To celebrate the release of the 20th Anniversary edition of Hoop Dreams, out now from Dogwoof, we’ve got 2 to giveaway on Blu-ray!
Declared a masterpiece when it was initially released but infamously snubbed at the Oscars, Hoop Dreams by Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert remains one of the defining films of its genre and times. Dogwoof, in partnership with Violet Pictures, is proud to release the 20th Anniversary restoration of this towering documentary to UK audiences for the first time on Blu-ray!
For five years the filmmakers followed William Gates and Arthur Agee, two inner-city Chicago teenagers, documenting their journey of fulfilling their dreams of making it to the NBA. Every day the boys travel 90 minutes each way from their city homes to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school famed for its basketball programme. The resulting film, Hoop Dreams, chronicled Gates and Agee’s daily struggles with school, family, and community pressures as they attempt to reach their goal of professional basketball fame and glory. Breaking the barriers of a sports film, Hoop Dreams addressed issues of race, class, and privilege, and provided a rare insight into the industry of professional sport.
This epic film enthralled viewers on release and has since risen to the ranks of one of the most important films of the last century. The 20th Anniversary restoration of Hoop Dreams features a host of special features including additional scenes, an exclusive introduction from Steve James, and a newly commissioned essay from moving image curator and writer Karen Alexander, among others. Extras include:
- New high-definition digital restoration
- Additional Scenes
- Steve James introduction
- Hoop Dreams: 20th Anniversary
- A side by side comparison
- Original 1994 Music Video
- PLUS: Exclusive essay by independent film and moving image curator and writer Karen Alexander
To be in with a chance of winning , just tell us in the comments below…
Which two Chicago teenagers does the film follow?
We’ll pick a winner after 1 December, good luck!
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-Competition closes on 1 December, the winner will be picked at random and emailed directly with details of how to claim your prize.
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