With previous champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal knocked out in the opening four days, it’s been an exciting start to this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament. So if you’re enjoying the tennis and looking for some movies to continue the theme, why not take a look at some of these tennis inspired movies, all available in high definition on Blu-ray.
Wimbledon takes a look at the career of washed-up tennis pro Peter Colt (ranked 119th in the world), just as his career is on the wane and he begins his final tournament. Outsider Colt receives a new lease of life when he encounters rising star Lizzie Bradbury. As their relationship heats up, his confidence on the court improves, and he finds himself in with a chance of winning the men’s title. Blu-ray special features include look at the world famous championship, as well as a commentary track with star Paul Bettany and director Richard Loncraine.
Match Point, directed by Woody Allen and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson, follows another tennis star whose career is coming to an end. Facing retirement, Chris Wilton (Rhys Meyers) starts work as an instructor at an upmarket club in London. Here he encounters his future wife, but also the alluring American actress Nola. As Chris becomes increasingly embroiled in the affairs of these two women his life starts to spiral out of control. Enjoy one of Woody Allen’s more unusual films in full high definition glory.
Although not specifically about tennis, the sport plays a pivotal role in Paul Feig’s movie Bridesmaids. Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig as Annie, a thirty-something singleton whose life is a failure thanks to a bankrupt business, the flatmates from hell and a selfish love interest. When her best friend and confidant Lillian drops the bombshell that she’s soon to be married, chaos ensues as Annie instantly takes a dislike to fellow bridesmaid Helen and battles her way through posh functions, a disastrous hen party and a now notorious dress fitting. As tensions rise Helen and Annie fight out their differences in a passive aggressive tennis match. The Blu-ray special features include additional six minutes of unseen footage, deleted, extended and alternate scenes, audio commentaries from the cast and crew, and some featurettes on Wiig’s and Byrne’s best and worst moments.