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More Than A Game (2009/Basketball Documentary/Lionsgate DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Documentary: C+

 

 

The test of a documentary is if it can get you interested in its subject matter, even if you usually do not like the subject presented.Kristopher Belmanís More Than A Game (2009) is about baseball and the amazing story of how a group of five friends became major successes in the NBA, lead by the phenomenal success of LeBron James.The 108 minutes tell the story chronologically and it has interesting information, especially for non-fans or those not in the know, yet there seems to be so much more to say and show.

 

Budget notwithstanding, it is sufficient in telling the story, but is obviously not going to be so daring as to question anything going on except to say that these players had the talent and used it to get where they wanted to go.Not that I was expecting some shocking revelation or wanted to see anything go wrong, but I did want to find out more about what made these young men and their talent tick.I donít think we get that to the detriment of all, but that is the deeper story here and despite a good job, the lack of going all the way makes this seem restricted and even the extras donít offset that.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is derived from a range of video sources, including old home video analog tape, analog TV sources (local and national) and newer digital and High Definition sources that are edited as best they can be, making for an uneven visual presentation.However, the sources seem to be transferred the best they can be, though the newest footage has some motion blur.The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mixes differ little in that except for music (which can be awkward and distractingly placed) often has old monophonic, dated archival sound, while the newer sound can have location dropouts all the way to professional NBA footage.Extras include three featurettes: More Than A Game, Winning Ways and Behind The Music.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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