Top Sports Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Murderball on DVD Murderball
Synopsis
Rugby-playing quadriplegics compete for the Paralympic gold medal in this documentary about an amazing sport -- and the strong-willed athletes who participate in full-contact rugby using specially designed wheelchairs.
Cast
Cast
Mark Zupan, Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Joe Soares, Bob Lujano
Director
Director
Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Tyson on DVD Tyson
Synopsis
Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has spent a lifetime generating controversy inside and outside the boxing ring, and in this insightful and emotional documentary, he discusses his background, reveals his motivations and analyzes his many mistakes.
Cast
Cast
Mike Tyson
Director
Director
James Toback
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Boxing
Rent Step into Liquid on DVD Step into Liquid
Synopsis
Zigzagging from the waters off the coast of Ireland to Da Nang in Vietnam and Oahu's ripping North Shore, this documentary profiles the diverse and fascinating characters who have devoted their lives to catching the perfect wave.
Cast
Cast
Ken Collins, Alex Knost, Laird Hamilton, Dan Malloy, Dave Kalama, Jesse Brad Billauer, Shawn Barron, Mike Parsons, Taj Burrow, Rochelle Ballard, Layne Beachley, Brad Gerlach, Chris Malloy, Darrick Doerner, Keala Kennelly, Keith Malloy, Mike Waltze, Rob Machado, Peter Mel, Jim Knost
Director
Director
Dana Brown
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Surfing & Boardsports, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
Rent Everest: IMAX on DVD Everest: IMAX
Synopsis
Noted climber David Breashears leads an IMAX crew to the top of Mount Everest and provides the first 360-degree view from Earth's highest peak. Along the way, the group faces avalanches, scarce oxygen, hazardous ice walls and a deadly snowstorm.
Cast
Cast
Liam Neeson
Director
Director
Stephen Judson, David Breashears, Greg MacGillivray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Mountaineering & Climbing, Blockbusters, IMAX
Rent Dogtown and Z-Boys on DVD Dogtown and Z-Boys
Synopsis
Legendary skateboarder Stacy Peralta directed this fast-paced, award-winning documentary that focuses on the Z-Boys of Venice Beach, Calif., who revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s when they infused surfing techniques into the sport. Credited with founding skating culture as we know it, these young, innovative guys became legends in the field, and the depth of their influence is still felt in a variety of sports -- and society -- today.
Cast
Cast
Jay Adams, Bob Biniak, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Sean Penn
Director
Director
Stacy Peralta
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Skateboarding, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
Rent Riding Giants on DVD Riding Giants
Synopsis
Those who can't get enough of point breaks and "shooting curls" will appreciate this comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subculture to its widespread resurgence -- and surfers' ongoing obsession with the sport. Stacy Peralta (who also helmed the acclaimed skateboard documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys) directs this critically lauded opener to the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, Dave Kalama, Brian L. Keaulana, Titus Kinimaka, Darrick Doerner, Gabrielle Reece, Kelly Slater
Director
Director
Stacy Peralta
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Water Sports, Surfing & Boardsports, Extreme Sports, Sports Documentaries, Sports Stories
Rent The Heart of the Game on DVD The Heart of the Game
Synopsis
Attending predominantly white Roosevelt High because her mother thinks she'll have better opportunities under the school's successful coach, gifted black hoopster Darnellia Russell puts herself -- and her coach -- through the wringer. Shot in a suburban Seattle high school over a seven-year period, director Ward Serrill's stirring documentary explores the complicated relationship between gender, race and organized sports.
Cast
Cast
Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Joyce Walker, Ludacris
Director
Director
Ward Serrill
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, Basketball, African-American Documentaries
Rent When We Were Kings on DVD When We Were Kings
Synopsis
In director Leon Gast's Oscar-winning documentary, reigning world champion George Foreman and former champ Muhammad Ali, who was supposedly past his prime, meet in Zaire for the much-anticipated 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight title bout.
Cast
Cast
Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown, B.B. King, Mobutu Sese Seko, Spike Lee, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Thomas Hauser
Director
Director
Leon Gast
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Boxing
Rent More Than a Game on DVD More Than a Game
Synopsis
Four African American hoopsters -- including LeBron James, who became an NBA megastar but faced a media maelstrom in his pressure-cooker senior year -- test their unique bond when they prep for playoffs at their elite, largely Caucasian high school.
Cast
Cast
LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
Director
Director
Kristopher Belman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Deep Water on DVD Deep Water
Synopsis
In 1969, Donald Crowhurst, a former engineer whose bravado outweighed his sailing expertise, entered a London Times-sponsored yacht race around the world. This thrilling documentary highlights the harrowing conditions Crowhurst faced.
Cast
Cast
Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale, Tilda Swinton
Director
Director
Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Water Sports, Boating & Sailing
Rent Bigger, Stronger, Faster on DVD Bigger, Stronger, Faster
Synopsis
Filmmaker Chris Bell points the camera at his brothers and at himself -- all of them users of steroids -- for this thought-provoking examination of sports, competition and the unyielding pressure to succeed.
Cast
Cast
Chris Bell
Director
Director
Chris Bell
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent One Day in September on DVD One Day in September
Synopsis
In 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists interrupted the Munich Olympics by taking 11 Israeli athletes hostage. Michael Douglas narrates this Oscar-winning documentary about the siege and subsequent failed rescue attempt. The film features historical footage as well as new interviews with surviving terrorist Jamal Al-Gashey and various officials detailing how the German police botched the rescue operation, leading to the death of all 11 hostages.
