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Miracle [WS] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2004]

  • SKU: 6396848
  • Release Date: 05/18/2004
  • Rating: PG
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 an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. 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 excellent release.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (102 out of 104)

    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

    Synopsis


    Miracle
    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
    • Image coming soon
      Sean McCann - Walter Bush
    • Kenneth Welsh
      Kenneth Welsh - Doc Nagobads



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 104 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An inspiring Olympic event captured by Hollywood

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      colonialdame
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      I concur with every word that Miracle tells the story of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, who were led by coach Herb Brooks -- portrayed by Kurt Russell in a believable performance. The costume designer deserves kudos for her spot-on fashions that make me glad the 80's are over. This is a feel good movie that can bring a tear to the eye as you gleam with pride at the way this group of young men, despite set-backs, strove to achieve the impossible. The movie is widescreen that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. 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 look at how Kurt Russell met and absorbed the nuances of Herb Brooks (who passed away shortly before the film opened in theaters), a feature on the sound design of the film, and outtakes round out this excellent release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A singular great achievement in US History

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      UfY2k
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      Let me begin by saying I think the 1980 US Men's Hockey win over the USSR and subsequent Gold Medal victory is one of, if not THE, most important sporting achievements this country has known. Between the Cold War, the gas crisis and everything else our country was dealing with at the time, this event took on a meaning greater than that of a sporting event. The entire world was involved. But enough about the event itself. The movie Miracle is a great film in and of itself. Kurt Russell is spot on as coach Herb Brooks. The cast of unknowns playing Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Jack O'Callahan, et. al turn in an amazing performance. And don't forget about Patricia Clarkson as Herb's wife. The acting was top notch, the sets and historical accuracy are also incredible. Blu-Ray really brings all of this to life. Most sports movies are simply formulaic and predictable. While we know the story of what the Olympic team went through, this movie presents it in such a heart felt and true to life manner. It is a must see!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best sports movies

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      Throwdown918

      This is a really great hockey movie, and a great sports movie overall. The thing that makes this such a great sports movie is that it is based on a true story. Not only is it that but the political battle that is fought on the ice in this movie is just something you have to read between the lines to understand. It's the Soviets versus the Americans on the ice, while we are fighting against them off the ice as well. This movie takes you from the making of the team, training all the way through the games. Watch the extra features and you will find out how far they went to replicate the actual plays from the real games that you see in the movie, so that they are exactly the same. As well as there are real ex-NHL players, and real college hockey players playing the parts in this movie. The looks of the guys they choose to play the parts in this movie are so extremely close to the real people it's phenomenal. If you are looking for a great story of the underdog trying to fight for victory, this is the movie you want. This is a must buy and will not let you down. Truly a great story in American history.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      so you think you know what hard work is?

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      HockeyFan24

      Miracle in my opinion is even better than slapshot. while it should be no surprise how the movie ends, it is your traditional sports scanerio. not only does the movie show what it took to get to the end, they also showed what was going on in the world during 1980. the action on the ice was shot so good that it seems that for the first time one can see how fast the sport of hockey really is. They did use real hockey players to play the various team members, as much of the movie takes place on ice. it would have been nice to see some more of the russians to show just how amazing the feat was, since the russians were the best team in the world (in any hockey not just international play). if you are looking for a give it your all no matter what the odds, then this will fit the bill.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of my favorite Disney Sports Movies

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      youngheart80
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      Disney does an underdog sports movie about once every 5 years or so. This one and the recent "Queen of Katwe" are my favorites. Decided we needed to get it after the kids got so invested in this year's Olympics (and because I've been meaning to own it for a long time and just hadn't gotten around to it). Try to get all of my movies as combo packs since I never know what is going to be snagged for the car DVD player during road trips, so having both blu-ray and DVD is great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still Awesome after all these years

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      BigG
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      My son had not seen this movie and to watch it on the anniversary of the event was special. He asked if it was a true story!! Now that some of these heroes are no longer with us it was extra special. Kurt Russell nailed Herb Brooks in this role. Also the extra features show how they shot the ice level scenes and for the time the movie was made, it was pretty amazing to do without cgi. Cameras on sticks skating at 35 mph to make it authentic was really cool. It didn't win the Oscar but had cinematography techniques that 25 years later, were used to shoot Birdman.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Believe in the Unbelievable

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      WakeLaw
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      The movie is outstanding for it transcends the sports world and even American patriotism. While the crowing of a champion and the love of country are evident, it is the "team mentality" that supersedes the individual that is remarkable. When people work for something greater than the name on the back it is possible to believe in the unbelievable.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Hockey Movie Ever

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      Loonybrain

      This is hands down the best hockey movie ever created. The story is very gripping and when you realize that it's a true story you get even more involved in the drama. One thing that really bothers me about other hockey films is how disjointed the play on the ice is. The people who edit the films obviously don't pay attention to detail. This film however is very good in that area. This film is a must for any hockey fan.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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