Cinderella Man

Crowe, Russell

SKU: 025195055536

UPC 025195055536
Release Date 2009-05-26
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Length 145
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis Director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe re-team after their Oscar-winning collaboration, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, for this rousing biopic. It's the true story of boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), a heavyweight contender from New Jersey nicknamed the Bulldog of Bergen, who lost his fame and fortune during the Great Depression only to win the hearts of the downtrodden during a spectacular comeback. Crowe is masterful as Braddock, with Renee Zellweger playing his wife, and Paul Giamatti as his loyal friend and manager, Joe Gould. The sharply observed script devotes a significant amount of screen time to the domestic struggles of Braddock's family; developing character and place with a wealth of period detail, so when the comeback starts, the payoff is enormous. The matches themselves are unforgettable: raw, intense, riveting, with more than a passing stylistic nod to Martin Scorsese's groundbreaking 1980 film, RAGING BULL. Though it may sound a bit formulaic, one should remember that this is the true and original underdog boxer story from which all others hail, and it's riveted together with true craftsmanship. Howard has a real skill for plucking audience members' heartstrings, and the performances are first-rate. Giamatti and Crowe play off each other in a rapport perfectly suited to their roles, especially at the ring, where the one's manic intensity makes a perfect contrast to the other's warrior grace.[T]here's not another actor working in the movies today with Crowe's kind of gravitational pull to authenticity...Out of the ring and opposite Mr. Giamatti, Mr. Crowe eases into the boxer's soft side, at times beautifully; in the ring, he's repulsively believable.The climactic matchup works splendidly for two reasons. There's so much on the line, and the staging is breathtaking...Crowe's physical acting is miraculous....A top-notch entertainment and as fine a sports movie as one could hope for.Theatrical Release: June 3, 2005Imbuing his Braddock with uncommon dignity and integrity, Crowe creates an utterly human character...Russell Crowe is rugged and resilient....It's a solid picture...Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- If there's any justice, DVD will rescue this rousing drama from shocking box-office indifference.[An] emotional true story....This is a good soundtrack that works well with the story.The film is RAGING BULL minus the rage, though with a motivation that's at least as involving, and a lot more surprising.
Cast Dan Hanley (Editor)
Ron Howard (Producer)
Thomas Newman (Composer)
Mike Hill (Editor)
Brian Grazer (Producer)
Wynn Thomas (Production Designer)
Craig Bierko (Star)
Paul Giamatti (Star)
Ron Howard (Screenwriter)
Renee Zellweger (Star)
Bruce McGill (Star)
Ron Howard (Director)
Todd Hallowell (Producer)
Cliff Hollingsworth (Screenwriter)
Russell Crowe (Star)
Salvatore Totino (Director of Photography)
Penny Marshall (Producer)
Akiva Goldsman (Screenwriter)
Paddy Considine (Star)
Daniel Orlandi (Costume Designer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Widescreen Audio: DTS 5.1 Surround - French, Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English Subtitles: English, SDH, French, Spanish Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary: with Director Ron Howard, Writer Akiva Goldsman, Writer Cliff Hollingsworth Featurette: 1. The Fight Card: Casting Cinderella Man 2. For the Record: A History in Boxing 3. Ringside Seats 4. Jim Braddock: The Friends & Family Behind The Legend 5. Pre-Fight Preparations 6. Lights, Camera, Action: The Fight From Every Angle 7. Braddock Vs. Baer Fight Footage 8. Photo Montage 9. The Sound Of The Bell 10. Cinderella Man Music Featurette 11. The Human Face of the Depression 12. Russell Crowe's Personal Journey: Becoming Jim Braddock Interactive Features: BD Live - My Scenes Sharing Additional Products: User Guides - My Scenes, Registration, BD Live
Language English
Weight 0.18000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Biography
Attribute Additional Footage,Director Cast Commentary,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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