The DVD release of many high-profile movies feature two discs: one containing the film itself and a bonus disc that often includes commentary by directors and actors, funny outtakes and scenes that weren't included in the film's final cut.
The bonus disc of Disney's "Miracle," the story of the 1980 gold medal-winning United States Olympic hockey team, is just as good -- if not better than -- the movie.
That's mostly because of a wide-ranging interview with the team's coach, Herb Brooks, who died nearly 10 months ago in a car accident. The film's central figure gives candid answers to an array of questions: how he dealt with being the final player cut from the gold medal-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic hockey team; the remorse he felt 20 years later for making his 1980 team skate repeated sprints, during which many players were vomiting, after the team tied Norway in an exhibition; and how he used different motivational techniques with different players.
The bonus disc shows footage of the interaction between actual members of the 1980 team and the actors who portray them, as well as footage of the movie's humble beginning: 3,000 players responded to an open casting call in which they had to pass an ice hockey skills test to earn a speaking audition.
"I thought I was just going to be an extra," said Billy Schneider, who ended up playing his father, Buzz, a winger on the 1980 team.
Nearly a quarter-century after the games in Lake Placid, the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team continues to resonate.
-- Jon Gallo