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3 The Dale Earnhardt Story (2 Disc Collector's Edition)

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Growing up in the shadow of his father, Ralph, Dale Earnhardt is driven to prove that his dreams of professional racing can be reality. But when his own son, Dale, Jr., wants to follow in his footsteps, Dale reacts in the same way as his stubborn father - until a moving realization helps both him and his son fulfill their destinies on the track. From his humble beginnings to the triumph and tragedy of his career, this true-life story provides a thrilling look at the man who is called "The Intimidator" by rivals and friends alike.

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  • Actors: Barry Pepper, J.K. Simmons, Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: ESPN Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 395 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A6TCEAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As a huge fan of "The Intimidator", I was very skeptical about how a TV movie would portray the greatest race car driver that ever lived. After viewing "3", I must say that I was impressed by the work. Being that this was a TV movie (And I'm not a big fan of TV movies.), it didn't surprise me that the director would tread very thin on the biographical history and not ruffle feathers any further about his love life, his relationship with his fellow drivers or other tracks. The portayal of Earnhardt by Barry Pepper was great. He captured his style and essence. However, I would have loved to see more about some of his rituals at the track. Maybe this is the first of many films that will try to give fans like myself and others who don't know him a feel of what he was like. This film has my blessing.
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I just watched the movie on ESPN for the third time and I like it. What they (the writers, actors and director) got right they got exceptionally so. The accents for example, I'm a Southerner, Tennessee not North Carolina, but the accents are good. I especially thought that the actor playing Dale Junior did a great job capturing his speech patterns.

The racing was good, given the fact that it would have been prohibitively expensive to recreate ALL of it. The use of actual NASCAR/ESPN footage really added to it.

Now for what I didn't like. They made Earnhardt look sweaty and sickly for most of the movie, as though they were trying to suggest that death was haunting his every footstep. I didn't know Dale, I'm simply an ESPN-watching fan, but I never thought of him looking or BEING that way. He always looked like he'd live forever, like he knew something the rest of us didn't and that was his shield. In this movie he doesn't look that way.

Also I didn't like that Dale always seemed to be teaching his son a lesson, all the one-liners he heard from his dad. It got a bit predictable and limiting after the first couple.

What they did here, is to focus on the father and son relationships of all the Earnhardt men. That's what this movie is about, go into it knowing that and you won't be disappointed.

Go into it expecting to see EVERYTHING about Dale's life, the racing, the rivalries, the fame, the arrogant, cool, fun side of Dale, and you'll be disappointed.

I found myself thinking that this was pretty good for television but the full-length feature film that will be made some day will be better.

Will they ever MAKE a full length Hollywood movie about Dale? Who knows. Part of me wants them to and part of me doesn't. Not if they can't do any better than the God-awful "Days Of Thunder".
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I thought it was a great movie about Dale, have been a fan since the last year he won his 7th Championship. It touched a lot on what made Dale the man he really was, but the movie didn't show later racing footage until the last 1/2 hour to 3/4 of the show, a little disappointing. They could of made a 3-4 hour movie out of the life of Dale Earnhart, but none the less, it was a good movie. I will buy the movie to have but also am very interested in the 5 hours of interviews and racing footage.
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I thought the movie was great. I thought it really gave you an insight to Dale's passion for racing. No matter what it took, he was going to succeed and be the best race car driver. It really showed the relationship with his father and how it made him the man he was. Alot of people wondered why he had such a distant relationship with Kerry and the movie helped people to understand. Another review said it great, you can never truly be an intimidator if you dont know what that truly means. The movie showed you how Dale was intimidated by his father. I think it could have shown more of the personal side of Dale as far as the all the things he did for other people and the softer side. The movie did make him out to be a hard, kind of cold, person and to hear other people talk about him that really knew him, he was not that way. Overall I think a great effort by the entire cast. No movie will truly show us the real Dale, but I think it gave us a great insight to the man and the legend.
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I watched the television debut on ESPN on 12-11-04. I just want to say what a tremendous job. They really pleased me with the ending...very tastful and tactful. Nascar fans know how Big E's life ended and I, for one, am glad they did not actually show it in the movie. Although it did seem to jump over some large time gaps but I guess it is hard to fit 50 years of life, 7 Winston Championships and the 1 Daytona 500 win into a 2 hour movie! All in all, I think Big E would be pleased. Barry Pepper had some "larger than life" shoes to fill and I think he did a very good job portraying the "Intimidator". We love you, Big E! My son was 6 at the time of his death and he just doesn't seem as into Nascar without the black #3 on the track and he really enjoyed the movie. We are Big E fans forever!
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I am not a big movie watcher but I was so thrilled when I heard a movie about Dale Sr was being made. I watched the movie today and loved it. What a fine job the actors did in portraying Dale Sr, Dale Jr. and Teresa. My favorite part was in the end when Teresa kissed him before the last race not knowing she would never kiss him again. I love the way they smiled at each other. They were so in love. Dale Sr. will always hold a very special place in my heart. I went to 4 stores and drove over 100 miles to buy the DVD and they were all sold out so I ordered my copy from target.com which is from amazon. I can not wait to watch the movie time and time again.
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