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From the sublime Fire in Babylon to Mario Balotelli's ridiculous hat, what to put in people's stockings this year

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An absolutely bumper year for sport on film was dominated by two disciplines. Cricket gave us Fire In Babylon (all titles available at amazon.co.uk), a rousing account of the 1970s West Indies side, of their brilliant cricket and, importantly, its part in their assertion of pride amid the racial and post-colonial politics of the time.

Politics also sets the scene for From The Ashes, the gloom of Britain in 1981 providing a backdrop for an historic series. It's a gripping story, entertainingly told, but the real treats are the Australian contributions – amusing and enlightening. It doubles up with the The Ashes Series 2010-2011 Box Set, a mammoth celebration of an Aussie defeat that simply never gets old. The included two-disc documentary is also excellent.

Motor sport also provides some compulsive viewing.
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DVD Review - TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

TT3D: Closer to the Edge, 2011.

Directed by Richard De Aragues.

Narrated by Jared Leto.

Synopsis:

A documentary covering the fast-paced action of the world famous Isle of Man Tt.

The Isle of Man... a small island in the Irish sea, birthplace of the Bee Gees and home to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy - the celebrated international motorcycle road race better known as the Tt. For two weeks every year, legions of racing fans descend upon the Isle to watch as the world's best motorcycle racers chase their dream of becoming 'King of the Mountain' by gaining victory in what is regarded as one of the most prestigious - and dangerous - races in the sport, and its this quest for glory which is the subject of acclaimed commercials director Richard De Aragues' first feature - the documentary TT3D: Closer to the Edge.

As you’d expect from such a film,
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Movie Review - TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

TT3D: Closer to the Edge, 2011.

Directed by Richard De Aragues.

Narrated by Jared Leto.

Synopsis:

A documentary about the Isle of Man's famed Tt motorcycle race.

For those that are unfamiliar with the Isle of Man and its world famous Tt races let me assure you it’s thrilling, frightening and very dangerous. The small Isle sits in the middle of the Irish Sea and is home to around 80,000 Manxmen on an average day, but swells to almost double that figure for a fortnight in early summer. The Tt is the worlds most famous motorcycle road race and takes place over a 38 mile circuit that snakes through towns and villages, passes usually quiet country pubs and across the top of several mountains. Unlike your average racing there are no run off areas, no safety barriers and no mercy for anyone who dares to take the challenging course too lightly. Straw
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