Rush Blu-ray/DVD reviewed

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I’m feeling a bit of fatigue when it comes to the subject of Rush.

Since the film appeared in cinemas five months ago the same story has been told again in 1: Life on the Limit and short documentary Hunt vs Lauda.

The success of Ron Howard and Peter Morgan’s vivid and dramatic retelling of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda can be gauged from the widespread praise it earned on its release both from those who were familiar with the story and those who weren’t.

Inevitably with a ‘based on a true story’ film such as this, some objections were raised to what was left out, what was left in, and what was invented. There isn’t much of the latter – as Morgan himself notes in an interview on the disc there is little need to “embellish” with a story like this.

One invention which drew particular criticism was the scene depicting Hunt punching a journalist who had asked Lauda “do you think your marriage can survive with the way you look now?” following his facial disfigurement at the Nurburgring.

Rush Blu-RayThis incident never happened. But Rush is not a review of the 1976 Formula One season, it is a dramatisation.

As an effective short-hand for showing us that Hunt wasn’t above using his fists when he chose (which is true) and that some of the media reportage on Lauda’s recovery was nothing short of despicable (also true), the scene serves a purpose. It also acts as a counterbalance to the film’s occasional over-egging of the rivalry between two people who were, ultimately, friends – something we are left in no doubt about at the close.

In the extras you’ll find a handful of deleted scenes (most of which, curiously, are focused on Lauda) and the usual behind-the-scenes stuff.

A few of these are genuinely interesting. I especially would have liked to see more of the excellent feature on how the collection of period cars was assembled and filmed. Another piece on choosing the locations for the the races – a particular weakness of the film for F1 enthusiasts – is conspicuously brief.

Though I may be a bit weary of the story by now, the film is still easy to recommend and a huge amount of fun. But if you thought I was going to get to the end of this review without pointing out the thrilling climax to the film would have been ruined by Bernie Ecclestone’s double points nonsense, I’m afraid I have to disappoint you.

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Rating four out of five

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Rush Blu-Ray/DVD

Publisher: Studiocanal
Published: January 2013
Price: ?ι?ϊ24.99 (Blu-ray) / ?ι?ϊ19.99 (DVD)

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53 comments on Rush Blu-ray/DVD reviewed

  1. No Hollywood film is going to satisfy everyone. I watched it in the cinema – well, half of it! Someone in the audience had a medical emergency, the film was stopped for the paramedics and then the rest was cancelled due to time limitations re the next showing……….
    So, I got the DVD last week and watched it all the way through. I have followed F1 since I was a kid in the 1950s. I watched the 76 season on TV (although sadly in black and white). These days my annual treat is a long weekend at Spa, so I suppose I’m reasonably well qualified to comment. I LOVED IT. What’s more, so did my wife and three children. Modern day F1 (although much safer) is nothing like as spectacular, gritty, noisy, smelly and close up. But, it’s still a wonderful sport and this film will spread the love of it.

  2. Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 6th February 2014, 11:57

    It arrived in the mail about 37hrs ago and I’ve already seen it twice, (after going the first night I had off when released). I actually enjoyed the journalist assault scene because I thought it de-emphasized the Hollywood-ization of the rivalry, but as a filmgoer, the tifosi ride still makes me laugh madly. My bar was set low, Driven is IMHO, the worst movie ever made and I expected the same out of Rush. Because I expected junk, Rush blew my mind. It’s now in my top five favorite films.

    The racing? As good as can be hoped for Hollywood, I just wished they had a podium scene at Fuji because as an American who was born in 1983, I’ve never seen a countryman, even a naturalized one, atop the podium. Every time I saw that silver and red helmet, my eyes lit up.

  3. slowhand (@slowhand) said on 6th February 2014, 15:53

    Saw the film the day it opened in the theater this past summer and enjoyed it very much. Got the DVD yesterday and was disappointed with one aspect – the music sound track is so LOUD that it was impossible to hear the dialog for most of the movie. I don’t recall this being a problem in the theater but it almost ruined the DVD for me. The sound track is not the strong point of the movie so I can not understand why it is so over the top in the DVD. Maybe I’ll figure out a way to reduce the music volume (without lowering the dialog) or increase the dialog volume (without increasing the music tracks). Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon ?

  4. Kjvanek said on 6th February 2014, 22:40

    I keep reading about how un-technical the movie is, but it was the technical subtleties that caught my attention, and took me from knowing ZERO about F1 to researching the sport and digging deep into videos and articles about testing in Jerez/all the 2014 changes. A few quick examples… First was the bit about magnesium parts and Lauda getting the car to go two seconds quicker around the track. A bit later I remember a quick cut scene in (Brazil?) Where they were dumping ice on the cars’ tires, and I was like “woah, so that’s a thing.” And then, the bit where Hunt’s team has to redesign the car on account of it being half an inch too wide, and the scene cuts away with them talking about how they’re going to have to rearrange everything in the car – my brother and I looked at each other like “SERIOUSLY?? Jeez these machines are are wild!”
    Add stuff like that to racing scenes, big bass, and a killer storyline, and I was hooked.
    It’s a shame it didn’t get an Oscar, but at least it got me into F1, haha.

  5. Garns (@garns) said on 7th February 2014, 11:55

    The funniest part was when they had words on the grid at Intelagos then James had a dance with the sexy grid girls and Nikki gave the look as if “James, I am about to risk my life at 20%, not 1% more, this is no time for a gig!!”……………. a different pre-race approach I guess :)

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