Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Now Available on DVD -- The Cup (Review)


"It takes more than winning to be a hero in sports history. Gearing up for the Breeders Cup in the fall, Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s The Cup races to DVD and Digital Download October 16.  Brendan Gleeson (Albert Nobbs) and Stephen Curry (Rogue) star in this inspirational true horseracing story about triumph over adversity and a family that overcame incredible odds to win the 2002 Melbourne Cup trophy.  The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of The Cup” and will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98."


"At the heart of this true story is Damien Oliver (Curry), a young jockey who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident just days before the Melbourne Cup. The race fall is a haunting reflection of the way their father died 27 years earlier. After suffering through a series of discouraging defeats, Damien teams with Irish trainer Dermot Weld (Gleeson), and triumphs at the 2002 Melbourne Cup in one of the most thrilling finales in sporting history."

·         “The Making of The Cup” featurette
*Subject to change

Brendan Gleeson                     Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1, Troy, Gangs of New York, In Bruges
Stephen Curry             Rogue, The Nugget, TV’s The King
Daniel MacPherson       TV’s “City Homicide,” TV’s “Wild Boys”
Tom Burlinson             The Man From Snowy River, Flesh+Blood, TV’s “Piece of Cake”
Alice Parkinson                       Sanctum, Where the Wild Things Are, X-Men Origins: Wolverine


My Thoughts:

This is the second sports themed film I have watched this past week.  I shared my review earlier today about Crooked Arrows, which arrived on DVD today, and was about lacrosse.  The Cup, on the other hand, is an inspirational  horseracing story.  It is a true story, that centers around the 2002 Melbourne Cup.  You don't have to be a horseracing fan to be drawn into this movie.  Within the first few minutes, I was hooked and couldn't wait to see if Damien Oliver is able to pull off the impossible and ride to victory.  

I will not ruin the ending for you, so you will have to pick up a copy of this movie to find out for yourself what happens.  Well, that is if you don't follow horseracing and know who won the 2002 Melbourne Cup. Either way, this heartwarming tale will have you rooting for the underdog and hoping that something good can come of Damien Oliver's tragic loss of his brother days before the big race.  I can see families sitting down together and enjoying this movie, and then talking opening about never giving up on your dreams, even if they seem impossible.  This true story will inspire and fill your heart, and leave you feeling good, long after watching the movie.  So, if you are looking for a movie to rent/buy and share with your family this weekend, why not consider The Cup?  You will not be disappointed.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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