Cast
Cast
Michael Douglas
Director
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, Olympics & Other Games, Crime Documentaries
Rent Pumping Iron on DVD Pumping Iron
Synopsis
Starring five-time Mr. Olympia winner -- and future movie star and California governor -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, this pivotal 1977 independent documentary follows the then 28-year-old bodybuilder's progress as he competes for his sixth title.
Cast
Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno, Victoria Ferrigno, Mike Katz, Franco Columbu, Ed Corney, Ken Waller, Serge Nubret, Robbie Robinson
Director
Director
George Butler, Robert Fiore
Genres
Genres
Classics, Sports & Fitness, Sports Documentaries, Bodybuilding
Rent Blindsight on DVD Blindsight
Synopsis
Six blind Tibetan teenagers set off on a gripping adventure as they attempt to climb the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. Considered cursed in Tibetan culture, blind children are often hidden away to live as pariahs. Determined to challenge that perception, the kids gear up for a demanding expedition led by climber Erik Weihenmayer -- the first blind man to scale Everest -- and learn some lessons about life along the way.
Cast
Cast
Michael Brown, Sabriye Tenberken, Erik Weihenmayer
Director
Director
Lucy Walker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Mountaineering & Climbing, Outdoor & Mountain Sports, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries
Rent Facing Ali on DVD Facing Ali
Synopsis
Ten great boxers describe the incredible experience of stepping into the ring with one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali. Some went the distance, while others fell in his wake. But all say that facing Ali transformed their lives. This documentary features interviews with Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Earnie Shavers, George Chuvalo and other talented fighters who discuss Ali's impact on their careers and on the sport.
Cast
Cast
Muhammad Ali, George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ernie Terrell
Director
Director
Pete McCormack
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Boxing
Rent Surfwise on DVD Surfwise
Synopsis
Doug Pray's documentary delves into the often inspiring, sometimes shocking life of 85-year-old Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, a renowned surfer, surf camp owner, doctor and sex guru who, together with his wife, brought up nine children. Paskowitz raised his family in a camper on the beach, home-schooling them and requiring them to follow a strict lifestyle regimen. Now, his grown children speak out about how their unique upbringing affected them.
Cast
Cast
Juliette Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Jonathan Paskowitz, Abraham Paskowitz, Israel Paskowitz, Moses Zyus Paskowitz II, Salvador Daniel Paskowitz, Navah Paskowitz-Walther, Joshua Paskowitz, Dorian Paskowitz
Director
Director
Doug Pray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Surfing & Boardsports
Rent 180° South on DVD 180° South
Synopsis
Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.
Cast
Cast
Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Makohe, Timmy O'Neill, Jeff Johnson
Director
Director
Chris Malloy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Surfing & Boardsports
Rent Undefeated on DVD Undefeated
Synopsis
Cinéma vérité tackles football in this inspirational profile of an inner-city Memphis high school football team, whose downtrodden players combine with a dedicated volunteer coach in a valiant effort to reach the school's first-ever playoff game.
Cast
Cast
Montrail 'Money' Brown, O.C. Brown, Bill Courtney, Chavis Daniels
Director
Director
Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Football
Rent Dust to Glory on DVD Dust to Glory
Synopsis
This action-packed documentary chronicles the infamously treacherous Tecate SCORE Baja 100 road race across Mexico's Baja Peninsula. In order to capture the race's true power and the majestic beauty of the desert, 55 cameras and four helicopters were used during filming. Join famous racing names such as Robby Gordon, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser and Mike "Mouse" McCoy for an unforgettable look at one of racing's most thrilling events.
Cast
Cast
James Garner, Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, Mario Andretti, Malcolm Smith, Jimmy N. Roberts, J.N. Roberts, Ricky Johnson, Sal Fish, Robby Gordon, Mike McCoy, Jimmy Vasser
Director
Director
Dana Brown
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Auto Racing, Motorsports, Sports & Fitness
Rent Hoop Dreams on DVD Hoop Dreams
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates
Director
Director
Steve James
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, The Criterion Collection
Rent NASCAR: The IMAX Experience on DVD NASCAR: The IMAX Experience
Synopsis
Simon Wincer (director of Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles and such Westerns as Monte Walsh and Crossfire Trail) trains his cameras on the racetrack this time around for an incisive look into one of America's most successful industries -- NASCAR racing, a sport that's been growing in viewer popularity by leaps and bounds. Originally presented in theaters in the IMAX format.
Cast
Cast
Kiefer Sutherland, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmy Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte
Director
Director
Simon Wincer
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Sports Documentaries, Auto Racing, IMAX, Motorsports
Rent Red Army on DVD Red Army
Synopsis
Captain of the Red Army hockey team during its glory years in the 1970s and '80s, "Slava" Fetisov recalls the pride and constant pressure felt by the players on the squad during a turbulent political era in the Soviet Union.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Gabe Polsky
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries
Rent Senna on DVD Senna
Synopsis
This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil. Using archival footage, director Asif Kapadia examines the idealistic Senna's inspiring legend.
Cast
Cast
Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Viviane Senna, Milton da Silva, Neide Senna, Jackie Stewart, Sid Watkins, Galvão Bueno
Director
Director
Asif Kapadia
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Auto Racing, Motorsports, United Kingdom
Rent Billabong Odyssey on DVD Billabong Odyssey
Synopsis
This documentary follows some of the world's best big-wave tow surfers (surfers who are brought out to the big waves by boats or jet-skis) as they travel the globe searching for the elusive 100-foot wave, the tallest the oceans have to offer.
Cast
Cast
Ken Bradshaw, Ken Collins, Mike Parsons, Shawn Barron, Layne Beachley, Brad Gerlach, Bill Sharp
Director
Director
Philip Boston
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Surfing & Boardsports, Water Sports
Rent First Descent on DVD First Descent
Synopsis
Chart the rise of professional snowboarding with these profiles of the sport's pioneers, including Nick Peralta, Hannah Teter and Shaun White. The jaw-dropping footage includes clips of early snowboarding in the 1980s, as well as recent contests.
