“I Am Dale Earnhardt” took me much longer to cover than I planned on taking. Mainly because I was trying to balance my distaste of NASCAR with how fascinating I find the “I AM” documentaries to be on Spike. I have always been a big biography nerd, but I really have a hard time giving a damn about NASCAR. Stockcar racing isn’t a sport, so much as a skill applied to a lucrative advertising front. But, that doesn’t mean that I like the work of Hal Needham any less.
If it’s Stroker Ace or Jeff Bridges loading into a car to race, I enjoy it. Yet, I can’t feel the slightest bit of compassion for drivers that often find themselves the black mark on a broad wall. It’s an ongoing thing that speaks more to me than my enjoyment of the documentary. However, I felt like Dr. Jones at a Nazi Book Burning when at these events. It’s a culture clash on par with few things that I have experienced in my life. The documentary also spends an hour trying to paint Earnhardt as a saint. But, you should’ve known that.
The DVD comes with featurettes and footage from past triumphs. You also get extended interviews to wrap up the special features. The A/V Quality is strong with a decent standard definition transfer. The same goes for the Dolby stereo track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
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