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- Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
- The making of The Heart of the Game
- Beyond The Heart of the Game: including interviews with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Coach Bill Resler and Darnelia Russell
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The best way to see this film is to know nothing going in except it's about a high school girl's basketball team, filmed in "real time". Then let yourself get immersed in it as the story plays out. The less you know, the better. You will laugh and cry and have your spirits lifted in the film's 98-minute length.
But don't stop there. The DVD has HOURS of extras, and that doesn't count the full feature commetary (which I did not listen to). Many of the deleted scenes will add more background and you should watch them. Next watch the 29 minute "On the Road with Heart" short to get some real insight and hear a VERY VERY funny story as told by Coach Resler and having nothing to do with Basketball. Finally you MUST watch the 30 minute "Making off short", which tells it's own story of heart and self-esteem when you learned the story behind Write /Director Serrill's journey to make this film.
This is a great sports film but also a film that every teenage girl should see. It's rated PG-13 but I don't remember even hearing what is called "Brief Strong Language".
The film only played some small festivals and hopefully will reach a wider audience on DVD. Come for the feature and stay for the bonus features. You won't be sorry (or bored either!).
Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"
Coach Bill Ressler is an unorthodox tax professor turned basketball guru. He harbors and implements a number of quirky ideas which seem to work:
* drills were the girls lean on each other in order to overcome their phobia about physical contact
* players only meetings where the girls or sequestered for hours without coaches in order to resolve interpersonal rivalries and conflicts
* giving each team and animal theme for this season such as pack of wolves, school of Peron is, etc. for a motivational purposes
It becomes clear that Coach Ressler is not just coaching basketball but teaching life lessons. Whether you are a sports fan or not, you will be engrossed by this absorbing documentary of self-transcendence through the discipline of teamwork and athletics
Now, I'm not a big fan of sports flicks, nor of high school basketball (boys or girls), but hey, it was a free preview ... and I found myself thoroughly enjoying the film. (If you are a member of one of the target groups, you may very well give this one a 5* rating.) Definitely a documentary, and without slick Hollywood production of the game scenes in particular, it was nonetheless engrossing, full of humor and suspense, less for whether a game would be won or lost than for what would happen in the players' lives. The diverse audience I was with, from teen girls to families to older adults, seemed to all enjoy it as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave this as a gift and have no idea what the person thinks. He did say 'thanks' though.Published 21 days ago by Gypsylady
Feel great movie, always believe in the under dog. Great coaching to give these girls the hunger to win and play at their utmost best. Great moviePublished 1 month ago by Amanda C. Gallegos
This is a documentary showcasing a girls high school basketball team, their challenges and how simple errors in judgement can alter your life.Published 6 months ago by ROBERT MARTINELLI
I didn't care much for the dvd. I thought it was a movie when in reality it was a documentary. It went on forever.Published 12 months ago by lkreadsalot