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Spirit Of The Game (2016/Sony DVD)

Picture: B Sound: C+ Extras: D Film: B

It's 1956, and after MVP basketball star Delyle Condie's fiancee cheats on him and leaves him at the alter, Delyle (Aaron Jakubenko) becomes depressed and to become a missionary Down Under. But when the Olympics happens in Australia, they are in desperate need of coach and someone to teach them how to play the game. Can Delyle somehow find a way to not only preach the word of god to the people and return to the game he once loved?

Based on a true story, J. D. Scott's Spirit Of The Game (2016) portrays Condie losing the love of his life as he decides to give up his life to God and become a Mormon priest to the people of Australia. They soon learn in order to break cultural barriers the key to it is sports and when the Olympics are held in Australia that year, they need a basketball star to help their team. Delyle sees it as chance to not only connect with the locals, but step onto the world stage once more, but then they are challenged by French team would will do anything to win, including cheating against the rules with unsportsman-like behavior.

This was a heart warming sports movie about how man loses his way and then finds his path again (God works in mysterious ways), he gives up basketball to become a priest only to discover his 'basketball' is the key to preaching and spreading the word of God. They were once outcasts but then they became the heroes to a country that wasn't even theirs. Kevin Sorbo also stars.

The anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 looks good enough, but the lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital track has its ups and downs more than it should and can be weak. A Behind The Scenes featurette is the only extra.

- Ricky Chiang


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