Will F1 get DVD box sets like the WRC?



Duke Video has just brought out DVD box sets of the World Rally Championship season reviews and Le Mans 24 Hours races.

They look great and they?re going on my Xmas list. But are we ever going to be able to get past official F1 season reviews on DVD?

Formula One Management took until 2003 to start offering F1 season reviews on DVD. Before that there were special editions of the 2000 and 2001 seasons available on DVD, but the 2001 review was only available with the PlayStation 2 Formula 1 game.

A series of F1 DVDs covering the 1970-1980 seasons has also been released by Brunswick Films. This period was before FOM?s monopoly of Grand Prix video coverage.

But the 1981-1999 and 2002 F1 seasons can only be bought on video tape. And many of those are very hard to track down.

So why hasn?t FOM got around to offering those seasons on DVD? You?d think it would be easy money for them.

They should re-master the coverage and offer both the original commentaries and updated versions available as different audio tracks. (The original commentaries on these videos vary between the excellent – Clive James, 1982, 1984 and 1986 – and the painfully bad ?ǣ Brian Kriesky, 1983.)

And what about emerging alternatives such as Blu-Ray (which appears to have buried HD-DVD)? Or web downloads?

It?s the usual story of Bernie Ecclestone?s FOM being utterly hopeless at promoting F1 and taking advantage of new (or, in this case, old) technologies.

Do you want to see the official F1 season reviews available on DVD? What other formats should F1 season reviews be available in?

Read reviews of all the past official F1 season videos and DVDs: Official F1 Season Reviews

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24 comments on Will F1 get DVD box sets like the WRC?

  1. Brakius said on 19th September 2008, 8:30

    To me it’s a shame that F1, the pinnacle of motorsports, would not offer their reviews on the best technology to date. While blu-ray is still catching up to DVD, why not release both. Personally I’d buy the blue-ray. If they offered it for past seasons I’d most likely buy those too.

    However, the price they would charge with Bernie still at the helm would be more than I’d pay. So until they start catering to the newer generation of multimedia users, I’ll stick to my memories. Maybe by the time I can’t remember anymore I’ll be able to watch some old races and enjoy them again.

  2. Jonesracing82 said on 19th September 2008, 9:17

    did i read right?
    ‘web downloads’?
    i have all the season reviews and love them all, in fact i watch them all in order over the off season in order to keep my sanity!
    not only was ’07 the 1st in widescreen, it was also the 1st dvd to have the sound in-sync!
    watch onboards from ’06 review and u’ll see what i mean.
    on race reports anyways, i think the qualy laps are ok.
    speaking of which, instead of having just 1 quali lap for quali highlights,
    y not show the last 2mins from q3 (and other incidents during quali) to show them cross the line and see the grid shuffle at the end of quali, a way to relive the most exciting part of race weekends these days!
    on the ’07 review they only did that at the last round in brazil!

  3. Wayne Andrews said on 19th September 2008, 11:11

    What I would really love (but doubt will ever happen), is to have DVDs of the F1 races with Murray Walker’s commentary. Surely the BBC and ITV could release their archive footage onto DVD/Blu-ray? I’ve never owned an F1 season review, but I doubt that it would ever beat Murray’s broadcasts.

  4. It’s a shame for another aspect in that many great races and seasons will only be read about and, youtube vigilance prevailing, may be lost for viewing pleasure – until Bernie does something about it!

    I used to record as many races as I could, god knows where those tapes are now, I’d happily watch them all.

  5. James said on 17th April 2009, 8:53

    It’s totally unbelievable that you can’t purchase full F1 seasons. I’d love selected seasons from the past but you can’t get them for love nor money. Yet ANOTHER area in which Ecclestone is TOTALLY FAILING FANS.

  6. My Father in law wants the F1 DVD 2000 – 2009 box set.

    I take it he has seen this advertised on T.V somewhere,

    Does anyone know where I can buy it?

    Googled around but doesnt seem to throwing up any links!

    Thanks in advance


  7. thedoctor46 said on 13th January 2011, 4:07

    I have pretty much every race available on DVD, the quality wont be as good as if Bernie decided to release the stuff on BR or DVD. But I have all the footage, I’m in the UK so most of my stuff comes from BBC but I have always tried to find the best quality versions I can :)

    There is a list of what I have on DVD at the bottom of this post, and if anyone wants to contact me about them please feel free to do so at this e-mail,

    List of DVDs


  8. Mark Davies said on 25th October 2011, 18:16

    i’ve bought a lot of old f1 races from oldf1dvds.com

    they do blueray versions as well but i’m not sure if the quality is any better or not

  9. Paul Jeffrey said on 29th October 2011, 20:16

    There are rumours of a blu ray version of the 2011 season but what would be better than the original vhs seasson reviews from 1981 onwards would be the BBC versions with Murray and James. We know they are there as the BBC have been showing shortened highlights on the red button the past 3 years and the Senna film used FOM archive. You can gonto i tunes and buy a Monty Python sketch for 1.49 each. Why not Dijon 1979, Silverstone 1987, Spa 1998 etc etc. The BBC has already done the editing.

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