It’s now time to take a look at a potentially cheesy American biographical sports comedy-drama movie. I’m talking about Remember the Titans. It’s a story about American High school football. Or at least that’s was my initial thought. It’s actually based on a true story and is really about race relations in America. That might not sound like a fun movie but trust me this one’s actually well worth a look. So without further ado here’s my Remember the Titans Blu-ray Review.
- Remember the Titans (2000) US Import
- Genre: Biographical Sports Comedy Drama
- Directed by Boaz Yakin
- Running Time: 113 mins
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
- Released By Walt Disney
In 1971 two High Schools in Virginia are merged. One is all White and the other all black. What’s more the American Football teams are to be merged. That results in the white coach, Bill Yoast being demoted to Assistant Coach. The new coach is to be Coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington). With plenty of friction amongst both the coaching staff and pupils Boon decides to force the two sides to come together. He does this by employing various tactics such as rooming them together. Can he overcome the racial tension held by both sides?
Style / Direction
The films directed by Boaz Yakin whilst the cinematography is handled by Philippe Rousselot. This is a comedy-drama and the most important part is the storytelling and the characters. The film manages to deliver a compelling story and memorable characters.
Music / Audio Effects
The music score comes from Trevor Rabin.
Acting / Characters
To be honest the reason the film succeeds is largely down to the excellent casting. Each and every one of them produces an interesting character. It kind of goes without saying but Washington delivers another top rate performance. But equally Will Patton as Assistant Coach Bill Yoast also shines.
Ryan Hurst as Gerry Bertier is the captain of the team and an integral character. He really does produce a strong and heart-warming performance. He and Wood Harris as Julius Campbell are forced to room together. Eventually they learn there not so different, in fact they become like brothers.
There are so many characters I could mention such as Hayden Panettiere as Sheryl Yoast. She’s Assistant Coach Bill Yoast’s 9 year old daughter, oh and she’s also a football expert. Her performance is simply brilliant.
I could go on but you really need to watch the film and get to know every character, especially Petey and Louie Lastik.
- Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone
- Will Patton as Assistant Coach Bill Yoast
- Wood Harris as DE Julius Campbell
- Ryan Hurst as LB Gerry Bertier
- Donald Faison as RB/LB Petey Jones
- Craig Kirkwood as QB Jerry “Rev” Harris
- Ethan Suplee as OL Louie Lastik
- Ryan Gosling as LB Alan Bosley
- Burgess Jenkins as TE Ray Budds
- Kip Pardue as QB Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass
- Hayden Panettiere as Sheryl Yoast,
- Nicole Ari Parker as Carol Boone
- Kate Bosworth as Emma Hoyt
Conclusion: Remember the Titans (2000) Film Review
The film manages to avoid being a cheesy mess. Sure there are a few of those moments but the story is a truly compelling one. The characters provide plenty of comedic moments along the way. If you aren’t into American Football like me there’s still a thoroughly entertaining story to be had.
If you enjoyed my Remember the Titans Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- The Book of Eli (2010)
- Unstoppable (2010)
- The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
- American Gangster (2007)
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
- Constantine (2005)
Conclusion: Remember the Titans Blu-ray Review
Unfortunately this is yet another film yet to receive a UK release. That said the US import version thankfully has no issues with image quality.
If you want to know more about the real story and the film’s then ‘Remember the Titans: An Inspirational Journey Behind The Scenes’ gives further insight along with interviews from the cast. It’s worth a look but not essential viewing.
Overall it’s a decent set of extras especially if you are really interested in the story.
- Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- Remember the Titans: An Inspirational Journey Behind The Scenes (21 mins)
- Denzel Becomes Boone (6 mins)
- Beating The Odds (6 mins)
On to my movie rating for Remember the Titans (2000)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Remember the Titans (2000) is available now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not representative of the Blu-ray version
So that’s my Remember the Titans Blu-ray review. I’m aiming to review at least one Denzel Washington film a week. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Remember the Titans (2000) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Boaz Yakin
Actor(s): Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Craig Kirkwood, Ethan Suplee, Ryan Gosling, Burgess Jenkins, Kip Pardue
Genre: Biographical , Sports , Comedy , Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A story more than football, it’s a story of overcoming racial tensions and friendship
- Compelling Story
- Great Cast
- No UK Blu-ray release