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Through the Fire (Director's Cut - Extended and Uncensored) (2005)

Jonathan Hock  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Jonathan Hock
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR7RJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Through the Fire (Director's Cut - Extended and Uncensored)" on IMDb

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What is it like to be a high school senior on the verge of going pro? Experience a riveting documentary that chronicles the riches-or-ruin gambles of one of basketball's fastest rising stars. Since the age of nine, Sebastian Telfair has been a legend on the streets of New York. Under the watchful eye of his older brother, a former collegiate star whose failed bid to reach the NBA left their mother heartbroken and the family mired in poverty, Sebastian refines his game, hones his image, and risks everything in the hopes of providing a better life for his family and realizing his dream of playing professional ball. ESPN's critically acclaimed documentary captures all the action, emotion, and excitement of an amazing year in he life of Coney Island's hoop prodigy. You won't want to miss a minute of Sebastian Telfair's astonishing jump from local neighborhood phenom to first-round draft pick.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie - great DVD January 20, 2006
Format:DVD
I have a friend who got me an advance copy, and this is a great movie, and a great DVD too. The story is captivating and incredibly emotional, and the features on the DVD really fill in some of the background that the film doesn't get into, as well as showing some more incredible court highlights. Well worth the price!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film March 14, 2006
Format:DVD
You don't need to be a sports fan to enjoy this amazing film. I was completely engrossed in the movie from the beginning and Sebastian Telfair is so likeable that you root for him until the end. Even if you know the outcome of the film, it's fascinating to watch the year unfold as he navigates through his season, all the attention, media srutiny, corporate sponsors, etc. The access that the Director had to this kid is incredible and you see first-hand what it's like to be one of these gifted yet poor athletes from the ghetto who are under tremendous pressure to turn pro for the sake of their families financial security.

The movie is very similar to Hoop Dreams (with a happier ending), but it's the modern day version given how the economics of sports have changed so dramatically. You read about teenagers turning into professional athletes all the time, but in this documentary you get to see for the first time what it's like to be one of those kids and what it takes to make it big.

Really excited to own this on DVD which is extended and uncensored, since ESPN probably did some heavy editing to make this broadcast friendly and the bonus material should really round out the story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Film about Brooklyn Basketball March 23, 2006
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This along with 25 Strong and Soul in The Hole is another great film showcasing the passion the people of Brooklyn have for the game of basketball. A compelling story for all. A basketball story, a family story and a neighborhood story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not life altering, but still uplifting. July 3, 2006
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I thoroughly enjoyed this doc and I really felt I got a chance to really identify with Sebastian. I also came to admire him as a person, whereas before, I barely recognized him as a player. I found it thrilling and motivating and I know the students with whom I share this story will be inspired by this film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Every Minute June 1, 2006
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My husband and I sat down to watch this one Sunday night, and I wanted to slap myself for overlooking it time and time again!! I'm not even certain I should call this a documentary, because everything about it reads "movie." From the love this family has for each other to the trappings of "Hollywood" fame and fortune. Regardless of what Sebastian has accomplished in the NBA, you have to be one cold hearted person to not root for this guy in the end. Simply put- he's one special kid. You'll feel like you're in the room when his name is selected in the NBA draft. The connection he has with his family is one for the record books, even if his stats aren't. It's just a feel-good movie you can watch simply because you love the game.
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