Directed by Michael McGowan
Canada
2004

 

  Set in Hamilton in 1954, Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest to win the Boston Marathon. Ralph is a fatherless 14-year-old with a seriously ill mother, who knows he's a time bomb waiting to explode into greatness, except that he has no idea where that greatness will manifest itself. An unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool inadvertently sets him on this road when, as penance, Ralph is conscripted to the cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his mother out of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running, and determines to win the Boston Marathon.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: September 11th, 2004 - Toronto Film Festival

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Runtime 1:38;15 
Video 1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.30 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Director Commentary
• Featurette: Behind the Scenes of Saint Ralph
• Previews 


DVD Release Date: December 13th, 2005

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Shot in a muted palette the DVD transfer has maintained the film-like image very well. Contrast is strong and the largely untested 5.1 audio is quite consistent. I haven't heard the commentary yet, but I will be indulging soon. The behind the scenes featurette is unremarkable.

The film itself is a real charmer that skirts with being cloying on occasion but never seems to breach that nebulous border. Yes, despite my usual disregard for my homelands film output - I do, indeed, recommend Saint Ralph - both film and DVD.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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