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'Dust to Glory' DVD Review **** 092205
The Work = ****
Racers in the Baja 1000 look forward to no real prize other than completing the race and maybe getting a pin. This is one of the best features of the race and the documentary as those entering the race are doing so for personal reasons. The reward of completing the race is what these drivers are looking for. When vehicles break down or crash and the driver’s can’t complete the race the heartbreak is visible.
'Dust to Glory' is shot with an army of cameras, some in the air, some on the vehicles and drivers and some stationed at various locations. The result is a slick looking film that covers a wide range of the action. It manages to cover a little of the history of the Baja 1000 as well as brief bit of history on some of the drivers entering the race. There are different classes of vehicles allowed in the race and they compete against others in the same class. A few of the classes are buggies, trucks, motorcycles and VW Bugs. The entrance fee to the race is not too steep so people from all economic classes and backgrounds enter and compete against one another.
'Dust to Glory' was written and directed by Dana Brown who had just made the surfing film 'Step Into Liquid'. He has films like this in his blood, his father Bruce directed amongst other things 'The Endless Summer', 'On Any Sunday' and a documentary on the 'Baja 1000 for Wild World of Sports' (which I believe is getting a DVD release soon.) Dana picks a few drivers to follow through the race and their story helps to keep the films momentum going. Amongst the familiar faces that pop up, one is a stand out: Mario Andretti. The guy just oozes charm and although he doesn’t enter the race (he’s just there to send off the drivers) he does get to drive a truck off road at ridiculous speeds. It’s a hoot to see his passenger try and get him to slow down.
At the end of the day, 'Dust to Glory' is a fun, well made documentary that left me wanting more. I wanted more crazy race footage and I wanted to know more about the race and some of its past runs. Some of the closing moments of the film are not as effective as the opening and it is a shame that some of the drivers that are shown starting the race are not shown finishing it. Still, this is an all around great doc’ and hey it is better to leave you wanting more than wishing it had ended early.
DVD = ***
All Together = ****
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