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Glory Road (Blu-ray)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: B+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: B

 

 

When James Gartnerís Glory Road (2006) came out in theaters, it did not do as well as it should have.Then when it came out on DVD, I hoped it would be a huge surprise hit and get notice.It did OK on DVD, but not what it should have.Of course, all films move to pay-per-view/on-demand and all the other outlets eventually allow more people to see it.However, a new wrinkle has been added that can only help this and other films that deserve a second chance.It is part of one of the early waves of High Definition Blu-ray releases from Disney and is easily one of the best titles issued so far.

 

To recap, the film is based on the true story of how girls basketball coach Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) took on a new coaching job that included a mostly-African American team at a time such players were considered inferior and were frankly discriminated against explicitly and outright.The story is about sports history as much as Civil Rights, which you can read the rest of at the link to my previous DVD review:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/3938/Glory+Road+(Widescreen)

 

 

I also liked the look of the film, though the previous standard DVDís anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was weak and did not come close to capturing how good this film looked in 35mm film.After testing this on more than one Blu-ray player, it looks like the 1080p version of this film here comes from the same master as the DVD and it has issues that it should not have.This is not just because co-cinematographers John Toon and Jeffrey Kimball (both A.S.C.) do a stylized look for the film, but because someone missed certain nuances and detail doing the film-to-tape transfer.It still looks better than the DVD, but comes up a bit short visually.

 

Like the previous DVD, the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix here has good surrounds, but falls short of how good this sounded in the theater.Fortunately, the PCM 24bit/48kHz 5.1 mix here is one of the most impressive in the format to date and really shines.The sound on this film is better than the theatrical playback I heard and that is down to the hit records used.Extras include two audio commentaries and only one of the three featurettes (Surviving Practice) from the DVD, also dropping the Alicia Keys Sweet Music Music Video.Those commentary tracks are by Gartner and Bruckheimer and the co-writers Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, who again deserve credit for their focused script.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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