Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2009


"The Wrestler" (Blu-ray)


Randy "The Ram" Robinson is a professional wrestler, past his prime, but he can't afford to retire, so he lives in a trailer and continues his trade.

Other wrestlers are in awe of his career, but they don't cut him any slack in the ring. He has to take his knocks the same as if he were still a young man.

The only person he can confide in is a cocktail waitress, Cassidy (Tomei), who is very concerned about him.

Finally, it is just too much, and he has a heart attack, and retires, taking a job in a deli. He also tries to reconcile with his daughter Stephanie (Wood), who is angry that her father was never there for her.



  • Fox Searchlight
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 51 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 28 Mbps
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
  • Directed by Darren Aronofsky
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad


Rourke did a fantastic job in his role as the aging athelete. This is the guy who should have won Best Actor at the Oscar ceremony this year.


The image is sharp, and DTS-HD Master Audio does well, although this is not a movie that really needs surround sound.


These include a Bruce Sprinsteen music video and Within the Ring.