‘Faster’ and ‘DTK’ | Motorcycle DVDs
Now on iTunes and Collector’s DVD.
Although not intended to cover motorcycle racing as broadly as the iconic ‘On Any Sunday’, ‘Faster’ and ‘The Doctor, The Tornado & The Kentucky Kid’ (DTK) DVDs certainly appeal to the dedicated MotoGP race fan and interested onlooker. We believe the shelf life of these documentaries will serve as a true time-stamp for a transitional period in the 500cc/MotoGP racing era for many generations to come.
So, if you lost your copy or never got a chance to see these DVDs, both can now be conveniently found on iTunes. As well, the ultimate Collector’s Editions can be found at fastermovie.com.
Released in 2004, ‘Faster’ was to me, the first film to go inside the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, the MotoGP series. Filmed around the world during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, the documentary asks the question: how do you go faster than the rest, how do you win in this dangerous game? The game was the World Championship contested in a series of sixteen races, on five continents, by twenty-four of the world’s top riders.
The movie focuses on Valentino Rossi, the entertaining 24 year-old Italian, the world champion in 2001 and 2002. In addition to Valentino charismatically carrying the show, ‘Faster’ focuses on Rossi’s bitter rival Max Biaggi, the spectacular but injury-prone Garry McCoy and the young but hopeful John Hopkins. Commentary from a supporting cast consists of Graziano Rossi (Valentino’s father) and former world champions including Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene.
‘The Doctor, The Tornado & The Kentucky Kid’ (DTK)
Released in 2006, DTK is a documentary that tells the story of one of the biggest motorcycle race in American history, the 2005 Red Bull US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, California. It is the definitive story about motorcycle racing at the very highest level using the most sophisticated machines and the world’s most talented riders. Valentino Rossi (The Doctor), Colin Edwards (The Texas Tornado) and Nicky Hayden (The Kentucky Kid) battle for top bragging rights.
The movie captures the action, emotion and personal drama that unfolded in the days leading up to the race and the “fairytale” conclusion to that infamous weekend. After two seasons of struggles and setbacks, a sell-out crowd watched from the stands as the ‘Kentucky Kid’ Nicky Hayden attempts to defy his critics. Nicky wins his maiden grand prix victory under the greatest imaginable pressure, at the first such event to be held his home country since 1994.
Both movies are written and directed by Mark Neale (film maker) and narrated by Ewan McGregor (actor and motorcycle world-traveler). Both are rated “must see” or “consider seeing again”.