One of the most authoritative racing movies ever made, now digitally restored and available for the first time on Blu-ray... Le Mans provides fans with the extreme, nerve-shattering and action-packed car-racing experience like never before. Le Mans is a daring, death-defying drive along one of the most perilous courses ever created. Hollywood icon and avid racer Steve McQueen performs most of his own driving for his role as American Michael Delaney, a tough and ambitious racer determined to find victory on the 8.5 mile course, one year after an accident that left another man dead. Filmed on location in France with over 45 international racing stars, this high-adrenaline film provides a fascinating look at the extraordinary cars and unique personalities drawn to the thrill of this high-risk sport.
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If you like motor sport, you'll love this film, it's got everything.
The racing is king in Le Mans and is the real unique point of this movie which would have you watch it again. Sound quality is excellent with the correct sound of each engine. The cinematography during the racing is outstanding for the era, considering the limitations of camera rig design. It's also an excellent insight into the cars from Ferrari and Porsche during the greatest era of endurance racing; lightweight 12 cylinder race cars with manual transmission, no traction control and in the event of a crash, the few seconds a driver had to get out before it turned into an inferno. It's an excitement which has been lost to the diesel-hybrids of today which rely massively on electronic systems rather than mechanical and driver intuition on the absolute edge. The story surrounding the cast is near non existent, and would not be missed if you skip the opening chapter, similar to McQueen's most famous role in bullet where the car chase stands out to the point that any part of the story is forgotten straight after. Thankfully, the love story only takes up a small fraction of the movie without detracting from the action, and the ending was not predictable American style seen in the likes of 'Days of Thunder'. Had the rivalries and characters of the drivers been fleshed out more, it could have been a true classic instead of a niche film aimed only at people like me who have an active involvement in Motorsport.
Le Mans is a great film for motor racing enthusiasts, made even better when converted to Blu-ray. And it has a good extra about Steve Mc Queen's battle to get the film produced. Well worth watching.