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Posted by Jennifer Cingari on November 4, 2013

ESPN Films Presents “30 for 30 Season II/Volume 1”

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Latest Installment of the Best Selling 30 for 30 ESPN Film Series In Stores November 26;

You Don’t Know Bo, No Más, Broke plus The Book of Manning Featured in 6-Disc Collection 

ESPN Home Entertainment, in conjunction with Team Marketing, announced today that they will release the “30 for 30 Season II/Volume 1” DVD collection on November 26, 2013.  The highly-anticipated collection will include the most recent titles from the second season of ESPN Films’ Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series, which wraps up its new season on the cable network Tuesday, November 5.

“30 for 30 Season II/Volume 1” marks the first DVD release of new films from the top-selling and critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 series in two years.  The 6-disc set will include recent 30 for 30 Season 2 films Broke, 9.79*, There’s No Place Like Home, Benji, Ghosts of Ole Miss, You Don’t Know Bo, Survive and Advance, Elway to Marino, Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, Free Spirits, No Más, Big Shot, This Is What They Want, and Bernie and Ernie plus the popular The Book of Manning from ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series.    The collection will also contain over an hour of special bonus features including deleted scenes, extended interviews and directors’ statements.  The suggested retail price is $74.95.

“We’re excited to offer sports fans and film buffs a new collection of 30 for 30 films, featuring fifteen of our most recent documentaries, in time for the holiday season,” commented ESPN Films Vice President Connor Schell.  “From recounting the stories of iconic sports legends like Bo Jackson and Jimmy Connors to exploring controversial issues facing contemporary athletes, the 30 for 30 series continues to entertain and intrigue a diverse audience.”

Since its debut in 2009, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series has combined exceptional sports stories from the past 30 years with exceptional filmmaking.  The series has been widely credited with revitalizing the sports documentary genre.  The “30 for 30 Season II/Volume 1” collection features films by acclaimed directors like Billy Corben (Broke) and Eric Drath (No Más), as well as the highly-anticipated directorial debut of Kevin Connolly (Big Shot).

The films included in the “30 for 30 Season II/Volume 1” DVD collection are:

Broke (Directed by Billy Corben)

Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders and saddled with medical problems, most pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar, Leon Searcy and Andre Rison, this fascinating documentary from Billy Corben (The U, Cocaine Cowboys) digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature carries them to victory on the field and ruin off it.

9.79* (Directed by Daniel Gordon)

The 100-meter men’s final at the 1988 Seoul Games was the fastest and perhaps most thrilling sprint in Olympic history. But within 48 hours, gold medalist Ben Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids and scandal reigned.  This one race became the world’s wake-up call to drugs in sports, forcing us to question what we expect from our athletes as they pursue records in the name of national pride.  It still haunts the eight men who took part.  2012 Toronto International Film Festival Selection.

There’s No Place Like Home (Directed by Maura Mandt & Josh Swade)

When University of Kansas superfan Josh Swade discovers Dr. James Naismith’s original rules of basketball will be auctioned on December 10, 2010, he embarks upon an ambitious goal:  to raise more than $1 million in three weeks.  Directors Maura Mandt and Josh Swade follow his fanatical quest to win this seminal American artifact at auction and bring the rules “back home” to the University of Kansas.

Benji (Directed by Coodie and Chike)

In 1984, 17-year-old Benjamin “Benji” Wilson Jr. was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a beloved, sweet-natured youngster from the city’s fabled South Side, Wilson was the first high school player in Chicago’s history to be ranked as the nation’s # 1 recruit.  The day before his senior season, his life was abruptly and tragically cut short, sending ripples through the city and the country. Directors Coodie & Chike explore the circumstances surrounding his tragic death, which continues to resonate to this day.

Ghosts of Ole Miss (Directed by Fritz Mitchell)

In the fall of 1962, James Meredith walked onto the University of Mississippi campus and integrated the school under order and protection of the federal government. That same fall, the Ole Miss football team was in the midst of its only perfect season in school history.   Director Fritz Mitchell, along with Mississippi native Wright Thompson, explore how a team of young men became caught in the middle of one of the most significant moments in the Civil Rights movement, and how these tumultuous events  continue to shape the state 50 years later.

You Don’t Know Bo (Directed by Mike Bonfiglio)

“There are stars and there are superstars.  And then there’s Bo Jackson. “  During the 1980s and 1990s, Bo Jackson hit 500-foot home runs and ran over linebackers, becoming a cultural icon and one of the most famous athletes of all time.   Director Michael Bonfiglio examines the truths and tall tales that surround Jackson, and how his seemingly impossible feats captured our collective imagination for an all-too-brief moment in time.

