2007 Isle of Man TT DVD Review

December 11, 2007
Bart Madson
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The Isle of Man TT Review 2007 is a must have for any fan of the TT  with  07 marking the century mark for the unique racing event.
The Isle of Man TT Review 2007 is a must have for any fan of the TT, with ’07 marking the century mark for the unique racing event.

Every year city streets and country roads on the Isle of Man transform into two-wheeled mayhem when the prestigious TT races begin. For 100 years now, riders have been risking life and limb to turn laps on the hallowed course, which has seen many lives lost in pursuit of racing glory. Thanks to Duke Video, road-racing fans can catch all the action of this year’s Centenary TT with its Isle of Man TT Review 2007.

The two-disc DVD features four hours of footage, covering all the TT races, including: Superbike, Supersport, Superstock and Sidecar. MotorcycleUSA was lucky enough to tag along for the Centenary TT to follow the progress of our sponsored rider, two-time AMA Superstock champion Jimmy Moore. For TT fans who weren’t able to make the journey, Duke Video’s Isle of Man TT Review 2007 is the next best thing.

Commentary on the races is well done, with the viewer able to keep up with the action in the overall race even though riders set off from the starting line at staggered intervals. The camera work is incredible. Conventional shots are supplemented with on-board and excellent aerial footage, giving true perspective to the wild speed of the blitzing bikes.

The on-board footage in particular is riveting. It is almost impossible for the viewer to track the blurring scenery which flies past, including stone walls and street signs. It also shows the closeness of either very courageous or foolish spectators, which are perched right next to the edge of the road as hundreds of pounds of metal fly by at triple-digit speeds. No wonder almost every TT is accompanied by rider and spectator deaths.

The main Centenary competitors are featured in post and pre-race interviews, including multi-TT winner John McGuinness and fellow contenders like Steve Plater and Ian Lougher. Perhaps the most entertaining rider on the video is Guy Martin, who speaks in an English dialect which is difficult to describe – kind of like a nervous leprechaun on crystal meth.

The Isle of Man TT Review 2007 includes a second disc packed with interviews and special features. Highlights include an interview with TT legend Carl Fogarty, as well as short feature on the history of the IOM races. The real gems on Disc 2, however, are the complete onboard laps from actual competitors.

Breathtaking, exhilarating, mind-blowing. The list of modifiers about the TT action could go on and on. There were many times while watching Isle of Man TT Review 2007 when I shook my head in disbelief thinking: People are really doing this!?

Yes, they really are, and it makes for a spectacular viewing experience. For fans of road-racing, missing the Centenary TT action is inexcusable, making Isle of Man TT Review 2007 a must buy.

Product: Isle of Man TT Review 2007
MSRP: $34.99
More Duke Videos: www.dukevideo.com