Sony Releasing ‘The Armstrong Lie’ on Disc and Digital Feb. 1130 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The documentary, which began as video tribute to Lance Armstrong’s comeback out of retirement in 2009, instead focuses on one of sport’s biggest deceptions and its kingmaker
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Feb. 11 will release critically acclaimed documentary, “The Armstrong Lie,” on Blu-ray Disc combo pack, DVD and digital.
From Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” 2008) “Lie,” initially began as a video tribute to Lance Armstrong’s return to professional cycling in 2009 following a three-year retirement and seven Tour de France victories.
But in 2012 when allegations of Armstrong’s long history with performance enhancing drugs began to gain increased credence, the filmmakers decided that instead of chronicling his comeback, the doc would include new interviews with Armstrong, his former teammates, as well as cycling experts, emerging as an insider's view and chronicle of the sporting icon’s collapse. Shortly thereafter, as part of the doc, Armstrong confessed to doping in a January 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Blu-ray and DVD include exclusive commentary from Gibney, as well as a Q&A with noted cycling figures Frank Marshall, Bill Strickland, Jonathan Vaughters and Betsy Andreu. Both releases also come with more than 40 minutes of deleted scenes.