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:: Wimbledon

Seeded at 119 in the world and near the bottom of the world tennis rankings, British tennis player Peter Colt has finally resigned himself to hanging up his whites and taking up the position of tennis director at an upmarket club and watching over a group of tennis mad old ladies. However, before he has the chance to take up his new and exciting career, he is unexpectedly granted a wildcard entry into the Wimbledon championship. Declaring this to be his final tournament, Peter fully expects to be knocked out in the first round.

American hotshot player Lizzie Bradbury enters the scene. She is a rising star of the women's international tennis circuit. Focused, driven and pushed hard by her over-ambitious and over-protective father Dennis, Lizzie lets nothing get in the way of her game. But that's until Peter accidentally walks into her suite and gets a view that you normally don't get on centre court. The sparks begin to fly.

Unbelievably, with his new-found love an sudden bout of good form, Peter soon finds his way to the Men’s Final. Can he win the magical match and win Lizzie’s heart forever?

The DVD quality is superb and the surround channels which deserve the most praise. The effects are just right and whenever Peter is on court there's plenty of effects in all of the channels, from his own thoughts in his brain to the cheering of the crowd. Even the musical score excels and it all adds up to a very involving and impressive soundtrack.

While not quite deserving of a ‘Special Edition’ moniker this DVD serves up a few interesting special features including an entertaining audio commentary by Director Richard Loncraine and Paul Bettany.

4 mini featurettes are included: Welcome to the Club (3:01), Ball Control (4:48), Coach a Rising Star (2:52), Wimbledon: A Look Inside (9:45) which seem mostly promotional in nature and appear to be edited from one long item into 4 separate ones (probably to make it look more impressive in the menu system). These segments focus on topics such as filming at Wimbledon and the effects used in the movie, along with coaching the actors on how to play tennis like a professional and some of the minor parts played by actual professional tennis players.

Trailers - Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason & The Terminal
It’s ok to include cross promotional trailers for other movies that the studio is trying to push but I find it odd to not include the trailer for the movie we have just purchased, perhaps the studios think it a waste of space since they already have our money for this one? Not a rant, just an observation on an ever increasing trend.

Commentary with Richard Loncraine and Paul Bettany
This is an above average and quite entertaining commentary featuring the all-too-rare combination of Director and Actor. Bettany and Loncraine seem to have a rapport which is reflected clearly in their fluid and dynamic commentary. Loncraine concentrates on the usual directorial topics of score, locations, acting and story while Bettany remarkably avoids commenting on hair styles. Well worth a listen.

While Wimbledon isn’t really either a sports movie or a romantic comedy it sits neatly somewhere in the middle with a clever mix of both genres. It is as entertaining as you could expect either genre to be and the total package is greater than the sum of the parts.