Admirable Trend in DVDs
Twenty-five years after its release, Raging Bull was reissued as a two-disc DVD set that includes a side-by-side comparison of Jake LaMotta and Robert DeNiro (right) in the ring showing just how uncanny DeNiro's portrayal of the champ was. And just shy of its 20th birthday, Hoosiers was also given the two-disc treatment. Among the extras: the 1954 Indiana title game between powerful Muncie and upstart Milan, which served as the inspiration for the fictional Hickory High.
Annoying Trend in Movies
HOLLYWOOD'S DEARTH OF ORIGINAL IDEAS.
Of the top seven grossing sports movies, six were either remakes or based on true stories. The nadir was Lords of Dogtown, which told the story of skateboarding pioneer Stacy Peralta and his pals--the exact same story the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys told much more engagingly only four years ago.
Welcome News for Completists (and/or Fans of Men Hitting Each Other with Chairs)
Why settle for mere highlights when there are UNABRIDGED COLLECTIONS to be had? Red Sox fans can watch every out from the 2004 ALCS and World Series on 12 discs. If you've got a long weekend to kill, and your brain has already expired, you can check out the 21-disc, 69-hour WWE Wrestlemania: the Complete Anthology 1985--2005, featuring all 21 wrestling extravaganzas. And while Magnificent 7 doesn't give you the full 21-day Tour de France, its 12 hours of coverage certainly feels exhaustive.
Maddeningly Missed Gimme
THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED took the tale of underdog Francis Ouimet's upset win over Harry Vardon in the 1913 U.S. Open and turned it into a clumsy movie that repeatedly made the less-than-startling point that country clubbers don't cotton to blue-collar outsiders invading their hallowed links. In other words, Caddyshack without the comedy.
Impressive Performance by an ex-Commissioner's Kid
PAUL GIAMATTI, son of A. Bartlett Giamatti, got no love from Oscar voters last year for his sadly funny portrayal of a lonely-guy wine snob in Sideways. (He didn't even get nominated.) They'll have a hard time overlooking Giamatti (right, with Russell Crowe) again after his turn as Jim Braddock's dedicated manager, Joe Gould, in Cinderella Man.