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Major League (SE)
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Apr 10, 2007 By: Sturdy
Major League (SE) order
Director:
David S. Ward

Actors:
Tom Berenger
Charlie Sheen
Corbin Bernsen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Its 1989 and the Cleveland Indians are the joke of Major League Baseball. Fortunately, thats just the way the new team owner wants it. By putting together a team of misfits and washed up players, she can justify moving the team to Miami.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MAJOR LEAGUE is one of those movies you can watch over and over. Thats a good thing because it seems like its on TV five times a day. Even though Ive seen it a thousand times, I still find it to be an enjoyable film and one thats good to put in when you cant decide what to watch.

The best part about the film is the diverse group of actors they managed to get to be in the film. Charlie Sheen reminds us of how cool he used to be and Berenger, Snipes and Bernsen turn in solid performances. The funny thing about Wesley Snipes is that he is nowhere to be found on this DVD, including the cover or the credits on the back. I guess Paramount is still bitter over him not returning for MAJOR LEAGUE 2. The characters have since been copied and parodied, but this group meshed well and can still make me laugh.

The movie itself is pretty straight-forward. It knows what it is and doesnt try to be anything but a sports comedy. I could have done without the love triangle they put in, but it didnt slow the movie down too much and its easy to look past. Sheens character is the most fun, but Im glad they didnt make the movie solely about him. Im also glad they didnt make it about the city of Cleveland. Ive always wondered what fans of the Indians thought about the movie now that the team is moderately successful. Unfortunately, that might require me to travel to Cleveland and its just not worth it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with David S. Ward and Chris Chesser: This is what I would recommend if youve watched the movie a hundred times and you want something different. These guys keep this track rolling and give great little anecdotes throughout.

My Kinda Team (23:10): Its weird that its been almost 20 years since this film first came out. Its clear in this featurette when we see how much older everyone looks. This is a pretty typical featurette with a little bit of footage you may not have seen before.

A Major League Look at Major League (14:27): Only Cleveland Indians are interviewed here and since they dont really have many superstars, I didnt find it too interesting. They give very typical commentary over various clips from the film.

Bob Ueker, Just a Bit Outside (12:43): Mr. Belvederes employer gets his own featurette that basically tells his life story. Ive always like Bob, so this was a nice addition.

Alternate Ending (4:19): Wow. This would have ruined the entire movie. Without giving too much away, it completely contradicts the rest of the film and would have been horrible.

There are also some Previews, a Photo Gallery and a Tour of Cerranos Locker
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Im not so sure the special features on this release are worth upgrading if you already have the bare-bones release. There were too many fluff pieces and theres only so many times you can listen to a commentary track. If you dont have it however, I highly recommend making MAJOR LEAGUE a staple in your DVD rotation.
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