Hoop Dreams Blu-Ray


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Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.


- New high-definition digital restoration, created through a collaboration between the Academy Film Archive, the Sundance Film Institute, Kartemquin Films and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with 4.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray - Two audio commentaries: one with filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, and one with the film’s subjects, Arthur Agee and William Gates - Life After “Hoop Dreams,” a new documentary that catches up with Agee, Gates, and their families - Additional scenes - Collection of excerpts from Siskel & Ebert tracking the acclaim for Hoop Dreams - Original 1994 music video for the film’s theme song - Trailers - PLUS: Essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene