Remember The Titans (DC)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
For many a young men out there, football is life and molds boys into men. One time it was another step in the civil rights movement. Football brought everyone that much closer together (and still does). REMEMBER THE TITANS is one damn fine film about life, diversity, adversity, two coaches, and above all else – football! In 1971, two Virginia coaches (Denzel and Patton) and their team overcome building odds and show off a genuine human spirit. United we stand.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I sure just laid on the cheese thick but it was good cheese, and that is what this film does best. This is one of those very few Jerry Bruckheimer productions that transcends the explosions and internalizes them, making for a quality flick. It’s a fine example of how a fun producer, a great cast, and a true tale perfectly meet. REMEMBER THE TITANS could have easily been more corny or just plain awful if it didn’t have likeable characters. First, you have Denzel Washington who is definitely the best black actor in the business, and he rocks the screen. Put him opposite a fiery Will Patton ARMAGGEDON fame and you have a winner.
The conflict within the team and other members also adds to the movie’s meat. One of the film’s best elements is the different stereotypes you get to see, that the movie crushes and characters change. An all around feel good movie with that cool 70’s vibe. The unfortunate element with this particular set is that it touts that this is a director’s cut, when in reality it’s just a few deleted scenes from the original DVD release added back in.
The DVD comes in a cardboard slipcase and an insert telling you to buy those spankin’ new Bruckheimer DVDs coming out. As a preface to the extras included here, the original DVD release had a lot more than are included here.
Four Deleted Scenes >> These scenes are themselves good but when put back in the movie, they would only over-emphasize key elements to the story.
“Remember The Titans: An Inspirational Journey Behind the Scenes” >> 21 min > Featuring interviews and highlights, this intriguing doc goes into the history behind the movie. This is a well made, well played extra.
“Beating the Odds” Featurette >> 6 min > This brief EPK shows the basic behind the scenes stuff. It’s fluff.
“Denzel Becomes Boone” Featurette >> 6 min > This is cool you get interviews from Denzel Washington and the real coach Boone. Sweet.
As good as this DVD is, the Better version has always been out there. The original DVD release had more features, the same transfer, and two commentaries – one of which featured the real coaches! How those weren’t included here is beyond me. If you already own this film, bypass this version because you’re golden! If for some reason you haven’t checked out this gem, see it! But stick to the original DVD release.
Props 2 > Coach Boone, the 70’s, Denzel Washington, and football!
Final Diagnosis >> A decent DVD but a fluke edition. The film’s great so stick with the original DVD.