Marathon Challenge (NOVA/WGBH
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episode: B-
In a nice
change of pace, WGBH’s NOVA series
presents a deep look at running and jogging by following and recording 13
persons who decide to take on a marathon situation in Marathon Challenge, using the 2007 Boston Marathon in this
case. The choices are interesting,
including a diabetic and more than a few obese persons. Shot over nine months, they all go into conditioning
that is monitored unusually close and the results go far beyond any race.
up revealing all the health and body conditions that one can go through and
really, beyond any marathon. A
mythbreaker, this is one of the best examinations of such activity to date and
I wondered if this information could have prevented the death of runner and
best-selling author Jim Fixx. Either
way, it is another solid installment of the series more than worth your time.
letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image seems to have originated in HD of some kind, but the
benefits are limited here, though this is nicely shot. The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple stereo at
best and the combination pretty good considering its limits. Extras include weblink, captions, descriptive
track and DVD-ROM printable educational materials.
- Nicholas Sheffo