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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blu-ray Review: 42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Warner Bros. exhilarating and inspiring Jackie Robinson bio-pic is now on blu-ray and it is definitely worthy of shelf space.

From the box:

In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers took a stand against Major League Baseball's infamous color line when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the 
 team.  The deal put both men in the crosshairs of the public, the press, and even other players.  Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and let his talent on the field win over fans and his teammates - silencing his critics and forever changing the world by changing the game of baseball.

I'm not a sports fan by any means.  Most of them I find boring and I really don't know much about the games themselves anyway (which may explain why I find them so boring).  That said, I usually enjoy a sports movie and such is the case with WB's fantastic 42.

42 is a roller coaster of emotions.  It has highs and lows and scenes that are downright uncomfortable to watch but they all fit together perfectly and form a top notch film that really is one of the best of the year.

The film boasts some excellent performances all around but especially from Chadwick Boseman who brings Jackie Robinson to life completely and believably. Another standout is Alan Tudyk who portrays Ben Chapman in such a way that it makes your skin crawl and you find yourself praying someone takes a bat to him.  Truly the most uncomfortable part of the movie but also the most memorable and powerful sequences.   The cast truly stands out top to bottom and it's a big cast so highlighting them all would take all day suffice it to say they all do wonderful work.

As for the blu-ray, the picture is crystal clear and really beautiful.  The sound is crisp and perfect.  The crack of Jackie's bat echoed through my entire apartment.  Damn near almost jumped up to cheer.   Unfortunately, the disc is light on special features here missing out on a great opportunity to include some more historically significant documentaries or features.  What we get are a few featurettes.  Surely there is more to be had?  Deleted scenes?  Commentary?  I would be very interested in a cast commentary on this.    Still, the movie itself more than makes up for the lack of features and it's a film you'll most certainly want to watch.

42 is available now!

10 out of 10 Home Runs!

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