With competition about to reach a fever pitch in London, try taking a bit of a different, deeper look at the sports of the summer games with these terrific documentaries available to watch now on Netflix.
Over his fifty-year career, legendary Duke track and field coach Al Buehler has influenced the careers and minds of some of America’s most talented athletes – including Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, and Joan Benoit. “Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story” profiles this beloved coach, who also courageously supported diversity in the Atlantic Coast Conference during a controversial time in American history.
Not all racing events are measured in mere seconds…or even minutes. “Spirit of the Marathon” dives deep into the history and background of the event that entices both amateur runners and professional athletes alike to the venerated Chicago race. And if 26.2 miles still feels a bit short, try “Running the Sahara” – the profile of the international three-man team that attempts a remarkable traversal of this great desert on foot.
Most elite young gymnasts spend their childhoods drilling dismounts and dive rolls, striving for the highest levels of competition. But for two teenage gymnasts preparing for the Mass Games of the late Kim Jong Il’s North Korea in “A State of Mind,” physical training is just one part of regimented life behind the iron curtain. This summer, North Korea will not be sending any gymnasts to London and will instead look to its athletes in other events to bring home medals and national pride.
While sailing events this summer will take place off the coast of the United Kingdom, the controversial Sunday Times’ Golden Globe Race of 1968 tasked solo participants with a slightly longer course. “Deep Water” (from the documentary filmmakers of “Touching the Void”) chronicles the voyage of headstrong amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set off forty years ago with eight other sailors on this first round-the-world race of its kind…but never finished his journey.
Whether called “soccer” or “football,” it is one of the world’s most universally-beloved sports. “Pelada” introduces us to players from many countries and walks of life, for whom all that’s needed are a ball and ready teammates. Focusing on one unique competition in particular, “Kicking It” profiles six of the dispossessed soccer players from around the world who are preparing for the Fourth Annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
Whatever sport is your passion and whichever nation you root for, we hope that you enjoy these and other fantastic sports documentaries available on Netflix!
- Tamara Rothenberg, Content Acquisition
Friday, July 27, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
I'm Ian Bricke, Director of Content Acquisition here at Netflix. Join us in celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd! Whether you’re a hardcore treehugger or a laidback household recycler, Netflix has a great offering of green movies for every taste, all available to watch instantly. If you’re into hard-hitting environmental documentaries, try Forks Over Knives, The Last Mountain, or the 2012 Academy Award-nominated If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. For a more playful look at green living, check out Revenge of the Electric Car. Travel the world in pursuit of inspiring stories of renewal, creativity, and adventure with Waste Land or 180°South. Celebrate the sheer beauty of our natural world with the family-friendly Turtle: The Incredible Journey and March of the Penguins. And if documentaries aren’t your thing, you could do worse than a one-of-a-kind Earth Day double feature of Free Willy and Chinatown. (Let's be honest, Chinatown is not only one of the all-time-best Jack Nicholson movies, but also a pull-no-punches look at water rights.) Happy Earth Day!
Monday, February 27, 2012
"And the Oscar goes to...Netflix!"
Last night in Hollywood, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences handed out the Oscars for the best films and best film talent of the year...and what a year it was. Many of the the night’s top prizes went to extraordinary movies that will be available to watch instantly on Netflix in the weeks and months to come.
The two biggest winners this year were "The Artist" and "Hugo." Both films celebrate the world's passion for the history of movies. "The Artist," using classic moviemaking techniques, is presented in black and white and without dialogue, while "Hugo," employs Hollywood’s latest technical artistry to present a dazzling experience in 3D to theatrical audiences.
These films have three things in common; a love for cinema, five Oscars and both will be coming to Netflix later this year.
Other big Netflix winners were Best Documentary Feature "Undefeated" and Best Animated Feature "Rango."
"The Artist" took home the top prize of Best Picture and ultimately won 5 of the 10 awards it was nominated for including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. It will make its debut on Netflix and not be available on any premium pay TV services in the U.S. Best Documentary Feature winner "Undefeated" will also makes its exclusive debut on Netflix this year.
"Rango," the Johnny Depp-voiced Best Animated Feature will be coming to Netflix on March 31.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein were also stars in a night full of them. This year marked back-to-back Best Picture Oscar wins and night that would include a total of 8 Academy Awards for their films. We couldn't be more enthusiastic to be in business with these legendary film executives.
Besides collecting awards, films premiering on Netflix also attracted big crowds at the box office this weekend. The #1 film "Act of Valor" and the #2 film "Good Deeds" will premiere on Netflix soon, rather than on a traditional Pay TV service.
Netflix is proud to be bringing its members some of the biggest and best films of the year. From big box office action flicks to “The Artist,” we have something great to watch for everyone.
--Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer