Brian's Song [DVD] [1970]

The popular made-for-television biopic Brian's Song comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original bradcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Billy Dee Williams and James Caan, a featurette about Gale Sayers, production notes, talent files, and trailers. This is a superb release from Columbia/TriStar.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio and video
  • Full-screen presentation
  • Audio: English mono
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • James Coan and Billy Dee Williams audio commentary
  • Featurette: "Gale Sayers First and Goal"
  • Bonus trailers
  • Talent files
  • Interactive menus
  • Production notes
  • Scene selections

Synopsis

Brian's Song
One of the best known and most enthusiastically reviewed made for television films of the 1970's, this drama was based on the true story of football greats Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Piccolo (James Caan) both joined the Chicago Bears the same year, and while it was obvious from the start Sayers had the talent and drive to be a great player, Piccolo seemed destined to be an also-ran on the team. However, Sayers and Piccolo struck up a friendship which brought out the best in both players, and coach George Halas (Jack Warden) chose them for a special assignment -- they became the first interracial roommates in the history of the NFL. When Sayers suffered a knee injury that threatened to end his career, Piccolo took it upon himself to help his friend through rehabilitation so he could rejoin the team. But when Piccolo began having heath problems, it was a problem too great for Sayers to handle -- his close friend had developed cancer. Adapted from Sayers' autobiography I Am Third, Brian's Song also features Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus as himself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • James Caan
    James Caan - Brian Piccolo
  • Billy Dee Williams
    Billy Dee Williams - Gale Sayers
  • Jack Warden
    Jack Warden - Coach George Halas
  • Bernie Casey
    Bernie Casey - J.C. Caroline
  • Shelley Fabares
    Shelley Fabares - Joy Piccolo
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