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Sunset Park

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Steve Gomer's basketball film Sunset Park comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the movie. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This would be a solid disc if it contained a widescreen transfer, but as it is, Sunset Park should be enjoyed by anyone who does ...
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Overview

Steve Gomer's basketball film Sunset Park comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the movie. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is impressively rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This would be a solid disc if it contained a widescreen transfer, but as it is, Sunset Park should be enjoyed by anyone who does not mind the pan-and-scan image.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio and video; Remastered in high definition; Full-screen presentation; Audio: English 5.1; Subtitles: English, French; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus
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Editorial Reviews

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The point of these "rookie coach saves fledgling team" movies is that this particular coach is an odd match with these particular players. That's the primary (only?) hook that makes a story like Sunset Park worth re-telling, yet again. But Rhea Perlman? It takes a little getting used to. Still, it makes more sense that the former Carla Tortelli would be matching attitude with inner-city basketball players than the other endeavor her character envisions: opening a restaurant in St. Croix. It's even less likely that her coaching money would supply just enough of a financial boost to enable this dream, or that she'd even be hired in the first place, without a clue how to coach basketball. Starting off on such a wrong foot, Sunset Park takes awhile to get going. But it does eventually round itself into a perfectly competent inspirational sports movie. The problem is, the cinematic landscape is littered with perfectly competent inspirational sports movies, and a movie can't be called good simply for adhering to a reliable formula and avoiding any serious gaffes. Perlman falls into this same "perfectly competent" category, and at this stage of her career, owes her involvement to her husband, Danny DeVito, who serves as a producer on the movie. Better than Perlman are a couple of her players, particularly Fredro Starr as Shorty, a pint-sized talker who's trying to get a girlfriend. One senses a couple others actors might have stood out, such as a young Terrence Howard, if the script considered their stories worth telling. As for the basketball itself, the choreography is pretty lazy, as 95% of the points seem to be scored on easy layups. Just one of the many reasons Sunset Park disappears into total sports cliché anonymity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • UPC: 043396066786
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,519

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rhea Perlman Phyllis Saroka
Fredro Starr Shorty
Carol Kane Mona
Terrence Howard Spaceman
Camille Saviola Barbara
De'Aundre Bonds Busy-Bee
Anthony C. Hall Andre
Shawn Michael Howard Kurt
Talent Harris
Technical Credits
Steve Gomer Director
David Ian Benezra Consultant/advisor
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
Cara Buonincontri Co-producer
Elizabeth Cantillon Executive Producer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Danny DeVito Producer
Kay Gee Songwriter
Miles Goodman Score Composer, Songwriter
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Mary Kane Co-producer
Tony Lee Casting
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Lee Mayman Art Director
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson Screenwriter
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Dan Paulson Producer
Carol Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrea Reed Casting
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Screenwriter
Michael Shamberg Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:51]
2. New Coach [2:18]
3. Robbed? [2:06]
4. Watching Practice [3:21]
5. Washington Heights Vs. Sunset Park [3:18]
6. Lost Respect [1:58]
7. Shorty Calls the Shots [2:17]
8. Embarrassed but Truthful [2:39]
9. On & off the Bus [2:52]
10. Morningside Vs. Sunset Park [6:06]
11. Homework Assignment [2:02]
12. "Busy Got Shot" [4:55]
13. Dealing With Mr. Bernstein [1:07]
14. Training [1:23]
15. Locker Rap & Quotes [2:00]
16. Butter [1:48]
17. Shorty's Letter [4:03]
18. Her Way or the Highway [5:30]
19. "What's It Like to Be White?" [7:02]
20. Rikers Island [1:13]
21. Before Judge Mayer [2:38]
22. Pep Talk [1:18]
23. The Brooklyn Championship Game [2:43]
24. No Longer on the Team [5:03]
25. Truth Between Friends [4:05]
26. Forgiven [1:46]
27. The City Championship Game [7:16]
28. "I Hate to Lose" [8:44]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Subtitles Off
   Trailers
      Sunset Park
      Higher Learning
      Race the Sun
   Scene Selections
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