F1 2009 DVD “Not in a hurry” reviewed

F1 2009 DVDF1 season review DVDs just keep getting longer. The 2009 edition – weakly titled “Not in a hurry” – clocks in at more than four-and-a-half hours including extras.

The tightly-regulated broadcasting of Formula 1 means this is the only way you can buy video footage of Jenson Button’s championship victory and all the other highlights from the 2009 F1 season.

Happily they’ve done a decent, if unspectacular, job of the discs.

The first thing many fans will notice about the reviews is a new option allowing the narration to be turned off entirely. This means you can re-watch the highlights with just the engine noise and team radio.

This is an interesting addition but as I enjoyed Ben Edwards’ narration I didn’t use it much. Since the 2008 F1 DVD the producers stopped having Edwards deliver his commentary as if it were live. They also dropped the annoying practice of mixing cheesy music into the race footage, both of which are to the benefit of the production.

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The picture quality is as good as you’re going to get from a DVD but here I come to my first grumble – where is the HD version? It’s high time we were able to buy these reviews on Blu-Ray or as an HD download.

FOA have total access to footage from F1 races so the breadth of material here is second to none. Indeed you have to say it’s a pity more of it doesn’t make it into the original live broadcasts.

Major incidents – like the Robert Kubica-Jarno Trulli crash at Shanghai, or the first-lap mayhem at Spa and Interlagos – are covered from multiple angles around the track and onboard the cars.

Continuing the practice from recent reviews there’s a separate onboard footage feature where F1 driver narrate different highlights from the season shot from their cars.

There’s a wealth of pit-to-driver radio as well including some entertaining and revealing moments. Such as an impatient Button hurrying his team mate along at Catalunya (“Come one Rubens, you can go quicker than this”), Massa being urged to save fuel in the same race, and an angry Lewis Hamilton bemoaning the state of his McLaren at Istanbul (“I’m heavier than a fricking boat!”). And best of all, Rob Smedley’s celebrated “Felipe baby” remark at Malaysia is there to enjoy again.

Of course the same two are also the subject of the most chilling moment in the review – Massa’s horrifying crash at the Hungaroring. The entire incident is analysed in detail with the on-board traces showing how Massa kept accelerating – while also braking – after he was hit by the spring dropped by Barrichello’s car.

Generally the review does a good job of analysing the major events of the year. The Hamilton/Trulli controversy at Melbourne benefits from a reconstruction of the moment Hamilton let Trulli past complete with audio from both teams, as well as substantial footage from Hamilton’s press conference at Malaysia.

But whereas past season reviews would cover everything going on in the sport – including the political developments around the racing – they seem to be deliberately overlooked by newer reviews. The entire FOTA/FIA row and the breakaway threat is ignored, as is Jean Todt’s election as FIA president.

The bonus extras vary in quality, particularly the hastily-assembled “sorry to lose you” features on Toyota and BMW, which are just short video montages set to music. A better example is the ‘Forza Felipe’ feature which covers his recovery from injury and includes a lengthy interview.

There’s plenty of new material here to keep fans happy and the lengthy review does a thorough job of reviewing an often exciting season. If you’ve got the review, please post your thoughts on it in the comments.

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38 comments on F1 2009 DVD “Not in a hurry” reviewed

  1. Danny Downs said on 10th December 2009, 15:24

    If you do a search on bestbuy.ca or bestbuy.com you can find it under FIA. Amazon.ca and Amazon.com also have it available under the search of FIA. Although Amazon.ca only has 2 copies left. Hope this helps anyone who is looking for it :-)

  2. Phil T said on 10th December 2009, 19:56

    I thought it might have been in HD or on Bluray or whatever. I may as well just watch some of the 70 or so hours worth of this season I kept on my hard disk !

  3. I’m always disappointed by the Official Season Reviews. I’d much prefer a ‘Full Season’ disc set that includes the races in full, and maybe even a ‘per driver’ review of the season.
    Ultimately, it would be great if the full season set (that doesn’t exist) included BBC’s race buildup and post-race forum as well, but then it would be a BBC production and not a FOM affair.

    I’m not holding my breath.

  4. Zindon said on 10th December 2009, 23:59

    On the subject of HD, as I understand it all of the FOM equipment is HD. I’m sure I read somewhere that the feed to the hospitality suites at the circuits themselves is HD. It’s simply that Bernie won’t pay for the bandwidth to broadcast the HD signal out on the world feed. You would hope that the recordings are kept in HD, which means a Blu-ray version of this season review would be entirely possible.

    I have to say, I’m very glad this site keeps banging the drum for HD. It’s criminally overlooked by the rest of the F1 media. I remember watching NASCAR in HD over in the US in Autumn 2007, where it had been in HD for ages. Even a mickey mouse series like A1GP is/was in HD.

    • Johnny said on 29th May 2010, 4:33

      “It’s simply that Bernie won’t pay for the bandwidth to broadcast the HD signal out on the world feed”

      Where is that info from? We get F1 in HD in Australia.. did last year too.

      These DVD’s are great.. they sell cheaply on the f1.com store.

  5. SaloolaS said on 21st December 2009, 23:35

    I love the part ‘A champion’s drive’.

    Amazing onboards (Glock’s first lap at Singapore, Rosberg’s start at Sepang).

  6. sato113 said on 4th January 2010, 12:47

    brilliant review! I especially loved the onboard feature from every race (timo vs jarno, monza! :D)

  7. I think they should go back to qualifying laps when they do the onboard at every track in the review and as an extra instead of a special part of a race

  8. That was a pretty vital insight for me personally

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