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Varsity Blues (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray]
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James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) leads the action in this exciting, funny coming-of-age story about a small-town high schooler confronting the pressures and temptations of gridiron glory. At first, backup quarterback Jonathan “Mox” Moxom (Van Der Beek) is nowhere close to being a football star. He’s perfectly content to stay on the bench and out of the win-at-all-cost strategies of coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight in a powerful performance). But when the starting quarterback is injured, Mox is in the game…and in direct conflict with his hotheaded coach and girlfriend. Soon everyone in Mox’s football-crazed community will realize there’s not just a new star quarterback in town, there’s a new kind of hero.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.04 Ounces
- Director : Brian Robbins
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 44 minutes
- Release date : September 15, 2009
- Actors : James Van Der Beek, Ali Larter, Amy Smart, Paul Walker, Jon Voight
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B002DMJMDO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #140,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It’s interesting to revisit Varsity Blues because it was influenced by Odessa Permian (the original creator admitted as much, although he never admitted any inspiration by Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights), but it came out before either the Friday Night Lights movie or the show, and I think it wound up influencing both. I think that Bud Kilmer is probably based in part on former Permian coach John Wilkins. I think the show in particular was influenced by Varsity Blues. Plus Landry is in both.
James Van Der Beek, playing the least popular backup quarterback in the history of football, was the star here, flush with Dawson’s Creek success. But he gets overshadowed by . . . pretty much everyone else on the case. Amy Smart. Jon Voight. Paul Walker. Ron Lester. Scott Caan. I do appreciate that Mox dresses like he is an actual high school student in the 1990s (wooooo JNCOs) while everyone else in the movie dresses like they are in a high school movie set in Texas.
One thing that Varsity Blues does better than the movie or even the TV show ever does is convey the sense that these are people who have known each other their entire lives. It is also intensely quotable.
“I’m back! Puke and rally!”
“Tweeder, you think you’ll enjoy prison?”
“I give it a ten! A ten! A f___ing ten!”
“I don’t want your life” (said with a terrible attempt at . . . some kind of accent)
“Wieners on the glass at the Alano club!”
It just has such incredible energy and style and is so much dang fun.
I can’t say it is entirely realistic though. High school football teams hardly ever overthrow their head coach in a coup. And I used to be friends with a stripper who was a kindergarten teacher. She drove three and a half hours to strip, though, which seems a little smarter than stripping in the same small town you teach in.
But it is also a surprisingly deep story. All those high school kids having a gut check minute about who they really are. There is a nice bit of moral peril, too.
“You ‘bout ready to lose that scholarship, boy?”
“If that’s what it takes to keep that needle out of his leg? Absolutely.”
Based on this perspective, a job well done, 5 stars. But if you care about your youth, your children, keep them far and wide from this movie. I gave it 2 stars because you might be able to salvage a dream of rooting for the winning team. I give it 5 stars because it clearly portrays the loss of American dignity. Keep your finger on the mute button! Fast forward through the nudity scenes!
It had a jewel case that was slightly too large and was missing the Blu Ray logo at the top. It was thicker than expected by just a few millimeters, but enough to notice.
The clearest sign of a pirated copy was the the disc. The disc had professional looking printing on the front, but the back made it clear that it was a rewritable Blu Ray copy that anyone could have made at home as you could see the data bands that are visible on rewritable media.
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