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Danny Glover plays George Knox, the frustrated coach of the California Angels, a ragtag team of major-league misfits who are down on their luck. But things begin to look up when 11-year-old Roger, their biggest fan, starts giving Knox some winning tips from a real live angel named Al (Christopher Lloyd). The team miraculously climbs back into the pennant race ... all the while learning to believe in themselves. With its heavenly mix of outrageous comedy, dazzling special effects, and amazing baseball action, Disney's Angels in the Outfield is an entertainment home run for the whole family! Directed by William Dear.
Catch the movie that flew over the fence and into the hearts of millions of cheering fans! It's Disney's ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, the feel-good film about a young boy praying for a father -- and a struggling baseball team praying for a pennant. Danny Glover plays George Knox, the frustrated coach of the California Angels, a ragtag team of major-league misfits who are down on their luck. But things begin to look up when 11-year-old Roger, their biggest fan, starts giving Knox some winning tips from a real live angel named Al (Christopher Lloyd). The team miraculously climbs back into the pennant race ... all the while learning to believe in themselves. With its heavenly mix of outrageous comedy, dazzling special effects, and amazing baseball action, Disney's ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD is an entertainment home run for the whole family!|The movie is a remake of a 1951 film starring Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh.|In Great Britain, the film is known simply as ANGELS.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Item model number : 786936169713
- Director : Matthew F. Leonetti, William Dear
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Release date : April 23, 2002
- Actors : Danny Glover, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza, Brenda Fricker
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Language : Unqualified, English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : WALT DISNEY PICTURES
- ASIN : B0000633U2
- Writers : Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Richard Conlin, Holly Goldberg Sloan
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #35 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Of course star power alone did not propel this film's success nor did it garner attention...not like today's dingy, lamebrain, mediocre-at-best fake Disney things. It was all about dang good storytelling and convincing performances. And it can be about that again. Yeah! It could happen!
But the picture quality is only fair, and this is one those older DVDs that don't fill your HD TV screen without first making adjustments to the aspect ratio to get rid of the black bars at the top, bottom, and sides.
Even then, the picture is a bit distorted — but some folks don't care about that. In fact, many people don't even notice it! They'd rather watch a classic film which has an aspect ratio of 4:3 with their TV image stretched out to 16:9 (widescreen) just so it will fill up their HD screens . . . . even though that makes the people in the movie look fat and ridiculously wide!
However, Disney doesn't give a damn about any of their movies that weren't big hits, so they don't offer decent DVDs (much less Blu-rays) of movies like :Honey, I Shrunk the Kids". The only DVD for that one is in 4:3, even though the movie was (of course) released in widescreen!
So, if you want to see this fine movie, buy the DVD . . . but be prepared for the shoddy job Disney did when they created the crappy product.
The movie itself though, is not disappointing. Even all these years later, I still found it to be pretty enjoyable, funny, and emotional. It's a great family movie, and you don't have to like baseball to like the movie. It's also kinda bizarre and entertaining to see several megastars before they were famous.
The original, from 1951, which I've known since I was a kid, was not made for kids. It was made for adults, and deals, very well, with the necessity of adults learning that just because you got burned once, in love or other fields, you can't quit and have to keep making an effort to succeed. Paul Douglass finally agrees to try love with Janet Leigh; the pitcher fights against real pain to pitch his last game through to the end; etc.
This new version, made for kids by Disney no less, might fool parents into buying it for their young baseball fans. But if you do, beware. Here are just a few of my dislikes about this movie:
1) Yes, we now have minorities in the movie, which we didn't in the first one. But they are almost all portrayed as clowns or losers. The Black and Latino members of the Angels are either stupid - the Latino player whose English isn't good enough to understand the National Anthem - or second rate. Danny Glover, the manager, has messed up at managing, and bigtime. We learn that he was the reason Tony Danza's character became hooked on painkillers at their previous team; etc. The little boy co-star has a Black friend, who is portrayed as not too bright, and a Latino friend who gets shunted out of the picture early on. It's fine to have introduced minority characters, but at least some of them shouldn't be losers.
2) Almost all the men have failed. Glover at managing his previous team; the boy's father at being a father; etc. Yes, the script was written by a woman. Dorothy Kingsley, but she wrote the script for the 1951 version as well, and that does not make men out to be losers. Did she change over 43 years? Did the new director make those changes? It's not a good message for a young boy to receive.
3) There are no women in this version with any knowledge of baseball, whereas in the first version not only the little girl but the head nun really knew the sport. The only woman in this picture of any importance, the one who runs the temporary home for orphans, has no interest in seeing a game. Why shut women out of this picture?
4) This goes back to what I said at the opening. Everything good in this movie happens because an angel makes it happen. If you're a fundamentalist, I guess that's fine. But in the original version, men learn that they have to fight their problems to succeed. It's unfortunate that that lesson is lost.
In short, if you want to buy this story for your baseball-loving son, think about getting the 1951 version instead. If you have a baseball-loving daughter, definitely get the first version. This one shuts women out altogether.
However, the DVD I purchased here, right at the end cuts out and wont play :-( I needed it for an event, with some kids, so I ended up purchasing another one instead of trying to return because there wasn't any time left for my event.