Will F1 get DVD box sets like the WRC?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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?”

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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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

  4. 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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