Raising Tennis Aces: The Williams Story is a
film by Terry Jervis that tells the tale of two tennis superstars who happen
to be sisters called Venus and Serena. Although you may mistakenly believe
that this DVD is about the life of the two sisters but is actually about their
father, Richard Williams who is the girls manager and coach. Jervis does an
amazing job at recounting the life of Richard Williams who although not raised
in poverty, went through a variety of hardships through his life..
Richard Williams also goes into great depth
by recounting the story that his two daughters destiny was already planned.
Williams also faced local street gangs in an attempt to allow his two
daughters to play tennis on the public courts and fast forward fifteen years
later, both the girls are valued at over $150 million dollars combined. The
DVD is an interesting documentary but is rather self-centred on Richard
Williams, rather than the two girls but I'm sure both tennis and non-tennis
fans will get something out this film.
quality of the DVD is quite sharp and clear but it should be noted that this
is an NTSC disc, therefore the quality on some PAL systems may be noticeable.
The feature film is also presented in widescreen 16:9 anamorphic for that true
The audio quality of Raising Tennis Aces is
quite impressive and actually supports Dolby Digital 5.1 that sounds quite
clear and audible.
main feature focuses on Richard Williams, the extras basically focus on the
two sisters, Venus and Serena. The extras include, Training the Williams Way,
Williams on Williams, Venus and Serena (extended interviews), Williams versus
Williams (Grand Slam Techniques), Director's interview and an interview with
I found Raising Tennis Aces a very compelling
documentary that gave me a greater insight into two tennis greats. With a
plethora of extras and some amazing video and audio quality, this DVD is
perfect for all tennis fans or for those that wish something different on
their DVD diet.
Raising Tennis Aces: The Williams Story Features
Training the Williams Way
Williams on Williams
Venus and Serena (extended interviews)
Williams vs. Williams (Grand Slam Techniques)
Interview with Pete Sampras
Dolby Digital 5.1