Cast
Cast
Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Shawn Farmer, Nick Perata, Terje Haakonsen, Travis Rice, Henry Rollins
Director
Director
Kemp Curly, Kevin Harrison
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Snow & Ice Sports, Snowboarding
Rent Bra Boys on DVD Bra Boys
Synopsis
This documentary focuses on the history and struggles of the Bra Boys, a notorious surf gang from the Australian suburb of Maroubra that's earned a reputation for being legendary partiers, rebellious thugs and incredible big-wave surfers. Continually at odds with the authorities, the tattooed and often criticized Bra Boys have had to rely on one another to survive in a society that would just as well see them displaced.
Cast
Cast
Russell Crowe, Kelly Slater, Cheyne Horan, Sean Doherty, Koby Abberton, Sunny Abberton, Jack Kingsley, Jai Abberton
Director
Director
Sunny Abberton, Macario De Souza
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Surfing & Boardsports, Sports Documentaries, Sports Stories, Water Sports
Rent Myths and Logic of Shaolin Kung Fu on DVD Myths and Logic of Shaolin Kung Fu
Synopsis
Providing a history of the Shaolin Kung Fu art form as well as an examination of the incredible physical prowess required, this film features footage of some of the most skilled Shaolin monks demonstrating the intricacies of the fighting style. Explore the world of Shaolin Kung Fu, considered the original -- and best -- of all kung fu fighting styles. Suitable for viewing by beginners and advanced martial artists alike.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Martial Arts, Sports Documentaries, Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling, Hong Kong, Mandarin Language, Kung Fu, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Ken Burns: Baseball on DVD Ken Burns: Baseball
Synopsis
Documentarian Ken Burns takes a swing at baseball, chronicling the sport's signature people, places and events and its deep-rooted relationship to American culture. The pastime's history unfolds over nostalgic, informative "innings."
Cast
Cast
John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Charles McDowell, George Will, Buck O'Neil, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Red Barber, George Plimpton, Vin Scully, Studs Terkel
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Sports Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Baseball, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Seabiscuit: American Experience on DVD Seabiscuit: American Experience
Synopsis
During the American Depression, one spectacular horse provided the troubled nation with unbridled joy -- and provided some with a nice cash payout. Seabiscuit was one of the most popular and talented thoroughbreds ever to race.
Cast
Cast
Scott Glenn
Director
Director
Stephen Ives
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Sports Stories, Horse Racing
Rent Steep on DVD Steep
Synopsis
From its wild early days in the French Alps to its wild present the world over, extreme skiing is chronicled in breathtaking detail by filmmaker Mark Obenhaus. You'll meet the superstars of big-mountain skiing, who defy death with every jump. Obenhaus follows the work of renowned skier Doug Coombs, as well as the careers of pioneers Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant. The documentary screened at AFI Fest and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.
Cast
Cast
Ingrid Backstrom, Anselme Baud, Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Chris Davenport, Stefano De Benedetti, Shane McConkey, Andrew McLean, Seth Morrison, Patrick Vallencant
Director
Director
Mark Obenhaus
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Skiing, Extreme Snow & Ice Sports, Snow & Ice Sports, Sports Stories, Extreme Sports
Rent Meru on DVD Meru
Synopsis
Taking on one of the most extreme challenges in mountaineering, three elite climbers set out to scale the imposing Shark's Fin on India's Mount Meru. This high-altitude documentary follows the tenacious team as they experience heartbreak and triumph.
Cast
Cast
Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, Jon Krakauer
Director
Director
Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Outdoor & Mountain Sports
Rent Unforgivable Blackness on DVD Unforgivable Blackness
Synopsis
Long before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, boxer Jack Johnson became the first African-American to obtain the world heavyweight title. This documentary tracks the life of the trailblazing boxer, from his early days as the son of former slaves to his rise through the ranks of a traditionally all-white sport, culminating with the 39-year-old's achievement of the prestigious title in 1908.
Cast
Cast
Keith David, Stanley Crouch, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Jack Newfield, Alan Rickman
Director
Director
Ken Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, African-American Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Boxing
Rent Faster on DVD Faster
Synopsis
Ewan McGregor narrates this in-depth look at the MotoGP world championship, an event watched by more than 350 million people worldwide. The film explores the risks and rewards of this dangerous sport and the fast-paced subculture surrounding it.
Cast
Cast
Ewan McGregor, Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Garry McCoy
Director
Director
Mark Neale
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Motorcycles & Motocross, Motorsports, Extreme Motorsports, Extreme Sports
Rent On Any Sunday on DVD On Any Sunday
Synopsis
Acclaimed filmmaker Bruce Brown explores the dizzying world of rugged road riders, where cycles hit incredible speeds, segueing first into the excitement of a muddy motocross race before moving on to the mayhem of the Mexican 1000 off-track trial.
Cast
Cast
Steve McQueen
Director
Director
Bruce Brown
Genres
Genres
Classics, Sports & Fitness, Sports Documentaries, Motorcycles & Motocross, BMX & Extreme Biking, Extreme Motorsports, Motorsports, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
Rent Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 on DVD Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Synopsis
Filmmaker Kevin Rafferty (The Atomic Café) takes viewers to 1968 to witness a legendary college football game and meet the people involved, interweaving actual gridiron footage with the players' own reflections. The names may be familiar (Tommy Lee Jones and friends of Al Gore and George W. Bush are among the interviewees), but their views on the game's place in the turbulent history of the 1960s college scene add an unexpected dimension.
