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Speed (1984)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short, History
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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James Burke ...
Narrator (voice)
Monty Cox ...
Hunter
Shane McCamey ...
Kirkpatrick MacMillan
Linda Hoy ...
Scottish Lady
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Scottish Laddie
Andy Muxlow ...
Scottish Laddie
Lee Brock ...
Bill Vukovich
Kathy Graber ...
Ellen
Leif Green ...
Danny
Frank Dent ...
Policeman
Peter Renaday ...
Doctor
Bill Carter ...
Himself - Jet Dragster Driver
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Himself - Surfer
Stella Sylvester ...
Herself - Speed Skier
Kevin Hardesty ...
Himself
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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, attempts to break the sound barrier, and rocket-engine airplanes. Each achievement is documented by title card indicating the speed reached in miles per hour. Written by Anonymous

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Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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GOOD original, but the DVD is lacking
17 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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