By Ben Bowers
on 5.24.11

Le Mans is a movie that was driven by passion, instead of the bottom line. Steve McQueen desperately wanted the film made to showcase his talents as a actor and driver, and authentically at that. Subsequently, he dumped millions of his own cash into the film, which nearly bankrupted him. The way he saw it, Le Mans couldn’t reach its potential if the racing wasn’t done by him and 45 other internationally renowned pros, in the finest race cars money could buy at the time, while wearing the finest watches. We couldn’t agree more. Available on Blu-ray today ($18), this upgrade to the classic skillfully adds a new layer of intensity to the footage, thanks to a robust DTS-HD MA 7.1 lossless soundtrack, and a top notch 1080p transfer. Color and detailing enhance the dramatic setting, while still maintaining the 1970s-era look in the film. In short, it’s the best of both worlds for guys who would love to watch Porsche 917s and 908s, Ferrari 512s and 312, a couple of chevrons and an Alfa-Romeo haul ass in France in glorious 1080p — a.k.a. each and every one of you Gear Patrol readers.

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