Duke Video has just brought out DVD box sets of the World Rally Championship season reviews and Le Mans 24 Hours races.
They look great and they’re going on my Xmas list. But are we ever going to be able to get past official F1 season reviews on DVD?
Formula One Management took until 2003 to start offering F1 season reviews on DVD. Before that there were special editions of the 2000 and 2001 seasons available on DVD, but the 2001 review was only available with the PlayStation 2 Formula 1 game.
A series of F1 DVDs covering the 1970-1980 seasons has also been released by Brunswick Films. This period was before FOM’s monopoly of Grand Prix video coverage.
But the 1981-1999 and 2002 F1 seasons can only be bought on video tape. And many of those are very hard to track down.
So why hasn’t FOM got around to offering those seasons on DVD? You’d think it would be easy money for them.
They should re-master the coverage and offer both the original commentaries and updated versions available as different audio tracks. (The original commentaries on these videos vary between the excellent – Clive James, 1982, 1984 and 1986 – and the painfully bad – Brian Kriesky, 1983.)
And what about emerging alternatives such as Blu-Ray (which appears to have buried HD-DVD)? Or web downloads?
It’s the usual story of Bernie Ecclestone’s FOM being utterly hopeless at promoting F1 and taking advantage of new (or, in this case, old) technologies.
Do you want to see the official F1 season reviews available on DVD? What other formats should F1 season reviews be available in?
Read reviews of all the past official F1 season videos and DVDs: Official F1 Season Reviews
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