Any Given Sunday

Any Given Sunday

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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid

     
 

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Warner Brothers' presentation of Any Given Sunday is billed as a Special Edition Director's Cut and contains a handful of additional pieces of footage not seen theatrically. Visually, the film is very well presented. The colors are exceptionally bright, if a bit too red. This could have been the intention of director Oliver Stone, however, and not a fault of

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Warner Brothers' presentation of Any Given Sunday is billed as a Special Edition Director's Cut and contains a handful of additional pieces of footage not seen theatrically. Visually, the film is very well presented. The colors are exceptionally bright, if a bit too red. This could have been the intention of director Oliver Stone, however, and not a fault of the transfer. The video is shown in an anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The details, especially in anamorphic mode, are extremely crisp. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is light on surround usage but full of pulse-pounding bass; each hit and tackle is rendered thunderous. Several special features are included: a documentary on the making of the film, an L.L. Cool J music video, trailer, and biographies. Unfortunately, there is no commentary. Any Given Sunday is also enhanced for DVD-ROMs with web events, chat-room access, Web-site links, reviews, and more. Although the extras are large in number, their quality is limited. As with any feature by a renowned director, some type of commentary would have been welcome. The trailer and bios are one-time views, if that, and the DVD-ROM features are hardly compelling. This DVD, however, is all about the presentation of the film. In this area it succeeds wonderfully. With added scenes, an incredible video transfer, and heavy-hitting sound, there is enough here for both fans of the film and newcomers to Stone's football opus.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Football, arguably the most spectacle-oriented of sports, is given the highly stylized, seedy-underside presidential treatment by Oliver Stone in Any Given Sunday, a lengthy, star-studded drama with the most graphic gridiron sequences ever lensed. This is the anti-Brian's Song -- as certain to make you cringe as James Caan and Billy Dee Williams make you cry. As depicted by Stone, the average football game becomes a clash of titans, an epic undertaking of Homeric scope. His players achieve almost mythic proportions, crunching bones and straining sinews in slow motion as an angry sky hurls lightning down at them. Off the field, they become mere mortals with very real faults and frailties. Not unexpectedly, top-billed Al Pacino dominates this three-hour spectacle with his portrayal of the weary, cynical coach of the fictitious Miami Sharks, desperate for one more championship. Very unexpectedly, though, Jamie Foxx, previously a minor sitcom star, is quite convincing (albeit undersized) as the Sharks' upstart quarterback who goes from third string to superstar in a matter of minutes. Those two receive admirable support from Cameron Diaz as the team's ruthless co-owner, Dennis Quaid as the aging, injury-prone quarterback, and especially James Woods as the unethical team doctor. This is another in the string of smarmy, detestable roles that Woods has perfected for Stone movies (including Salvador and Nixon). Despite frequent lapses into over-the-top melodrama, Any Given Sunday is an unusually brutal examination of pro football and its tawdry ties to the media and big business. And as such, it makes for a much more explosive outing than your typical Sunday afternoon at the stadium.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
UPC:
0085391794523
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:36:00
Sales rank:
74,914

Special Features

Director's and cast commentary; deleted/extended scenes with optional director's commentary; DVD-ROM; biographies; filmographies; production stills and ad materials; three music videos featuring Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J.; trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Tony D'Amato
Cameron Diaz Christina Pagniacci
Dennis Quaid Jack "Cap" Rooney
James Woods Dr. Harvey Mandrake
Jamie Foxx Willie Beamen
LL Cool J Julian "J Man" Washington
Matthew Modine Dr. Allie Powers
Jim Brown Montezuma Monroe
Charlton Heston The Commissioner
Ann-Margret Margaret Pagniacci
Aaron Eckhart Nick Crozier
John C. McGinley Jack Rose
Lauren Holly Cindy Rooney
Lela Rochon Vanessa Struthers
Lawrence Taylor Luther "Shark" Lavay
Bill Bellamy Jimmy Sanderson
James Karen Ed Phillips
Gianni Russo Joe Polito
Elizabeth Berkley Mandy Murphy
Andrew Bryniarski Patrick "Madman" Kelly
Duane Martin Actor
Clifton Davis Mayor Tyrone Smalls
John Daniel Actor
Patrick J. O'Hara Actor
Jerry A. Sharp Actor
Marty Wright Actor
Sean Stone Fan
Dick Butkus Coach
Tony Gonzalez Actor

