Miracle [P&S] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2004]

Miracle tells the story o the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, who were led by the flinty coach Herb Brooks -- portrayed in a good performance by Kurt Russell in the film. The movie is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. This two-disc set is loaded with supplemental materials including a commentary track recorded by director Gavin O'Connor, editor John Gilroy, and cinematographer Daniel Stoloff. They discuss many aspects of the production including the director's decision to cast the team with people who could actually play hockey. A making of featurette, a look at how Kurt Russell met and absorbed the nuances of Herb Brooks (who passed away shortly before the film opened in theaters), a featurette on the sound design of the film, and outtakes round out this release. While fine for what it is, the film is available on a different disc that offers the same extras with a widescreen transfer of the film that is preferable to this edition.
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Special Features

  • "The Making of Miracle"
  • Audio commentary by director Gavin O'Connor, editor John Gilroy, and director of photography Daniel Stoloff
  • "First Impressions: Herb Brooks With Kurt Russell and the Filmmakers": A never-before-seen intimate conversation with the gold-medal coach
  • Outtakes
  • "From Hockey to Hollywood: The Actors' Journey" featurette about turning hockey players into actors
  • Miracle ESPN Roundtable With Linda Cohn, as seen on ESPN Classic: Winning team members Mike Eruzione, Buzz Schneider, and Jim Craig join Kurt Russell in a journey back to "The Miracle on Ice"
  • "The Sound of Miracle" behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Closed Captioned


Gavin O'Connor directs the sports drama Miracle, based on the true story of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. Kurt Russell stars as hockey coach Herb Brooks, who assembles a U.S. team of underdogs. No one thinks they can make it, as they are up against the previously undefeated Soviet hockey team. Despite the odds, Brooks leads the U.S. team to victory. As the 1980 Winter Olympics happen to coincide with the Cold War, the event is interpreted as patriotic. Also starring Eddie Cahill and Patricia Clarkson, Miracle was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kurt Russell
    Kurt Russell - Herb Brooks
  • Patricia Clarkson
    Patricia Clarkson - Patty Brooks
  • Noah Emmerich
    Noah Emmerich - Craig Patrick
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    Sean McCann - Walter Bush
  • Kenneth Welsh
    Kenneth Welsh - Doc Nagobads

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