Special features include an 11-minute featurette titled "Plebe Year: The Story Of Annapolis"; a 10-minute look behind the boxing scenes; seven deleted scenes with optional commentary by Director Lin, Writer Collard, and Editor Raskin; and, of course, the option to view the film with Lin, Collard, and Raskin.
In this often-told story, Jake Huard (Franco), a persistent young man from a blue-collar family, defies all odds and becomes a plebe at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. There he is pushed to the limit, both physically and mentailly, and it is Lt. Cole (Gibson) who pushes him close to his breaking point. But fight back he does
With a warm, well-balanced color palette, the anamorphically enhanced DVD picture exhibits pleasing image quality. Sharpness and fine details are also nicely rendered, with nicely balanced contrast and shadow delineation. Occasional smearing is evident at times. There is little in the way of bothersome pixelization, and no obtrusive edge enhancement is noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)
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