Shout! Factory // 2010 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 3rd, 2010
Baseball's best blunders.
Courtesy of Major League Baseball Productions, a collection of some the most noteworthy ballgame bloopers (according to them at least) unearthed from the MLB vault and vomited up for an hour-plus program that's about as hit and miss as...well, the game of baseball itself! Zing!
I've recently come to a realization about sports bloopers: they suck. When I was ten I suppose they were pretty awesome, seeing guys run headfirst into walls and bobble pop flies. After sixty-plus minutes with that same crap now, I am thoroughly bored. Sports bloopers just aren't funny and even with baseball, the sport most inclined towards generating memorable on-field gaffes, the best of what can be conjured for a DVD releases is about as laugh-producing as a an interpretive dance based on blender instructions. Actually, on second thought, that would be pretty funny.
It's not that MLB Productions didn't try. At least they didn't limit themselves to one year's worth of bloopers. The recent NFL Greatest Follies release did that and it was godforsaken. But even with access to all the storied MLB history, the best the producers can come up with -- for this edition at least -- was Randy Johnson throwing a pair of high fastballs and a couple of guys getting confused with the base-running. And Jose Canseco has a fly ball bounce off his head and land in the stands.
Faintly amusing moments are adrift in a sea of time-wasting. Hey look, Johnny Damon doesn't know the inning's over! That idiot just pulled his pants down! He kicked the baseball! Kicked it! With his foot!
Worse, when you do get the rare blooper that is sort of funny, the producers are compelled to milk it, replaying it over and over and tossing in player interviews that talk about hilarious it was, just in case you were too much of a knucklehead to pick it up on your own.
On the other hand if you like baseball bloopers, Baseball's Best Blunders should do it for you.
The disc: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo and some underwhelming bonus footage.
Tommy Lasorda getting hit by a broken bat isn't enough for me. Guilty.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Shout! Factory
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Footage
* Major League Baseball