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Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (Widescreen Edition)

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When their local gym is threatened by a large fitness conglamorate, a group of misfits rise to the challenge in a winner take all tournament of Dodgeball.

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How's this for impressive trivia: Dodgeball faced off against The Terminal in opening-weekend competition, and 29-year-old writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber aced Steven Spielberg by a score of $30 to $18.7 in box-office millions. That's no mean feat for a newcomer, but Thurber's lowbrow script and rapid-fire direction--along with a sublime cast of screen comedians--proved to be just what moviegoers were ravenous for: a consistently hilarious, patently formulaic romp in which the underdog owner of Average Joe's Gym (Vince Vaughn) faces foreclosure unless he can raise $50,000 in 30 days. The solution: A dodgeball tournament offering $50K to the winners, in which Vaughn and his nerdy clientele team up against the preening, abhorrently narcissistic owner (Ben Stiller) of Globo Gym, who's threatening a buy-out. That's it for story; any 5-year-old could follow it with brainpower to spare. But Thurber, Vaughn, Stiller, and their well-cast costars (including Stiller's off-screen wife, Christine Taylor) keep the big laughs coming for 96 nonsensical minutes. With spot-on cameos by champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong, David Hasselhoff, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris, and William Shatner, and a crudely amusing coda for those who watch past the credits, Dodgeball is no masterpiece, but you can bet Spielberg was unexpectedly humbled by its popular appeal. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • 7 deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Alternate ending with optional commentary by Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Featurette: "Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training for Dodgeball"
  • Featurette: "The Anatomy of a Hit"
  • Bloopers/gag reel
  • Justin Long: A Study in Ham & Cheese
  • Dodgeball: Go for the Gold
  • 6 Easter eggs
  • Theatrical trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn, Rip Torn, Justin Long
  • Directors: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Writers: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Producers: Ben Stiller, Mary McLaglen, Rhoades Rader, Stuart Cornfeld, Todd C. Guzze
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006419IM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By M. J. Chipman on January 30, 2007
Format: DVD
I guess my husband and I just don't have the sophistication needed to appreciate "films," because this movie is just our type! We actually had to stop the DVD a couple of times to compose ourselves. My stomach hurt so much from the wrench-throwing and car-dodging scenes. I know it's stupid, but it totally cracked us up! If you want to watch something that requires no thinking but entertains you to the max, give this one a try.
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"This is where dodgeball was invented....by opium addicted chinamen." This movie is perfect. It was never meant to be some critically acclaimed opus....actually, the more I know about most critics the less I care what they think but this movie is a perfect 90 minute smilefest with wonderfully warm performances by absolutely everyone in this film. From the two main stars all the way down to Chuck Norris.

I absolutely love everything about this film. They actually have a guy who actually thinks he's a pirate. Justin Long says "no doy" and did that guy by the jukebox get killed by a dodgeball? The direction is spot on, the writing is fantastic and everyone on the screen is absolutely the best person I can imagine for their respective roles. Also, there is something so funny about a rhino-skin playground ball smacking someone in the chops. I could never grow tired of watching this film. It will put you in a good mood....isn't that what entertainment is about?
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The "bunch of losers rallied into a champion team" story is one of the oldest in Hollywood, and this year's incarnation of the evergreen sub-genre is one of the best. It relies on something extremely simple: the inherent funniness of seeing someone get hit in the head. Thurber's screenplay piles joke upon joke - both visual and verbal - to the point of near-hysteria, especially during the training sequences and the early rounds of the tournament. Ben Stiller is marvellous as the ludicrously narcissistic/neurotic White Goodman, and the perfect foil to Vince Vaughn's almost somnambulistically unmotivated Peter La Fleur. The supporting cast and cameos are all great, but in the end it's Thurber's relentlessly witty screenplay that shines. It has a reassuring awareness of its own absurdity (from the elaborate subtitle, right down to the "Deus Ex Machina" emblazoned on the cash chest at the end), but respects the genre just enough to become one of its shining examples. Very refreshing, and a step up for Stiller and Vaughn from the surprisingly lukewarm "Starsky & Hutch".
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When I first saw Dodgeball in theaters, I loved it. But I knew there would be a double-dip DVD. You know, they release a DVD, and a few months later, they release a better DVD. So looks like I'll be reviewing the brand new DVD!

The story consists of two gyms. The first one is the Globo gym, a giant gym owned by White Goodman [played marvously by Ben Stiller.] And the other is the Average Joe's gym, owned by Peter, and the people who go there aren't normal. Peter. being in debt, discovers if he doesn't pay $50,000, he will lose the gym and White will take over it. After reading about a $50,000 dollar prize dodgeball competion in Las Vegas, he tries to master dodgeball.

If you are looking for a story with great plot and character development, look elsewhere. But if you love a great, funny comedy, see Dodgeball!

This new Unrated DVD is packed with great bonuses. An audio commentary, featurettes, deleted scenes w/ optional commentary, an alternate ending [which sucks], bloopers, and more. A must have.

PS: Press Enter each time White Goodman snaps his fingers [he does it 4 times] during the movie for some Easter eggs, including a second commentary!
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If you are looking for a fun flick to waste some time, you've found it! This movie has some very funny and unforgettable moments. Sadly and strangely, I found myself laughing uncontrolably at the sight of the red balls pounding people. A cheap thrill that I would recommend if you want a good laugh.
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Truly named, this underdog story follows local gym owner Peter as he and his band of misfits from his gym try and save the only place that accepts average people in the city from White, the rival gym owner for only the rich and beautiful people in the city. In order to do this, Peter and his gang hold dodgeball tryouts to make it to the championship invitational in Las Vegas. As word gets around town, White is unhappy and creates his own team to take down the pack of outsiders.

What follows is pure comedic whit and humor sprinkled with little life lessons that can be appreciated with nice burboun or smoke in your hand.

Disclaimer: I really like this movie and just reviewed it because I felt like it.
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A goofy, campy underdog comedy. My family's favorite line is "If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball." Vince Vaughn & Ben Stiller team up for great antithesis characters. Patches O'Houlihan, a curmudgeon of a coach, is one of my favorite Rip Torn characters. Some risqué moments, but all done in comic style for laughs.
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Within the withering spotlight as no other film has ever been before, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story had is world première at my living room last evening. And now that the wraps are off, the mystery has been exposed and Mr. Rawson Marshall Thurber and the 20th Century Fox and Red Hour Productions directors have taken the much-debated leap, it can be safely stated that suppression of this film would have been a crime. For, in spite of some disconcerting lapses and strange ambiguities in the creation of the principal character, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood.
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