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Anyone seen the cycling film "Chasing Legends"?

Old 10-07-10, 08:36 AM
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Anyone seen the cycling film "Chasing Legends"?

The cycling film "Chasing legends" was released this year and tells the story of Mark Cavendish, George Hincapie et al. on the HTC cycling team in the 2008(?) TdF.

I was thinking of ordering the DVD as it may never show up at a theatre where I live.

Anyway, it would be nice to hear some reviews from cyclists who have seen the film.
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Old 10-07-10, 08:43 AM
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I've heard it's an excellent film. I want to see it too and have been debating about buying it. I wish it was a bit cheaper though, because I'll probably only watch it once.
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I've got it. It's great.
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I loved it! My brother-in-law did the soundtrack for Chasing Legends and some of the other movies produced by Gripped Films.
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I borrowed the DVD and thought it was decent, but not as good as the trailor made it out to be. I thought is was similar to Hell On Wheels. I'd say it's worth getting but more because there isn't much else out there in the way of options. 3 1/2 stars out of 5...
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I'm going to see this in a couple of weeks at a local cinema. The interesting part is that they've got Cavendish to appear via a video link for a question and answer session at the end. I expect every roadie for miles around to be there...
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Ordered.
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I own it. It is very well done. Spectacular photography.

My favorite piece is the full interviews in the additional material. Jens Voigt is hiliarious.
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Originally Posted by peculiarplanet View Post
I own it. It is very well done. Spectacular photography.

My favorite piece is the full interviews in the additional material. Jens Voigt is hiliarious.
Spectacular photography is already a good enough reason for me to order the DVD. There is nothing I like more than helicopter shots of the peloton winding down steep, twisty descents or the mayhem of a mass sprint.
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Originally Posted by peculiarplanet View Post
Jens Voigt is hiliarious.
This is reason enough for me to order it.
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Went to see this tonight. Very, very good - beautifully shot, excellent access to the HTC Columbia team, a real sense of getting an insider's view of the Tour. Some great moments, and very funny ones. One of my favourites was Cavendish being interviewed after a stage win which had involved him and Hincapie doing some pretty hairy stuff. "You know that thing in your head that says 'I really shouldn't do this'? Well... we don't have that"

Thoroughly enjoyable and impressive movie, which I recommend. And to round it off they had hooked up several cinemas in the UK and Ireland via a video link to have a question and answer session with Cav and the HTC sporting directors at the end. Highly informative. Cavendish came across as really nice lad - a bit gauche, a bit brash, but not the arrogant figure he is often portrayed as, in fact rather the reverse.
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I thought it was really well done.
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I thought it was great. Cinematography, score, commentating. I really think because of that, only watching it in theaters or BluRay does it justice.
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Will someone be kind enough to upload this for us all?
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Great movie - I'd love to have just the soundtrack. The cinematography and editing are all top-notch.

My only minor complaint is that it is from Columbia HTC's perspective, at the expense of Garmin sometimes. The rivalry and snark at the beginning of the tour would have made lively debate, but all we got in the film was faux-innocent sad head-scratching from Columbia as to why Garmin closed the gap on Hincapie and kept him out of yellow.
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Originally Posted by BoodBianchi View Post
Will someone be kind enough to upload this for us all?

just buy the damn thing, no one in this sport makes enough money anyway.
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...all we got in the film was faux-innocent sad head-scratching from Columbia as to why Garmin closed the gap on Hincapie and kept him out of yellow.
Although Garmin-Transitions is my favorite team, I thought that move sucked. It seemed like very negative racing, just to prevent George (and a rival US-registered team) from getting the Yellow Jersey.
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The director is a local to my area and has done screenings of this and other films at local theaters to repeated sell-out crowds. This movie was great--very funny, great shooting, gorgeous HD video pan shots of the tour and stellar editing. Watch it and you will really be amazed that this is from a grassroots independent film company. I haven't seen the DVD, but they said the movie came out of something unbelievably ridiculous like 400+ hours of footage.. so I'm sure it includes a ton of extras.

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I loved it! My brother-in-law did the soundtrack for Chasing Legends and some of the other movies produced by Gripped Films.
He is a very talented guy then. I heard he did that totally solo over 6 months from the director.. and the soundtrack is big-budget hollywood quality.
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Originally Posted by kenshinvt View Post
The director is a local to my area and has done screenings of this and other films at local theaters to repeated sell-out crowds. This movie was great--very funny, great shooting, gorgeous HD video pan shots of the tour and stellar editing. Watch it and you will really be amazed that this is from a grassroots independent film company. I haven't seen the DVD, but they said the movie came out of something unbelievably ridiculous like 400+ hours of footage.. so I'm sure it includes a ton of extras.



He is a very talented guy then. I heard he did that totally solo over 6 months from the director.. and the soundtrack is big-budget hollywood quality.
It doesn't have a ton of extras.


I enjoyed it.
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Went to go watch it tonight but was sold out... Totally didn't expect that. I guess i will have to either borrow it or buy it.
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Just Netflix it....I did and honestly it wasn't that great. Ben Affleck sucked as usual but I don't even recall him riding a bike so whatever.....
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I recently watch Overcoming, Hell on Wheels, and Chasing Legends.

IMHO Chasing Legends was the most enjoyable and the most coherent by far. And it had much more race-action than Overcoming, especially from the "insider's" perspective. Yeah, it's a little pricey, but I have no regrets supporting this kind of film.
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Nice. Also on the greed D if one was inclined to check.
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Just saw it in the theatre tonight. Amazing what those little HD cameras can put out these days.

I can't conceive of getting the kind of footage they got on traditional film.

Definitely need to see it on the big screen, or at least on an HD big screen at home to do the visuals justice.

There were some great moments in it.

Worth going to the movies for: absolutely. Worth buying the $40 Blu-ray set? Sure, hold a party and invite all your biking buddies over for a screening.
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