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THE DOCTOR, THE TORNADO & THE KENTUCKY KID is the electrifying follow-up to Mark Neale’s 2004 MotoGP smash hit FASTER. Narrated by Ewan McGregor, the movie tells the story of the biggest motorcycle race in American history, the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, California. It’s a tale of extraordinary characters chasing a dream in the face of real danger, under unimaginable pressure, with no margin for error. For lovers of maximum adrenaline action, this is the pure, unadulterated, 100% genuine article.

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The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid is another motorcycle-racing feast served up by Mark Neale, the director of Faster. Where the earlier film focused on an entire season of MotoGP racing, DTK limits its coverage to the Red Bull Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, California, held over the weekend of July 8-10, 2005. This was the seventh and most hotly anticipated race of the '05 season, not only because Laguna Seca is one of MotoGP's most technically demanding and physically intimidating race courses, but also because it was the first MotoGP race held on American soil since 1994 (evidence of the sport's European emphasis and the efforts of corporate sponsors like Red Bull to popularize MotoGP in the U.S.). Like Faster, this film and its DVD bonus features are aimed squarely at established fans of MotoGP, but potential converts will find plenty to enjoy in Neale's comprehensive coverage of the 32-lap race. And, as any fan can tell you, the title refers to the nicknames of the riders who were key figures on that sunny afternoon: American Nicky "The Kentucky Kid" Hayden on his lightning-fast #69 Repsol Honda; American Colin "The Texas Tornado" Edwards on his #5 Camel Yamaha; and the Italian reigning champion, Valentino Rossi (Edwards' teammate), on his #46 Camel Yamaha.

American challenger John "Hopper" Hopkins is also prominently featured on his #21 Rizia Suzuki, but DTK doesn't flinch from the harsher aspects of a motorsport where success is never guaranteed. Thanks to the film's all-angle coverage of on-track rivalries, it's clear that Edwards and Rossi were the race's undeniable highlight, battling ferociously in the final laps while Hayden was in the lead. With celebrities in the crowd (including cycle fans Brad Pitt and Adrien Brody) and racing enthusiast Ewan McGregor once again providing dramatic narration, Neale's film suffers from occasional lapses in hi-def image quality (owing in part to video-feed static and the unavoidably harsh contrasts of sunny weather), but interviews and voice-overs from the riders keep things interesting from start to finish, along with a throttle-roaring 5.1 Surround soundtrack (with pulsing techno music by TomandAndy) that's the next best thing to being there. The Ultimate Collector's Edition has 11 additional scenes on disc 1 (including longer interviews and highlights from the 2006 Red Bull U.S. GP), and disc 2 consists entirely of "Interactive Racing" clips, allowing viewers to watch three climactic segments of the 2005 race from multiple angles. Switching between several onboard cameras is the closest that most of us will ever get to the sheer thrill of MotoGP, and that makes DTK a must-have DVD for race fans around the world. --Jeff Shannon


Special Features

  • 104-minute director's cut
  • Mastered in high-definition widescreen
  • 11 additional scenes
  • Interactive racing feature

Product Details

  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards (II), John Hopkins, Valentino Rossi
  • Directors: Mark Neale
  • Writers: Mark Neale
  • Producers: Mark Neale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU7JF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Doctor, the Tornado, and the Kentucky Kid (Ultimate Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Don't let the title fool you.
Dat Hong
I ordered this DVD before it came out from the main site, and not that I regret doing so; it just wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be.
Modawi Al Ansari
This video is a great story about an American making it in a foreigner dominated sport, and winning his first MotoGP race, on his home track.
Dale

