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Faster
Faster
Actors: Valentino Rossi, Barry Sheene, Jeremy Burgess, Peter Clifford, Dr. Claudio Costa
Genres: Special Interests, Sports, Documentary
PG-13     2004     1hr 43min

A heart-hammering sensation at Slamdance, Faster is an electrifying tribute to the white-knuckle world of the Motorcycle Grand Prix--the fastest sport on two wheels--where only the most audacious competitors race at speeds...  more »

     
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Actors: Valentino Rossi, Barry Sheene, Jeremy Burgess, Peter Clifford, Dr. Claudio Costa
Genres: Special Interests, Sports, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Transportation, Documentary, Sports
Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/30/2004
Original Release Date: 03/07/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 03/07/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

The Battle for Speed
C. Thwaites | USA | 12/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is to the MotoGP world what "On Any Sunday" was to the weekend rider. It captures the extraordinary golden age we are witnessing in top-level motorcycle racing. The movie starts with the last season of the monster, high-siding 2-stoke beasts through the raw power of the new 4-stoke era. The top riders, Biaggi, Gibernau, Edwards, Hodgson, Capirossi and of course, the incomparable Valentino Rossi are all profiled along with their bikes: RCV211, the M-1 and the Desmosedici. The movie rounds out the cast with insightful perspective from Michael Scott, Wayne Rainey (you would be hard pressed for a more admirable profile in courage of this man, crippled by a deceptively graceful low side crash), Kevin Schwantz and Barry Sheene.

If all this sounds too technical, the human story comes through extraordinarily well. The racing is incredibly close, with riders often passing each other three times in the same corner. And there is a supporting cast of characters the like of which you could not invent: the lady mechanic who has to piece together the crash-prone Haga's bikes, the Rosencrantz/Gilderstein banter of the Red Bull pit crew, the cod philosophy of the famous Dr Costa who pieces these warriors back together and the underplayed melancholy of the unfortunate Kato's fatal crash.

For any 2 wheeled fan or rider this DVD stands next to your "On Any Sunday". Like its famous predecessor, the narration is calm and pointed (thank you Obi Wan) and the film makers keep a low profile, letting the players speak for themselves. For anyone interested in an adrenalin paced, gladiatorial sport this is a great insight into one of the toughest around. And remember, MotoGP comes to the USA in 2005 for the first time in 10 years and most of the cast will be there. Buy it.
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2005 is going to be terrific!
Steve Hansu Kim | Orange County, CA | 01/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"They're nothing else like it on earth! If you're interested in MotoGP, the most elite road racing series in the world, this dvd is the bible. Beautifully narrated by Ewing McGregor, the rest of the world's 2nd most loved sport, behind futbol ofcourse, we are guided through the nitty gritty world of factory backed MotoGP.

In the world of MotoGP, 2004 was one of the most historically profound seasons ever. Most of you will already know because Valentino Rossi moved from the tried and true Honda to the inferior Yamaha, just to prove a point. That it's 80% rider and 20% bike. When Vale took home the 2nd MotoGP championship in '03 on a Honda, Honda started getting big headed. Implying that with their machine, good racers will become great racers. Vale could only take so much. He decided to move to the big underdog known as Yamaha for '04. During his previous battles on the Honda, great riders such as Max Biaggi would whine about how if he only had a Honda to ride, he could win. Vale went to Yamaha with his chief mechanic Jeremy Burguess to ride in the greatest epic journey in history.

And against all odds, against everybodies doubts, and against great advisaries, Valentino Rossi took his 3rd MotoGP championship in a row. On a different bike. On a bike that even he thought at the beginning of the season, wouldn't even be competitive for two years. We are living in an era that'll forever be written in MotoGP history.

For 2005, MotoGP will come to U.S. soil. July 10th, the madness will reign here at Laguna Seca. Yamaha has donated more than $2-million to rennovate the track for MotoGP standards. Tickets are almost sold out.

And that brings me back to Faster. With the purchase of Faster, you'll receive Faster and Faster. Faster (part 1) starts with MotoGP still racing 500cc two-strokes from 2001-2002. Faster and Faster (part 2) will start with the end of the two-stroke era and leads into a grid full of the much faster four-strokes.

The Faster collection is an essential prequel to the much anticipated 2005 season. The dvd is a must own in any motorcycle enthusiast's archive.

To step into the world of MotoGP you can visit www.MotoGP.com, www.fanclubvalentinorossi.com, www.ceracing.com, www.nickyhayden.com"
The best guide to the world of MotoGP
DG | 04/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're unfamiliar with MotoGP and are wondering whether this is something you might be interested in, this video will either make you a fan or have you move on. If you ever watch an F1 race and wonder what it would be like if there was no pitting and a lot more passing, you've been denying yourself the pleasure of MotoGP for too long. If you ever wonder why "sport" is in the word "motorsport", this will convince you.

This video doesn't hang together well enough to be called a film. It's almost like the ultimate coffee table book: full of intense images and concise information in short articles. An attempt is made to follow the careers of two riders (McCoy and Hopkins) but the threads are too episodic to sustain much drama or narrative. Instead the value comes from interviews and highlights on topics like the origin of rear-wheel steering, great rivalries (Rainey-Schwantz, Rossi-Biaggi), great comebacks (Doohan), the advent of 4-strokes, testing and setup, etc.

If you've already seen the movie at theaters but aren't sure if you want to buy the 2-disc DVD, don't hesitate. The additional material and improved sound quality are definitely worth it.

If you've been watching MotoGP races on SpeedTV, watching this video will give you a much, much better understanding of the racing you're seeing now. A must-buy."
Great, great great!
Brian Glass | Zanesville, OH United States | 01/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was just an awesome film. I don't think you have to be a motorcycle fan to appreciate it. It's a dramatic sports film in general. It does help if you ride though. You can fully appreciate Gary McCoy's riding style. It amazed me when I saw how he will keep the tires spinning in the turns, loose on the asphalt. I couldn't begin to imagine doing something like that. It's that kind of thing that will keep you in awe of the riders. To think of how many truly great riders there are in the Superbike series and here in the states in AMA but the Moto GP riders are the absolute best. And then there is the Doctor, Valentino Rossi. Five time champion and apparently all around great guy. If you watch the extras disc there's a funny scene where Valentino is driving a car while being interviewed. He's trying to make his way onto the track from the mobile home parking area and can't find his way. The world champ is stopping to ask another team's crew for directions to the track.

These guys are top competitors and this makes for a lot of human drama. I love the rivalry between Rossi and Biaggi. The film does a good job of building it up and accentuating the drama. I especially liked the unseen fight between the (seemingly) eternally happy Rossi and the playboy Biaggi. It segues nicely into the Kevin Schwantz/Wayne Rainey rivalry.

I loved seeing all of these legends without their helmets on and being interviewed on camera. It's a little difficult here in the states to catch any motorcycle action on t.v. so it's a real treat to see Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Nicky Hayden, the late Barry Sheene and the rest somewhere other than a magazine article.

This was an exciting hold-your-breath film with just one minor problem, not enough race footage. That is my only complaint. If you like racing and watching someone who is skilled doing what they do best you will love this film."