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on 31 January 2009
Version: AUSTRALIA / BVHE-Miramax / Region A, B, C
VC-1 BD-50 / AACS / Advanced Profile 3
Running time: 2:24:14
Movie size: 39,48 GB
Disc size: 45,20 GB
Total bit rate: 36.50 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 24.53 Mbps

LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit
DTS Audio French 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Subtitles: English / English SDH / Danish / Dutch / Finnish / French / Icelandic / Norwegian / Spanish / Swedish

Number of chapters: 20

#Deleted Scenes (22 min)
#Extra Deleted Scenes (15 min)
#Ringside Seats (9 min)
#The Fight Card: Cinderella Man (23 min)
#Jim Braddock: The Friends And Family Behind The Legend (11 min)
#Pre-Fight Preparation (17 min)
#Movie Showcase
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on 30 May 2016
Cinderella Man is a great boxing movie with Rusell Crowe portraying James Bradock life story. He does a great job I have to say. Only big flaw in the movie is the portayal of Max Baer. They show him as a terrible person, a ruthless boxer but the reality is totaly different. Yes Max Baer killed fighters in the ring but not because he did it intentionally but because it happened and he fell bad for all of them.Max Baer was very admired and a great person according to all of those who knew him. Blu Ray picture quality is really good.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 November 2011
"In all the history of the boxing game you find no human interest story to compare with the life narrative of J J. Braddock".

- Damon Runyan.

Rags to riches films are notoriously divisive amongst critics and fans alike, often tagged derogative wise as Awards Baiters, one could be forgiven for thinking that uplifting pictures have no place in cinema society. On the surface, Cinderella Man was always going to struggle to totally capture the movie loving world. It's directed by Ron Howard, who seems to forever be charged with the crime of lacing his puddings with too much sugar, and it's written by the person who brought us Batman & Robin! So not a good start there for many. Add into the equation that Russell Crowe stars as Braddock, at a time when Crowe was gaining unfavourable press for anger issues and a love of poetry: And also that it's yet another boxing movie, this film was disliked before it had even been released. Which is a mighty shame as the finished product is a triumph of acting and story telling nous, in fact inspiring probably isn't the word to do it total justice.

Much like with Apollo 13, Howard has managed to grab a story with a known ending and mold it into a heavyweight champion of a picture. Set as it is in the Great Depression, the amount of sentiment and heart tugging is naturally very high, but what would you have Howard do? Forgo the feeling of the time and Braddock's real life situation? Perhaps in favour of filler scenes that have no actual worth? Cinderella Man has no agenda other than to tell this incredible story of a good honest family man struggling to make ends meet. With a heart of a lion and a chin quarried from granite, Braddock {brilliantly realised by the irrepressible Crowe} went from top to bottom and rose like a phoenix to defy the odds and stun the boxing world at a time when morale was particularly low for many. This is no Rocky Balboa bunting strewn fanfare picture, this is a real story, from a real period, expertly told by all involved.

This is not to say that Cinderella Man is a perfect piece, it most definitely isn't. My personal complaint rests with not fully fleshing out the friendship between Braddock and Mike Wilson, with the almost unforgivable crime of underusing the talent of Paddy Considine {Wilson} entered on to the charge sheet. Craig Bierko as the murderously ruthless champion boxer, Max Baer, has obviously studied the character, getting the movements of the champ down pat, but he just never fully convinces as a real life boxer of note, something that Crowe most assuredly manages to do. But they are minor quibbles to me, and offset by the wonderful Paul Giamatti as Braddock's trainer Joe Gould, every sequence featuring just him and Crowe are real cinema high points; an acting tour de force from two very talented men. A special mention has to go to Renee Zellweger, who as Braddock's devoted wife, gets arguably the toughest role in the picture, that she leaves a firm and emotionally enlightening impression is with much credit to the pretty and undervalued Texan.

Rags to riches films are here to serve a purpose, they exist and will continue to be made because the world sometimes needs reminders that love, hope and respect can reign supreme, especially in trying and troubled times. Cinema is actually a form of medicine, especially when grounded in facts. Is it right to deny yourself a tonic when the need arises? Of course not, thankfully those involved with Cinderella Man knew exactly what to prescribe for the story of J J. Braddock. 9/10
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on 24 November 2016
My heart was firmly lodged in my throat for the last hour and a half of The Cinderella Man. Nobody does true-story heroism like Ron Howard, and few can do heroes like Russell Crowe. Though Howard fictionalizes his subjects, and does not pretend to make documentaries, he does accurately depict the feeling and the major points of his subjects.

