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Woodlawn (2015/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/C Sound: B Extras: A Film: A

Birmingham 1973, Woodlawn High School has been the center for integration for High School football teams. What started out as hatred, discrimination, and racism brought out the best in people in one of history's largest High School football game ever watched. A spiritual awakening that changed a team and then change the game, transcending the game of football and brought hope that people could look beyond differences and hold up their head high in Jon Erwin's Woodlawn (2015).

Based on a true story, it was the beginning of black and white integration in the United States schools continuing into 1973. While both side played lip service to integration and equality, discrimination and hatred still existed, fueling the lynch mobs rage and hatred. Tony Nathan was to become the first black football star rise to give hope that anyone can be a star. As both the teams and coaches rises beyond the game, show that ultimate sportsmanship knows no limits and discriminates against no colors.

This was like watching the Rocky IV of football, symbolized unity through Jesus Christ and started football teams saying the Lord's Prayer before games. Watching makes you feel like it was a miracle, that even if it was for one game people can stop hating one another. I don't know about how others feel, but it reminded me that the United State of America is still working towards that future, and is reminded to people to always keep that hope alive.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray looks pretty good, if stylized down a bit, but better than the too-soft anamorphically enhanced DVD version, but all have lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. It's not bad, but I bet a lossless version would have worked better. Extras include behind the scenes, the true story of Woodlawn documentary, commentaries, deleted scenes and production diaries.

- Ricky Chiang


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