Media Guy's Pop Pick: 'Man on Wire' on DVD

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'Man on Wire' DVD
Leading up to Oscar Sunday, I didn't have a lot of horses in the race. Sure, Mickey Rourke's performance in "The Wrestler" is terrific, but the film itself is hokum. That overbaked misery biscuit, "Revolutionary Road"? Way to cliché-ify a literary treasure, Hollywood. "Slumdog Millionaire"? Awesome soundtrack, dopey story. And so on, for the most part -- except for "Man on Wire," the best-doc nominee that, in my book, was the overall best film of 2008. A surprisingly moving, funny, weirdly inspiring telling of Frenchman Philippe Petit's astonishing Aug. 7, 1974 feat -- he tightrope-walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in a heart-stopping stunt that took eight months of secret planning -- the film's now out on DVD. As of this writing, I don't know if it won the Oscar. (Update: It won!) Whatever -- it's already a classic. I'm randomly giving away a copy of "Man on Wire." To be eligible, send me an e-mail with "Man on Wire" in the subject line on or before March 23.

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