OVERVIEW: Rush, the epic true story of the legendary sports
rivalry between freewheeling English Formula 1 racer James Hunt and his disciplined Austrian
opponent, Niki Lauda, comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with
UltraViolet™ and On Demand on January 28, 2014 from Universal Studios Home
Entertainment. The film will also be available early on DIGITAL HD January 14, 2014. Two-time Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) once again teams up with two-time
Academy Award®-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) in this spectacular
depiction of one of the most famous sports rivalries of all time.
SYNOPSIS: Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard delivers the exhilarating true story of a legendary
rivalry that rocked the world. During the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two
drivers emerged as the best: gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers)
and his methodical, brilliant Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds). As
they mercilessly clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, the two drivers push themselves to the
breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there’s no shortcut to victory and
no margin for error. Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), it’s the heart-racing, epic actiondrama
that critics are calling “one of the best movies of this, or any, year” (Pete Hammond,
FILM REVIEW: Famed award winning director Ron Howard teams up with Chris Hemsworth (Thor, 2011), and Spanish-born German actor Daniel “Bruehl” Bruhl (who happens to star in one of my favorite German movies called Good Bye, Lenin!, 2003 – Though most might know him from Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and in a minor role in The Bourne Ultimatum), to bring us one of the year’s most powerful rivalry-centric
bio-pics. From a distance, Howard’s take on the rivalry seems to be geared toward promoting Formula 1’s (F1) history and presences in the automotive racing world, however, as the two hour flick plays on, one quickly realizes that this movie is about more than just racing… it has a real human side to it and it’s a real story about real characters that had real life-changing rivalries.
Hemsworth plays extraverted playboy driver/race-icon James Hunt, while Bruhl (correctly spelled
Bruehl), gives us an unglamorous by-the-book introverted Niki
Lauda. Skillfully, they both give us a surprisingly balanced account of two men who make Formula 1 look like the most noble of gladiator sports. Lauda and Hunt are equally served by the story and it’s worth noting that neither man by himself would make a
bio-pic you'd much like to see, but paired opposite one another, with opposing ideologies: one no-nonsense and the other very much pro-nonsense, they reveal hidden depths in each other that makes for a very satisfying narrative. Hemsworth has the playboy swagger of a man who genuinely considers his profession to be the modern-day equivalent of a knight in shining armor. He brings the cocky and brash, and makes one wonder what he’s really compensating for. While
Lauda, has that typical German engineering focus that requires pure common sense and calculations for each and every decision made in his life, both professionally and personally. And unlike most Hollywood portrayals, there is no damsel in distress, to be found in this story.
What took away from the movie for me was the cinematography and camera style. The Jerky camera style that sorta’ emulates on-screen action certainly did not do it for me and brought memories of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. It literally made for a confusing set of sequences that became very frustrating at times. And unfortunately because of having to sit through such visually distressing scenes, I cannot give the movie more than four out of five stars. If one can imagine getting pass such a filming style, then it would make for a nice theater movie because the sound effects are a-must-experience.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 (English); DTS Digital Surround
Subtitles - English Spanish
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Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush
Peter Morgan on Writing
Rush— A look at the work of the Oscar®-nominated screenwriter (Last King of Scotland, The Queen) and how he creates screenplays knownfor exquisite drama, characters, authenticity and passion.
Finding James and Niki—Chris Hemsworth talks about researching his character using
archival reports and footage, and Daniel Brühl reveals his real-life encounter with Niki
Lauda as a guest on the Austrian driver’s private jet.
The Light of Speed and Filming
F1—Oscar®-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle discusses the intricacies of filming Rush and how he achieved the film’s
breathtaking race sequences with camera technology and skills never before possible.
Around the World in One
Location—Ron Howard and the filmmaking team explain how
they created the illusion of filming all over the world while shooting almost entirely in the
Fashion and Styles of the
’70s—The hair, the clothes and the colorful personalities of a
glamorous decade shine as costume designer Julian Day and hair and make-up designer
Fae Hammond take viewers back in time to the sexy ’70s.
The Real Story of Rush
Meeting James Hunt and Niki
Lauda—Members of the cast and crew and intimate friends of James Hunt and Niki Lauda share their insights in a nuanced portrait of two
complex men and their complicated relationship. This short documentary also includes a
rare interview with Lauda himself.
F1 Take 1: F1 Racing and the F1
Car—Mechanics and pit crew from 1970s-era Formula 1 describe the intense rivalry, competition and camaraderie between the various racing
teams of the time.
The Rock and Roll Circus—The glamorous F1 circuit of the ’70s takes center stage in a
look at the races, the music, the clothes and the lifestyle during a time “when sex was safe
– and driving was dangerous.”
Ron Howard: A Director’s
Approach—A behind-the-scenes look at director Ron Howard and
how his passion for filmmaking allows him to create extraordinary films time after time.