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WHAT IS IT? The typical motocross DVD is approximately 60 minutes in length. “The MX Files: Bob Hannah” has four hours of content.
WHAT’S IT COST? $29.95 (plus S&H)—-(714) 626-0885 or www.motocrossfiles.com.
WHAT’S IT DO? Film maker Todd Huffman has become the Bruce Brown of the 21st century. Just as Brown had done for motocross back in 1970 with his
seminal “On Any Sunday” movie, Huffman is doing 28 years later. Todd Huffman’s “The Motocross Files” TV show and his refurbishing of the 1975 “One Chance To Win” theatrical movie have made him the voice of the golden years.
Nowhere is Huffman’s vision and reverence for the past more evident than in “The Motocross Files: Bob Hannah.” It is a full-blown, four-hour homage to Bob “Hurricane” Hannah. This DVD includes the original 22-1/2-minute television show and 75 minutes of scenes that were edited out of the TV show to make it fit the time constraints of the small box. There is also an additional 105 minutes of raw footage taken from the interviews of Bob Hannah, Keith McCarty and Bill Buchka, a sequence of funny out-takes, and Bob Hannah’s not-to-be-missed roast of all the major stars of the ’70s from the “One Chance to Win” premiere.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with “The MX Files: Bob Hannah.”
(1) History. There is little doubt that Bob Hannah was the most outspoken, aggressive and charismatic motocross racer to ever live. “The MX Files: Bob Hannah” DVD uses archival footage, still photos and Hannah’s memory to cover every aspect of Hannah’s career. There are long sections on the “Let Brock Bye” incident, the 1987 Unadilla MXDN, the water skiing accident with Marty Tripes, his Trans-AMA battles with Roger DeCoster, and footage from his years as a Reno air racer in a P-51 Mustang. Every anecdote is told from the eyes of Hannah, McCarty, Buchka, DeCoster, Bevo Forti, Jim Felt, Kenny Clark, Jody Weisel, Danny LaPorte, Jim Weinert, Marty Tripes and others. Regardless of whether you are a history nut or not, the background information about Hannah’s career covers the golden years of motocross. It is incredibly entertaining
(2) Cinematography. Todd Huffman’s 3D technique with still photos is an amazing cinematic trick that almost brings them to life. Most of the action footage is culled from old home movies and rings with authenticity.
(3) Length. Skirting the typical 60-minute mark by 180 minutes is a refreshing change. You don’t have to watch the whole thing in one sitting, but it’s nice to know that you can revisit it and still see something that you missed the first time. Huffman is currently working on new DVDs about Roger DeCoster and Ricky Johnson.
(4) Language. Bob Hannah is a salty dog, but Bob asked Todd Huffman to bleep his more colorful language so that more kids could watch the bleepin’ video.
WHAT'S THE SQUAWK? This film should be seen by all the Johnny-come-lately motocross experts who consistently get the past wrong (or at the very least subvert it for their own agendas). Unfortunately, this film will probably only be seen by Hannah fans from the ’70s and their kids.
“The MX Files: Bob Hannah” is a five-star movie for guys who raced in the ’70s and ’80s. And it’s even more of a five-star movie for guys who’ve never heard of Bob Hannah. This is what a motocross star really looks like.