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"The Blind Side" commentary track with Steven Godfrey and Ryan Nanni
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"The Blind Side" commentary track with Steven Godfrey and Ryan Nanni

A critical look at a Hollywood college football tear-jerker.
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Illustration: Hector Diaz.

Split Zone Duo is proud to present a long-sought-after project: The feature-length commentary track for The Blind Side (2009). This movie got a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, and Sandra Bullock won Best Actress. Steven Godfrey, who covered Ole Miss around the time of the events depicted in the film, saw things differently than how the movie showed them. Please enjoy this extensive commentary on the whole thing.

You do not necessarily need to pull up the movie to enjoy and follow along with this track, but you may want to! It’s available for rental and purchase at both Apple and Amazon, and we believe the movie files on those platforms are the same. As of publication time, The Blind Side does not stream with a subscription on any major platforms. Renting it costs $3.99 on Apple and $3.79 on Amazon as of publication time. Or maybe you’ve got it on DVD!

Some notes on getting the podcast file lined up properly with the movie itself: At the 21:23 mark of the podcast, Godfrey begins the instructions for lining up the movie and the commentary track. The movie file should be about 2 hours and 8 minutes. You’ll see the Warner Bros. logo from the mid-aughts, and then you’ll notice a graphic for production company Alcon Entertainment. When you see the little ® trademark symbol come on the screen at 0:25 of the movie file, hit pause on the movie. Then, at 23:19 of the podcast track and 0:25 of the film track, press play on both. You’ll then have synced tracks as the movie goes forward. (Free subscribers can listen up until this point.)

Thanks to our audio producer, Anthony Vito, for his work in bringing you this track. Thanks, we guess (?), to Michael Lewis for writing the book that allowed us to do this commentary in the first place. Roll tape!

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