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NASCAR: The IMAX Experience -- The world of today's elite NASCAR drivers is explored in this larger-than-life, adrenaline filled documentary. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland ("Phone Booth," TV's "24").
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience -- A big-screen look into one of America's most successful entertainment industries, NASCAR racing.
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience -- A big-screen look into one of America's most successful entertainment industries, NASCAR racing.


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  (in credits order)

Kiefer Sutherland ... Narrator (voice)
Tony Stewart ... Himself
Matt Kenseth ... Himself

Jimmie Johnson ... Himself / Moonshiner

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ... Himself

Jeff Gordon ... Himself
Ryan Newman ... Himself / Moonshiner
Bobby Labonte ... Himself
Bill France Jr. ... Bill France Sr. (voice)
Mike Helton ... Sheriff
Gary Nelson ... Sheriff
Neil Goldberg ... TV Control Room
Artie Kempner ... TV Control Room
Darrell Waltrip ... On-Screen Announcer
Larry McReynolds ... On-Screen Announcer
Mike Joy ... On-Screen Announcer
Barney Hall ... Track Announcer
Joe Moore ... Track Announcer
Allen Bestwick ... TV Announcer
Wally Dallenbach ... TV Announcer
Benny Parsons ... TV Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chillie Mo ... Bullet

Richard Petty ... Himself
Ken Schrader ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Simon Wincer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Bechtel  narration written by

Produced by
Neil Goldberg .... executive producer
Doug Hylton .... producer
Lorne Orleans .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Colvin 
Cinematography by
James Neihouse 
Film Editing by
Terry Blythe 
Production Management
Dennis Bishop .... unit production manager
John Falvey .... production supervisor
Sarah Nettinga .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
Ed Douglas .... sound editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Cory Mandel .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Miller .... sound editor
Bruce Nyznik .... adr stage supervisor
Greg Smith .... sound recordist
Mark Spagnolo .... sound recordist
Peter Thillaye .... sound re-recording mixer
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Steve Emerson .... digital compositor
Mark Neysmith .... 3D modeling and animation lead
Daniel Rapo .... scanning & film recording
Craig Edward Rogers Jr. .... film recording
Pat Wakefield .... digital effects artist
Steve Kelso .... action racing coordinator
Spiro Razatos .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barrett .... key grip
Justin Bergler .... clapper loader: "a" camera
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Marc Ehrenbold .... camera operator
Michelle Hemion Griffis .... camera production assistant (as Michelle Hemion)
Charles A. Harris .... rigging key grip
Greg Martin .... grip
Christian Shonts .... assistant camera / loader
Josh Gundling Williamson .... assistant camera (as Josh Gundling)
Animation Department
Donald Dowd .... background artist
Justin Kupka .... animator
Editorial Department
Todd Baillere .... post-production consultant
Adam M. Duthie .... assistant editor
Charlie Fuguet .... post-production consultant
Christopher Loucks .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Lyle Christensen .... shotmaker driver
Other crew
Adam Edwards .... production coordinator
Jonathan Grubbs .... production assistant
Lance Holland .... location manager
Christopher Just Weaver .... behind-the-scenes video
Doug Lavender .... stereographer
Peter Minor .... location scout
Ryanne Nicksa .... production assistant
Spiro Razatos .... race coordinator
Jeff Winn .... craft service

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"NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" - USA (original title)
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Rated PG for some crash scenes
40 min
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NASCAR, 14 March 2004
Author: ajnrules from Kansas

VVVRRRRRrrroooommm! The thunderous sounds at a typical NASCAR race should be unforgettable for anybody that has seen a race on TV or live at the stadium.

The excitement of watching cars drive around at almost 200 mph is lost on some, but for some people it's become almost a religion.

NASCAR, an acronym for National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, is the subject of the latest IMAX phenomenon, "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience." However, the film seems to be made primarily for educating the general public.

Not that that's a bad thing. The film deals with all possible aspects of NASCAR racing, so even NASCAR enthusiasts might learn something. Director Simon Wincer, the man that brought us the "Lonesome Dove" miniseries, brings us a film that makes us almost all of us care about the sport, NASCAR fan or not.

The script, written by Sports Illustrated NASCAR correspondent Mark Bechtel, is typical documentary fare, with interviews, stock footage, and a lot of factual information.

The first half of the movie deals largely with the history of NASCAR. The movie opens with a dramatized chase through the North Carolina wilderness, thus setting up the evolution of the sport that would eventually become NASCAR.

Following the discussion of the 1947 conference that laid the foundations of NASCAR, the film goes on to talk about some of the (relatively) early NASCAR greats: Junior Johnson, Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and of course, Dale Earnhardt.

Yes, they do have footage from the 2001 race that killed NASCAR's greatest star. Though they don't actually show the crash, they do make reference to it. Anybody watching the film with a more-than-mild interest in NASCAR had better expect an emotional reaction. The crash serves as a bridge linking the first half to the second half: How NASCAR Works.

This film goes through everything you can think of, from the engineers in garages building car frames and engines to the pit crews training 38 out of the 52 weeks a year.

The film discusses the importance of teams, how a typical race works, and even what the fans are like. People that know nothing about NASCAR would learn a lot from this film.

Okay, so there¡¦s nothing really special about the script, but that's not where this film excels. "NASCAR 3D" makes the most of the IMAX technology, and the filmmakers know it. "NASCAR 3D" is one of the few IMAX movies that have the IMAX specs right on the poster.

The film's remarkable cinematography puts you right into the action. Cars zoom past camera placed on the track. Cameras inside the car allow you to see what the driver sees. Aerial shots show exactly what a mob of 120,000 people looks like. The list goes on.

The editing job is top notch. Rapid editing gives viewers the impression that there is a lot more going on in the race than cars racing around a racecourse. An impressive sequence where stock footage of a crash is repeated all over the screen can best be described as awe-inspiring.

The IMAX sound technology is put to good use. The sound of roaring engines is strong enough to rumble the seats. Good luck in finding that same effect in movie theaters.

However, there is a surprisingly large amount of relatively quiet moments present in the film, so the rumble effect isn't used that often. This isn't actually that bad. After all, there is probably a limit to how much a person can stand to be vibrated.

The technological strengths of this movie make up for the blandness of the screenplay, making "NASCAR 3D" one of those rare documentaries that can keep viewers interested the whole way through.

If you're already a NASCAR fan, then "NASCAR 3D" is probably near the top on your must-see list. Well, I'm not so sure about what everybody had expected, but I suppose it's safe to say that it lives up to everybody expectations. If you're not a NASCAR fan, then "NASCAR 3D" is still a worthy piece of entertainment.

So "NASCAR 3D" is must-see material. The problem is finding a theater that plays it, as there are only 75 IMAX theaters in North America carrying "NASCAR 3D".

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