Did you miss Overcomer when it came to theaters earlier this year? If so, you missed what has been called the “#1 Inspirational Family Film of 2019.” That is a pretty lofty claim. While some critics don’t agree with that sentiment (the movie stands with a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from reviewers), the audiences of the movie gave the film high praise with a 98% fresh rating! It also earned an “A+” rating from CinemaScore thank you very much.
Overcomer is about a successful basketball coach (Alex Kendrick) who is challenged by his school’s principal (Priscilla Shirer) to coach a new sport that he doesn’t know or even like. As John questions his own worth, he dares to help the least likely runner take on the biggest race of the year. The film also stars Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett and Aryn Wright-Thompson.
If you are searching for last minute gift ideas, this just might be the perfect gift to give. The film can also serve as a great teaching tool for your church or family (you can find a variety of resources on the Overcomer website).
Available on December 17 on DVD and Blu-ray, the movie comes with tons of extra features including:
- Feature Audio Commentary with Director Alex Kendrick and Producer Stephen Kendrick
- Bloopers & Outtakes
- 10 Minutes of Additional Scenes with an introduction from the Kendrick Brothers.
- The Making of Overcomer: Learn about how the crew worked together with faith and prayer to create this incredible film.
- The Theme of Identity: In this piece the cast and crew discuss what the theme of identity means to them.
- The Power of Forgiveness: Describes why forgiveness is such an important theme of this film.
- “Overcomer” (Lip Sync Music Video) Featuring Mandisa
- Overcomer in 60 Seconds: a quick fun film recap.
- Overcomer Resources Video: Learn more about accompanying resources to help you grow in faith.
Blu-ray and digital copies of Overcomer also come with:
- The Heart of Overcomer: See how the heart of Overcomer is grounded in personal growth, faith and identity.
- Creating the Opening Drone Shot: See how the stunning opening drone shot of the film was realized with a lot of ingenuity and a well-organized crew.
- Working with the Kendricks: Watch how Alex, Stephen and Shannon Kendrick found their path to filmmaking through authenticity and faith.
- Looks Behind-the-Scenes of Editing, Composing, Coloring and Sound Design
- “Enough” (Lyric Video) Featuring Koryn Hawthorne
- Don’t Mess with the Editors: Check out what the editors of Overcomer created on the side for a little fun.
In addition, Warmart will be selling a new six-movie DVD gift set featuring Overcomer along with all of the Kendrick’s other movies which include War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Flywheel.
(Main photo: Affirm Films)
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