Jim Braddock was a depression-era boxer who everybody thought was down for the count. Though there is a lot of boxing in this film, this is not a boxing movie, but rather his story and the story of the family that inspired him to fight back against prejudice and hopelessness, to rise to heights that would inspire a nation. Braddock is portrayed in a moving and powerful manner, with remarkable performances all around, one of the best scripts I can remember in recent years, and occasionally brutal action.
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on 4 October 2011
The actors in this film do a great job. Both Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger have an impressive acting and the story is interesting. A story of fighting against destiny, fighting for what they think they deserve "don't give up". It is a very encouraging film.
Audio: English, French, Spanish
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 October 2007
Initially we didn't bother to see Cinderella Man at the cinema because we're not overly fond of boxing movies. Then I later read a couple of reviews which suggested that Russell Crowe's performance was top notch. He's one of my favourite actors, so we gave it a crack.

And I'm really pleased that we did. Yes, Cinderella Man IS a boxing movie. It's full of hard, sweaty men beating the living bejaysus out of each other at a time when deaths in the boxing ring were a real risk of the sport.

However, it's also a lot more than 'just' a boxing movie. It's the story of the economic collapse of the Great Depression in the 1930s, and how it ripped the heart out of American society. The lead character, an up and coming boxer who loses all his financial security in the crash, and then loses his boxing career to boot, demonstrates exactly how the Depression affected the average American. He went from a comfortable life in suburbia to desperate straits, standing in soup kitchen lines. The family came close to losing everything; no food, no warmth, and with the parents unable to feed their children. This part of the film is chilling -- and it explains why America clings so tightly to its economic prosperity. The spectre of such a financial disaster occuring again must be a scary one.

So you've got the main plot of 'under-dog fighter comes back from nowhere' and a fascinating snapshot of American history running in the background. Director Ron Howard combines the two so that you're compelled by the personal story and educted about the historical background without even noticing. Smart man.
(In the Special Features he shows how some of his favourite scenes had to be snipped to keep the film's pacing on the right footing).

And yes, my reason for watching was Russell Crowe and he does indeed give a stand-out performance. The Special Features show footage from the actual fights of the 1930s and Crowe has captured the body posture of his character to a tee. It was spooky looking at the old fight -- for a moment it appeared to be Crowe, hunched over and slugging away...

In case I've made this sound way too worthy, don't worry. It IS a boxing film. The fight scenes had us on the edge of the sofa, yelping and wincing and shouting. And we don't even like boxing movies!
What Ron Howard has done is to combine his skill at capturing revealing moments in American history (and showing them from a personal viewpoint) with Crowe's ability to seize the audience's attention and hold it for two hours or more without blinking.

So, if you liked Raging Bull then you should enjoy this. If you enjoyed A Perfect Mind or Apollo 13 then you should enjoy this. If you're looking for another Rocky movie, then you're probably better off with Stallone...
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on 22 August 2007
I know what you are thinking, "Another movie about boxing?". But believe me when I tell you that this film is much more than just that. This is a story about fighting against the odds, even when you are down on your luck and it seems that there is nowhere to go. The real story of Jim Braddock shows us how this boxer could bring hope to thousands, who were ready to give up at the time of the Great Depression. And in the process, we get to know a little more about the man, his family and friends, and what it meant to live through the toughest economic crises the United States has ever experienced.

Jim Braddock had everything going for him. It was the year 1928 and he was winning fights and becoming a serious contender for the light heavyweight championship. He had a beautiful wife, three kids, a nice house, and an agent / friend who supported him through every step. What more could he ask for? But then everything came tumbling down. He lost an important fight, suffered a series of injuries, and the market crashed, leaving him penniless. In 1933, we find him living in a one room apartment with his wife and kids, not able to pay the bills and begging for work at the docks, along with many others. He is still trying to make some money fighting, but when he breaks his hand and as a result disappoints the organizer of the bout, his license is revoked.

When the situation becomes untenable, Jim has to swallow his pride and accept welfare. But that is not enough, so he has to go and beg to his old friends. And then, when he least expects it, opportunity knocks. The opponent of the number two contender for the title withdrew at the last moment and the organizers need a "punching bag" because the show must go on. Even though Jimmy has not trained in a while, he gladly accepts, and tired and hungry shows up for the fight. The rest...is history!

I had some knowledge about the career of this boxer, but I had no information about his life. This movie provides a great look at the human being beyond the athlete. And what a great guy we find! Someone who has a iron will, who will do anything for his family as long as it is moral, and who provides a great example of what a father should be like. Russell Crowe becomes Jim Braddock, and does so in such a convincing way that it is almost uncanny. I am amazed by how much effort this actor puts into altering his physique to fit the character he is playing. He lost a pretty significant amount of weight to look like a fit boxer, and he even looks younger as a result.

