Under the Boardwalk DVD Review
By Kam Williams
DVD Delineates History of Monopoly and Chronicles 2009 Championship
The DVD version of Under the Boardwalk, a film about the amazing game of Monopoly, contains some interesting extras. The Director's commentary is good. The 2009 World Championship final game and The Methods, Math & Myths of Monopoly. The narrator Zachary Levi, must have found it hard to be consistent, and there is an outtake reel of his misses. There are also extended scenes and an interactive Monopoly quiz.
See what I wrote in Under The Boardwalk Film Review.
The inventor of Monopoly, Charles Darrow, was an unemployed salesman from Philadelphia. In 1935, Darrow got a patent on the board game. Apparently, it was inspired by another game called The Landlord, invented over three decades earlier by Lizzie Phillips, a Quaker, as a way of illustrating capitalism's tendency to enrich property owners at the expense of impoverishing renters.
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Monopoly today is as much a brand as it is a game, the logo is licensed by McDonald's, gambling casinos, lotteries and many others.
Under the Boardwalk is an informative documentary directed by Kevin Tostado who disseminates some fascinating historical info while chronicling the goings-on at both the United States and World Monopoly Championships of 2009. You can hear his off-camera commentary on one track of the DVD.
Skill or lucky roll of the dice, advance your token to Boardwalk!
Very Good (3 stars)
Running time: 88 minutes
Distributor: Docurama Films
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Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the African-American Film Critics Association, and the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Read more reviews by Kam Williams. Contact him through NewsBlaze.
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