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Sons Of Ben: The Movie (2016/Rothburg Road/Gravitas DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Documentary: C+

Philadelphia is know for Ben Franklin, it's history, their football, their cheesesteaks, the birthplace of the U.S. and nick-named as the City of Brotherly Love, but what isn't know as well known is their love for soccer, or the 'Sons of Ben'. Long before there was even a major league team, wannabe fans came together to form die hard fan group, and together the formed what became the actual Philadelphia Major League Soccer. Jeffrey C. Bell's Sons Of Ben: The Movie (2016) tells the story.

The Sons of Ben are a group soccer fans existed before even the team existed for the sport. It started out from European-American citizens when their dads and fathers remembered what it was like to watch European 'Football' or soccer and told their families. So, they gathered together and began marching in parades. As the group grew larger and larger it soon became evident to the officials to start a team and turned a dying town into a million dollar phenomenon.

Even growing up in Philadelphia, there are many things that go unnoticed or aware to it's citizens, but one of the things you can never under estimate is a city loves for it's home teams and sports. What was so unique about the Sons of Ben was how it originated and was created by the fans before the city officials. Hopefully, in time, soccer would be a big as a sport in America as football.

This is not bad, but way too short at 75 minutes and not as good as the 'soccer in America' documentary Once In A Lifetime (reviewed elsewhere on this site), but fans of Philly and the game will still want to give it a look.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound are nothing to write home about, though this might plat better on Blu-ray, so we'll see, and there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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