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Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2011)

Zachary Levi , Kevin Tostado  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zachary Levi
  • Directors: Kevin Tostado
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TZFZF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,889 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A worldwide cultural phenomenon, the classic board game Monopoly® has been played by over a billion people in the last 75 years.

UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY presents the captivating stories about the game and those who play it, culminating with the high-stakes MONOPOLY® world championships held every four years. Leading up to the exciting coronation of a new champion in Las Vegas, the film follows some of the most colorful players in the game. They are lawyers and math teachers, defending champions and underdogs, all brought together by a shared love of the game.

From helping WWII POWs escape to cropping up in movies and television since its inception, MONOPOLY®'s rich history is revealed in this fascinating documentary, narrated by Zachary Levi (Chuck).

Special Features:

  • 2009 World Championship Final Game
  • "The Methods, Math & Myths of Monopoly"
  • Narrator Zachary Levi Outtake Reel
  • Extended Scenes
  • Interactive MONOPOLY quiz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Is there anything as American as sitting down with loved ones for a rousing game of Monopoly? As it turns out, though, Monopoly is an outright international phenomenon whose empire far outreaches its Depression era beginnings. Kevin Tostado's "Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story" covers many aspects of this world integration starting with the game's humble origins. From its homemade and locally distributed beginning, the Monopoly name has become one of the most recognizable brands in the gaming industry. Not many games endure over 75 years, much less expand their reach, but Monopoly has defied all odds to become a genuine collectible commodity (what with its endless variations) and is still as popular as it ever was. If you need any further evidence, the primary focus of Tostado's film covers the days leading up to the 2009 World Monopoly Championship.

Yes, this board game has recognized National competitions around the globe that send local victors to a worldwide event. The final challenge in the film is a Las Vegas round robin and highlights players from just about every continent (it's even broadcast on ESPN). Prior to arriving at the World Championship, however, the film does focus on a number of big name American players who are angling to be our national champion and advance to the big show. It is a diverse group represented by several attorneys, a grade school teacher, a stage show manager, a contract negotiator, and a communications coordinator. Some are easy to root for, some less appealing--but they all share the love of the game. And if you, too, love Monopoly--this is a pretty easy recommendation. It's breezy, colorful, and I learned quite a bit that I didn't know (the World War II stuff was my favorite).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Is there anything as American as sitting down with loved ones for a rousing game of Monopoly? As it turns out, though, Monopoly is an outright international phenomenon whose empire far outreaches its Depression era beginnings. Kevin Tostado's "Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story" covers many aspects of this world integration starting with the game's humble origins. From its homemade and locally distributed beginning, the Monopoly name has become one of the most recognizable brands in the gaming industry. Not many games endure over 75 years, much less expand their reach, but Monopoly has defied all odds to become a genuine collectible commodity (what with its endless variations) and is still as popular as it ever was. If you need any further evidence, the primary focus of Tostado's film covers the days leading up to the 2009 World Monopoly Championship.

Yes, this board game has recognized National competitions around the globe that send local victors to a worldwide event. The final challenge in the film is a Las Vegas round robin and highlights players from just about every continent (it's even broadcast on ESPN). Prior to arriving at the World Championship, however, the film does focus on a number of big name American players who are angling to be our national champion and advance to the big show. It is a diverse group represented by several attorneys, a grade school teacher, a stage show manager, a contract negotiator, and a communications coordinator. Some are easy to root for, some less appealing--but they all share the love of the game. And if you, too, love Monopoly--this is a pretty easy recommendation. It's breezy, colorful, and I learned quite a bit that I didn't know (the World War II stuff was my favorite).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining look at Monopoly February 8, 2012
By Susan
Format:DVD
A documentary about a board game is not something I would typically think to go see, but I'm glad I saw this! This was a fun and very entertaining look at the game of monopoly. Through the overarching stories of real people preparing for a monopoly tournament, it covers the many ways in which the game has become a part of not only American pop culture, but many cultures around the world, the woman who invented the first version of the game, people's favorite tokens, and much more. Well done Mr. Tostado!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Everyone October 25, 2011
By cbiw
Format:DVD
This film should appeal to everyone. For history buffs, the largely unknown amazing early history of Monopoly is uncovered. For gamer types, the latest round of national championships around the world and the World Championship in Las Vegas add the right amount of suspense. For pop culturists, the game's many icons and famous sayings are surveyed through great movie and tv show clips. And for those wanting to win when they play Monopoly, the included strategy tips are sure to help. Seems like great fun for everybody!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If you are reading this review right now, you almost certainly have played a game of Monopoly in your lifetime, as the board game has become such an icon in and of itself. This fun little documentary gives some history of the game's origins and current status, while also showing the "competitive side" at the National Monopoly Championship.

Essentially, to put things into perspective, "Under the Boardwalk", is a carbon copy clone of the "King of Kong"-style documentary that attained so much success. It weaves the history of the object being documented with the competitiveness it was actually meant for.

In terms of the history portion, this doc knocks it out of the park. I mean, who can't spend a chunk of time in nostalgia for this game that we all (or seemingly all) enjoyed either as a child or to this very day!

The "competitive" stuff, though, pales in comparison to the gritty, real emotions that "King of Kong" developed so well. There are just too many people in the competition to really get to know, and it felt as if the documentary makers tried to endow them with personalities (to create drama) to mask the fact that this was really just a friendly competition.

Overall, I give "Under the Boardwalk" 3.5 stars out of five. It's all in good fun, but you'll find yourself really "into it" when the history lessons and general nostalgic discussions rule the screen time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Boardwalk
I bought this blindly because I love Monopoly, and this documentary does not disappoint. It focuses a lot on the World Monopoly Championships, but there is still quite a bit on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric withCheese Ashley
2.0 out of 5 stars DERIVATIVE AND DEADLY DULL
As others have pointed out, despite the description shown here and on Netflix, this is not a documentary focusing on the history of Monopoly. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Silence Dogood
5.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for more history of the game.
This documentary is interesting but I was hoping that it would have gone more into the history of the game.
Published 17 months ago by Walter C. Case
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun story!
With the caveat that I know one of the creators of this film, I really enjoyed this film. It's particularly fascinating to hear about the context of the game's early development.
Published 20 months ago by M. Ritter
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too much on the tournament
Time wise I felt the documentary was spot on. Being a fan of the origins of random things, I did thoroughly enjoy the origins and progression of the game as well as the brief... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Billy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun documentary, but it almost feels like an advertisement
I hate Monopoly. Most serious boardgamers hate Monopoly. Aside from a few snippets from W. Eric Martin in this film, you won't find a critical word to be said about this game. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by chefdevergue
2.0 out of 5 stars A boardgame for all the wrong values
I hate the red die in Monopoly! It feeds the American sensibility of chronic insatiability and instant gratification. That said, this film was mildly entertaining. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by a.m. hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars What "Wordplay" was for crossword puzzles, "Boardwalk" is for...
First off, I'm not sure why but at least two of my fellow reviewers posted their reviews of this DVD TWICE. I was surprised that Amazon let these go through. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Steve Ramm
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Everyone
This film should appeal to everyone. For history buffs, the largely unknown amazing early history of Monopoly is uncovered. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by cbiw
5.0 out of 5 stars Monopoly on opening night
I saw this movie on opening night in Newton. It was reminiscent of the spelling bee and crossword documentaries. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by VBSport
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