Cast
Cast
Tommy Lee Jones, J.P. Goldsmith, Brian Dowling, Mike Bouscaren, Frank Champi, Vic Gatto, Pat Conway, Bruce Weinstein, Fritz Reed
Director
Director
Kevin Rafferty
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Football, Sports Stories
Rent Morning Light on DVD Morning Light
Synopsis
Join 15 rookie competitors as they test their limits preparing for the Transpacific Yacht Race, a 2,300-mile voyage from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Six months of training will prove which ones have what it takes to helm the Morning Light.
Cast
Cast
Kate Theisen, Chris Branning, Robbie Kane, Charlie Enright, Chris Schubert, Graham Brant-Zawadzki, Kit Will, Genny Tulloch, Mark Towill, Jesse Fielding
Director
Director
Mark Monroe
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Sports Stories, Boating & Sailing, Water Sports
Rent Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa: IMAX on DVD Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa: IMAX
Synopsis
In this spectacular program, join a diverse group of trekkers -- demonstrating courage as well as endurance -- when they journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro -- the world's highest free-standing mountain at 19,340 feet above sea level. As the climbers pass through Africa's beautiful, very rugged terrain and extreme conditions (five climate zones!), their expedition becomes an adventure of the human spirit.
Cast
Cast
Heidi Albertsen, Roger Bilham, Jacob Kyungai, Hansi Mmari, Audrey Salkeld, Nicole Wineland-Thomson
Director
Director
David Breashears
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX, Sports Documentaries, Extreme Snow & Ice Sports, Mountaineering & Climbing, Sports Stories
Rent Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator on DVD Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator
Synopsis
Helen Stickler's brilliantly constructed documentary charts the rise of skateboarding culture in the 1980s, using the life of the era's most celebrated skater, Mark "Gator" Rogowski, as a focal point. A mix of jaw-dropping skateboarding footage, '80s nostalgia, music and interviews re-creates the era with great energy and feeling, while presenting an intimate character study of fame gone sour. Stoked premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Mark 'Gator' Rogowski, Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Jason Jessee, Carol Leggett, Jeff Newton, Billy Smith, Ben Ward, Ed Templeton, Bill Silva, Brad Dorfman, Dave Duncan, Harry Jumonji, Ken Park, Brandi McClain, Kevin Staab, Stacy Peralta, Mike Vallely, Kris Markovich, Steve Olson, Tod Swank, Rich Cook
Director
Director
Helen Stickler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Skateboarding, Sports Stories
Rent The Armstrong Lie on DVD The Armstrong Lie
Synopsis
Filming cyclist Lance Armstrong as he trained for the 2009 Tour de France, director Alex Gibney had intimate access to the racer's team. Gibney's cameras were also rolling for Armstrong's startling 2012 confession of performance-enhancing drug use.
Cast
Cast
Lance Armstrong
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries
Rent The Smashing Machine on DVD The Smashing Machine
Synopsis
A sport so dangerous it was once banned in the U.S. -- but eventually morphed into the mainstream MMA phenomenon -- no-holds-barred fighting is savage and the definitive test of survival. It's one ring, two fighters and no rules. In this graphic documentary, get a ringside seat to the world of extreme fighting as seen through the eyes of top fighter Mark Kerr, a modern-day gladiator willing to sacrifice everything to stay on top.
Cast
Cast
Mark Kerr, Marcus Coleman
Director
Director
John Hyams
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, Extreme Combat & Mixed Martial Arts
Rent Spirit of the Marathon on DVD Spirit of the Marathon
Synopsis
Filmmaker John Dunham follows six runners from vastly different backgrounds as they train for the Chicago Marathon, exploring the history of marathons and the appeal of such an arduous challenge.
Cast
Cast
Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille, Deena Kastor, Jerry Meyers, Daniel Njenga, Lori O'Connor, Paula Radcliffe, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter
Director
Director
Jon Dunham
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Other Sports, Sports Stories, Miscellaneous Sports
Rent Thicker Than Water on DVD Thicker Than Water
Synopsis
Surfer and musician Jack Johnson debuts as a filmmaker in this documentary -- made in conjunction with Chris and Emmet Malloy -- that follows the exploits of master athletes and surfers Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, the Malloy Brothers and Rob Machado.
Cast
Cast
Dan Malloy, Chris Malloy, Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, Keith Malloy, Bobby Martinez, Benji Weatherly, Saxon Boucher
Director
Director
Chris Malloy, Jack Johnson, Emmett Malloy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Stories, Surfing & Boardsports
Rent Yeah Right! on DVD Yeah Right!
Synopsis
Director Spike Jonze takes a stab at the world of skateboarding in this documentary about one of the sport's most notorious teams, The Girl Skateboard Company. Jonze's unique approach is felt through his dynamic footage and camera tricks. Stars like Ty Evans and Cory Weincheque explain the allure behind the sport and what makes this specific team tick. The film also includes a creative invisible skateboard sequence and a cameo by actor Owen Wilson.
Cast
Cast
Owen Wilson, Brian Anderson, Brandon Biebel, Tony Ferguson, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll
Director
Director
Spike Jonze, Ty Evans
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Stories, Skateboarding, Sports Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary... on DVD Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary...
Synopsis
Capturing the true story of the team that almost changed how America defined its national pastime, this documentary chronicles the rise of sports sensations the New York Cosmos, the crown jewel of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s.
Cast
Cast
Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegün, Matt Dillon, Clive Toye, Shep Messing, Giorgio Chinaglia, Peppe Pinton, Werner Roth, Jay Emmett, Phil Woosnam, Raphael de la Sierra, Carlos Alberto, Franz Beckenbauer, Pele
Director
Director
Paul Crowder, John Dower
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Soccer
Rent 30 for 30: The Two Escobars on DVD 30 for 30: The Two Escobars
Synopsis
Discover the surprising parallels between star athlete Andres Escobar and international drug kingpin Pablo Escobar -- two renowned Colombians who loved the sport of soccer, achieved incredible levels of success and suffered brutally violent deaths.