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jeff Adams Set Decoration/Design
Bill Brown Score Composer
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Donner Executive Producer
Richard Fojo Set Decoration/Design
Stephanie Girard Set Decoration/Design
Dan Halsted Producer
Eric Hamburg Co-producer
Derek R. Hill Art Director
Billy Hopkins Casting
Richard Horowitz Score Composer
Camara Kambon Score Composer
Paul Kelly Score Composer
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Jonathan Krauss Co-producer
Stuart Levy Editor
John Logan Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Mees Editor
Thomas J. Nordberg Editor
George Parra Asst. Director
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Daniel Pyne Original Story
Ronald R. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Robbie Robertson Score Composer
Richard Rutowski Co-producer
Keith Salmon Editor
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Salvatore Totino Cinematographer
Clayton Townsend Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Stuart Waks Editor
Ford Wheeler Set Decoration/Design
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1-- ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
0. Scene Selections
1. There goes history (Game 1). [:46]
2. Two in a row. [1:15]
3. Mystery man. [2:23]
4. Hurting men. [1:17]
5. Half-time speech. [1:16]
6. Go to the Buick. [3:05]
7. Turning up the volume. [1:48]
8. Post-Game 1. [2:24]
9. Hospital visit. [2:23]
10. Bar talk. [1:05]
11. Matters of economics. [:13]
12. Off the playbook (Game 2). [2:36]
13. That is football (My Niggas)! [2:21]
14. Benefit party. [2:13]
15. Getting and going along (Cheek to Cheek). [:05]
16. Lovers quarrel. [2:58]
17. Airplane to L.A. [1:17]
18. Game 3. [1:55]
19. Steamin' Beamen (Revolution). [4:47]
20. Post-Game 3. [2:03]
21. New blood (Como Ves, My Name Is Willie). [:42]
22. One can, the other can't. [:08]
23. Media star. [1:08]
24. Lunchtime argument. [:44]
25. Sharks party. [:47]
26. Stormy weather (Game 4). [1:08]
27. Back to basics. [:32]
28. Dreams of warriors. [3:30]
29. Steamroom. [3:03]
30. Cap's decision. [1:40]
31. Willie finds Vanessa. [1:51]
32. In charge. [2:34]
33. Pantheon rings (I Can't Face the Music). [1:11]
34. Reluctant tasks. [:08]
35. Inches speech. [:01]
36. Cap's game (Blue on Blue). [:54]
37. The commissioner. [:03]
38. Half-time. [2:49]
39. Visual damage. [3:23]
40. Willie's game. [:23]
41. 4th And 1. [1:03]
42. Christina and Margaret reconnect. [:00]
43. Willie and the team. [1:42]
44. Final play. [:02]
45. Together. [3:11]
46. Tony's plans. [3:27]
47. End Credits (Any Given Sunday, Bended Knee). [2:39]

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Any Given Sunday 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a unique, albeit unrealistic, look into the world of football. Al Pacino's acting is the star of the film. His locker room speech near the end of the film is a highlight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got motion sickness from the camera shots bouncing around. I didn't care about any of the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Master director Oliver Stone crafted this look at pro football as an assault on the senses, and you'll get every tackle, pass and torn ligament in full-on glory with this astonishing DVD. Stone's brilliant ensemble cast captures the triais and tribulations of the Miami Sharks, a team beset by unnecessary roughness on and off the field.
Tor7204 More than 1 year ago
Great movie! Helps get you ready for football season. Any football fan will love it and its fun to compare the movie characters to different real players.
LOVEZ2LAUGH More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this One ! If you're a Pacino fan, don't miss this. Also good entertainment for sports fans. I learned some things 'bout football :) I usually watch basketball :) Great Visuals on the field, seemed very authentic on and off. I'm very happy with my purchase ~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago