While I'd only give the movie itself 2 stars out of 4, this large format film looks absolutely *smashing* on HD-DVD. Holy smokes, what a richly detailed image! Even my wife, who so far has been ho-hum about high-def, was glued to the screen and every few minutes let out an exclamation about how amazing it looked.
I say bring on more HD-DVD 65mm/70mm classics! Imagine a state-of-the-art high-def transfer of "2001: A Space Odyssey" struck from a 70mm source...
For someone with interest to F1 this is a must. Sure the story isn't all that but it's the racing and the history in this film that are absolutely great. Not to speak of the picture quality, not many believed when I told we were watching a 40 year old movie.
Finally spun this. I've been remiss in not seeing it earlier--it was great to finally see Frankenheimer's precursor to Ronin after enthusing over the car action in that pic for the past 10 years.
The 29-minute "Pushing the Limit: The Making Of GRAND PRIX" docu is terrif also. It addressed several production questions I had--how JF got driver/Ferrari cooperation; helicopter coverage; the crashes; which if any actors drove, etc. Love that bit where JF lets Garner tell off the shop owner who was holding up filming by asking for more money! Interesting frissons of nascent feminism in the screenplay.
Too bad WHV apparently couldn't locate the original trailer elements to do a new transfer of that--I'm surmising that's the reason that it's presented in letterbox widescreen.
Here's hoping WHV releases this (and NASCAR: The IMAX Experience) on BD soon (I'm finally spinning some of the last HD DVD exclusives such as this pic and looking at selling the HD DVD player . . .).