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Erck on January 17, 2007
Format: DVD
I agree w/most of the other reviewers here that in comparison, "Faster" is the better film. The scope of Faster is larger (an entire MotoGP year, rather than just one race), but both films attempt to explain the excitement, dangers and other complexities of the series. There are more interviews w/the non-American riders in the first film and you get a sense of the different characters and personalities involved in this international event (Max Biaggi, a person of interest & rival to Rossi in the first film is barely mentioned in the 2nd film & how appropriate since he wasn't involved in the 2006 MotoGP). I would describe the premise of this film as MotoGP's return to Laguna & the Americans challenging Rossi on their home ground. Most of the film interviews are w/Hopkins, Edwards & Hayden, Americans (And while Americans may not be the most articulate English speakers, I can understand their slang better). There are a few interviews w/Rossi, but they are nothing substantial, just very brief commentary from him (and subtitled, if anyone needs subtitles IT'S Hayden). The reason I think it's a must for any moto race fan is that it not only documents MotoGP's return to the the States, but also gives you Hayden's first GP win. A turning point for his GP career as he goes on to be the 2006 MotoGP champ over Rossi. Only real complaint is the inclusion of a couple of pointless shots of Brad Pitt watching the race (People like him are the reason I can't go to Laguna; they push the ticket prices into the stratosphere). Regardless, I will buy the next in this series, and the next, and ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frederick G. Carlson Jr. on March 22, 2007
Format: DVD
This was an outstanding accounting of the race. I know, because I was there. The program captured all of the complexity, engineering and courage needed to compete, and the additional CD with the recordings of the bike cameras was fabulous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Horde on December 30, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I actually bought this for my boyfriend for a Christmas gift. We love motorcycle racing. He wanted this since it is the sequal to Faster. I watched it with him. It was interesting. I'm sure that if we didn't like motorcycle racing it wouldn't make a difference one way or the other. If you are buying this for buying this b/c you are a Rossi or Hayden fan I don't know if I would. Me being a fan of Hayden's I was kinda disappointed that they didn't go into him a whole lot. Rossi either. Most of the video seemed to be on Edwards. Which he was entertaining, I just expected it to be more of Rossi and Hayden.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Tilton on July 7, 2007
Format: DVD
A great in-depth look at what happens at a MotoGP weekend. Very interesting if you're already a fan and could make some new ones. McGreggor does a good job narrating this one, as he did on the first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Schubert on October 5, 2006
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-Review of 'Preview Edition' (95min long, no extras)-

I must confess, I've been a motorcycle racing fan for quite some time, but you needn't be to enjoy this film. However, perhaps Mark Neale's excellent film 'Faster' might make for a better primer to the world of MotoGP -the highest echelon of motorcycle racing. While THAT film gives a broad overview and (recent) history of MotoGP, this film's focus is only on one race, the 2005 USGP. Held at the technical and challenging track--Laguna Seca (in Monterey, California)--it's the first MotoGP race in America in 11 years.

The Doctor, The Tornado & The Kentucky Kid is a close-up view of the chaos, drama and tension that a single MotoGP race weekend never fails to deliver. It's both a behind-the-scenes look at the racers and their teams, struggling to adapt to the track, and detailed highlights of the race itself. The film is shot well, with revealing interviews about the track, and some very nice action shots.

It's a bit grainy and low-res looking (read: spontaneous) and not quite as polished as Mark Neale's 'Faster'. It is, however, an exciting and in-depth look at one of the finest races (and racing series) in recent memory. You might want to wait for the inevitable Special Edition/ Director's cut, as the lack of extras was a little disappointing; 'Faster' had a whole extra DVD worth! Either way it's a fun watch, two thumbs up.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dat Hong TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2006
Format: DVD
I went to the USGP in 2005, and it was a spectacular event. The event itself was more exciting than the actual race itself, where Hayden totally dominated. I was excited to get this DVD in the mail and see all the behind the scenes look at the USGP but ended up disappointed. The quality was very bad, and you can see all the pixelization. They should have included all the bonuses on the 2nd disc and left the first the pure documentary by itself. That way they could have preserved the quality of the footage instead of trying to fit too much onto one disc. Don't let the title fool you. If you are expecting a lot of valentino Rossi footage and interview, you will be let down. There is about 5 minutes total of Vale on this disc. They should have named the movie "The Tornado, the Hopper, and the Kentucky Kid" since the documentary focuses on those 3. Guess if they had put that on the cover, Vale fans wouldn't even blink at it, but they got us!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tony Stompanado on November 1, 2006
Format: DVD
I've been a motorcycle-racing fan since the early 80's, and unless you're a fan, you're going to fall asleep watching this movie. I enjoyed it immensely. I was also however able to attend the event in person and watch the drama unfold at the 2005 USGP. Mark Neale's film 'Faster' is certainly a better introduction to the world of MotoGP. That film bestows the viewer with overview and (recent) history of MotoGP. The Doctor, The Tornado, and the Kentucky Kid's focus is only on one race, the 2005 USGP. Held at what many regard as one of the most technically challenging tracks in the US. I've ridden on it at speed and can confirm the challenges it delivers first hand. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is located on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, California, home to Cannery Row, and the stunning 17-mile drive.
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