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McFarland USA (DVD): Review

The Film

Presented by Disney Pictures, McFarland USA tells the true story of a cross country coach, Jim White, from a small town in California, that takes a group of school kids and forms a cross country team.

As Coach White and the kids learn, and grown, both physically and emotionally, so the team goes from strength to strength, leading to them becoming contenders for the championship.

McFarland USA is one of those gems that will leave you pondering your own self, what is a priority to you, and what everything in your life means to you. It shows us that no matter who you are, and what hand you are dealt in life, you can find a way to pull yourself out of any negative situation, finding something to level the playing fields, leading to a victory.

This is definitely a feel good movie, and a nod to all those who have worked hard to better themselves, and to all those who have sacrificed something to help others.

A compelling story, well told, and completely engrossing. McFarland USA is sure to be loved by a wide rang of viewers, and while not preaching to the audience, it does indeed contain a lesson for all.

Disc And Bonus Features

As most DVD’s these days, the disc is encoded at a high bitrate. This gives the option to scale up to a larger screen, or even to a higher resolution, should hardware or software allow. There are no visible artefacts on screen either. The soundtrack is presented in a 5.1 mix, but the nature of the story content does not lend itself to use of the surround channels.

The extra features include a music video “Juntos” and a short video clip with some of the cast and crew explaining the desire to create a film based on the story of the McFarland team.

McFarland USA is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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