Cast
Cast
Andrés Escobar, Pablo Escobar
Director
Director
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Soccer
Rent The Endless Summer II on DVD The Endless Summer II
Synopsis
Retracing the journey Mike Hynson and Robert August made in the 1966 classic The Endless Summer, documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown follows surfers Patrick O'Connell and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver as they traverse the globe in search of the perfect wave. Highlighting how far the sport of surfing has evolved, this dazzling sequel takes viewers to top surfing spots in France, South Africa, Costa Rica, Australia and Alaska.
Cast
Cast
Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, Patrick O'Connell, Robert August, Chris Taloa, Darrick Doerner, Herbie Fletcher, Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Gerry Lopez, Laird Hamilton, Cheyne Horan, Rabbit Kekai, Buzzy Kerbox, Bruce Brown
Director
Director
Bruce Brown
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Sports Documentaries, Surfing & Boardsports, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Stories, Water Sports
Rent Running the Sahara on DVD Running the Sahara
Synopsis
America's Charlie Engle, Canada's Ray Zahab and Taiwan's Kevin Lin embark on an unprecedented quest to traverse the entire Sahara desert -- on foot. Along the way, the runners encounter the beauties and hardships that accompany modern African life.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Charlie Engle, Kevin Lin, Ray Zahab
Director
Director
James Moll
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent When It Was a Game on DVD When It Was a Game
Synopsis
As seen through the eyes of true baseball enthusiasts, this award-winning documentary tells the story of America's favorite pastime from the Depression to the 1950s, using footage shot from the movie cameras of fans and players. From the first color filming of a baseball game to the 1938 World Series and through the careers of legends such as Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, the film thoroughly explores the history of baseball in America.
Cast
Cast
Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle
Director
Director
Steven Stern
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO, Baseball, Sports & Fitness, HBO Documentaries
Rent Jack Johnson: The September Sessions on DVD Jack Johnson: The September Sessions
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Surf-pro-turned-filmmaker-turned-folk-rock-performer Jack Johnson directs this hypnotic documentary featuring top-notch surfers Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Luke Egan and others as they ride waves on the Indian Ocean to a soundtrack of soulful grooves. Slater's contortionist moves appear to be from another dimension as he and the other athletes surf purely for pleasure atop wave after flawless wave along the Mentawai Islands.
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Cast
Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Brad Gerlach, Rob Machado, Luke Egan
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Jack Johnson
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Documentary, Surfing & Boardsports, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, Rock & Pop, Singer-Songwriters
Rent Warren Miller's: Cold Fusion on DVD Warren Miller's: Cold Fusion
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Extreme-skiing/snowboarding documentarian Warren Miller (a veteran of more than 50 years of this type of filmmaking) travels to Kenya and Verbier for some one-of-a-kind footage that will thrill you right down to your Rossignols. Be a witness when two world records get crushed (with all the action set to a rocking soundtrack by the Foo Fighters and the Dave Matthews Band).
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Cast
Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band
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Director
Warren Miller
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Rent WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW on DVD WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW
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Featuring appearances by Hulk Hogan, Bill Goldberg, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Randy Savage, Cactus Jack, Sting, the Road Warriors and other prominent pro wrestling figures, this documentary recounts the turbulent history of the WCW. Established in 1988, the promotional upstart went toe-to-toe with wrestling giant WWE for more than a decade, garnering huge audiences with the popular weekly broadcast "Nitro."
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Cast
Hulk Hogan, Bill Goldberg, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Randy Savage, Cactus Jack, Sting, Road Warriors
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Kevin Dunn
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Rent Ballet 422 on DVD Ballet 422
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Offering a backstage look at the creation and realization of a ballet by choreographer Justin Peck, this fascinating documentary chronicles the intense artistic effort behind the production, the 422nd new work staged by the New York City Ballet.
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Extreme-skiing/snowboarding documentarian Warren Miller traveled from Alaska to Aspen to the Austrian Alps to lens this amazing display of extreme skiing. The film keys in on some of the sport's greatest competitors and rising stars. Witness the ultimate combination of deep powder and the high, lonesome clash when these superb and fearless athletes rocket down the slopes (all set to the music of the Dave Matthews Band, Nickel Creek and more).
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Cast
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Rent Vertical Frontier on DVD Vertical Frontier
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Just who are the daredevils who devote their lives to climbing the legendary walls of Yosemite? This fascinating documentary produced through the Sierra Club and narrated by Tom Brokaw aims to answer that question, profiling noteworthy climbers David Brower, Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Jim Bridwell, Lynn Hill and more. Breathtaking footage shows off a national treasure as it was meant to be seen: up close and personal.
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Tom Brokaw, David Brower, Lynn Hill, Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Jim Bridwell
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Kristi Denton Cohen
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America's beloved pastime continues to be chronicled in this PBS documentary, which delves into baseball's pulse in the modern world, lucrative contracts, drug controversies, hitting and home-run records for a new generation to admire, and more. The program features commentary from numerous sluggers, team officials and fans, and highlights the sport's cheer-worthy achievements as well as jarring setbacks. Ken Burns ("The Civil War") directs.
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Cast
Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Cal Ripken Jr.
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Follow the lives of three dedicated thoroughbred riders -- Shane Sellers, Randy Romero and Chris Rosier -- as they strive to cope with their often life-threatening profession's twists and turns. Highlighted by footage of dramatic moments in horse-racing history, HBO's eye-opening "America Undercover" exposé introduces viewers to the high-stakes sport of horse racing in a unique fashion. Award-winning documentarian Kate Davis directs.
