• Dec 20th 2011 at 6:02PM
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The award-winning documentary Senna has been elusive for many American fans to see. It's had a limited release in theaters on the coasts, and even popped up in Netflix's Instant Streaming queue for a few accidental days, but otherwise us Yanks have had to watch from afar as everyone's been drooling over director Asif Kapadia's masterpiece about the life and death of Ayrton Senna.

That ended last week when Senna officially became available as a digital download. You can now watch the film on Netflix Instant Streaming (again) or rent it on iTunes. So far they're your only options if you live in North America, as owning this motion picture biography of the greatest Formula One driver who ever lived isn't an option until the DVD drops on March 6th, and there is no release date yet for a Blu-Ray version in the U.S.


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      shiznitzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not gonna lie but I got teary eyed...Hard to watch the footage of him days before his death...Gut wrenching...
        lemonite
        • 3 Years Ago
        @shiznitzzz
        I'm not sure whether it's the filmmakers that made Ayrton look that way before the Imola race, but you could tell from the footage how tense he was. Also, after that race where Ayrton's gearbox failed and was stuck in 6th gear, seeing him on the podium trying to lift the cup... and the champagne... that was eye-opening. Moving film.
          Evan McMiller
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lemonite
          I've heard from many accounts that even before the race weekend, he was unusually tense and not himself, very strange. And I think they did do a good job of showing this. You could definitely pick up on the emotion.
      Chris Bangle
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's also available on the Xbox 360 through their online library
      Rob Cook
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can just buy the region free Blu-Ray from Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Senna-Blu-ray-Region-Free-Ayrton/dp/B0064LLCVU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324426386&sr=8-1 No need to wait for march.
        DanSel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob Cook
        Also available on instant video. http://www.amazon.com/Senna/dp/B006MGDVFM
      Devin Christiansen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for the heads up.
      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is a Blu-Ray necessary for this film? It's just old grainy archival footage anyways... Can't wait for the DVD release!
        Levi Riel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        As of jan 1 there will be no dvds being made anymore
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Levi Riel
          You're wrong.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        Uh..no. Trust me.
        lemonite
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        I wouldn't say it's necessary, but from 1987ish and later the footage is MUCH better than the one from the '70s. I think it's remastered film, which is better than DVD quality. Nevertheless, that's not what the movie is about.
      David Zamora
      • 3 Years Ago
      " So far they're your only options if you live in North America..." Actually, this is not true. You can rent this in HDX format from VUDU, which is currently the highest streaming bitrate available today (15-30mbps). Like almost all of VUDU's offerings, the audio is in DD 5.1. The quality of the HDX format will be very close to bluray. I use it often and can attest to this.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's also available for rent on the Zune market place.
      IOMTT
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will have to make some time to see this. I am behind on my movie list this year. I still haven't watched the re -released "Taking it to the Limit " DVD yet and several Isle of Man TT videos. I am interested to see this as I am not of the opinion Senna was the greatest ever. One of the best for sure though.
      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blargh, just cancelled Netflix streaming because nothing good ever came out on it. =/
      bee1000
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who was disappointed by this movie? As an F1 fan, all the "an amazing film even if you don't know anything about Formula 1" reviews may have raised my expectations unfairly, but I didn't think the movie was any better than the ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries (which are good). Some of the behind-the-scenes footage was great, but there is plenty of gripping Senna material on Youtube, too. I didn't think there was that much of the non-driving Senna either. What I'm saying is, it was a pretty good movie, but nothing like what the reviews promised. Also, I know the film would have lost the support of Senna's family, but it really should have covered the fact that a lot of people did not like Ayrton Senna. At all. It was petty and partially based on jealous (and substantially based on his arrogance), but it was real. Just ask Jackie Stewart who I believe said on Wind Tunnel this year that Senna's antics led to a degradation in driver behavior. I can't be the only one who remembers the "Anyone but Senna" t-shirts, can I?
      Ed G
      • 3 Years Ago
      Try Speedgear.com. They just became available.
      samagon0
      • 3 Years Ago
      watched last night, thanks for the tip.
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