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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 (262 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 (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001152THU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,414 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rookie
Was so pleased to find this DVD to use in my ESL classroom for English language study. It was very inexpensive
Published 7 days ago by Jackie Sport
3.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
My 11-yr-old son loves baseball! Every year, when baseball season comes around, we watch every baseball movie we can find. Read more
Published 7 days ago by A. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rookie
Our 8 year old ranked this. I thought it was a bit too slow. I have to write six more works.
Published 10 days ago by Sara J. Bergen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very-Very Good
Very-Very Good. I really hate the way Amazon has a demand on how many I should use to review a product - What a bunch of horse pucky!!!
Published 17 days ago by Gary Arden Sellick
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
It was a gift for my father, One of his favorite movies, it really is a good movie. We enjoyed it.
Published 17 days ago by patricia jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for the whole family.
Great movie! With a heartwarming ending. One of my favorite sports movies. You can watch this one over and over.
Published 20 days ago by Douglas Margarucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull
True story and done very nicely. Fine action and acting and an all around good movie to watch you wont be sorry if you buy this one.
Published 29 days ago by mike hendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great, classic baseball movie! Has something for everyone in the family and proves you should never give up on your dreams.
Published 1 month ago by Mailin
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Family moview
Nice Family moview. Exciting and realistic. Dennis Quaid does a great job convincing us in a reasonable fashion that he is following his dream.
Published 1 month ago by Haitham Hamed
5.0 out of 5 stars True story
And well done. Dennis Quaid is fine. All ex-jocks have this dream and he made it happen. Don't buy if you don't like baseball.
Published 1 month ago by P. E. Knopick
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