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DVD Review: Isle of Man TT 2009

Reviewing a dramatic Isle of Man TT
The 2009 TT had it all – drama, excitement, awesome racing and the Isle of Man TT 2009 DVD does a fantastic job of capturing every aspect of this arduous event.

At 238 minutes long there is a lot of racing to watch, so before you settle down to this one, make sure you aren't going to be interrupted - because you won't want to be.

Once you set this DVD in motion you will be immersed in the fastest ever TT.

TT coverage in 2009 was taken to a whole new level with more on board cameras in interesting positions and the addition of Hi-Motion cameras.

The TT is the toughest race on the planet pummelling both the rider and the bike for 37.73 miles per lap and with the Hi-Motion cameras you can see exactly what they are going through. Watch out for the, shot of Gary Johnson as his bike's fairing undulates under the wind pressure while his leathers can be seen rippling over his back as they too hold up to the exertions of racing.

Aside from the racing there are some other superb features.

The DVD starts with scenic shots of the Island and a brief history of the TT before going into an “At home with” event legend John McGuinness. Seeing a TT hero at home playing with his bikes and taking his son to school gives a bit of an insight into what makes him tick. Guy Martin gets similar treatment and then there is a feature on the Relentless Suzuki team, which did a good job of covering the practice crash that forced Cameron Donald out of the event.

With Steve Parrish and James Whitham doing the commentary there is never a dull moment throughout the whole production. They make quite a comedy pairing as well as both have plenty of TT experience and really know and understand exactly what is going on. As usual, they convey that well to the watching race fans.

Once the racing is underway, you are treated to stunning aerial shots as the helicopter chases the bikes over the mountain. Lap by lap results graphics keep you up to speed as the drama unfolds and of course the commentary is spot on.

All the big moments of the race are captured from Bruce Anstey's machine expiring on the first lap to Steve Plater getting his Honda on the grass. The post race interviews in the winners enclosure are brilliant as they get to the riders the moment they step off their machines and the emotion of their achievements is clear.

In between the races there are relevant features on sidecars, the difference between a superstock bike and a full blown superbike and of course the TTXGP, the first ever electric bike race.

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness wins the 2009 Isle of Man TT
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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