Isle of Man: Beyond the TT Race Video
Isle of Man: Beyond the TT Race
DVD in NTSC and PAL formats.
Length: 53 Minutes.
Directed and Produced by Andrea Conigli
Written by Andrea Conigli and Chantelle Packer
Production Company: Baluardo Productions
Indieflix. Cost: $9.95
by Lori B. for webBikeWorld
I'm always surprised at the quality of independent
video lately; modern production equipment and
media-savvy producers are continuously raising the bar
for all types of video, and we're all the better for it.
I fully expected "Isle of Man: Beyond the TT Race" to
be a quick exploitation flick covering the debauchery
that goes on behind the scenes and after the sun sets on
the famous island.
But I discovered that it's a look behind the scenes
alright, but in a very interesting and informative way.
I'd say that if you ever plan on going to the Isle of
Man TT races -- and every motorcyclist should attend at
least once, right? -- then you need to watch this video.
It explains everything from the history of the island
to the origins of the 3-legged graphic on the Manx flag,
to the history of the island and its people. This
is, of course, in addition to the race, the preparation
for the entire event and, yes, the partying and
At only $9.95, it's priced to sell and my feeling is
that it's worth it. The only issue I had was that
I played the video on two completely different systems
and it was filmed in black and white, which I thought
was strange. It would have been nice to see some
of the events in color and I'm not sure how or if any
money was saved by filming in black and white -- but
perhaps there is something wrong with my copy?
UPDATE: The video is in color; I am having problems
with my DVD players. Andrea Conigli, the Director
and Producer, wrote that "Most probably there was a
NTSC/PAL mismatch with the DVD you purchased and the
systems you were using. Generally, USA systems are
NTSC and European systems are PAL. Playing back a PAL
DVD on a NTSC system (or vice versa) can lead to funny
results. That's probably what happened. But
it should look OK if played back on a computer anyway."
Nevertheless, Isle of Man: Beyond the TT Race is an
interesting look at everything you probably don't know
about what it takes to present the world's
longest-running -- and, of course, most dangerous --
motorcycle race in the world. Definitely worth a
The video is distributed by Indieflix, and a
can be seen here. The producer's marketing text
includes this information:
"This documentary captures the excitement and energy
of the event, and goes deeper into the culture, people,
events, and landscape of this normally tranquil Gaelic
island. This film is focused on the action around
the race, rather than the race itself. Its appeal
therefore is not just for the serious rider, but for
people interested in travel documentaries that have a
fresh and youthful approach. The DVD includes
access to 11 chapters, trailer, 10 extra minutes of
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