Rush (Steelbook) DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by Ron Howard
Produced in 2013
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
Chronicling the rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the 1976 season, Rush brings the golden age of motor racing back to life, writes Julian Upton.
After giving the Hollywood treatment to one of popular modern history’s most notable battles of wits in Frost/Nixon, director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan reunite to bring another famous 1970s clash to the screen: the Formula 1 rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (Who’s next on the Howard–Morgan radar I wonder, Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks?) This time the talking heads give way, fittingly, to a more kinetically charged affair.
Howard cut his directorial teeth on the Roger Corman crash-fest Grand Theft Auto (1977), and he relishes the chance to get back to some tyre-screeching here. But it’s cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle who puts the film into visual pole position, experimenting with lenses, formats and colour palettes to bring the glamour and excitement of the Golden Age of motor racing viscerally back to life. Morgan’s well-honed skill for exposing the core of his characters also succeeds in cutting straight to the psychological chase. The result is a deftly told tale of a relentless drive for one-upmanship and its fearful if sometimes fruitful consequences.
Julian Upton on 2nd December 2013
Author of 172 reviews
A Formula 1 drama, Rush chronicles the intense rivalry between drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) during the 1976 season.
Polar opposites both on and off the track, the rancour between dashing, devil-may-care British playboy Hunt and the efficient and cool Austrian Lauda knows no bounds as the two battle it out to be the 1976 Formula 1 World Champion. But when a horrifying crash at Germany's Nürburgring leaves Lauda badly burned and scarred, his miraculous return to the track in just six weeks earns the grudging respect of Hunt, in the process setting up a climactic end to the season as both drivers pursue the ultimate prize.
Publisher: Studio Canal
Length: 122 mins
Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour
Released: 27th January 2014
Cat No: OPTBD2684
- Limited Steelbook Edition
- Documentary: The Real Story of Rush.