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A Season on the Brink [DVD] [2002]

Release Date:12/03/2002
Robert Mandel's biopic of college basketball coach Bobby Knight, A Season on the Brink, (the first film made specifically for ESPN) comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the film's producer, a trailer, a making-of featurette, a controversial interview Knight conducted with Jeremy Schaap, and interviews with former players who were coached by the man. This is a strong disc from Trimark.

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    Special Features

    • "SportsCenter special" - Jeremy Schaap interviews Bobby Knight
    • "Outside the Lines" - Tell-all interview with former knight players
    • Behind - the - scenes - Featurette of A Seaon on the Brink
    • Producer commentary
    • A Season on the Brink trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    A Season on the Brink
    One of the most unabashedly profane (albeit honest) TV movies ever produced for "basic" cable, A Season on the Brink is based on John Feinstein's book about the 1985-1986 Indiana Hoosiers' basketball season. Brian Dennehy heads the cast as the controversial, combative, chair-tossing Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight, whose motto is "The only two words you need to know to play basketball at Indiana: Yes, Sir!" Driving his players mercilessly, and making verbal mincemeat of fans and reporters alike, Knight isn't interested in winning any popularity contests -- he is only interested in winning games, which he does with intimidating frequency. Along the way, Knight's abrasive style has profound effects on two of his best players, Daryl Thomas (Michael James Johnson) and Steve Alford (James Lafferty) -- not to mention Bobby's assistant coaches and family members. Videotaped footage of actual games is incorporated into the dramatized re-enactments, with mixed but generally effective results. A Season on the Brink was simulcast over ESPN and ESPN2 on March 10, 2002, with the original TVMAL-rated version airing on the former service, and a "laundered" TV14LV-rated version running on the latter channel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Brian Dennehy
      Brian Dennehy - Bobby Knight
    • Duane Murray
      Duane Murray - Kohn Smith
    • Gary Hudson
      Gary Hudson - Ron Felling
    • James Lafferty
      James Lafferty - Steve Alford
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      Patrick Williams - Stew Robinson

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