Rennee Zellweger plays the role of Jim's wife, and she does so with passion and commitment. Also, the actor that delighted us in "Sideways", Paul Giamatti, delivers a praiseworthy performance, even though he has a secondary role. His calm demeanor in this movie is almost funny to watch. Besides the great acting and the wonderful story of Braddock's life, the film counts with excellent settings and costumes that help reenact the period perfectly.

This movie has taken the spot of my favorite drama with a sport's theme, and I cannot recommend it high enough!
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on 3 November 2014
Cinderella Man is the story of James Braddock, played by Russell Crowe, a heavyweight boxer from the early 1930s who wins the Word Heavyweight Championship in 1935 against all odds. Was a great boxer but was forced into retirement following what his promoters saw as ‘boring’ performances from him. With the onset of the great depression Braddock suddenly finds that all his wealth that he had invested disappears leaving him struggling to feed his family, and even his children resorting to stealing meat and then being taken away to live with his wife’s sister.

Despite his earlier requests for fights, he is presented with an unexpected opportunity to fight at Madison Square Garden following an injury to another boxer, he grabs this with both hands, spurred on by the thoughts of his starving family, wins the fight and finds himself as the number 1 challenger for the Heavyweight title. He wins this fight too against even steeper odds versus a formidable fighter who has even killed previous opponents in fights.

The film is set in 1930s New York and is a solid showing from Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger, his on-screen wife also puts in a tremendous performance as a hard up, caring wife and mother. The movie could perhaps have been a tad shorter as it drags a little at times but is still definitely worth a watch.
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on 23 May 2011
Cinderella Man is a powerful tale of the highs and lows of a James J. Braddock, a remarkable boxer who came to epitomise the spirit of the common people in the Great Depression. Russell Crowe is magnificent in portraying Braddock's desperate fight not only with his opponents in the ring, but with the daily struggle to feed his young family. Crowe's simple, yet instantly likeable and moral Braddock epitomises the essence of Braddock's popular appearl: he was a stout-hearted 'bulldog' who never gave up.
Renée Zellweger is heart-wrenching in her role as Mae Braddock, fighting her own fight: her desperation to see her family safe, but not at the expense of her husband's safety or even life. The moments of intimacy between the two are superbly filmed and Mae Braddock's concerns become intermingled with those of the viewer as we progress down the journey of Braddock's life.

The choreography and filming of the boxing scenes is magnificent, capturing the grit, pain and determination involved in the ring, whilst also showing the passion of the fighters, crowd and, of course, Mae Braddock. The filming remains original and does not seem repetitive, partially aided by the nature of Braddock's career, but also by the nature of boxing. Braddock's manager, played by Paul Giamati, is a superb motivator not only of Braddock's fighting spirit, but also of the viewer's desire to see him win.

This true underdog story is an emotionally inspiring dedication to one of boxing's most brilliant characters and to the spirit of the Irish migrants in America. I urge you to avoid any wikipedia-ing of Braddock - to do so would be to ruin the suspense and expectation that the film masterfully builds and would serve to devalue the ending which has left even the most cynical of reviewers misty-eyed. Whether this is due to loss or fulfilment, I leave to you.
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on 5 April 2006
Cinderella Man is an excellent piece of movie entertainment. It is a great story, made better by fact that it is almost true. It looks great, the music hits just the right mood and the performances are excellent. The only place this movie falls down is in the portrayal of Max Baer. Craig Bierko does a good job of doing what he is asked to do, i.e. make Baer a boo hiss baddy. The only problem is that Baer wasn't a bad man. He had faults just like everybody else but he was not a cold hearted man killer who took a pride in his reputation of being a lethal puncher. Baer was genuinely heartbroken after he killed Frankie Campbell in an earlier fight. Many boxing historians cite this as being one of the main reasons he never achieved the greatness he could have in the sport. He put Campbell's children through college and also donated purses from later fights to his family. Ernie Schaff was not killed by the first little nothing jab that Primo Carnera landed on him. It is true that he was injured in a fight with Baer, but it was his decision to take the fight with Carnera knowing he was not 100%, and he went 11 rounds before he finally went down. Baer wanted to make people laugh far more than he ever wanted to hurt them. He liked the money and the fame that boxing brought, but very little else. I feel it is important that Hollywood starts to get their facts straight about real people and real situations instead of altering them in order to make the plot a little bit more convenient. Baer still has living relatives who are having to watch a man they knew and loved and who died of a heartattack at a relatively young age, turned into a pantomime villian to suit the scriptwriters. Not only does this subtract from Baer the man, it also subtracts from Braddock, who was a genuinely decent man who had to come back from appalling poverty to win the title, and also the movie itself. It is far more interesting to watch a movie that gives you a clear and accurate description of real people and real events rather than a piece of hokum. Cinderella Man isn't hokum. It has too many good points for it to be anything other than a good film, but it could have been a very good or a great film if it had been fair.
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