Speed (1984)

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A documentary on the history on mankind's attempts to reach high speeds. Starting with the invention of the bicycle, going on to sports cars, cars with jet engines, rocket-powered cars, ... See full summary »


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17 October 2009 | hootentom
GOOD original, but the DVD is lacking
I had the chance to see it when it debuted as one of the attractions @ the ill-fated "Autoworld" in Flint in July of 1984; and as a vendor in the theme park, I'd often sneak into the theater after my 'shift' ended. As one of the 1st films created for the IMAX format it was a real pleasure to experience in (groundbreaking in 1984) "six-story picture" and (what we would now call) 6.1 surround sound.

After over 15 years, I was EXTREMELY happy to see the title on the shelf in the documentary section of DVDs @ Best Buy, and could hardly wait to crank up the picture and sound on my new home theater system... Until it started...

Just a word of warning- the DVD is an edited and slightly overdubbed version of the film. I found it rather disappointing that the producers chose to clip a few scenes and have a voice-over "explain" some of the ideas, rather than let the pictures do the talking- or at LEAST have the option to see/hear it in it's original form, as is not uncommon in many film -> DVD transfers. It is a good film, but lost something in the translation (consider the different versions "Blade Runner"... 'nuff said)

In other words; Don't expect the same "Thrill" when you get it home... I'd recommend borrowing/renting a copy first!

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