Major League (1989) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Sports
Paramount || R - 106 minutes - $29.99 || May 12, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-05-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: David S. Ward
Writer(s): David S. Ward (written by)
Cast: Tom Berenger, Charlier Sheen, Wesley Snipes


Theatrical Release Date: April 7, 1989


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Photo Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Mono 1.0), Spanish (Mono 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Synopsis: Sheís a beautiful, smart, goal-oriented, and she just inherited the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, she wants to move the franchise to Miami, and a losing season is her only ticket to Florida. So she signs the wildest gang of screwballs that ever spit Tobacco. Theyíre handsome, but theyíre hopeless. Her catcher (Tom Berenger) is a washed-up womanizer who struck out in life. Her ace pitcher (Charlie Sheen) is a punked-out crazy who struck out with the law. And her third baseman (Corbin Bernsen) is more concerned about fielding endorsements than grounders. Throw in a busload of other misfits and youíve got yourself a hilarious lineup thatís destined for disaster. Or is it?

Iíve chosen to include whatís on the back of the box for my review today for a few reasons. First, odds are youíve seen the film and know what itís about. Second, if you havenít, now you do.

I really did try to like this movie, but in the end it just falls a little too short. The comedy just isnít there like I assume it was back in 1989 when this was made. But to me, a true comedy veteran, Iíve seen most of this type of humor before and it just doesnít work for me. The cast is amazing though, as the young Charlie Sheen, Berenger, and Bernsen are all great in their respective roles. I even chuckled at a few of each of their lines, but the rest of the movie had the laughs too far and between to make this one a must have for me.

Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker) who serves as a commentator for the games played is absolutely hysterical, and in my opinion one of the best people that are in the movie. Willie Hayes (Wesley Snipes) is slightly comical, but canít compare to Doyleís acting and lines given.

I know this is a ďClassic ComedyĒ for some, but to me, in 2009, this just canít hold a candle to other releases.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with David Ward and Chris Chesser: The director/writer and producer of the movie join forces for this dull commentary. They talk for most of the film about the cast and crack a few jokes about them as well. The two pretty much praise the cast throughout the commentary, so if you enjoy hearing how great the actors and actresses are, then feel free to listen.

My Kinda Team (23 minutes): The cast and crew talk about how much fun making the film was among various other things. Sheen is talked about a ton for actively pursuing the role he played. This is also a behind the scenes look at the movie as well, for those interested.

A Major League Look At Major League (14 minutes): The cast and crew yet again talk about the movie and how similar the film was to an actual major league ball club. It runs on way too long for my tastes, but if you enjoyed the flick then feel free to check this out.

Bob Uecker: Just a Bit Outside (13 minutes): The announced, Bob Uecker, has his quotes dissected and how the cast loved his lines and how they are still quoted today. This is slightly better than the previous features, although not by much.

Alternate Ending (4 minutes): This new ending isnít that great, and the picture quality if awful. Iíd recommend not bothering with this.

Tour of Cerranoís Locker (2 minutes): You get a tour of Cerranoís locker. Exactly how it sounds, and exactly how much fun it sounds like.

Finally, a Photo Gallery is available for you to thumb through.

A small minor complaint here, but the stupid ďWild ThingsĒ song plays throughout the entire menu and loops like every fifteen seconds. Itís incredibly annoying and now that itís stuck in my head as Iím typing this review up, I recommend muting the menu or else youíll have the same problem.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The color palette for this one, as understandable as I can be given that itís an older flick, is just awful. Colors are drowned out and appear dark and dreary, which creates a horrible atmosphere for a comedy. Flesh tones are also weaker than they should be, and take into account a rather large amount of grain and noise that is present throughout, this isnít the best transfer. On the plus side though, this is probably the best the movie is ever going to look, but then again, that may not be the most comforting thing to say to fans hoping for a great transfer.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is also subpar to be honest. Surround use isnít around much for the film, and the dialogue levels are low and inconsistent. The levels at times were loud and I could hear them clearly, then a few scenes later they were lower and understanding them was a chore. I donít even think my sub turned on until at least twenty or so minutes into the movie. This isnít demo material by any means, but it does get the job done, just not in a way that I was hoping to write about.



.::OVERALL::.

If you already own the DVD copy of Major League, then I suggest just keeping it. This isnít really an upgrade in any shape or form, as the special features are all ported over and the video and audio package arenít really the best for a catalog release. Sorry guys, but this is a major strikeout.