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Kate Davis
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Rent Do You Believe in Miracles? on DVD Do You Believe in Miracles?
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In February of 1980, amid growing Cold War fears, the underdog U.S. hockey team created an unforgettable moment of national pride when they miraculously beat the Soviet Union on the ice. Revisiting Lake Placid 21 years later, this film takes a look at the team's emotional climb to gold while exploring the tumultuous political and social landscape of the time. Interviews include goalie Jim Craig, team captain Mike Eruzione and coach Herb Brooks.
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Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Herb Brooks
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Rent Go Tigers! on DVD Go Tigers!
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In the blue-collar Ohio town of Massillon, the most important thing is high school football -- and the frenzy around the local team, the Tigers, is almost cult-like. Former Massillon resident Kenneth Carlson's documentary follows the three stars of the 1999 Tigers team as they deal with problems such as personal injuries and the pressures of their economically depressed town's high expectations.
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Cast
Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Danny Studer
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Kenneth A. Carlson
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Critics called her delusional. Child welfare agents tried to intervene. But Laura Dekker would not be denied her shot at sailing round the world. This documentary captures the 14-year-old's solo feat through footage she shot on her two-year voyage.
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Laura Dekker
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Jillian Schlesinger
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Rent The Short Game on DVD The Short Game
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Eight grade-school golfers must navigate parents, coaches, and their own pint-sized rivals as they compete in a junior-level championship at the prestigious Pinehurst golf course in North Carolina.
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Combining interviews, archival footage and re-creations, filmmaker Nick Ryan sets out to uncover what went wrong when 11 people died on their way up the infamous K2 -- the deadliest day in modern mountaineering history.
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Director
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Nick Ryan
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In this moving documentary, filmmaker J.B. Benna chronicles celebrated endurance athlete and best-selling author Dean Karnazes's seemingly impossible quest to run 50 marathons in 50 different states in a remarkable 50 straight days. Striving to raise awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic that has swept across America, Karnazes's display of unparalleled determination touches the hearts of thousands of people everywhere he goes.
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Dean Karnazes
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J.B. Benna
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Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Sports Stories, Other Sports, Miscellaneous Sports
Rent Bustin' Down the Door on DVD Bustin' Down the Door
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Edward Norton narrates this true story of a group of six young surfers from Australia and South Africa who changed the face of the sport in the 1970s with a revolutionary approach to surfing and a rebellious attitude.
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Rent Through the Fire on DVD Through the Fire
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This groundbreaking documentary explores the business of professional basketball through the eyes of 18-year-old Sebastian Telfair, a talented teen from the Coney Island projects who pins his family's every hope on his acceptance into the NBA. Banking on a high-paying career to support his mother and siblings, Sebastian shuns a college education for the less certain outcome of making it big. Will his gamble pay off?
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Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Basketball, Sports Stories
Rent Kobe Doin' Work: A Spike Lee Joint on DVD Kobe Doin' Work: A Spike Lee Joint
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Tag along with basketball superstar Kobe Bryant as he prepares for one of the most important games of the season. Director Spike Lee documents every minute of this critical day, from the most mundane tasks to Bryant's biggest plays on the court. Granted unprecedented access to this iconic athlete, Lee employed more than 30 cameras to craft a revealing look at how a true pro can channel his abilities when the whistle blows.
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Kobe Bryant
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Spike Lee
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Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Basketball, Sports Stories
Rent The First Saturday in May on DVD The First Saturday in May
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Directed by brothers Brad and John Hennegan, this fascinating documentary explores six of the contenders for the 2006 Kentucky Derby as they strive to make their way into the ranks of the country's most prestigious horse race. Following Achilles of Troy, Sharp Humor, Jazil, Lawyer Ron, Brother Derek and the beloved Barbaro, the Hennegans capture the heart-pounding drama of horse racing and the people behind the splendid animals.
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Cast
John McKee, Bonnie Holthus, Bob Holthus, Chuck Chambers, Frank Amonte, Peter Brette, Michael Matz, Kiaran McLaughlin, Paul Parrish, Dale Romans
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Rent Dare to Dream on DVD Dare to Dream
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In the late 1980s, women's soccer was barely a blip on the radar of American sports. Then came five players, young women of exceptional skill and charisma. This documentary follows the careers of U.S. Women's National Team members Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Joy Fawcett as they parlayed a talent for the game into unprecedented fame and brought national attention to the sport.
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Cast
Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett, Liev Schreiber
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Documentary, Soccer, Sports Documentaries, HBO, TV Documentaries, Women In Sports
Rent Rising Son: Christian Hosoi on DVD Rising Son: Christian Hosoi
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Dennis Hopper narrates Cesario Montano's documentary on the roller-coaster life of skater legend Christian Hosoi. Earning the awe of his peers in the mid-1980s, Hosoi then hit rock bottom with crystal meth use and imprisonment for drug trafficking. He found redemption in Christianity and now strives to be a positive influence. Interviews with skaters such as Tony Hawk, Jason Lee and Tony Alva, and never-before-seen home videos, are included.
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Cast
Dennis Hopper, Christian Hosoi, Tony Hawk, Jason Lee, Tony Alva
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Cesario Montano
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Documentary, Extreme Sports, Skateboarding, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent When It Was a Game 3 on DVD When It Was a Game 3
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In this third entry of the ongoing HBO documentary series celebrating America's favorite pastime, the focus is on the 1960s, when Major League Baseball was slowly evolving from pure sport to big-bucks entertainment. Using footage of players and fans, the film covers the Yankees' ascension to greatness, the western expansion of both leagues, the increasing inclusion of black players and the rise of free agency.
