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Hoop Dreams

Steve James

 
Hoop Dreams (Criterion Blu-Ray)

31 Mar 2015

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1994
  • 171 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #289

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 as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This landmark film, which documents the journeys of two remarkable families, continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.

Disc Features

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

Film Essays

Hoop Dreams: Serious Game

By John Edgar Wideman May 09, 2005

The familiarity and sadness of certain scenes (William Gates missing a crucial foul shot, Arthur Agee’s parents paying a humiliating visit to St. Joseph’s, a suburban Chicago prep school, where . . . Read more »

Big Screen


Clippings

Real Art

November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


News

Keeping the Dream Alive

July 29, 2010

Arthur Agee, the basketball hopeful whose rise to NBA prominence was chronicled in the thrilling 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, is beginning a “Hoop Dreams tour” across the United States. Along . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Hoop Dreams: Serious Game

By John Edgar Wideman May 09, 2005

The familiarity and sadness of certain scenes (William Gates missing a crucial foul shot, Arthur Agee’s parents paying a humiliating visit to St. Joseph’s, a suburban Chicago prep school, where . . . Read more »