Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 English, DD 5.1 Canadian French, DD 5.1 Parisian French, DD 5.1 German, DD 5.1 Italian, DD 5.1 Spanish
Subtitles: Optional English SDH, French, German SDH, Italian, Italian SDH, Castilian Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
Extras: Anything Can Happen; audio commentaries; Full Contact: The Making of Any Given Sunday; Jamie Foxx test footage; deleted/extended scenes with optional audio commentary; Instant Replay of key football scenes; still photos galleries; music videos; theatrical trailer
Released: 9 September 2014
I first watched Any Given Sunday many years ago. I remember hating the movie because it was loud, bloated, unfocused, cut too fast, and nausea-inducing due to extreme camera moves. After rewatching it for this review, I still think that the movie is loud, bloated, unfocused, cut too fast, and nausea-inducing due to extreme camera moves. Yet, I no longer hate it.
This is not to say that I like it. Like so many of Oliver Stone's other movies, this one tries too hard to do too much. The director is essentially trying to make a “BIG STATEMENT” about life as seen through professional football's prism. I respect Stone's ambitions and the wide-ranging coverage that he devotes to this sport/business, even if I'm left indifferent to the final product.
The movie begins with a football team losing its starting quarterback and its back-up quarterback within the span of a few minutes. The third-string QB (Jamie Foxx) is talented but unprepared. The frazzled coach (Al Pacino) has to figure out how to control a QB with a chip on his shoulder while fending off the team's General Manager (Cameron Diaz), who makes decisions based almost entirely on money rather than on what's right for everyone.
The huge cast is the movie's greatest draw. In addition to Pacino, Foxx, and Diaz, you also get James Woods, LL Cool J, Matthew Modine, Aaron Eckhart, Ann-Margret, Dennis Quaid, Lauren Holly, Lela Rochon, and Elizabeth Berkley. Charlton Heston shows up twice, first as Ben-Hur and then as the football commissioner. Some of them have never been better elsewhere. This is especially true of Cameron Diaz – not because she plays a mean person but because this is a substantive role.
(For the Director's Cut, Stone removed about twelve minutes from the theatrical version but added back six minutes of alternate footage.)
The movie is presented in 2.40:1 1080p. It was first released on Blu-ray in 2009, and it's obvious that this is an old video master. Detail is generally high, though the picture has many problems. There is obvious print damage. Colors are inconsistent. Second-unit shots are frequently out of focus or are smothered with swarming mosquitos (probably grain that was not kept under control). Also, a surprising number of people have very yellow teeth.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 English track is thunderous and overwhelming. Voices emanating from multiple directions mimic the chaos of the playing field and wild parties. The subwoofer thumps with authority.
In addition to porting the Extras from previous Blu-ray and DVD versions, Warner included a new thirty-minute featurette called “Anything Can Happen”. This is basically a retrospective appraisal of how people who played football and wrote books about it view the movie since its initial release.
Next up are two audio commentaries, one by Oliver Stone and the other by Jamie Foxx. “Full Contact: The Making of Any Given Sunday” is a promo piece with some decent behind-the-scenes footage. Jamie Foxx was once a risky bet as a “dramatic” actor, so he had to audition for his role in this movie. The disc includes three clips with him demonstrating that he could deliver a “serious” performance.
There are several deleted/extended scenes with optional audio commentary by Stone.
“Instant Replay” helps you jump to key football scenes, though you could easily do this with the normal chapter stops.
There are two still photos galleries with an exhaustive amount of pictures. There are three music videos, one featuring LL Cool J and two featuring Jamie Foxx. Finally, you also get the theatrical trailer.
--Miscellaneous--This release includes the Original Theatrical Version on DVD. The only audio track is DD 5.1 English. Subtitle options include English SDH, French, and Spanish.