In 1962, integrated basketball teams in the South were unheard of, and a mainly all-black team making it to the NCAA Championship game four years later was, well, even more unheard of. But that is exactly what Don Haskins (Lucas) did as head coach at Texas Western University. Unable to recruit the best high-school players, he hits the streets, and, city by city, finds untapped and untrained talent, and takes these men on the Glory Road to a history-making season. Based on a true story. (Jack Kelley)
Special features include two audio commentaries: the first with Director James Gartner and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the second with Writers Chris Cleveland and Bettina Gilois, the four-minute "Surviving Practice" featurette and up-front ads.
The H.264 AVC (MPEG-4) encoded 2.38:1 Blu-ray Disc picture looks almost monochromatic with its stylized imagery and "hot" color palette. Heavy film grain is apparent throughout, and source element artifacts can be distracting at times. Detail can be impressive, but there are times when it is sorely lacking, especially wide shots. (Danny Richelieu)
The 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack is much more impressive than the lossy Dolby® Digital encoding that is also included on the disc. Fidelity and dynamic range are greatly improved, but the improved fidelity actually shows the deficiencies in the mix, as phantom imaging between loudspeaker pairs is not up to par. (Danny Richelieu)