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Ball of Wax (2005)

Mark Mench , Justin Smith , Daniel Kraus  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Mark Mench, Justin Smith, Traci Dinwiddie, Cullen Moss, Daniel Morris
  • Directors: Daniel Kraus
  • Writers: Daniel Kraus
  • Producers: Jason Davis, Daniel Kraus, Allen Serkin, Craig Ouellette, Damian Lahey
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: GO-KART RECORDS
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00073K7ZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ball of Wax" on IMDb

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Bret Packard is the best baseball player in the world. Bret Packard is rich, famous, good-looking, and set to win his fourth championship ring. But Bret Packard is bored. That all changes when a teammate is mysteriously stabbed during a ball field brawl. Using this violence as a springboard, Bret begins a new game, a game where only he knows the rules. Using his powers of persuasion, Bret pits teammate against teammate by promising everyone the one thing that they want the most, whether it be power, respect, or cold hard cash. Soon, the entire team is self-destructing, and Bret couldn't be happier. But with their lives and careers on the brink of devastation, Bret's teammates and family realize that they have to take baseball - and life - back from Bret Packard, once and for all.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baseball Othello March 21, 2005
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BALL OF WAX is the story of Bret Packard, a superstar athlete who undermines his professional baseball team and takes them from the top of the league to the bottom of life itself. Take for example how he strikes a deal with two of his pitcher teammates. Whichever one hits more batters with a pitch wins something of great value (saving his job or signing a big contract).

From there it just gets worse. One young guy is forced to cheat on his wife. Meanwhile, something is done to the team manager, because he becomes very cryptic and ill. This is one of the film's problems (I like to think of them as "challenges" :)) because it is not obvious what is going on. But it is also what makes BALL OF WAX intriuging.

There is a great scene in a supermarket that says it all about this movie. Two characters (the team manager and the wife of Bret Packard) run into each other and each of them tries to say something to help the other one. But instead both just end up a mess, like Bret Packard is right there torturing them. Even though he's not there his evil schemes have infected everyone so much.

Not for everyone, but very melancholy and effecting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take me out from the ball game March 11, 2005
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If you like psychologically driven movies, then this is the movie for you! Bret Packard terrifed me. He is intelligent, handsome and possesses the evil of that which is at its best, darkly subhuman. Unfortunately though on most levels one can identify and see the falling-from-grace aspect that this character continously and willing accepts and projects upon the ill-fated participants in his life. For Bret Packard life is truly only a game and for the rest, life becomes a living hell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a home run (inevitable baseball pun) March 11, 2005
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and you thought barry bonds was a bastard! brett packard deserves to be one of cinema's classic villains: he takes on the sport of baseball and singlehandedly destroys it. this is a seriously creepy movie. it's not what i was expecting (hardly any violence), but it's still one of the most evil movie experiences i've had in a while. and hands-down the darkest sports film ever made. check it out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars horrible December 29, 2008
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the people that created this & any other stupid tipes of horror movies have to get there heads exemond or maybe even operated on !
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