Out Now On Australian DVD: UNDEFEATED Will Touch Your Heart

Undefeated won this year's academy award for best documentary, and after just one viewing of this focused, genuine and gripping film it is not hard to see why.

It is out now in Australia on DVD thanks to Madman Entertainment, and has garnered appreciation already on Twitch.

"A sports movie," is what you'll probably think right off the bat, most likely followed by "oh, a sports documentary, no less." And then, if you're like a lot of movie-watchers, you'll quietly put Undefeated back and grab something else -- and you'd be robbing yourself of a frankly fantastic piece of fact-based storytelling.

Documentary-wise, you can't do much better than Steve James' Hoop Dreams (1994, also out through Madman), but somewhere right below that classic are titles like Dogtown, Murderball, and the recently Oscar-nominated Undefeated.


Jason Gorber also adds... If the film was scripted, then it would have checked off every cliche, yet the story unfolds compellingly with the added ring of reality. The highs and lows of the team are felt strongly, the audience drawn to every play and setback for each individual. Driving and emotionally satisfying without ever appearing overtly manipulative or staged, the film is executed with a fine precision and a steady pace.

I was quite fortunate to catch this on DVD after missing it at the Melbourne International Film Festival and could not agree more with my fellow Twitchers. Undefeated is a raw and honest, harrowing and life-affirming tale of hopes and dreams. Consisting of interwoven tales of interesting and complex young men, personal angst, problems and the games throughout the year-long season it is a great statement of humanity and strength. Forget the sport, it is only a vehicle that portrays the beautiful human nature of believing and succeeding and the integral role a coach plays in this no matter what the platform.

Undefeated is out now on DVD in Australia from Madman Entertainment.

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