At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
LionsGate - 2014
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, Spanish
Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sami Elliott, Chadwick Boseman, Ellen Burstyn
Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
September 2, 2014
"The greatest victories don't always happen on the field"
It’s NFL Draft Day. A day that can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams forever. After pulling off a blockbuster trade, General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) controls the #1 pick. Up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Leary), Sonny faces the biggest decision of his life as the lines between his personal and professional left become blurred. Should he go with the consensus #1 pick or trust his instincts and risk losing it all?
Set against the backdrop of one of the biggest days in American professional sports Draft Day
is more or less a personal snapshot that explores the life of a guy as he struggles to maintain balance. Both his career and personal life are at a crossroads and if he plays his cards right he just might be able to achieve the level of success in both that has eluded him. The film is clearly designed to appeal to football fans as it aims to be an authentic conveyance that portrays the politics associated with the NFL Draft. However, along with that the screenplay incorporates elements of supporting drama/melodrama that revolve around the interpersonal relationships and professional conflict that can come with it.
doesn’t bring anything new to the genre table but like any good formulaic film it strikes the right chords as you root for the outcome that is clearly coming. Knowing how things will turn out isn’t a problem especially when you like the story’s thematic tone and characters. Much of what makes Draft Day
work is owed to the charismatic everyman quality of Kevin Costner. I am a fan and have been for years. My son commented that he is getting old and while that may be true he hasn’t lost the ability to portray strong likeable characters while sharing solid chemistry with those around him (in this case Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary).
is probably more human drama than dyed in the wool sports movie but its engaging insights into the elements of its subject have an authentic essence that makes it entertaining enough for fans of both. My wife, who isn’t a football fan watched it with us and she enjoyed it as well. ‘Nuff said….
The rating is for brief strong language and sexual references.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
Draft Day comes to Blu-ray Disc from LionsGate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 29 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.
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Draft Day looks excellent on Blu-ray Disc and features glossy high definition video quality that exhibit high level detail, razor sharpness and exquisite definition that brings out lifelike textures captured by the camera’s lens. Dimensional perspective has a near infinite appeal that can be visually stimulating. Close ups are noticeably refined and revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. Colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the remaining spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are rendered with vivid tonality and discerning complexional depiction. Contrast is bold applied without overstatement as it enlivens colors and drives whites with washing away detail. Blacks are rich, gradationally strong and dynamic which makes them pop nicely during sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure in backgrounds. This is a pristine encoding and reference quality presentation that looks great.
The front loaded lossless surround mix features dialogue that is full bodied with defining tonal characteristics and prominent soundstage position. High level detail is readily apparent as subtle sound effects, music and voices were rendered with superior clarity and depth. There is little call for surround activity and extended dynamics however there are a few instances that provide a discernable level of spatial envelopment accompanied be punchy low frequency enhancement.
- (HD) On the clock: The making of Draft Day (2 segments totaling 59 minutes)
- (HD) Welcome to Prime Time – 9 minute featurette
- Filmmaker audio commentary featuring writers Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman
- (HD) 5 deleted scenes totaling 8 minutes
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
- Bonus DVD
- Digital HD Copy
is a paint by the numbers sports drama that strikes all the right chords when you’re in the mood for a bit of rousing entertainment. It comes to Blu-ray from LionsGate Home Entertainment featuring sparkling high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound quality and a decent supplemental package that features cast/crew discussion and a look behind the scenes. I enjoyed Draft Day
and recommend that you toss it in your rental queue and take it for a spin on Blu-ray.
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