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It's a VHS from the PR company.
I've only got a DVD player here at work so will watch it tonight :D
Will report back over the weekend
 

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No, we're not doing this year's rally. :crying2:
Various reasons for that including:
The new Escort won't be built in time.
My misses is about to give birth.
Lee needed 4 months off work after the 2004 crash.
and finally, our bank accounts are still wimpering everytime the word 'Gumball' is mentioned!

Lee is now up and around and back behind the wheel, his back is far from pre accident condition, but he's doing his best. I think he'll be at the start and end of this year's event.

With any luck, cars 56 and 57 will be back for the 2006 event - and running somewhere between 1300 and 1400bhp between them :biggrin:
 

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I've watched the tape on Thursday night.

I had pretty high expectations after the film of the 2003 event - the one with Burt Reynolds narrating and the Cuban Brothers etc... I thought that was the best 'car film' I'd ever seen.

I've got to say I thought this 2004 version was a bit average :confused:
Seemed to spend a lot of time following some Americans who were moaning because they've only been given an X5. Most of the footage was poor quality handy cam stuff - I'm sure the intention was to give it an 'arty' feel, but it just looked amateurish.

Having done the rally, I could see that lots of the footage was taken from the wrong days/countries too, although this may have been the case on the last one, but I never noticed because I wasn't there?

6 Days in May seemed to randomly flick between night and day, which was kinda strange. It failed to capture much of the atmosphere and thrill/fun factor and basically left me feeling a bit dull. There were a couple of bits that made me laugh/smile, but I could count those on one hand.

Maybe it's just an early cut? Maybe I have just had a long week at work and 11pm on a Thursday night was the wrong time to watch it? Maybe I didn't connect with the soundtrack? Or maybe it's just not very good? Those are my brief thoughts at the moment, I'm gonna watch it again with a couple of friends soon, so I'll reserve my final judgment and not write my magazine review until then.

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I've only seen the trailer, but I kind of imagine how the final thing will look like from your description, and it doesn't surprise me at all.
Rueben Fleisher (spelling?) is a very talented music video director, but he was a first timer on the Gumball, and it's difficult to focus on what's worth showing and to do something original when you first discover the madness of it all.
People get carried away and always focus on the same things (hard shoulder driving, cops, top speed, hard shoulder driving, cops, maximum speed, etc...)
I have the same problem with photographers, and it takes someone with a very selective eye to get original pictures.
I thought last year's movie was pretty good mainly because it had different moods and paces to it. Plus it was funny.

I'll wait till the premiere in London to see the new one..

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Renton said:
I've watched the tape on Thursday night.

I had pretty high expectations after the film of the 2003 event - the one with Burt Reynolds narrating and the Cuban Brothers etc... I thought that was the best 'car film' I'd ever seen.

I've got to say I thought this 2004 version was a bit average :confused:
Seemed to spend a lot of time following some Americans who were moaning because they've only been given an X5. Most of the footage was poor quality handy cam stuff - I'm sure the intention was to give it an 'arty' feel, but it just looked amateurish.

Having done the rally, I could see that lots of the footage was taken from the wrong days/countries too, although this may have been the case on the last one, but I never noticed because I wasn't there?

6 Days in May seemed to randomly flick between night and day, which was kinda strange. It failed to capture much of the atmosphere and thrill/fun factor and basically left me feeling a bit dull. There were a couple of bits that made me laugh/smile, but I could count those on one hand.

Maybe it's just an early cut? Maybe I have just had a long week at work and 11pm on a Thursday night was the wrong time to watch it? Maybe I didn't connect with the soundtrack? Or maybe it's just not very good? Those are my brief thoughts at the moment, I'm gonna watch it again with a couple of friends soon, so I'll reserve my final judgment and not write my magazine review until then.

Renton
Yikes I was worried about that. I recieved an email a couple months ago from the film's director and I really got the sense he was trying to talk my expectations down a bit. He even apologized for things like the lack of variety in drivers and it's limited focus. Got me thinking, ahh, no wonder this thing has been taking so long to release. Hopefully they tried editing some life into it since your PR version was made, I've heard they did but we'll just have to wait and see.
Amazing that a rally with such insane drama could spawn anything other than an insane film.
 

