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Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
“Plebe Year: The Story of Annapolis” featurette
“The Brigades” – An in-depth look at the boxing sequences, including training, choreography and camera techniques
“Filled with intense action, Annapolis is an inspirational tale of courage and honor that will keep you riveted. As hard as it is to get into the most elite military academy in the country, surviving behind its walls is beyond belief. Young Jake Huard (James Franco) has always known he has what it takes to make the grade. But once inside, everything Jake thought he knew is challenged in ways he never could have imagined. Standing between him and his lifelong ambition of becoming an officer in the U.S. Navy is his company commander — Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson), a relentless and merciless battle-seasoned Marine. Thrilling and exhilarating, Annapolis reaffirms the power of believing in your dreams.”
Annapolis is rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, and language.
Which is strange when it turns out “Annapolis” is a sports film, and mediocre one at that – hitting all the sports film standards – as Jake spends a fair portion of the film training for the inter-brigade boxing tournament as a means of asserting his self-worth.
There are the usual tropes about perseverance and buried deep within are some insights into what it takes to be a good officer, and the responsibility of the instructors to be as hard as possible to weed out potential bad officers. But “Annapolis” doesn’t bother to do much more than trot the ideas out, never mind developing them, before it returns to being a fairly unoriginal and uninspired sports film which could still have been salvaged with charismatic actors or witty dialogue, but unfortunately has neither.
“Annapolis” has the seeds of a good, if derivative, film in it, but gives that up in favor of being a mediocre boxing film.
Also included is your standard ‘making of’ featurette entitled “Plebe Year: The Story of Annapolis”. They discuss the script, the casting, the direction, and other such standard info. The bonus features are rounded out with “The Brigades”, a closer look at the boxing sequences including training, choreography and camera techniques.
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