Blu-ray Review: MAJOR LEAGUE (30th Anniversary Edition)

MAJOR LEAGUE was written and directed by David S. Ward and stars Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert, James Gammon, Chelcie Ross, Margaret Whitton and Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle.

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians, former showgirl Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton), has a sweetheart deal to move the team to Miami. But to break the lease with the city of Cleveland, ticket sales have to plummet. So Phelps hires the most incompetent players available, including near-blind pitcher Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and injury-prone catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger). But her villainous tactics accidentally foster a can-do team spirit, turning the Indians into potential winners.

When the Cleveland Indians owner dies, his former showgirl girlfriend Rachel Phelps takes over and comes up with a plan to make the team so bad that she’d be able to get out of the lease and move the team to Miami where she really wants to be. The plan is to bring in a whole new lineup of washed up players and misfit rejects that’s a sure fire bet to help the team finish last.

Phelps hires Lou Brown (James Gammon) away from the tire store he’s managing and he recruits Jake Taylor who’s been playing in the Mexican league, yuppie Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), Cuban defect Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), Eddie Harris (Chelcie Ross), recently released convict Ricky ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn and Willie Mays Hays (Wesley Snipes) who walks onto to the team out of desperation. Jake also reconnects with his old girlfriend Lynn (Rene Russo) and has to lure her away from her fiance. The team is really bad in the beginning of the season but they slowly learn how to play like a team and end up making it to the playoffs.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I always have a blast revisiting Major League because it’s one of the best baseball movies ever made. Top 3! This movie really hits home with the whole Indians curse, dry streak or whatever you want to call it but in recent years the team has been able to finally turn things around. Unfortunately, political correctness has hit the Cleveland Indians because the team no longer has their fan favorite mascot. RIP Chief Wahoo! As far as this movie goes, it has an all-star cast and they all do a fantastic job with their unique characters. There’s a lot of chemistry here. Everybody knows Ricky ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn and that theme song that brings the star player out to the mound. There’s also Bob Uecker who’s hilarious play by play is comedy gold. As far as the story goes, well, we’ve gotten plenty of movies with similar plots over the years so there’s nothing original about it but thankfully the movie has these awesome characters that drive it home. Back in 1989 David Ward delivered a really fun sports comedy about America’s favorite past time that was so good that it even spawned a couple of sequels. Major League celebrates its 30th anniversary with this new Blu-ray release that’s now available.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 106 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a making of featurette, MLB movie spotlight, a Bob Uecker promo, alternate ending with commentary, a character spotlight and photo gallery.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director David S. Ward and Producer Chris Chesser
  • My Kind of Team: The Making of Major League (23:10)
  • A Major League Look at Major League (14:27)
  • Bob Uecker: Just a Bit Outside (12:43)
  • Alernate Ending with Filmmaker Introduction (04:18)
  • A Tour of Cerrano’s Locker (01:36)
  • Photo Gallery (00:50)
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