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NASCAR - The IMAX Experience

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NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (DVD)

Celebrating Warner Bros.' first foray into the IMAX arena, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience literally transports auto racing fans and other spectators into the driver's seat to experience all the heart-pounding thrills and intense drama of the unpredictable action on the track. This groundbreaking film also goes behind the scenes to uncover the science, technology and teamwork that fuel America's most popular spectator sport.

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Until you've seen NASCAR: The IMAX Experience, you haven't really seen NASCAR. Even without the advantage of a gigantic IMAX screen and 70-millimeter 3-D projection, this 48-minute IMAX film is a perfect primer for newcomers to the sport of stock-car racing. Like all IMAX films it's aimed at a mainstream audience (hardcore NASCAR fans won't learn anything new here), so it covers a broad spectrum of general history, technical information, and pure high-speed adrenaline, from NASCAR's origins in 1947 to the oval-track highlights of the 2003 season. While Lonesome Dove director Simon Wincer captures the action (including some amazing mid-pack and cockpit footage during actual races), Kiefer Sutherland narrates an informative survey of season-long activities, from car building and safety measures at Mooresville, North Carolina, to pit-crew practice, transportation logistics, constant danger and its effect on drivers' wives and families, and the aerodynamics of drafting. Interesting trivia (each tire costs $389!) is included along with driver profiles and a compilation of memorable race finishes, but it's the IMAX footage that makes this a thrill-a-minute DVD, perfect for anyone who's just beginning to enjoy the world's fastest (and fastest-growing) sport. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

Documentaries: Drivers' Profiles Documentary: NASCAR's closest racing momentsDocumentaries: Drivers' Profiles Documentary: NASCAR's closest racing moments

Product Details

  • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland
  • Directors: Simon Wincer
  • Producers: Neil Goldberg, Lorne Orleans, Douglas "Disco" Hylton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Extra tracks, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Imax
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0XDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "NASCAR - The IMAX Experience" on IMDb

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2005
Format: DVD
I come from the heart of NASCAR country, and I have a lot of race memories going back a good quarter of a century now. I love racing, but I really haven't been able to watch it since that black day when Dale Earnhardt lost his life at Daytona; I doubt I'll ever be able to watch another Daytona 500 as long as I live. Still, I'd love to get past the loss of the Man in Black and make NASCAR a part of my Sunday rituals once again. That's the main reason I decided to watch NASCAR: The IMAX Experience. Of course, I have only seen it in the privacy of my own home, so I can't speak to the actual IMAX theatre experience. It's a good show, but I guess I was just expecting a little bit more out of it.

The main limitation of the film is its length; you can only say so much about the rich history of NASCAR in forty-eight minutes. There's a decent look at the origins of the sport, but most of the historical attention is placed on a select few superstars of years past. The behind-the-scenes look at the way cars are built and maintained is excellent, but many of the really technical aspects of car design are not covered - you'll get a quick picture of the way drafting works, but pushing and pulling, for example, aren't covered at all. You do get a good sense of the time and expense that goes in to making each and every race happen, though. Pit crews and spotters are given their due, and rightly so, and you also get a small taste of tail-gating and driver interaction with the public. That interaction goes a long way toward making NASCAR the fan success it is. You also get to hear from a few wives who bear the tough burden of being married to a driver, and this discussion easily spills over into a discussion of safety.
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This is an unbelievable movie. I saw it at the IMAX theater and was blown away and now the DVD is almost as good. I want to make a couple of things clear, however. You people who are dogging this DVD for not being widescreen need to understand that the actual IMAX format is not widescreen. It is 4:3, not 16:9. It is IMAX for a reason. This movie and other IMAX movies WILL not and SHOULD not be shown in widescreen format, because that is not the original IMAX format. You people should go see an IMAX movie and notice the square shaped picture and not the rectangle that normal movies are shown. Get a clue. Another thing, making a 3-D DVD is not as simple as throwing in a pair of paper glasses. You must have special equipment including a 3-D projector and special electronic glasses. Even then it will not be the quality of IMAX. Back to the DVD itself. You will not be dissapointed. Unbelievable picture and sound quality makes for the ultimate DVD experience. You will love this movie.
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I bought this DVD because of hearing that it was a 3D IMAX film and hoped that Warner Bros. would have did the right thing and made both the 2D and 3D versions available on the disc. Sadly, this isn't the case. Granted, the movie is a NASCAR fans dream with lots of great historical information on the creation of the sport, an in-depth look behind-the-scenes at how the cars are made, what all goes into setting up the pits at the races, etc. and so on. Plus, some wonderful in-car and racing with the vehicles perspectives. But, without the 3D experience, the movie is just not what it could have been. There is still a LOT of room left on this DVD for the field-sequential video edition, plus other interesting extras like a making-of featurette (which is strangely missing for an IMAX disc). I'd like to know why they were left out. In short, get the movie if you are a NASCAR fan, but don't if you believe it will be in 3D like it was at the IMAX theaters.
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I am not a NASCAR fan, plain and simple. But I am a big advocate of IMAX films, both ones about nature and ones about 200 mph cars. This is a great flick, from narration all the way down to the filming of the pictures. The camera angles bring you into the sport and show that the sport is actually more than racing, it is actually a bit of science with the drafting, and new technology in the sport.
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I was born and raised in the Heartland of America. High school students around this area of the country still have illegal drag races every now and again down a dirt lane. NASCAR has always been big around here, long before it began capturing the attention of the mainstream public intrest. However, I've never been a NASCAR fan. NASCAR races never captured my attention that other sports and activities did. In fact, until about a month ago, I still viewed the sport as largely being expensive "hick entertainment" (I'm a hick myself).

Seeing NASCAR: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE changed my opinion of the sport. The movie provides a very brief explanation of the history of the sport and touches on many of the different elements that go into building and creating a successful racing organization and team. The movie is fairly short (around 50 minutes) which won't seem very long for those who already have a serious interest in NASCAR. However, for a person like me who is a complete novice to the sport, I found the movie to be both entertaining and educational. I was impressed and gained a newfound appreciation for NASCAR. In fact, after watching the movie I had a desire to go off and start racing cars myself.
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