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The Rookie [Blu-ray] (2007)

Ernest Vidaure , Royce D. Applegate , John Lee Hancock  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ernest Vidaure, Royce D. Applegate, Jay Hernandez, Matt Williams (IX), Angelo Spizzirri
  • Directors: John Lee Hancock
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: WALT DISNEY VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001152THU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rookie [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The studio that brought you Remember The Titans presents another unforgettable film based on a true story. Dennis Quaid stars in The Rookie now more triumphant than ever on Blu-ray Disc®. High school coach Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) thought his dream was over. He d had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris who threw a 98 mph fastball would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues! Feel the sun on your face as you savor the view from the pitcher s mound in the breathtaking clarity of high definition. Thrill to the thunderous roar of the crowd with spectacularly enhanced audio quality. Everyone will cheer as they experience this inspiring story in Blu-rayTM High Definition!

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad's Watch this One with Your Kids August 1, 2004
Format:DVD
The Rookie is well-done. It doesn't have the feel of a traditional 'tug-on-your-heartstrings' family film. Instead, scenes are shot artistically, there is space between events, the director and writers gave the time and energy to tell the story and tell the story well, and emotional cues aren't yanked one time too many.

So, the story may be well-known to most but it's a phenomenal one to tell. Based on true life story of Jim Morris, he finds his way to Major League Baseball late in life as a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays through the encouragement of his High School baseball team. What is really nice is the way the writers took the linear story and added an additional element of history to it. The story goes that in Big Springs, Texas some Nuns early on made a risky financial investment and prayed to the Saint of impossible dreams. Jim Morris's dream may seemed impossible but it is a source of encouragement and inspiration for the rest of us following our dreams.

Dennis Quaid is quite good in the role and plays Jim Morris faithfully. The setting is a key element in a seemingly run-down town and run-down baseball lot in West Texas...a place that dreams are carried through. It brings Jim Morris to his MLB debut at the Ballpark in Arlington which is good to see an authentic setting with real teams and real players instead of fictitious stand-ins.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chase after your dream March 17, 2002
The Rookie can probably be considered as one of the great baseball classics in the likes of Field of Dreams and Bull Durham. Based on the true story of Jim Morris, this is a moving tale of a man who gets a second shot at a life long dream. Husband and a father of three, Morris is a teacher at Big Lake, Texas, who was playing in the minor league until he hurt his shoulder. Now he coaches the school's baseball team, and to inspire his players, he makes a deal with them. If they are able to win the district title, Morris agrees to try out for the major league.
Director John Lee Hancock took his time with the character development, and it pays off as he gives us a tiny glimpse of Morris' childhood, of how much the game of baseball means to him. Dennis Quaid does an impressive job portraying Morris, I'd even say that he is totally perfect for the role, he is expressive, convincing and the acting just blows me away. Rachel Griffiths is a good complement as Morris' wife Lorri, supportive and a woman with incredible inner toughness, I also enjoyed her performance.
The Rookie is a great family film, and it's immensely entertaining, I highly recommend it even if you're not a sports fan.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A DREAM COME TRUE... November 4, 2002
Format:DVD
This is a heart warming, family friendly Disney movie that is based upon the true story of Texan Jim Morris, a baseball buff and minor leagues player has been, who becomes a high school teacher and baseball coach in a town where football is king. To motivate the lackluster baseball team he coaches, Jim strikes a deal with the team, which the the team initiates, knowing that their coach pitches a mean fast ball. Jim agrees that if they wins the district championship, he will try out for a major leagues baseball team.
Much to his surprise and chagrin, the high school team he coaches goes on to take it all, and the thirty something Jim is forced to come to terms with his pledge. He does so, trying out for a major leagues baseball team, and finds himself living a dream come true. How can he not, with a fast ball clocking at 98 miles per hour?
Dennis Quaid, with his shy, boyish charm and ingratiating toothy grin, is terrific in the role of Jim Morris. Rachel Griffiths is excellent as his down to earth, supportive wife. The rest of the cast also give very good performances. With its G rating, this film is suitable for all ages. It is an enjoyable, feel good, message movie.
The DVD has a number of excellent bonus features, in additional to the usual deleted scenes segment. Baseball buffs and those who play the game will certainly enjoy the feature "Spring Training: Tips From the Pros". I especially enjoyed the featurette "The Inspirational Story of Jim Morris", in which Jim Morris himself tells in his own words the incredible journey that led to the realization of his dream.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Pitch July 17, 2005
Format:DVD
I'm not much of a sports fan, and yet, quite a few of my favorite movies, interestingly enough, are sports movies. It was in watching Rookie that I realized why, as I listened to Jim Morris, played by Dennis Quaid, talk about his dreams. Sports movies are often less about sports and more about beating the odds to capture a dream held close to the heart. These are stories of hope, courage, determination, persistence, and a passion for doing what one is meant to do.

In line with this, sports movies are fequently devoid of special effects. No glitz. No flashy distraction. Just good down to earth stories with a lot of heart.

Rookie ranks with perhaps the top ten, if not top five, of my favorite movies. All the elements of a good plot are here. It doesn't hurt that the story is a true one, based on Jim Morris, as told in his own words, about how he came to play for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as an "old man."

The story begins with the boy, whose military, emotionally distant father is completely insensitive to his son's need for his attention and support. Boy loves baseball, with a passion, but father moves the family from town to town in pursuit of his military career, and he runs his family in a similarly military manner: cold, commanding, no arguments. From time to time, Jim makes an effort to solicit his father's approval, but it is not forthcoming.

The final military post brings the family to a small town in Texas, and it seems no one there cares about baseball.
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The thrill of using your talents for others and for yourself. This is one of my all time favorite movies with one of the best lines in history. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rusty in Dallas
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific movie makes you come away smiling
This is a terrific movie makes you come away smiling . The little boy I would like to take home with me. Clyde Stephens
Published 8 days ago by Clyde S. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars A homerun!
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Published 12 days ago by kradz
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't seen this, my question to you is: What are you waiting...
When you start a movie by prefacing it with, based on a true story, it gives a movie a lot to live up to, and this movie delivers very well. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent true story - I love Dennis Quaid anyway, but he is outstanding in this movie.
Published 18 days ago by stubley
5.0 out of 5 stars the rookie is a great movie for any one who loves to play baseball ...
the rookie is a great movie for any one who loves to play baseball and follows sport teams . this movie is great because it is a true story i think who ever plays should watch it... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Betsy king
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of my favorite movies. I finally decided to get the dvd.
Published 21 days ago by Kelly Rodewald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
True story and a good one!
Published 23 days ago by Matthew Dupas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent family movie especially for those who love baseball.
Published 29 days ago by R. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie when I saw it in the theater
Loved this movie when I saw it in the theater, still love it. Sad to say, but I'll be honest, I love sports in general, Got to play a lot of different sports throughout my life,... Read more
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