SRP $29.99 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 BUENA VISTA
 

Originally released 9 years ago, "TRUE BLUE" has been renamed "MIRACLE AT OXFORD" and released on dvd by BUENA VISTA. The jacket cover and film's new name were obviously intended to take advantage of the success of last year's "MIRACLE".  However, even with audiences knowing that story's outcome, that film had heart. This one just doesn't. "MIRACLE" was unapologetically patriotic! "MIRACLE AT OXFORD" is blatantly anti-American.  The only Americans in "MIRACLE AT OXFORD" are self-serving bullies.

The film's main character, Donald McDonald(that's really his name here!) is so distraught after his Oxford Rowing team loses to Cambridge, that he decides to bring an American friend over with other American rowers to help them win back their title.

There's nothing of real weight anywhere in the film.  We never feel for the characters or the outcome, which is known from the new title and jacketcover.

The acting, while ok, is nothing spectacular either.  Dylan Baker, a fine actor, is woefully miscast in his small but completely unnecessary role as a priest.

BUENA VISTA has preserved the films' 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid, although darker scenes lose some of their detail. There's often a blue tint to the film, intending to evoke an cold atmosphere, the one thing the film does well enough on its own without any help. Grain is minimal.

BUENA VISTA has presented a Dolby Digital Surround mix. While there are minor directional effects, the surround is mainly utilized to enhance a mediocre tech-score.  None of the music is complimentary to the film's scenes and it feels very dated. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.