Release Date: 5/18/2004 Original Release: 2004 Format: DVD Length: 130 minutes Rating:PG (MPAA) Rating Reason: language and some rough sports action UPC: 786936231939 Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
From Walt Disney Pictures comes MIRACLE, an inspiring family drama that combines hockey and history in retelling the story of one of sports' all-time greatest upsets. In 1980, amidst the tense political climate of the Cold War, Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) took over as coach of the U.S. Olympic hockey team. With the help of affable assistant coach Craig Patrick (Noah Emmerich), Brooks selected a group of twenty amateur hockey players who faced the daunting task of bringing respectability to their country's floundering program. While Brooks was well aware that his team lacked the talent and experience of the team from Russia, he nonetheless devoted his energy to realizing his lifelong dream: to coach a team to Olympic gold.
Stepping into the gaudy wardrobe of the legendary Brooks (who was a consultant on the film and died in an automobile accident just after production wrapped), Russell delivers one of his finest performances to date. Surrounded by a cast of unknown young actors, Russell captures the complexities of a man who dared to dream the impossible dream. Director Gavin O'Connor and screenwriter Eric Guggenheim deftly balance the drama of the game itself with the larger political implications the game inspired, celebrating this truly miraculous moment in time.
2-Disc Set Region 1 Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English THX-Certified, including THX Optimizer Disc 1: Additional Release Material: Featurette: "The Making of MIRACLE" Audio Commentary: Gavin O'Connor - Director, John Gilroy - Editor, and Daniel Stoloff - Director of Photography Feature Disc 2: Additional Release Material: Featurette: 1. "First Impressions: Herb Brooks with Kurt Russell and the Filmmakers" 2. "From Hockey to Hollywood: The Actors' Journey" 3. "The Sound of MIRACLE" 4. MIRACLE ESPN Roundtable 5. Outtakes