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Narrated by MotoGP enthusiast and A-list star Ewan McGregor, FASTER chases the super track tour over five continents, all the while critiquing the sports subculture through revealing interviews with riders, mechanics, doctors, commentators, and fans.

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Even if you've never witnessed the intensity of MotoGP motorcycle racing, Faster will take your breath away. It's a perfect primer for newcomers, offering a comprehensive survey of the fastest sport on two wheels, and it's guaranteed to satisfy hardcore fans with its detailed history, profiles of the top riders from the 2001-02 seasons, highlights of spectacular crashes and unforgettable races, and a veritable feast of the best MotoGP cinematography you're ever likely to see. From front-and-rearview cycle cameras to swooping overhead track coverage, filmmaker Mark Neale immerses the viewer in the MotoGP experience, enhancing the adrenaline-pumping visuals with expert interviews and commentary (and cool, low-key narration by globetrotting cycle-lover Ewan McGregor) that any sportswriter would consider authoritative.

Literally and figuratively, a lot of ground gets covered: From Kenny Roberts and the late Barry Sheene discussing their innovative knee-dragging styles and the origins of rear-wheel steering to the colorful rivalry of Max Biaggi and reigning champion Valentino Rossi (including Biaggi's infamous "Elbow Incident" at Suzuka in 2001), Faster never loses sight of the human element that makes this ultra-dangerous sport so fascinating. Track physician "Dr. Costa" is profiled (and offers some eloquently philosophical thoughts about MotoGP riders), along with innovative rider Garry McCoy (plagued by injuries); former champion Wayne Rainey (now paraplegic and active in kart-racing); young prodigy John Hopkins in his rookie season; and several other prominent figures in the world of MotoGP.

The bonus disc includes Faster & Faster, a sequel covering the 2003 and 2004 seasons, which saw the rise of the 500cc 4-stroke engine (and speeds in excess of 215 mph), Ducati's dominance and trend-setting removal of engine silencers (to boost power); Rossi's move to Yamaha; the fatal crash of Daijiro Kato; the victories of Sete Gibernau; and the rookie debuts of Neil Hodgson, Ruben Xaus, and Shane Byrne. Through it all, Faster and its sequel serve as the ultimate guide to MotoGP, certain to inspire future champions and armchair fans alike. --Jeff Shannon


Special Features

  • Faster & Faster '03-'04: The Sequel
  • Interactive racing: Ride with Rossi, Biaggi, and Gibernau and switch between onboard cameras
  • 14 additional scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Valentino Rossi, Barry Sheene, Jeremy Burgess, Peter Clifford, Dr. Claudio Costa
  • Directors: Mark Neale
  • Writers: Mark Neale
  • Producers: Mark Neale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0003JAO5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Faster" on IMDb

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By C. Thwaites on December 19, 2004
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This movie is to the MotoGP world what "On Any Sunday" was to the weekend rider. It captures the extraordinary golden age we are witnessing in top-level motorcycle racing. The movie starts with the last season of the monster, high-siding 2-stoke beasts through the raw power of the new 4-stoke era. The top riders, Biaggi, Gibernau, Edwards, Hodgson, Capirossi and of course, the incomparable Valentino Rossi are all profiled along with their bikes: RCV211, the M-1 and the Desmosedici. The movie rounds out the cast with insightful perspective from Michael Scott, Wayne Rainey (you would be hard pressed for a more admirable profile in courage of this man, crippled by a deceptively graceful low side crash), Kevin Schwantz and Barry Sheene.

If all this sounds too technical, the human story comes through extraordinarily well. The racing is incredibly close, with riders often passing each other three times in the same corner. And there is a supporting cast of characters the like of which you could not invent: the lady mechanic who has to piece together the crash-prone Haga's bikes, the Rosencrantz/Gilderstein banter of the Red Bull pit crew, the cod philosophy of the famous Dr Costa who pieces these warriors back together and the underplayed melancholy of the unfortunate Kato's fatal crash.

