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MPAA Rating: PG (For Some Mild Thematic Elements)
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick, Morris Chestnut, Roselyn Sanchez
Screenplay by: Nichole Millard & Kathryn Price
Directed by: Andy Fickman
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Deleted Scenes with Optional Introductions by Director Andy Fickman, Bloopers with Marv Albert, Drafting The Game Plan, ESPN's Sportscenter: The Rock Learns To Play QB, ESPN's Sportscenter: The King In Search Of A Ring, Peyton's Makeover Madness Set-Top Activity
Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (20 Scenes)
Released: January 22nd, 2008
"The Game Plan" is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen (a full
screen version is available separately). It's a solid, if flawed,
transfer. I suppose I'll get the bad out of the way first: contrast and
what I think are filters makes the image distracting at times, as there
is a lot of mosquito noise and edge halos throughout the film. There's
a little bit of grain too, plus the slightest hint of edge enhancement.
Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish are also included, as are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Famed sportscaster Marv Albert comments over three minutes of Bloopers. The mess-ups are pretty amusing, but I did enjoy Albert's riffing.
Drafting The Game Plan is an enjoyable 20 minute look at the film's production. It's entertaining, and really covers a lot of ground: Fickman discusses parts of the movie and the actors discuss their characters. Key components are discussed too: how The Rock was looking to do a family-friendly movie with a sports vibe, casting the young actress, Fickman's work ethic and more.
ESPN's Sportscenter: The Rock Learns To Play QB is a three minute, 33 second is a promo-esque piece that shows how The Rock learned how to look like a real quarterback (it should be noted though that The Rock actually played defense for the University of Miami in the early 1990s). There's also ESPN's Sportscenter: The King In Search Of A Ring which has the cast (in-character, I guess) discussing how great The Rock's character Joe Kingman is, as well as some issues they have with him. Eh.
Finally, there's a cute game for the younger ones: Peyton's Makeover Madness Set-Top Activity. It's actually an easter egg, but is easy to find on the main menu (just hit the remote on the table). Now everyone at home can re-decorate Joe Kingman's apartment into a mecca for eight year-old girls.
"The Game Plan" was a surprise sleeper hit during the fall of 2007, grossing over 90 million dollars domestically, and I'm sure the DVD will be an even bigger hit. The film's presentation looks and sounds quite good, and I'm sure the kiddies will enjoy much of the extras (though older fans might want to look for the Blu-Ray version of the movie, which has a commentary with The Rock and director Andy Fickman). I'm sure if you have a family then you'll be adding this to your collection, but given the quality of the disc, it's a justified purchase.