The Waterboy (1998) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Buena Vista || PG13 - 130 minutes - $39.99 || August 4, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-08-06

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

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

B L U - R A Y

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Frank Coraci
Writer(s): Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler (written by)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

Theatrical Release Date: November 6, 1998

Supplemental Material:

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: 31-year-old waterboy, Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) is constantly tormented by the team he works for until he is fired by the coach. He then finds a new coach to work for. Here he finds a new talent, tackling people by pretending they're making fun of them. Soon, he becomes the best linebacker in college football, but he must keep it secret from his overprotective mother (Kathy Bates).

After the huge success of Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, Disney was itching to get Sandler in their corner. Lucky for them they did because the film with a $35 million dollar budget made them close to $180 Million. They struck high-quality H2O with the film.

But after a decade does this film still hold up? Most of the time.

Sandler once again plays the lovable idiot with a speech impediment that the audience just eats up (thankfully he's pretty much dropped that). While the film starts off great, there is a point in the middle of the film where it takes a rather boring route (Mama getting sick) which eventually picks up towards the end of the film where Bobby does what he does best - kick ass on the field. Hands down this film is a spotlight for Henry Winkler who plays Coach Klein - who finally breaks free of his typecast-role as the cool and always together 'Fonz' from "Happy Days".

This is certainly not of one of Sandlers best films (I'd give that to Punch Drunk Love) but it's the one he is often remembered for.


Not a single thing.


The Waterboy is presented in 1.85:1 on a 25GB Disc. While the flick looks better than the previous, stale DVD, this is a minimal upgrade. Contrast seems to be set a little bit too high but I didn't spot any Edge Enhancement or Digital Noise Reduction.

Disney has included an English 5.1 DTS MA track. Given that this film is a comedy, don't expect much from the rear speakers. Nearly everything is positioned in the front with a few short bursts of noises from the stands during the football games.


Given the high MSRP on this ($39.99) itís really tough to recommend a purchase when it has no features and only slightly improved picture and audio.