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Audio Commentary with Vince Papale, Producer Mark Ciardi and Writer Brad Gann
Audio Commentary with Director Ericson Core and Editor Jerry Greenberg
“‘Invincible’ is the inspiring true story of Vince Papale, an ordinary guy who, against extraordinary odds, gets a one-in-a-gazillion shot at living every sports fan’s wildest fantasy. Like the city he lives in and his beloved hometown NFL team, the down-an-out Vince (Mark Wahlberg, ‘The Italian Job’) has seen better days. But then the Philadelphia Eagles’ new coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’) calls an unprecedented open tryout, and the 30-year-old bartender who never played college ball makes the cut. Now Vince needs every bit of his gritty, never-say-die attitude and enormous heart to survive in the high-stakes world of professional football. Heartfelt and triumphant, and filled with body-slamming NFL football action, ‘Invincible’ will have you on your feet cheering for the scrappy underdog who helped his team rediscover its winning spirits, and in the process rallied a city when it needed it most.”
“Invincible” is rated PG for sports action and some mild language.
Mark Wahlberg stars as NFL legend Vince Papale. To be honest. I didn’t know much of anything about the guy, but Wahlberg makes him an interesting character. He’s tough, enthusiastic, quiet, and he bears every force working against him. Elizabeth Banks is also great as Janet Cantrell. I particularly loved how she was a Giants fan while Papale was an Eagle. Even when he’s playing in his biggest game, she roots for the Giants. Greg Kinnear also stands out as Coach Dick Vermeil. You get a real sense of his neck being on the line as he gives Papale chance after chance.
If you enjoy football or sports movies, you’re going to love “Invincible.”
The bonus features on this DVD are light, but they are good. There’s a documentary on Vince Papale called “Becoming Invincible”. It recaps his career, shows vintage footage, and talks about how the movie came to be. There are also a couple of commentaries, one of which includes Papale himself. You’ll definitely want to check this out if you enjoyed the film.