Grand Prix returns to the screen
2 August 2006

Grand Prix, one of the greatest racing films ever, is back in a two-disc special-edition DVD.

The film, originally released in 1967, has not been available for some time, and the re-release is the result of a concerted campaign by fans.

Directed by John Frankenheimer, who also made car-chase classics The French Connection and Ronin, Grand Prix is the only film about Formula One that's worth watching. It is renowned among F1 fans for its cinematography, with in-car footage of such classic circuits as Spa, Monza and Zandvoort.

The cast was led by James Garner (who did his own driving) and Eva Marie Saint, with extras including Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Jochen Rindt and Bruce McLaren. Critical acclaim includes three Academy Awards – for sound, sound effects and film editing, while visual effects were the work of the legendary Saul Bass.

The DVD of Grand Prix went on sale in the US on 11 July and in the UK on 2 October for £15.99. Extras include documentaries on the making of the film and on Formula One in the 1960s, plus a history of Brands Hatch, where part of the movie was shot.

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