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Cast
Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Roberte Clemente
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Rent Two Days in April on DVD Two Days in April
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Four pro-bound college football players go for gridiron glory in this behind-the-scenes look at the NFL draft. Follow the intense training and all the nerve-wracking emotions that accompany the four young men on their journey to draft day, when their million-dollar dreams are intercepted by reality. Peeking into the secretive, fiercely competitive, often brutal process of creating NFL players, this documentary hits as hard as the athletes it depicts.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Allen, Tom Condon, Chuck Cook, Blair Dalton, Jon Gruden, Derek Hagan, Steve Hale, Clint Ingram, Ruby Ingram, Michael Johnson, Mel Kiper, Ted Meekma, Trevor Moawad, Dontrell Moore
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Don Argott
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Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Football
Rent Modern Warriors: The Martial Way on DVD Modern Warriors: The Martial Way
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Academy Award-nominated documentary director Peter Spirer spends time with more than 80 of the world's greatest martial artists as they demonstrate techniques and discuss the philosophy behind their craft. Through rare footage and discussions with stars such as Jet Li, David Carradine, Sammo Hung and more, Modern Warriors provides an in-depth look at the martial arts phenomenon and its increasing global popularity.
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Cast
Cynthia Rothrock, Jet Li, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, David Carradine, Benny Urquidez, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
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Peter Spirer
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Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling, Sports Stories, General Martial Arts, Karate
Rent Ringside: The Best of Mike Tyson on DVD Ringside: The Best of Mike Tyson
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Mike Tyson was once the toughest man on the planet, as amply documented in this retrospective of his turbulent career. Crowned as the youngest heavyweight champion ever, Tyson was unstoppable for many years. But by 1997, when he bit an opponent's ear, he had become a joke. Through footage of classic bouts and commentary from key boxing figures, you'll witness Iron Mike's ascent to the peak of his sport -- and his eventual tumble.
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Mike Tyson
Director
Director
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Documentary, Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling, Boxing, Sports Documentaries
Rent Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals on DVD Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals
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Sorting through the tangled rivalry -- and surprising friendship -- between basketball greats Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, this HBO documentary dissects the players' unique styles and asks the legends themselves to talk about their careers. Other highlights include interviews with sportscaster Bryant Gumbel; former teammates Kevin McHale, Cedric Maxwell and Michael Cooper; and Johnson's former coach, Pat Riley.
Cast
Cast
Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Pat Riley, Cedric Maxwell, Michael Cooper, George Fox, Evelyn Johnson, Arsenio Hall, Bryant Gumbel, Kevin McHale
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Ezra Edelman
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Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, HBO Documentaries, HBO
Rent Beijing 2008 Olympics: Opening Ceremony on DVD Beijing 2008 Olympics: Opening Ceremony
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Relive the wonder and excitement of one of the most impressive spectacles in Olympic history with this comprehensive recap of the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, a program that took seven years to plan. Highlights include Chinese gymnast Ning Li's gravity-defying journey to the rim of China's national stadium with the Olympic torch in tow, Ning's lighting of the Olympic cauldron, and the dazzling fireworks display that ensued.
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Ning Li
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Olympics & Other Games, Sports Stories
Rent Warren Miller's: Ride on DVD Warren Miller's: Ride
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Extreme-skiing/snowboarding documentarian Warren Miller travels across the world to witness the hottest ski and snowboard action found on Earth. From British Columbia's Whistler Mountain to the highest peaks of Russia, watch professionals and 2002 Olympic contenders do what they do best: get plenty of air. This marks Warren Miller's 51st film.
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Cast
Director
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Warren Miller
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Rent Beyond the Mat on DVD Beyond the Mat
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In this behind-the-circus documentary, Barry Blaustein exposes the fascinating reality of pro wrestling. Sobering interviews and graphic footage portray a workplace where aging wrestlers (doped up on pain pills) risk their lives on the mat.
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Cast
Mick Foley, Jake Roberts, Terry Funk, Vince McMahon, Roland Alexander, Darren Drozdov
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Barry Blaustein
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Rent When It Was a Game 2 on DVD When It Was a Game 2
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Composed entirely of never-before-seen 8mm and 16mm footage filmed between 1925 and 1961 by baseball players, their families and their fans, this second chapter in the HBO series "When It Was a Game" brings many lost moments to life. Narrated by Peter Kessler, the documentary features clips of Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, Tommy Lasorda and Babe Ruth.
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Cast
Peter Kessler
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Steven Hilliard Stern
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Genres
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Rent Endless Summer Revisited on DVD Endless Summer Revisited
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In 1966, filmmaker Bruce Brown released a documentary on surfing that exposed the beauty and excitement of the sport to a whole new, non-surfing audience. Brown and his son, Dana, have created a new film that weaves footage of some of the finest surfers of the day with vintage, never-before-seen footage from the first movie. Among the riders featured are Patrick O'Connell and Robert August, who was in the original Endless Summer.
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Cast
Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, Patrick O'Connell, Robert August, Bruce Brown, "Hobie" Alter, "Krab" Dorsey, "Ironman" Doyle, Steve Pezman, "Da Bull" Noll, "The Hawk" Velzy, Nat Young
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Rent Marathon Challenge on DVD Marathon Challenge
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A baker's dozen of self-professed couch potatoes are put through the wringer to become long-distance runners -- and ultimately compete in the Boston Marathon -- in this thought-provoking "Nova" special that puts a fresh twist on reality television. In addition to tracking the would-be athletes' progress over the course of a nine-month training regimen, the program also educates viewers about what's going on inside their bodies.
