Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2009



"The Express: The Ernie Davis Story" (Blu-ray)


Coming from a poor background, Ernie Davis (Brown) gets his chance at Syracuse University, and Coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Quaid) knows talent when he sees it. This was in the late 1950's when racism was high. But Davis didn't let this stop him. In fact, he gave them some of their own medicine when he joined a Jewish fraternity. Davis goes on not only to excel beyond anyone's wildest dreams, he becomes the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. It was a tragic loss when Davis died in 1963 from leukemia.




  • Universal Pictures
  • 2008, Rated PG, 2 Hr 10 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Omar Benson Miller, Charles Dutton
  • Directed by Gary Fleder
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: On the Football Field
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Mild


The story is as much about Davis' relationship with Coach Schwartzwalder as it is about Davis' extraordinary talent. One interesting note is that Schwartzwalder was not totally color blind himself, but in the final analysis, he knew that the only thing that really mattered was playing the game.

However, the movie is really just one more in a long string of sports films about players, teams, or coaches who overcome obstacles to become successful. As such, there is not anything unique here, but it is still an inspiring tale about a very talented young man, and is definitely a feel good movie.


Post production really has their Blu-ray skills in the palm of their hand now, as picture quality just does not seem to be an issue with new Blu-ray releases. It's not really a surround sound kind of movie - it's more about character development - but the DTS-HD Master Audio is there for what's required.


You have the usual suspects on this one: The Making of, The Story of Ernie Davis, The Legacy of Ernie Davis, and some other things such as BD-Live.