For any 2 wheeled fan or rider this DVD stands next to your "On Any Sunday". Like its famous predecessor, the narration is calm and pointed (thank you Obi Wan) and the film makers keep a low profile, letting the players speak for themselves. For anyone interested in an adrenalin paced, gladiatorial sport this is a great insight into one of the toughest around. And remember, MotoGP comes to the USA in 2005 for the first time in 10 years and most of the cast will be there. Buy it.
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They're nothing else like it on earth! If you're interested in MotoGP, the most elite road racing series in the world, this dvd is the bible. Beautifully narrated by Ewing McGregor, the rest of the world's 2nd most loved sport, behind futbol ofcourse, we are guided through the nitty gritty world of factory backed MotoGP.

In the world of MotoGP, 2004 was one of the most historically profound seasons ever. Most of you will already know because Valentino Rossi moved from the tried and true Honda to the inferior Yamaha, just to prove a point. That it's 80% rider and 20% bike. When Vale took home the 2nd MotoGP championship in '03 on a Honda, Honda started getting big headed. Implying that with their machine, good racers will become great racers. Vale could only take so much. He decided to move to the big underdog known as Yamaha for '04. During his previous battles on the Honda, great riders such as Max Biaggi would whine about how if he only had a Honda to ride, he could win. Vale went to Yamaha with his chief mechanic Jeremy Burguess to ride in the greatest epic journey in history.

And against all odds, against everybodies doubts, and against great advisaries, Valentino Rossi took his 3rd MotoGP championship in a row. On a different bike. On a bike that even he thought at the beginning of the season, wouldn't even be competitive for two years. We are living in an era that'll forever be written in MotoGP history.

For 2005, MotoGP will come to U.S. soil. July 10th, the madness will reign here at Laguna Seca. Yamaha has donated more than $2-million to rennovate the track for MotoGP standards. Tickets are almost sold out.

And that brings me back to Faster. With the purchase of Faster, you'll receive Faster and Faster.
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If you're unfamiliar with MotoGP and are wondering whether this is something you might be interested in, this video will either make you a fan or have you move on. If you ever watch an F1 race and wonder what it would be like if there was no pitting and a lot more passing, you've been denying yourself the pleasure of MotoGP for too long. If you ever wonder why "sport" is in the word "motorsport", this will convince you.

This video doesn't hang together well enough to be called a film. It's almost like the ultimate coffee table book: full of intense images and concise information in short articles. An attempt is made to follow the careers of two riders (McCoy and Hopkins) but the threads are too episodic to sustain much drama or narrative. Instead the value comes from interviews and highlights on topics like the origin of rear-wheel steering, great rivalries (Rainey-Schwantz, Rossi-Biaggi), great comebacks (Doohan), the advent of 4-strokes, testing and setup, etc.

If you've already seen the movie at theaters but aren't sure if you want to buy the 2-disc DVD, don't hesitate. The additional material and improved sound quality are definitely worth it.

If you've been watching MotoGP races on SpeedTV, watching this video will give you a much, much better understanding of the racing you're seeing now. A must-buy.
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This movie was just an awesome film. I don't think you have to be a motorcycle fan to appreciate it. It's a dramatic sports film in general. It does help if you ride though. You can fully appreciate Gary McCoy's riding style. It amazed me when I saw how he will keep the tires spinning in the turns, loose on the asphalt. I couldn't begin to imagine doing something like that. It's that kind of thing that will keep you in awe of the riders. To think of how many truly great riders there are in the Superbike series and here in the states in AMA but the Moto GP riders are the absolute best. And then there is the Doctor, Valentino Rossi. Five time champion and apparently all around great guy. If you watch the extras disc there's a funny scene where Valentino is driving a car while being interviewed. He's trying to make his way onto the track from the mobile home parking area and can't find his way. The world champ is stopping to ask another team's crew for directions to the track.

These guys are top competitors and this makes for a lot of human drama. I love the rivalry between Rossi and Biaggi. The film does a good job of building it up and accentuating the drama. I especially liked the unseen fight between the (seemingly) eternally happy Rossi and the playboy Biaggi. It segues nicely into the Kevin Schwantz/Wayne Rainey rivalry.

I loved seeing all of these legends without their helmets on and being interviewed on camera. It's a little difficult here in the states to catch any motorcycle action on t.v. so it's a real treat to see Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Nicky Hayden, the late Barry Sheene and the rest somewhere other than a magazine article.

This was an exciting hold-your-breath film with just one minor problem, not enough race footage. That is my only complaint. If you like racing and watching someone who is skilled doing what they do best you will love this film.
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