Special Edition, Wild Thing Edition
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Lackluster baseball players hear their Cleveland team's new owner is counting on them to lose.
The extra features on the Wild Thing Edition of Major League display the same camaraderie and down-to-earth playfulness that have made this movie a cult favorite. The commentary by writer/director David S. Ward and producer Chris Chesser is warm and amiable as they ruefully wish they'd had a little less swearing in the movie. Featurettes include a heartfelt tribute to Bob Eucker (who played announcer Harry Doyle), actual ballplayers enthusing about the movie, and a raffish "about the movie" doc that mixes promotional footage with interviews from many years later (when some actors have lost hair and gained weight). The most intriguing item for fans, though, is the revelation that the ending was originally going to redeem the movie's main villain, the team's showgirl owner (played by Rachel Phelps)--but moviegoers loved hating her so much, they decided to let her stay evil. The deleted scene between her and the team's manager (wonderfully gravel-voiced James Gammon) would have given the movie a very different spin; discovering things like this is what dvd extra features are for. --Bret Fetzer
- My Kinda Team: Includes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Tom Berenger, Dennis Haysbert, and Bob Uecker.
- A Major League Look at Major League
- Bob Ueker: Just A Bit Outside
- Alternate Ending with filmaker intro
- A Tour of Cerrano's Locker
- Photo Gallery
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This kind of film is a throwback in many ways because it si not pretentious, not terribly offensive and fun. So, get a Chicago-style hot dog with mustard, a coke and wear your baseball cap and enjoy the antics and funny lines and bits. Play ball!
The film itself is comedic gold. Full of cliches and silly jock humor, but also full of touching events that let the viewer care about the athletes they are watching on the screen. We pull for the players and want to see them do well because the film allows us to sympathize with these losers and hope they can become winners.
Paramount released the Wild Thing Edition of this film to DVD a few years ago. I grabbed that copy when it was available since it promised the alternate ending that most of us never knew about. Having watched that ending you realize that without redoing a lot of the later half of the film that the film just wouldn't work with that ending and that what we got in the theatrical release was absolutely the way to go. That same alternate ending and the rest of the extras that were included on the DVD have been included on the Blu-ray edition of the film, though those extras remain in standard definition, matted (black bars around all edges). It would have been nice to see the extras upgraded to high defintion for the Blu-ray release, but in reality the important thing here is the film and it looks pretty darned nice. Not perfect, but very nice.
The audio in the Blu-ray is fine though some would complain that it hasn't been upgraded beyond Dolby 5.1. Considering what the film had when it was released, I'm happy to have a sound track that holds to the original. As long as the dialogue comes through clearly as I'm quoting it back to the screen, I'm plenty happy with what I got. ;-)
Recommended for baseball fans and lovers of comedy. Well worth the purchase for me, now having double dipped to own a copy on both Blu-ray and DVD. One of my relatives or friends will soon be inheriting that DVD copy as I treasure the Blu-ray that Amazon was so quick to ship out to me.