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Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of cordoned country road. Every few hours the two drivers per car alternate - but it's still a challenge for concentration and material. In the focus is the duel between the German Stahler in Ferrari 512LM and the American Delaney in Gulf Team Porsche 917. Delaney is under extraordinary pressure, because the year before he caused a severe accident, in which his friend Lisa's husband was killed.
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With very little dialog, the cars and the racing are the story. The track announcer updates you on the actual race situations.
When the actors aren't driving, they turn in some good performances as men (and women) committed to winning the race. While there are rivalries, the film only hints at sub-plots about romance or career troubles. It concentrates on the sport of auto racing, and addresses the sometimes tragic occurrences when shunts happen.
A film about auto racing is difficult to do. Most of them are set with racing as the background, but then concentrate on a "soupy" romantic plot or personal struggles between the characters. This film is about the sport, and by showing a lot of technical details, it accomplishes its intention of placing you in the action, both on the track and in the pits.
All I can say is WOW! The colors are much more defined in this version and the film quality is amazing! I thought it was great before; now it's astounding! I love this film that much more now.
If you want a review of the movie itself, I suggest heading on over to IMDB and reading what people over there have to say. Regardless of plot, character development, or whatever, I still love this movie and my dad and I will probably watch it once a year around Christmas to get us satisfied until the real Le Mans comes around in June.
UPDATE: The audio works fine when I switched the DTS output setting on the Panasonic from Bitstream to PCM.