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1976: Hunt vs Lauda

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4.4 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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The documentary details the season nearly race-by-race and doesn�t get tedious or taxing on your attention span. You move along with the story line by virtue of the compelling commentary of Caldwell and Audetto that keeps you hankering for the next scene. With rare footage of the races and behind-the-scenes action, the documentary does a nice job of visually keeping you in the game and unlike the cinematic movie, the level of detail begins to unpack the story for you. Shots of the British crowd staging a hand-clapping revolution and mob mentality is video I had not seen before prompting Caldwell, an Englishman, to call it, �not very British� as he laughed about the event.

The documentary wraps up very quickly after the title was won and if I have a criticism it would be that the film could have let the viewer make a tad softer landing from the emotionally charged height the director created. Perhaps a little post 1976 career unpacking might have been good but that�s nitpicking really. Overall, I found the documentary by producer Mathew Whiteman to be a very enjoyable piece with masterful commentary offered by Peter Windsor (as usual) and Simon Taylor (the pro that he is). If you enjoyed the movie RUSH, then you owe it to yourself to get this DVD to help fill in the gaps and give you a much better appreciation of what really happened. If you are a veteran of the sport, you�ll love the new footage and hearing the tale again as well as the team boss commentary. 60mins.

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James Hunt may have had the glamour and good looks but it was Niki Lauda s tale that punched hardest in BBC Two s fine documentary about the great Formula 1 rivals, Hunt vs Lauda. As his Ferrari manager, Daniele Audetto, recalled how the Austrian driver returned to racing just five weeks after his horrendous crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix had melted large amounts of the skin off his face as well as most of an ear, it was hard to feel anything but admiration for the man colloquially known as the Rat because of his rodent-like features. As Lauda prepared for his comeback race Audetto spoke of how, when Lauda removed his balaclava, his face was a mask of blood my God, how can he race? But race he did, coming fourth, which meant he and Hunt were neck and neck by the time they got to the final Grand Prix of the season, in Japan. Hunt may have won the championship in the end but the fact that Lauda dropped out of that last dangerous race because he d seen what death looked like and didn t want to get close to it again looked a far nobler thing than Hunt s driving in it so recklessly he gave himself two flat tires. Still, there s no doubt Hunt was funnier. Niki, you re the only person I know who could have been in a fire and come out better looking, he is reported to have told Lauda after his accident, apparently with affection. --The Telegraph

Flares and wide collars, a cartoon rivalry between two very different but equally passionate men, and a world title to be decided by the very last race of the season... no wonder Oscar winner Ron Howard has seized upon the 1976 Formula One competition between James Hunt and Niki Lauda as fodder for his next film- 'Rush', due in cinemas 13 September. In the meantime, the BBC has sneaked in ahead, with Sunday evening's documentary telling the same story. In Car 1, driving for Ferrari, the disciplined, devoted husband, technically superior, perfectionist Austrian Niki Lauda - 1975 champion, and everyone's safest bet for the 1976 championship. Over in Car 11, driving for McLaren, tousle-haired playboy British James Hunt. "He might have had a good line for the cameras, and a roving eye for the girls, but in the cockpit, he was very serious," was how his team manager remembered him. The rest, as they say... the story is so strong and colourful that, frankly, all the production team had to do was dig out the footage, glue the best bits together, add some heady 1970s tunes, interview lots of key players who remembered the time well, and let James Hunt's blonde bobbing head and big grin do the rest. Niki Lauda proved he could match him for passion, particularly when it looked like his career was over after his near-fatal crash at the Nurburgring seemed to put him out of contention, as well as leaving his face horrendously burnt and permanently scarred. I'm sure there will be those who argue that there are a host of other names - Prost and Senna, perhaps? Or Hill and Schumacher? - Vettel and... okay, moving on... who could contend for the title of F1's greatest rivalry, but the combination in 1976 of nostalgia, glamour, and finally Lauda's return to the pit a mere six weeks after Nurburgring for a final duel with the blonde Brit is the stuff of which myths, and movies, are made. Over to you, Mr Howard. --Huffington Post

Flares and wide collars, a cartoon rivalry between two very different but equally passionate men, and a world title to be decided by the very last race of the season... no wonder Oscar winner Ron Howard has seized upon the 1976 Formula One competition between James Hunt and Niki Lauda as fodder for his next film- 'Rush', due in cinemas 13 September. In the meantime, the BBC has sneaked in ahead, with Sunday evening's documentary telling the same story. In Car 1, driving for Ferrari, the disciplined, devoted husband, technically superior, perfectionist Austrian Niki Lauda - 1975 champion, and everyone's safest bet for the 1976 championship. Over in Car 11, driving for McLaren, tousle-haired playboy British James Hunt. "He might have had a good line for the cameras, and a roving eye for the girls, but in the cockpit, he was very serious," was how his team manager remembered him. The rest, as they say... the story is so strong and colourful that, frankly, all the production team had to do was dig out the footage, glue the best bits together, add some heady 1970s tunes, interview lots of key players who remembered the time well, and let James Hunt's blonde bobbing head and big grin do the rest. Niki Lauda proved he could match him for passion, particularly when it looked like his career was over after his near-fatal crash at the Nurburgring seemed to put him out of contention, as well as leaving his face horrendously burnt and permanently scarred. I'm sure there will be those who argue that there are a host of other names - Prost and Senna, perhaps? Or Hill and Schumacher? - Vettel and... okay, moving on... who could contend for the title of F1's greatest rivalry, but the combination in 1976 of nostalgia, glamour, and finally Lauda's return to the pit a mere six weeks after Nurburgring for a final duel with the blonde Brit is the stuff of which myths, and movies, are made. Over to you, Mr Howard. --Huffington Post


Product details

  • Actors: Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Alastair Caldwell, Daniele Audetto, Ed Stoppard
  • Directors: Matthew Whiteman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00H2WIXY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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