'Can-Am: The Speed Odyssey' - what do you think?
Posted 20 August 2008 - 15:05
The film is 98% original footage which is great. Jim and Sam do a nice job on the narrative. I was dissapointed to see they left out the 1964 pre Can-Am Riverside and Mosport footage used in the trailer. It needs more lead-up to how big banger sports cars came to be. The time wasted on the public road in the opening sequence could have been better spent. I also would have liked to have seen more of the footage to go along with the driver quotes from the trailer.
Some high points - the 66 San Jovite race footage was very exciting. 1967 Bridgehamption and Road America were also excellent. The 1970 Glen footage looks like it was taken direct from TV. I could not believe how good it looked. Fantastic. The ti22 crash at San Jovite which was probably taken from Super 8 was a welcome addition.
There must have been very little 1969 footage located, as the year was covered in a very short chapter, almost as an afterthought. The film ends rather abruptly with Donohue winning the 1973 championship. No mention of what happened in 1974.
I know I may sound rather critical of the flow of the film and that its choppy in spots, but I did enjoy the original footage very much and recommend it.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 18:16
Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:32
I'm afraid that our friend Peter Bryant would likely disagree.....
Originally posted by Aero426
The ti22 crash at San Jovite which was probably taken from Super 8 was a welcome addition.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 00:00
Posted 26 August 2008 - 00:10
Overall, definitely worth the price. Especially considering that I wasn't around to see Can Am in person, and the only footage I've really seen has been limited to short youtube videos!
Posted 26 August 2008 - 15:19
Considering that the footage was 35-40 yrs old, I thought it very well done. I particularly enjoyed the coverage of venues where I'd seen the originals run (Riverside, Stardust, Road Atlanta and Bridgehampton). And I thought the driver interviews (esp w/Bruce and Mark) were excellent. Kudos to Sam Posey and Jim Hall for top-notch narration.
I'd give it an 8.5 on a 10 scale; well worth the price.
And as an old Cobra owner, I enjoyed the intro, even if it had no real connection to the series....
Posted 27 August 2008 - 12:16
Posted 27 August 2008 - 19:49
The video had me leaning into the curves, and I enjoyed the interviews. It'll be much better with more realistic sound.
I laughed out loud at Vic's comment about driving the Shadow "once".
Definitely worth it.
Haven't looked at "can-am thunder" yet.
San Diego CA
Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:53
Posted 19 November 2008 - 15:10
The Can-Am Thunder DVD seemed to rely much more on modern day Supersports, Good Festival of Speed and the 2007 Monterey Historic with Pete Lyons relating many stories - clips form the early days were fewer
Posted 19 November 2008 - 17:08
Posted 24 November 2008 - 12:07
On CanAm Thunder Pete Lyons explains the different cars in the series. He does a very good job of it. Some of the footage is current Vintage. There is original CanAm mixed in with the current.
On Can-Am The Speed Odyssey, Sam Posey does a beautiful job of preparing the viewer for what he is about to see. I don't feel either of these DVD's are going to be considered the ultimate example of what the Can-Am was about. There is only so much you can show the viewer per race and that is about what they have accomplished. Mostly showing the leaders and a few close ups of the Team members.