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DRAFT DAY Blu-ray Review

Draft Day is out now on Blu-ray and DVD. I had the chance to watch it on Blu-ray last week and have put together an audio review for your listening pleasure.

Directed by Ivan Reitman, the film stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Ellen Burstyn, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Welling and Pat Healy,

Sports fans and non-sports fans alike will enjoy Draft Day. I am not a huge fan of professional sports/football, but I enjoyed watching this film for the second time after seeing it in theaters. I can equate the intensity to that of Money Ball. Both movies take audiences behind the scenes of the recruitment process in major league baseball and pro football.

I enjoyed the way the Reitman shot the film, using a lot of split screen shots with Costner on the phone with other team managers brokering deals. After listening to the commentary by the writers it was even more impressive to find out that most of the scenes were shot at separate times with stand-ins on the other end of the phone. The audio commentary is one of the best special features on the disc aside from the 58-minute making of documentary.

Costner, Garner and Leary are all fantastic in the leading roles, but the films stands out even more becuse of the stellar supporting cast of character actors. Sean Combs basically played himself, but was perfectly cast as a manager. Timothy Simons (Veep) is awesome as one of the analysts working with Costner. Healy deserves more leading roles in films, but until that happens I am content with him stealing the scenes in films like Draft Day.

Listen to my full review:

Official Press Release:

0612176BTr1Leading up to the 2014 NFL Kickoff, Lionsgate will release the thrilling sports drama, Draft Dayon Digital HD beginning August 19, on Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View August 29 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) onSeptember 2. Starring sports movie icon and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Best Picture and Best Director, Dances with Wolves, 1990; Bull Durham, Field of Dreams), written by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman, and directed by legendary director Ivan Reitmanthe film was made in exclusive partnership with the NFL, allowing unprecedented access to the actual 2013 NFL Draft, an event drawing higher ratings than the playoffs for baseball, basketball and hockey. Featuring an all-star cast including Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club), Denis Leary (The Amazing Spiderman), Frank Langella (Superman Returns), Sam Elliott (The Big Lebowski), Sean Combs (Monster’s Ball), Terry Crews (The Expendables franchise), Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (feature film debut), Tom Welling (TV’s “Smallville”), with Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn (Best Actress, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974) and Chadwick Boseman (42), Draft Day goes behind-the-scenes of the high-stakes, action-packed world of the NFL Draft.

It’s NFL Draft Day. A day that can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams forever. After pulling off a blockbuster trade, General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) controls the #1 pick. Up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Leary), Sonny faces the biggest decision of his life. Should he go with the consensus #1 pick or trust his instincts and risk losing it all?

The Draft Day Blu-ray Combo Pack bonus materials include an exclusive 58-minute “making of” featurette titled “On The Clock: The Making of Draft Day,” and “Welcome to Primetime,” an inside look behind-the-scenes of the NFL Draft.  Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD special features include audio commentary with writers Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman plus deleted scenes. The Draft Day Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • “On The Clock: The Making of Draft Day” featurette
  • “Welcome to Primetime” featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writers Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman
  • Deleted Scenes

*Subject to change

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • Audio Commentary with Writers Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman
  • Deleted Scenes

*Subject to change

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Jim Napier

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