RUSH, directed by Ron Howard
Blu Ray / DVD / Digtal HD, 123 minutes
© 2013 Distributed by Hopscotch Films
Having rightly earned plenty of plaudits from film critics and cinema-goers alike – while not to mention several major film award nominations – Ron Howard’s Formula 1 blockbuster, RUSH, now hits the stores in Blu Ray, DVD and Digital HD formats.
While many dubbed the 1970s as the sport’s ‘golden age’, it was a dark age for many of Formula 1’s racers as they went to grid at most Grands Prix firm in the knowledge that not all may survive the race itself.
Against this backdrop came the 1976 season, which brought about one of the sport’s greatest rivalries – that between James Hunt and Niki Lauda – which proved so thrilling that it brought an ever-increasing level of media interest and an entire new generation of fans.
RUSH captures this era brilliantly, courtesy of a great screenplay by Peter Morgan, some outstanding cinematography and visual effects, and a great underrated cast headed by Chris Hemsworth (Hunt) and Daniel Brühl (Lauda). You can read the collective reviews of RUSH on the big screen by clicking here.
Available in all three ‘disc’ formats – Blu Ray, DVD and Digital HD – RUSH is brought back to life for the armchair fan, and once again I was transported straight back to my first viewing in the cinema when I watched the film again, especially with the 5.1 surround sound set to a cracking volume!
It’s the bonus features on the disc that are worth the retail price alone. There are almost a dozen behind-the-scene featurettes, focusing on all sorts of back stories about the making of the film. There are some great cast interviews, as well as interviews with the director, screenwriter, costume and filming crews who helped pull the entire production together.
Our favourites were the vignettes covering the more technical aspects of the film, particularly the cinematography and how the vintage 1970s racing cars were sourced to recreate the racing scenes.
A notable absentee is a version of the film that includes cast and crew commentary. In our opinion, that’s perhaps regrettable, although quite how much of the commentary would actually be heard over the film’s fuel-burning action sequences is perhaps a moot point.
As this stage, the retail release won’t come in limited edition versions – such as the steel case (or the bright red casing on offer in the UK), but Hopscotch could do so in the future – it would be well received here.
Minor points aside, this is an absolute ‘must buy’ for any Formula 1 fan.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we will award the retail release of RUSH…
RUSH goes on sale in Australia from 5 February. The DVD edition will retail at $34.95, while the Blu Ray is $39.95; the film can also be downloaded on iTunes.
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