Manufacturer: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Brand: Warner Brothers
Grand Prix: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)Oscar-winning editing and sound propel this action-packed look at the intertwining lives of four competitive Grand Prix race car drivers. Starring James Garner ("Victor/Victoria," "Maverick," TV's "The Rockford Files"), Eva Marie Saint ("North by Northwest," "On the Waterfront," TV's "Moonlighting"), and international stars Yves Montand ("The Wages of Fear") and Toshiro Mifune (TV's "Shogun," "Rashomon"). Directed by Emmy-winner John Frankenheimer ("The Manchurian Candidate," "Ronin").]]> Light on story, this 1966 spectacle directed by John Frankenheimer was shot in 70 millimeter, with a cinematically enthralling emphasis on unique, visceral new ways of capturing the sensations of a car race. James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, and Toshiro Mifune are part of the stellar, international cast whose characters plod through assorted relationship and business conflicts. But the film's real hook is the thrilling and inventive means by which Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) brings an urgency to the drama happening on the racetrack. A true master of the plastic techniques of obtaining and cutting kinetic footage, Frankenheimer offers more than a joyride to viewers: he makes action part of the compelling language of stories. Cameras are strapped to vehicles as they round the track, shots are taken from a helicopter, the screen is split between angles for maximum impact--even if Grand Prix doesn't rank among the director's best character-driven stories, it is certainly driven on its own terms. --Tom Keogh On the DVD The much-anticipated release on DVD does not disappoint, with a pristine restored print and upgraded 5.1 Dolby sound. Of course, the Cinerama film can only be fully appreciated if you sit very close to your screen. The absence of a commentary track is forgivable, since director John Frankenheimer died in 2002. "Pushing the Limit" is your standard 30-minute retrospective with many new interviews with the stars and drivers. The universal opinion is that the fi...
Brand: Team Marketing
8 Seconds (DVD)Professional bull-riding. The roughest, most dangerous, most gruelingcompetitive sport. Life or death ... victory or defeat ... decided atopa 2,000 pound bull in 8 Seconds. This riveting drama based on the lifeof Rodeo World Champion Lane Frost (Luke Perry -- TV's "John FromCincinnati," TV's â€œBeverly Hills, 90210â€) tells the story of his dreams,ambition, perseverance, and sacrifice that lead to an Oklahoma boy'smeteoric rise to fame as a champion bull-rider before his rough andtumble life is tragically cut short. To stay atop a bucking bull,holding on with just one hand, takes equal parts skill, courage, luckand determination from those willing to risk all for the ultimate thrillin 8 Seconds]]>
Manufacturer: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Brand: Buena Vista Home Video
From Walt Disney Pictures comes THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED ... the crowd-pleasing underdog epic that's based on an inspirational true story! Young amateur golfer Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf -- HOLES; I, ROBOT) has nothing but talent and a seemingly impossible dream to challenge the world's greatest player, his idol Harry Vardon. Soon, with the help of his spunky 10-year-old caddy Eddie, Francis boldly breaks down all barriers with a thrilling display of unrivaled drive, skill, and heart ... and challenges the golf pro for the U.S. Open Championship!
Manufacturer: Warner Bros.
Brand: WARNER HOME VIDEO
Legend Of Bagger Vance, The (DVD)Robert Redford directed this adaptation of a novel by Steven Pressfield that uses golf as a metaphor for one man's spiritual and phi losophical journeys. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) was a gifted amateur golfer from S avannah, GA, until traumatic experiences during W orld War I shattered h is confidence and sent him into a spiral of alcoholism. In 1931, Adele I nvergordon (Charlize Theron), a beauti ful heiress who once loved Junuh, inherits a spectacular but financially ailing golf course after the sui cide of her father. To attr act customers, she proposed a high-stakes ma tch between the two most famous golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (Joel Gr etsch) and Walte r Hagen (Bruce McGill). Local businessmen sponsoring th e match insist that a local golfer be added to the card, and Junuh is dr afted for the position, but it soon becomes obvious that his game is ju st a shadow of its former glory. When things seem hopeless, a myst eriou s gentleman named Bagger Vance (Will Smith) volunteers to serve as Junuh 's caddy and coach, using a mixture of ancient wisdom a nd past-life kno wledge to help Junah "remember" the swing he's lost. Jack Lemmon narrate s the story, and J. Michael Moncrief plays L emmon's character as a boy.]]>