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INVINCIBLE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Based on the great Philadelphian Vince Papale's (Mark Wahlberg) career in the 1970s with the NFL Eagles, exploring his personal struggles and achievements, from being an underdog who loses his wife Sharon (Lola Glaudini) - who takes his meager possessions - and his job, to becoming an acclaimed NFL star with the Eagles, under coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear). And to the finding of Janet (Elizabeth Banks).

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Although it's wrangled into the formulaic American dream structure and given the slick treatment of an aspirational sport star story, Invincible is superior to many movies of its genre which started with a cinema release. Why this went straight to DVD I don't know, but Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear - if nothing else - lend the film plenty of value.

Judging from the doco about the real Vince Papale, Mark Wahlberg captures the man's modesty and decency, as well as his superlative sportsmanship. On the field, Papale works like a demi god, and off the field his characteristics are appealing.

Shot in golden glow nostalgic style, the film has all the expected elements to please those whose expectations are fuelled by their interest in the Eagles and/or Papale himself.

The first real pro Eagles match doesn't start until nearly 70 minutes into the film - which goes to show how important is the establishment or context to the filmmakers; a good decision. There is only so much grunt field action a well balanced, engaging film can take. But this game turns out to be an unexpected downer - Papale doesn't live up to expectations and things look grim. The moment serves the film's dramatic structure as we hang in with him on the journey.

The extras take us deeper into the story - and into the making of the film. It's worth seeing Papale himself in the doco, and hearing him on the audio.

Published April 19, 2007

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INVINCIBLE: DVD (PG)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Lola Glaudini

PRODUCER: Marc Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Ken Mok

DIRECTOR: Ericson Core

SCRIPT: Brad Gann

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ericson Core

EDITOR: Gerald B. Greenberg

MUSIC: Mark Isham

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sarah Knowles

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9;

SPECIAL FEATURES: Becoming Invincible: The Story of Vince Papale documentary; audio commentary 1 -with Vince Papale & producer Mark Ciardi; audio commentary 2 with Ericson Core & Jerry Greenberg

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVI Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: April 4, 2007







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