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Format: DVD
Sku: 40163298
UPC: 043396083141
UPC 14: 00043396083141
Category Keywords: Football Players  Tragedy
 
Catch these two historical football films BRiAN'S SONG and RUDY: SPECIAL EDITION now in a DVD 2-Pack.

BRIAN'S SONG: Sean Maher (TV's Party of Five) and Mekhi Phifer (Soul Food) star in this excellent remake of the 1971 Emmy Award-winning drama about the friendship between football players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. When Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears in 1965, the running back is befriended by fellow rookie Brian Piccolo, a brash young man whose personality is the exact opposite of the stoic Sayers. And their friendship begins, the two compete for starting positions on the team, but Sayers' talent far outshines Piccolo's and he quickly rises to the top of the game. When they become roommates, their friendship deepens, and when Sayers injures his knee, it is Piccolo who encourages him to get back in shape and back in the game - if only so Piccolo can compete against him on an even playing field. Both men become better ball players because of - and in spite of - each other, and when Piccolo quickly begins his descent into illness, they form a bond that will last forever.

RUDY: All his life, people have told RUDY he's not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. From the time he's a young boy, RUDY (Sean Astin) is determined to join the Fighting Irish. But his blue-collar family only laughs at his ambitions -- they know RUDY will follow his father and brother to the local steel mill. And, for four long years after high school, he does just that. But some dreams won't die, as RUDY proves when he goes to heroic, occasionally hilarious, lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as little more than a human tackling dummy against the startling players. Bloodied but unbeaten, RUDY wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory. An incredible, true story from the creators of Hoosiers, RUDYis an unforgettable testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man.

"[Rudy] ...the greatest sports movie in film history.  Audrey Rock Richardson, Tooele Transcript Bulletin
"[Rudy] An uplifting and inspiring battle-against-the-odds movie...  Clint Morris, MovieHole

Editor's Note
Two football-themed tearjerkers are packaged together in this DVD gift pack. See individual titles for details.
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Video Features 2 Pack, DVD
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/3/2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 08314
Video UPC UPC: 00043396083141
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.78:1/1.85:1/1.33:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Elise Neal
Video Cast Info Greta Lind
Video Cast Info Jon Favreau
Video Cast Info Mekhi Phifer
Video Cast Info Ned Beatty
Video Cast Info Sean Astin
Video Cast Info Sean Maher
Video Cast Info Shane Daly
Video Cast Info David Anspaugh - [Rudy] Director
Video Cast Info John Gray - [Song] Director

Professional Reviews

ReelViews 7 of 10
[Rudy] Rudy is intended to be triumphant and inspirational, and, in a cliche-riddled fashion, it attains those aims. Critics of the film will rightfully point out the instances when it wallows in sentimentality, but much of the story is true-to-life. While events along the way have been "Hollywoodized", at least the ending has not been overtly embellished; films of the 1975 game exist to prove that this is how events transpired...Director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo, who collaborated on Hoosiers (considered by many to be among the best "small" American sports movies), have constructed Rudy using many of the techniques that worked in their earlier film. The same "feel" is present. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
[Rudy] The movie was directed by David Anspaugh, who directed another great Indiana sports movie, "Hoosiers," in 1986. Both films show an attention to detail, and a preference for close observation of the characters rather than sweeping sports sentiment. In "Rudy," Anspaugh finds a serious, affecting performance by Sean Astin, the erstwhile teen idol, as a quiet, determined kid who knows he doesn't have all the brains in the world, but is determined to do the best he can with the hand he was dealt...In "Rudy," Astin's performance is so self-effacing, so focused and low-key, that we lose sight of the underdog formula and begin to focus on this dogged kid who won't quit. - Roger Ebert

Apollo Movie Guide 7 of 10
[Song] Brian's Song is a heart-warming story of camaraderie, courage and manipulated tears. That's not to say there isn't genuine emotion, it's just that you know when the music heightens that it's time to bring out the hanky. It's a sentimental tale that runs the gamut of feelings from humour to strength and ultimately to sadness...Ultimately, Brian's Song tackles a range of issues such as race, competition, the meaning of friendship and the importance self-esteem. Because it takes on so much in such a short period of time, the film ends up suffering. Like the wives, none of these subjects gets the attention they all deserve. - Ryan Cracknell

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