The film recreates Philadelphia in the 70's and it helps make Invincible njoyable yet formulaic film.
No real special features hurts the value of owning this DVD, but we Philly fans can forgive it.
Let me start out by saying that I am a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, have been ever since I was little. So, with that being said I can honestly say I did not let that get in the way of my critical side when watching this movie. The story is about Vince Papale, the man who was recruited during open tryouts in a time of desperation for the Eagles franchise. This is your basic run of the mill underdog story. The film is as formulaic as sports films come, but I actually enjoyed it. There were three reasons why I enjoyed it. First of all this is a film about the Philadelphia Eagles, second it had some pretty darn good cinematography, and third was the songs of the era used in the soundtrack. In all honesty, this film was beautifully shot, from the rusty yellow color tones to the well framed shots of the streets of Philly. There is also some good music used in this movie, great sounds of the 70's. The songs drown out Mark Isham's score, but I actually liked the songs better than the score. Mark Wahlberg makes a believable average joe who is primed for greatness and he does a good job with the role. In the end, this movie is formulaic but it's very enjoyable. I enjoyed it even though I usually hate sports movies, and I'm not just saying it because I'm an Eagles fan. This movie is well made, no doubt about it.
The DVD lacks any significant special features. We have a commentary with Vince Papale himself, but it has no insight whatsover about the making of the movie. The only featurette is again about the real Vince Papale, nothing about the making of the actual film. It's not like I'm wondering how they made the movie, but a little talk about recreating the time period of the story would have been nice.
The transfer is great. Disney never dissapoints me with their transfers, and this is no exception. The above average cinematography will look great on HDTV's. The film is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. It's really good.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is also really great. We have tons of great songs from the 70's and they sound great in 5.1. It's also great to hear those football hits in surround sound. It's not the most dynamic mix, but it's above average.
The DVD comes in a standard single case with an insert.
Even though the Philadelphia Eagles never won a Super Bowl at least we can say that we are the only team in the NFL that has two movies centered around our team. That's right, never forget The Garbage Picking, Field Goal Kicking, Philadelphia Phenomenon starring Tony Danza.