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I went to a small press screening tonight in Soho (only like 20 ppl - no gumballers, just a few journalists I think, plus Max & Julie and some of the film guys).
The image quality was very bad, but apparently that's just the copy they had.
I actually quite liked it, it's rather funny and has a few elements of self-criticism which I didn't expect. Torq's crash is in there, there are a few words of wisdom from Karta and others, and it's nicely paced.
However I did not feel tired as I did after the screening of the 2003 movie, where I had the impression of crossing the USA at full speed AGAIN!
It concentrates on a few drivers and I'm not sure they were the most interesting or funny, although Big Black and Rob Dyrdek are hilarious. Oh and it has horrible footage of me trying to skate some bank at the Paul Ricard circuit. :sad3: :confused3 Well I can alwasy use the excuse that Iwas exhausted...
Kimble is half-funny / half-cocky, with quotes such as 'you can see lots of pissed-off faces here tonight because I kicked their ***' (or similar) on the final night, which I don't know if I should take seriously or not. Worth seeing.

I think that next year they need to find a new angle on things, or something radically different. The 'diary + following select gumballers' format has done its time.
And I missed the Cuban Brothers!
 

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I went to a small press screening tonight in Soho (only like 20 ppl - no gumballers, just a few journalists I think, plus Max & Julie and some of the film guys).
The image quality was very bad, but apparently that's just the copy they had.
I actually quite liked it, it's rather funny and has a few elements of self-criticism which I didn't expect. Torq's crash is in there, there are a few words of wisdom from Karta and others, and it's nicely paced.
However I did not feel tired as I did after the screening of the 2003 movie, where I had the impression of crossing the USA at full speed AGAIN!
It concentrates on a few drivers and I'm not sure they were the most interesting or funny, although Big Black and Rob Dyrdek are hilarious. Oh and it has horrible footage of me trying to skate some bank at the Paul Ricard circuit. :sad3: :confused3 Well I can alwasy use the excuse that Iwas exhausted...
Kimble is half-funny / half-cocky, with quotes such as 'you can see lots of pissed-off faces here tonight because I kicked their ***' (or similar) on the final night, which I don't know if I should take seriously or not. Worth seeing.

I think that next year they need to find a new angle on things, or something radically different. The 'diary + following select gumballers' format has done its time.
And I missed the Cuban Brothers!
He did kick ***,....because I was still in jail!
 

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He did kick ***,....because I was still in jail!

:haha:
true.
You're quite present in the movie, but more as a shadowy figure (they mostly show the back of your car to be honest!). Every now and then your Porsche zooms by and Kimble swears...
Respect is given to you at one point - you'll see
 

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He did kick ***,....because I was still in jail!
UR was made for guys like us my friend. You will show your talent to the world and receive the respect you deserve. Rob, I respect you for your skills, I witnessed your driving, we are brothers for life. Lets show the world who we are and leave our skidmarks in history books. :haha2:
 

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I've watched the tape on Thursday night.

I had pretty high expectations after the film of the 2003 event - the one with Burt Reynolds narrating and the Cuban Brothers etc... I thought that was the best 'car film' I'd ever seen.

I've got to say I thought this 2004 version was a bit average :confused:
Seemed to spend a lot of time following some Americans who were moaning because they've only been given an X5. Most of the footage was poor quality handy cam stuff - I'm sure the intention was to give it an 'arty' feel, but it just looked amateurish.

Having done the rally, I could see that lots of the footage was taken from the wrong days/countries too, although this may have been the case on the last one, but I never noticed because I wasn't there?

6 Days in May seemed to randomly flick between night and day, which was kinda strange. It failed to capture much of the atmosphere and thrill/fun factor and basically left me feeling a bit dull. There were a couple of bits that made me laugh/smile, but I could count those on one hand.

Maybe it's just an early cut? Maybe I have just had a long week at work and 11pm on a Thursday night was the wrong time to watch it? Maybe I didn't connect with the soundtrack? Or maybe it's just not very good? Those are my brief thoughts at the moment, I'm gonna watch it again with a couple of friends soon, so I'll reserve my final judgment and not write my magazine review until then.

Renton
Would you say the Extreme channel coverage was better? I thought this was quite well put together. Shame the DVD is not the standard of the '03 Movie, which was brilliant!
 

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I've not seen the whole DVD yet, so can't comment on the extras. But if I was to compare the main feature to the Extreme Channel stuff, I'd probably pick the Extreme Channel...

The extras I haven't seen are:
Adrien Brody feature.
Maxilillion Interview.
Driving Montage.
and a few other trailers and little bits.

Having said what I've said, I'll still go and buy a copy of 6 Days in May in my DVD collection.
 
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