Whether you loved or hated it, Clint Eastwood's â€œMillion Dollar Babyâ€? is the most celebrated boxing film of the last 25 years (since â€œRaging Bullâ€?). Winner of Best Picture, Best Director for Eastwood, Best Actress for Hilary Swank, and Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman, the 3-disc DVD of â€œMillion Dollar Babyâ€? goes on sale this Tuesday. The special box set includes the movie, supplementary material and commentary, and Eastwood's score for his Academy Award-winning effort.
Based on a series of short stories called â€œRope Burnsâ€? by F.X. Toole and adapted for the screen by Paul Haggis, â€œMillion Dollar Babyâ€? tells the story of Maggie Fitzgerald (Swank), a 31-year-old waitress from Missouri who travels to California to pursue her dream of being a boxer. She encounters Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), a hardnosed fight manager/gym owner, and Scamp (Freeman), his loyal aide-de-camp, and they tutor Maggie on the fundamentals as they navigate her pro career â€“ for better or worse â€¦ for better and worse.
Although there are factual inaccuracies in the film, which were sloughed off on grounds that it was a work of fiction, and a surprise ending that sent many viewers running for their hankies and the theater exits, â€œMillion Dollar Babyâ€? captured something essential about the fight game, and has the sort of integrity and depth of feeling so lacking, for example, in this year's drab, clichÃ©d, unwatchable â€œCinderella Man.â€?
For those who want to revisit the most feted boxing film of our era â€“ an elegiac chamber meditation on boxing, life, and the illusion of redemption â€“ or for those who missed it the first time around and want to see for themselves what the hullabaloo was all about, check out the new DVD set of Clint Eastwood's â€œMillion Dollar Baby.â€?