate flag and the rough treatment of pioneering African-American driver Wendell Scott. The narration by Kevin Costner provides a smooth ride for the racing footage, which lavishes attention on some of the most celebrated finishes (and not a few of the most spectacular crashes). New interviews with the likes of Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., fill in the background on the various personalities, feuds, and triumphs that have colored NASCAR's grease-spattered run. --Robert Horton

Product Description

A moving and adrenaline-filled journey chronicling a true American dream, The Ride of Their Lives is the story of the men who built NASCAR, told by the people who lived it. Narrated by Academy-Award winning actor and director, Kevin Costner, the history of NASCAR is presented via passionate, never-before seen first-person accounts from the people who lived it. Individual stories of loss and redemption highlight the evolution of racers from the moonshiners of the 1950s to the media darlings of the 21st century. The Ride of Their Lives is strikingly illustrated through archival footage chronicling a half century of Daytona 500 races, as well as tales of changes in the competition, the technology, the growing fanbase and the rock-star racers themselves. Including all-new interviews with famed NASCAR personalities Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NASCAR DVD February 15, 2009
By mrshvd3
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The documentary was very well done. We enjoyed the bonus features almost more than the film itself for the people who weren't in the main feature. I'd love to see a sequel to this, as there was so much material and so many people not covered: "Underbird" Alan Kulwicki, who started on a shoestring and won the Winston Cup Championship, only to die in a plane crash less than five months later. The Jarretts: father Ned and son Dale, both Winston Cup Champions. The Labontes: brothers Terry and Bobby, both Winston Cup Champions. The racing brothers: Benny and Phil Parsons; Rusty, Mike and Kenny Wallace; Darrell and Michael Waltrip; Kyle and Kurt Busch. And so many more. More of the pioneers of the sport. "NASCAR: The Ride Of Their Lives" is a great start, but not nearly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No it isn't just about left turns December 15, 2008
After watching this on CMT, I knew I had to own this movie. If you love NASCAR and know the history, or don't know a swaybar from a spoiler, you will be riveted by this movie which highlights the best times and the worst. It really pulls at your heartstrings and will impress any NASCAR novice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Ride of Their Lives March 2, 2009
I have been a NASCAR fan for 50 years.
I thought there would be more on the older drivers like Curtis Turner, Jr. Johnson, The Flocks & the Bakers etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Only Get One NASCAR Video...Get This One July 12, 2011
By David T
I own most of the NASCAR videos available. This is by far the best. Great content with actual meaningful interviews with the superstars of NASCAR along with comments from their friends & family and plenty of vintage film footage. Covers the early days up to the present with expertly timed music that makes watching this film very enjoyable. Kevin Costners voice lends a familiar tone to the story. Get this one and there will be nothing to regret!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent film that is free of a lot of the hype that pads out so many other similarly themed documentaries. It is good to see that the Daytona 500 is not the be all and end all of what NASCAR is all about. As an Australian who has a keen interest in all forms of Motorsport this really sheds a light on a storied history we don't get a lot of coverage of in this country. I would recommend this to anyone who is keen to learn more about the roots of a sport that has created it's own identity in the sometimes faceless world of auto-racing. A more detailed and lengthy version would be most welcome as this was all too brief.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good NASCAR documentary May 14, 2010
If you're not familiar with the history of NASCAR or just getting into the sport. This is one of the best DVDs out there to help you understand how everything got started in the NASCAR world. Almost everything you want to know about NASCAR is mentioned in this DVD, though I think if it was longer they could've put in more about how NASCAR came about since 1948. I give this 3 stars out of 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST DVD December 13, 2008
Just watched this on CMT and ran to the computer to see if it was on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inside Look February 6, 2009
This is a very great in depth look at the families and their struggles through the years. I enjoyed this one very much!
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