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Director
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Rent Big River Man on DVD Big River Man
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To underscore the effects of pollution, endurance swimmer Martin Strel attempts to swim the Amazon, Mississippi, Danube and Yangtze Rivers in a 3,375-mile, 66-day expedition that brings him face-to-face with predators and toxic contamination.
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Martin Strel, Borut Strel, Matthew Mohlke
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John Maringouin
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Set during the heyday of Formula One Grand Prix, this full-throttle documentary chronicles a legendary generation of drivers who raced on the edge, with many paying the ultimate price as technology outstripped track safety.
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Cast
Michael Fassbender, Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jackie Stewart, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill
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Rent Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Any Given Day on DVD Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Any Given Day
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Gentlemen … and ladies … start your engines! Get to know NASCAR's hottest champion, Dale Earnhardt Jr., as his intimate friends and fabled pit crew take you behind doors where cameras aren't allowed. You'll see how Dale Jr. lives on -- and off -- the track and even find out who the champ's favorite music artists are, courtesy of the soundtrack on this fascinating disc.
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This comprehensive review of Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson's wrestling career features seven years of explosive highlights from his most memorable bouts, including matches at Wrestlemania XVIII and XIX.
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Rent Modern Marvels: Baseball Parks on DVD Modern Marvels: Baseball Parks
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This all-American installment of the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" series tells the story of the nation's baseball parks, from the sandlots and wooden ballparks of the 19th century to the monolithic stadiums of today. Archival footage and interviews with baseball historians reveal how the concept of the baseball park was born and how the traditions we now treasure -- including the all-important hot dog -- came to light.
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Director
Director
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Rent 30 for 30: The U on DVD 30 for 30: The U
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Some conflicting social forces and dubious recruiting practices transformed The U -- the University of Miami's football team -- into a nationwide powerhouse in the 1980s and beyond, as their coach stirred up controversy by seeking out black players.
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Cast
Jim Kelly, Michael Irvin, Vinny Testaverde, Warren Sapp, Ed Reed, Bernie Kosar, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey, Cortez Kennedy, Jerome Brown
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Spotlighting a soccer championship that inspires dignity and self-worth in competitors from around the globe, this film follows six Homeless World Cup competitors who are wrestling with addiction and poverty as they prepare for the event.
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This Oscar-winning documentary follows world champion skier Yuichiro Miura and his tireless team of adventurers as they grapple with frostbite, icefalls, altitude sickness and even death to ascend and then descend -- by slaloming -- the world's tallest mountain, Everest. A truly gripping film about a one-of-a-kind stunt, The Man Who Skied Down Everest is a landmark in the sports documentary genre.
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Noodling -- a type of fishing activity that uses hands as bait, rod and reel (and that is banned everywhere but four states in America) -- is the subject of this engrossing documentary by Brad Beasley. With a healthy dose of humor and panache, Beasley captures noodling in all its eccentric glory, presenting it not merely as folly but as a true sport in Oklahoma, where he trails a band of men and their sons who've taken to "extreme" fishing.
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Rent WWE: Road Warriors on DVD WWE: Road Warriors
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For 20 years, Hawk and Animal (aka "The Legion of Doom") dominated professional wrestling. Follow their incredible journey, from an auspicious debut in the early 1980s to the tragic death of Michael "Hawk" Hegstrand in 2003.
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Animal, Hawk
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Kevin Dunn
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Rent UFC: The Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell on DVD UFC: The Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell
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He may hail from California, but in the ring he's "the Iceman": Mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell demonstrates why in this profile that tracks his ascendance to martial arts dominance and the 2005 UFC Light Heavyweight Championship crown. In exciting, often brutal footage, Liddell displays the ferocious striking ability and superior submission and grappling tactics that have allowed him to take down many an unfortunate opponent.
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Rent No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson on DVD No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
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High school basketball player Allen Iverson was destined for stardom until a bowling alley brawl nearly derailed his future. This documentary by Hoop Dreams director Steve James reveals the incident's impact on Iverson's career -- and his hometown.
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Allen Iverson
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Steve James
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Rent Thrilla in Manila on DVD Thrilla in Manila
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In the Philippines on Oct. 1, 1975, boxers and onetime friends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier had their third and final showdown, which is at the center of this spirited documentary. Exploring both this notorious rivalry and the multifaceted racial politics of the era, director John Dower uses extensive archival footage and interviews with biographers and journalists to tell the story from Frazier's corner of the ring.
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Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier
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Rent The Crash Reel on DVD The Crash Reel
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This documentary portrait of snowboard legend Kevin Pearce incorporates 15 years of footage, from his rivalry with childhood friend Shaun White, to his recovery from a traumatic brain injury he suffered while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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Cast
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Rent Choke on DVD Choke
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Go deep inside the high-octane world of freestyle fighting with this program featuring both bloody, no-holds-barred matches and documentary footage that highlights some of the top fighters and takes a look at their lives. Choke follows world freestyle fighting champion Rickson Gracie and two of his top rivals, kickboxer Todd Hayes and shootfighting champion Koichiro Kimura, all the way to the 1995 Vale Tudo World Fighting Championship.
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Kevin Costner narrates as a gallery of baseball greats -- including Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan and Derek Jeter -- explain the mythos and mechanics of the fastball: what it's like to throw one and what it's like to face one at the plate.
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Rent Ultimate X on DVD Ultimate X
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This feature chronicles the Summer X Games that took place during August 2001 in Philadelphia. Showcasing stars such as Bob Burnquist, Brian Deegan, Carey Hart III, Buckey Lasek, T.J. Lavin, Dave Mirra and more as they compete in skating, BMX, motocross and street luge competitions, Ultimate X captures the excitement and drama of X Games competition. Set to a soundtrack that includes P.O.D., Pennywise and Incubus.
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