”Senna” documentary available as ‘Watch Instantly’ on Netflix.

If you’ve been wanting to watch the acclaimed documentary, Senna, about the career of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna but have been having problems finding it on a DVD format accessible to North American DVD players, there is now a place where you can watch it today. Netflix has the movie available on its “Watch Instantly” listing for members who have that service on their memberships.

Senna is a 105-minute documentary made up principally of archival television footage, in-car video, and family home movies edited together in a film directed by Asif Kapadia. The technique of the film is to have Ayrton Senna tell his own story as much as possible.
Perhaps because the film is British, it is not yet widely available in DVD format for North America, which plays DVDs in a different format than in Europe.

Because of this, North American race fans and Senna and documentary enthusiasts who missed the film in the theater, or who want to watch it again, have not been able to purchase or rent the DVD and have it successfully play on their players at home without a special adapter.

With a Netflix subscription that includes streaming video known at the company as “Watch Instantly,” (some subscriptions do not include this service), viewers can now see the film on their computers or through the proper hook-ups on their television screens at home.

As popular and acclaimed as the film has become, Senna has been apparently snubbed from consideration for the 2012 Academy Award season.

The film is rated PG-13 for “Some strong language and disturbing images.” On Netflix, the film ranks a 4.5 out of 5 stars in 5,227 viewer ratings and is labeled “Inspirational.”

The story tells of the career of three-time World Champion, Ayrton Senna, and particularly of his rivalry with French teammate, Alain Prost. It is notable, however, for drawing interest among moviegoers who are not necessarily race fans.

In Rochester, Senna played at The Little Theatre this fall; in Ithaca, the film was held over at least twice by popular demand at Cinemapolis.

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