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Friday Night Lights [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KZOUQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,900 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The true story of the 1988 football season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas. In small town Texas, the entire community lives and dies with its local high school football team. The town shuts down on Friday nights and everyone goes to the games. During the 1988 season, the Panthers struggle with ongoing personal conflicts on their way through the state playoffs. Each game is one more fleeting moment of the high point of their lives.

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Based on the non-fiction bestseller by H.G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights looks at high school football in the harsh light of reality, finding heart and hardness while stirring our emotions. Actor-director Peter Berg is Bissinger's cousin; he knows the material well, and understands how an obsession with winning turns high school kids into somber, over-pressured gladiators--expendable soldiers in a community war against shame and obscurity. The fact-based story focuses on the 1988 football season of Odessa-Permian high school in West Texas, and as a fast-paced sports movie, Berg delivers the goods with a rousing, frenetically styled crowd-pleaser. But there's darkness in this tale of weary underdogs, including an abusive father (well-played by country music star Tim McGraw), threatening townsfolk, an injured star running back (Derek Luke), a tormented quarterback (Lucas Black), and the melancholy coach (Billy Bob Thornton) who takes his team to the finals. Berg's film could use less flashy cutting and more drama to support its gridiron intensity, but Friday Night Lights offers a refreshing alternative to the conventional sports movie. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Fantastic book, I loved the film and the the tv series too but the book is beautifully written and places you right in the heart of Odessa. If like me you were concerned that you already knew the story based upon television, then let me assure you the book gives you so much more to enjoy!
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Great film, slow start but awesome.
If you luv football you will love this
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One of the best sport films ever....based on a true story...regardless if you like American football or not it's a great film!!
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A good film if you are a sports fan.....a good film if you aren't
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I don't like American football. I don't understand how it works. And yet I was completely won over by this film.
High school sport is huge in America, particularly Texas. In the dustblown oil city of Odessa, on the flat, arid Texas plain, it's the only game in town. This film makes absolutely clear the kind of pressure that's put on high school kids - they are reliving their parents' dreams and aspirations. The bland country singer Tim McGraw makes a huge impression in this film - a superb portrayal of a drunken abusive ex-player, who says to his son something like "This is it - you have one year - everything's downhill from there on". And that sums up the film: a bunch of 17 year old kids must carry all the hopes and fears of an entire town - to a climactic battle in the Houston superdome that even if you don't know anything about American football will still leave you with your heart in your mouth.
The story's told in snatches of conversation, radio commentary, little telling scenes. It takes you a while to work out who the characters are, but don't worry - you'll get there. You are given just enough detail to work with and no more than you need. Lucas Black stands out as the strong, silent kid with too much responsibility, but all are good.
I just can't believe how good this rather unpromising film was. I'm still thinking about it two weeks later. The ending - well, read the captions carefully. There's a lovely, ironic twist to look out for.
It's based on a true story, apparently. It feels like it. It really is one of the best American films I've seen in ages... if you're at all interested in the fact that America really is a foreign country, watch this film.
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Format: DVD
Almost everything works in this portrait of the madness for and
around high-school football in a small Texas town.

One of the best sports movies I've seen, largely because it's not really
about the sport, or the big game, or winning and losing. It's about
growing up, letting go of dreams, the pressure adults put on kids to fulfill
their own dreams, losing perspective and gaining it. It seems to try and
honestly look at both sides of U.S. high school football; how it helps young
men grow, challenge themselves and bond, but at the same time how it
subjects them to physical harm, an unrealistic set of expectations about life
after being a local star, and being forced to carry a whole town on your
shoulders when you're only 17.

Some terrific visuals, both in the quick cutting ferocity of the games, and in the
long aerial views of the empty Texas plains.

It does cheat in a few moments, trying to have it's cake and eat it too - a few plot
lines are resolved a touch too easily or neatly, a few plot twists feel too familiar
from other films. And I understand those that say the film displays a superior
attitude towards these small town people. But I found those weaker moments
fleeting in a film that surprised me with the strength of it's acting, writing, and filmmaking.
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There can be no doubt that Friday Night Lights is a remarkably good motion picture, but I have to admit that I have mixed emotions about the film. Maybe that is a good thing because one thing this movie makes almost all of us do is think about ourselves. The majority of us are in there somewhere - maybe you're the dad who puts too much pressure on your kid to be a star athlete, or the coach's wife whose very way of life becomes defined by a simple game made much too complicated by the community, or the rabid fan who lives and dies with your team and never hesitates to berate a coach or player who makes one mistake. Maybe you're the star athlete who saw your dreams die in the form of a serious injury, or the little guy who had to prove your toughness, etc. If you care enough about sports to watch this movie, you're in here somewhere.
Back to my mixed feelings, though. I love football; it's a great sport that lets you have some fun and learn important lessons, such as teamwork, you can put to good use throughout your life - but there is an ugly side to the sport, and Friday Night Lights shows you just about everything that is wrong with this great game. There is nothing fun about being a Panther during the season chronicled in this film. On day one of practice, every kid on every high school team should want a state championship, but none should expect it. Desire brings out the best in you, while expectation sets you up for a fall. In Odessa, Texas, though, the very spirit of the game is betrayed by the adults in the community; not only do they expect a championship, they demand it; these most rabid of fans might know every play in the playbook, but they know nothing about what football (in my opinion) should really be all about.
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