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DVD Report – March 15th

The two best films this week on DVD deal with sports of the extreme variety. Boxing drama The Fighter gobbled up both supporting actor awards at the Oscars this year, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Less well known is the mountain climbing documentary The Wildest Dream about George Mallory’s ill-fated 1924 ascent to the top of Mount Everest. Interweaving a present day expedition to the site with Mallory’s biography, read by Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson, this film got strong marks from the few users of Criticker who’ve seen it.

The FighterAverage Tier 6.96
A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. The Fighter @ Amazon

HereafterAverage Tier 4.88
Clint Eastwood directs this supernatural thriller about three very different people and their responses to death, including a hesitant American psychic named George (Matt Damon) who may be able to help the others find answers and peace. Marie (Cecile De France) is a French journalist caught up in the aftereffects of the devastating 2004 tsunami, while in London, young Marcus (Frankie McLaren) seeks to contact his deceased twin brother. Hereafter @ Amazon

The SwitchAverage Tier 4.22
Still single and increasingly attuned to the cacophony of her biological clock, 40-something Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) decides that if she can’t find a mate she’ll still pursue motherhood with the help of a sperm sample that’s not quite as anonymous as she thinks. As the baby grows up, Kassie’s best friend, Wally (Jason Bateman), agonizes over whether to reveal that he secretly replaced the donor sample with his own DNA. The Switch @ Amazon

A Shine of RainbowsAverage Tier 4.29
A lonely orphan’s life is transformed by an extraordinary woman who teaches him to conquer grief and discover the magic in nature and himself. A Shine of Rainbows @ Amazon

The Wildest DreamAverage Tier 6.75
Could Mallory have succeeded in reaching the summit before he and fellow climber Andrew Sandy Irvine disappeared in 1924? In the quest for answers, Conrad Anker finally returns to Everest in 2007 with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding, replicating as closely as possible Mallorys ill-fated expedition. The men retrace the North East Ridge Route, even removing the ladder from the infamous Second Step to free climb this dangerous 90-foot sheer rock wall as Mallory did 83 years ago. The Wildest Dream @ Amazon

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