DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Martin Drury

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The picture and sound quality is excellent. The audio commentary merely provides a soapbox for those who are proud of the film to congratulate themselves for their efforts. Welcome To The Club is three minutes long and describes how the film was shot at Wimbledon. All the staff at the All England Club made the cast and crew feel welcome and this is the chance for the film to acknowledge its benefactors. One expects, but never quite gets the line, "And the strawberries and cream were to die for!"

Ball Control explains how Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany were transformed from actors into players. The revelation that much of the tennis shots were done by CGI only serves to dampen any enjoyment of the film the viewer might have held before sampling the special features and it's certainly no surprise that Bettany and Dunst couldn't hold their own with the greats on centre court.

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Pat Cash, who was tennis advisor for the movie, introduces Coach A Rising Star, a short featurette that talks more about the challenges faced when turning thespians into sportsmen. Finally, Wimbledon: A Look Inside explores characterisation and motivation. Dunst and Bettany discuss how their characters were formed, what motivated their struggle to play tennis to the best of their ability and what ultimately led to the two falling for one another. I would have suggested that the matchmaker, in this instance, was contrivance on a massive scale but it appears that both actors took a huge amount of the film extremely seriously.

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2005
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30-love and one set of jokes adds an air of romance to the serious business of tennis.
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Product Code: 8228891

Region: 2

Ratio: 2.35 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital

Extras: Audio commentary; Welcome To The Club; Ball Control; Coach A Rising Star; Wimbledon - A Look Inside

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