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Major League (SE)
DVD disk
04.10.2007 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?
Itís 1989 and the Cleveland Indians are the joke of Major League Baseball. Fortunately, thatís 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. Thatís a good thing because it seems like itís on TV five times a day. Even though Iíve seen it a thousand times, I still find it to be an enjoyable film and one thatís good to put in when you canít 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 doesnít try to be anything but a sports comedy. I could have done without the love triangle they put in, but it didnít slow the movie down too much and itís easy to look past. Sheenís character is the most fun, but Iím glad they didnít make the movie solely about him. Iím also glad they didnít make it about the city of Cleveland. Iíve 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 itís just not worth it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with David S. Ward and Chris Chesser: This is what I would recommend if youíve 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): Itís weird that its been almost 20 years since this film first came out. Itís 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 donít really have many superstars, I didnít find it too interesting. They give very typical commentary over various clips from the film.

Bob Ueker, Just a Bit Outside (12:43): Mr. Belvedereís employer gets his own featurette that basically tells his life story. Iíve 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 Cerranoís Locker
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím 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 thereís only so many times you can listen to a commentary track. If you donít have it however, I highly recommend making MAJOR LEAGUE a staple in your DVD rotation.
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