TT - Closer To The Edge (DVD)
Directed by Richard de Aragues, this feature tells the story of the men who risk everything in the battle for victory in the world's most dangerous mo...
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Review of "TT - Closer To The Edge (DVD)"
Hi, I have arrived here from dooyoo, and am very much still learning this site. I will be posting the same reviews as I do them on dooyoo, and posting old reviews on here. Suzie x
This is a film that really appealed to me when it was first released, and I went to the cinema to see it with a lot of eagerness. I wasn't disappointed. Being from Northern Ireland where there is such a huge motorsport heritage, and also having a background in bikes on my mum's side, this was right up my street.
The documentary focuses mainly on Lincolnshire racer Guy Martin. Also featured are quiet, unassuming fitness freak Ian Hutchinson, 15 time TT winner John McGuinness; and to a lesser degree, Isle of Man native Conor Cummins, and Michael Dunlop, son of the great Robert Dunlop and nephew of the even greater Joey Dunlop. At the end of the film, 3 of those riders will give interviews with severe injuries caused by racing.
The film follows the build-up to, and the racing during the 2010 TT, showing the riders' preparations, regular day to day lives, and families. Guy Martin was the perfect rider to focus on in my opinion. He's described throughout as 'a maverick' and he's definitely a unique character, disappearing when he's supposed to be getting his licence, refusing to go onto the podium, and not caring what he says in front of sponsors. While some of his antics would make you tear your hair out if you were his boss or sponsor, he is impossible to dislike because of his down to earth nature, and you are rooting for him to do well when we finally get to the racing.
The documentary really shows that the TT riders, and indeed road racers are just normal people. For example, Guy Martin is a lorry mechanic by day. They have no hangers on, no real financial reward that I can see, no shiny motorhomes or private jets. They do it all for fun, adrenaline, and speed. They are at so much more risk than F1 drivers or even MotoGP riders, and yet do not reap anywhere near the same material benefits.
Paramedics, marshals and regular fans are interviewed as well as the riders. It shows the level of passion and devotion that the TT inspires in people; and there's a nice moment when a marshal gets choked up talking about the event. Kids, men, women are interviewed, and the impression given is that this is very much an event for everyone - much more accessible than the likes of F1 races.
Death is obviously something that hangs over all motorsport, and the TT perhaps the most of all, given that there have been over 230 deaths in its history. Discussions on death and the risks involved are peppered throughout the film, showing that while the speed is spectacular; even glamorous, it can all end in an instant. There are several sobering moments in the film - for example when Guy Martin lists all his friends that have died, and John McGuinness discusses how each year before the TT, he does jobs around the house such as mowing the lawn, in case something happens and he doesn't come back. It gives you a lot of respect for the wives and families that are shown.
Sadly when this was filmed at the 2010 race, there was a death in one of the races. Thankfully the crash of New Zealander Paul Dobbs isn't shown, but there is a very moving interview with his widow, who points out that you can't love the speed and excitement without knowing that those kind of risks are involved. Indeed, all the riders who are interviewed seem to say that if it ever happened, at least they would die doing what they loved. Is this what they really feel, or just manly bravado? Who knows.
This film was shown at the cinema in 3D, hence the title; however I found that watching it at home on DVD was still great, and did not lose any of its impact by not being in 3D. The footage of the crashes and racing is absolutely spectacular; a crash suffered by Conor Cummins in particular will have you gritting your teeth and maybe even jumping off the sofa.
I absolutely love this film. I loved hearing about the riders' motivation, seeing the speed and the beautiful bikes; hearing from the fans; watching the archive footage, and even seeing footage from our own North West 200.
The other big motorsport film released last year was Senna and it quite rightly has had a lot of attention, press, and awards - all of which were justified. However, Closer to the Edge deserves the same amount of recognition. Like Senna, you don't need to know anything about bike racing or the TT to enjoy this. Once watched, you might start to take an interest though. It's made me want to go to the TT some year myself, and I will be following road racing more eagerly now that I have really gotten to know the men inside the helmets.
Closer to the Edge proves that you don't need to have a script or go to Hollywood to make a really awesome action movie. This film is pure adrenaline, showing ordinary men doing extraordinary things. I highly recommend.
Product Information : TT - Closer To The Edge (DVD)
Manufacturer's product descriptionDirected by Richard de Aragues, this feature tells the story of the men who risk everything in the battle for victory in the world's most dangerous motorcycle race that takes place on the Isle of Man avery year. Racing started on the Isle of Man in 1904 and continues today as one of the world's most deadly sports.
DVD Region: DVD
Studio(s): ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Featured: John McGuinness, Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson
Main Language: English
Special Features: Interviews, John McGuinness' home movies, CHARGE: THE ELECTRIC TT - Narrated by Ewan McGregor
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, 2.0 Surround
Review: Funny, thrilling and very, very fast. (Empire, 2011-10-20)<br><br>Heartstoppingly spectacular[...]a must see. (Time Out, 2011-10-20)<br><br>
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