Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, James Gammon,Rene Russo, Margaret Whitton, Wesley Snipes, Bob Uecker
Written By: David S. Ward
Directed By: David S. Ward
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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Major League is one of the movies that when it’s on TV, you gotta stick with it. Now available through Paramount Pictures on Blu-Ray, fans can now watch this fun baseball flick in Hi Def. Starring Charlie Sheen, and Tom Berenger who play baseball players on the struggling Cleveland Indians. Brought together as a team of misfits, and has been’s, the owner has done so because she wants the Indians to tank and be dead last. The reason being so that she can move the team to Florida. With a little luck and hometown pride, the team bounces back and brings this thoroughly entertaining sports film.
Management hires Lou Brown (Gammon) an old timer, to coach the Indians and gather up what is left in baseball to try to win some games. A bunch of has been’s and never were’s are the Cleveland Indians creme of the crop and everyone in the world thinks they are going to finish dead last. Out to prove to the rest of the league and their owner. Ricky Vaughn (Sheen) is new to baseball, and freshly out of Prison, it’s a new world to him and he was one of the more interesting characters to come out of the film. His fast ball could take people’s heads off. The rest of the team consisted of a Cuban who is into Voodoo, a walk-on who can run like the wind but no one has ever heard of him, and a washed up catcher with bad knees. With all of that going against them, the team overcomes all the struggles and surprises everyone.
Some of the best scenes were during spring training, because you just see what an uphill climb the coaching staff has with dealing with their players. I think the film captured the essence of baseball but also made it more entertaining and very funny. A lot of teams have characters that are similar on their rosters and certainly can appreciate the accuracy of that. Not sure why I enjoy baseball films more than the real sport, perhaps because it’s actually shorter and faster paced than a real game, but Major League has been one of my favorite sports films, well besides Slapshot. Tom Berenger brought some real believability to the role as most catchers run their course and have a rough time with their knees. The Coach also brought a real life aspect to his character as I’m sure most of you have seen a coach out there that is like Coach Brown in this film.
With the “Wild Thing” edition, there are some great extras. Two behind the scene featurettes that has new cast and crew interviews as well interviews with big league players on how baseball was portrayed in the film. I also found the alternate ending interesting as it made it seem like the Owner knew all along that the team would win with decent players and proper motivation, and that the whole move to Miami was a lie. A few other extras round a fun and exciting set for sports fans to own.
-Commentary By Writer/Director David S. Ward And Producer Chris Chesser
-My Kinda Team
-A Major League Look At Major League
-Bob Uecker: Just A Bit Outside
-Alternate Ending With Filmmaker Introduction
-A Tour Of Cerrano’s Locker
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
ENGLISH: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
English, Spanish, French
Favorite Scenes: Spring Training, First Game, Anything with Bob Uecker, The Last Game
Running Time: 106 mins.