Survive and Advance (Directed by Jonathan Hock)

The unforgettable story of the 1982–1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack and their improbable run to the NCAA Championship.  Told through the eyes of senior captain Dereck Whittenburg, the film takes a poignant look at Jim Valvano and his remarkable impact.

Elway To Marino (Directed by Ken Rodgers)

In 1983, six quarterbacks were selected in the first round of the draft – still the most ever.  Elway to Marino gives you an insider’s seat at this landmark draft through the eyes of the players, head coaches, general managers, team owners and agents who participated.  Pick by pick, agent Marvin Demoff (represented both John Elway and Dan Marino) walks you through the months leading up to the most dramatic draft day in NFL history.

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau (Director: Sam George)

“Eddie Would Go.”  It’s a phrase that has long carried deep meaning with countless Hawaiians and surfers worldwide.  Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau goes beyond those famous three words and chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a.  With a rich combination of archival imagery, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material, this film is a compelling exploration of the tragic decline and extraordinary re-birth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.

Free Spirits (Director: Daniel H. Forer)

When the NBA merged with the American Basketball Association in 1976, four ABA franchises joined the more established league – the Nets, Nuggets, Pacers and Spurs.  But one of the odd teams out found a different way to secure its future.  Free Spirits tells the colorful story of the Spirits of St. Louis – an entertaining and at times controversial team featuring stars like Marvin “Bad News” Barnes and James “Fly” Williams with an upstart sportscaster named Bob Costas calling the play-by-play.

No Más (Director: Eric Drath)

In the midst of boxing’s contemporary golden age stood two fighters who established a captivating rivalry. Their pair of bouts within a span of just over 5 months in 1980 had all the trappings of instant classics. Sugar Ray Leonard, an American hero, who had become a household name after a Gold Medal-winning performance at the 1976 Summer Olympics that led to numerous corporate sponsorships, versus the Latino champion, Roberto Duran, the toughest -­ some said meanest -­ fighter of all time. It was not just the drama and action of these fights that would endure, but those two words uttered in the second of their clashes, which would create a sense of mystery, bewilderment and intrigue to the present day.

Big Shot (Director: Kevin Connolly)

In 1996, the once-dominant New York Islanders were in serious trouble.   Lousy performance and poor management were driving away the hockey franchise’s loyal fan base.  The team hit bottom.  Then along came a Dallas businessman named John Spano, who swooped in and agreed to buy the team for 165 million dollars.  But it was all smoke and mirrors. Featuring the only interview Spano has ever given about the Islanders deal, this film is an unforgettable tale of a dream that became a lie.

This is What They Want (Directors: Brian Koppelman and David Levien)

When Jimmy Connors arrived in New York for the 1991 U.S. Open, the one-time tennis superstar was 8 years removed from his last Grand Slam singles title, ranked 174th in the world and approaching his 39th birthday.  On the verge of a quick first-round exit, Connors suddenly and unexpectedly re-captured the magic.  This is What They Want not only illuminates his highly improbably march past a series of talented and youthful adversaries, and explores how Connors became a polarizing and provocative personality who helped make tennis a high-octane spectator sport.

Bernie and Ernie (Directed by Jason Hehir)

When Bernard King arrived at Knoxville, he was only the third African American ever to play for the Vols’ varsity team.   By the time he left he was a legend.  Along with talented teammate Ernie Grunfeld, they gained national acclaim as part of what was known as “The Ernie and Bernie Show.”  This film follows King’s strict upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, the challenges he faced at the University of Tennessee, and the obstacles he overcame in the NBA as he looked to live up to the promise of his college career.

The Book of Manning (Directed by Rory Karpf)

A father-and-son story written into the pages of football folklore, it can be argued that no family has had more influence on a sport than the Mannings.  Archie – the patriarch, followed by sons Cooper, Peyton and Eli.  Narrated by actor John Goodman, The Book of Manning features revealing interviews with Archie, Olivia, Cooper, Peyton and Eli Manning along with other family members, friends, former teammates and coaches as well as never-before-seen photos and home movie footage of Archie and his sons.  Through it all, director Rory Karpf explores how a tragedy shaped the course of not only Archie’s life, but his family’s as well.

More information and trailers are available at: http://espn.go.com/30for30/

About ESPN Home Entertainment

ESPN Home Entertainment is an established industry leader, overseeing the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution of ESPN Films’ award-winning documentaries to sports fans across multiple platforms including DVD and digital media via electronic sell-through, streaming, video-on-demand, and mobile.  ESPN Home Entertainment is one of many business units within ESPN, Inc., the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 business entities.

About Team Marketing

Team Marketing, a division of Wax Works / Videoworks, is a leading distributor of sports related content on DVD.  Headquartered in Owensboro, Kentucky, Team Marketing works in partnership with all the major studios as well as independent producers and suppliers of sports content to deliver top tier releases on DVD to retailers and sub-distributors across the United States and Canada.