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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-ray release
As my title suggests this is a review of the US Import Blu-ray release.
First, and most importantly, for UK buyers....this disc is REGION FREE!!! The back of the box states this and my region-locked player plays it fine.
There are lots of review for the actual film, so in this review I'm only going to focus on the blu-ray release.

The biggest...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average film (spoiler)
Normally I am not one to become involved in watching films where women are the main focus and 'comedy' is used to describe a film they are in e.g. SEX AND THE CITY (2008), but a particular film like this one which combines a group of likable characters, a heartwarming story and a fun American sport is what makes A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) a very genuine success. The...
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by Mr. S. K. Mackie


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-ray release, 1 Nov 2012
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As my title suggests this is a review of the US Import Blu-ray release.
First, and most importantly, for UK buyers....this disc is REGION FREE!!! The back of the box states this and my region-locked player plays it fine.
There are lots of review for the actual film, so in this review I'm only going to focus on the blu-ray release.

The biggest question: Is this worth replacing on Blu-ray. Answer: A resounding YES!!
The picture on the DVD has never been great, and, while the image on the blu-ray isn't perfect all the time it gets damned close. The opening scenes in the present are the grainiest the film gets; but once the films goes into flashback the picture is excellent. Colours are bright and vivid and the blacks are deep. The film continues in this vein throughout with only a few scenes showing grain or soft focus issues.
Overall, if you're a fan this is a must-own and I'm very please I bought it.

Technical specs:
2.35.1 Widescreen.
Subtitles: Danish, English, Flemish, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedith, Turkish.
Audio: English DTS-HD Master 5.1, and the following in Dolby Digital Stereo German, Spanish, French, Japanese and a Commentary.
Extras: Hour long making of documentary, Commentary, Madonna's music video, deleted scenes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing film, has you hooked all the way through......, 9 April 2001
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Easily my favourite film of all time, something that everyone can enjoy, if not for the film itself, the sport, the genre, there's something for anyone! With a cast of acclaimed actors and actresses, it offers more than the average film and induces you into its tale of happiness, losses and fortune.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The drunk and the babes., 17 Aug 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A League Of Their Own [DVD] (DVD)
It's 1943 and Baseball in the states has been decimated by all the men called up to join the services. Enter the ladies who themselves help to kick start a womens league to keep the Baseball fires burning.

The first thing any prospective first time viewer of this piece should note, is that it's not actually a film about Baseball. It's about friendships, challenges, and differing off shoots to the complications of war, it just so happens that it's the game of Baseball that brings it all together! Directed by Penny Marshall (Big), screenplay by Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (City Slickers/Parenthood) and featuring Tom Hanks {wonderful as drunken coach Dugan} as the leading male, it's no surprise that A League Of Their Own booms with sentiment and no little amount of comedy. It is to me a very rewarding picture, the sort that wants you to chuckle along with it whilst noting the need for human interaction during a troubled time. The lady actors do great impressions of bona fide athletes, asked to parade in short skirts and entertain the watching public, these gals, led by the always engaging Geena Davis, deliver a sparky picture that never veers into maudlin territory. There are of course some sombre moments, but they are placed nicely by Marshall in the context of the films events, never trite, they serve more as tender vignettes to run alongside the frivolity on offer. Ultimately A League Of Their Own achieves its aims come the final credits, its not taxing and its not purporting to be an intelligent look at a period in history. It's asking us the viewers to feel heartened by what we just watched, and just maybe to give those girls back in the 1940s a piece of our respect, job done. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "There's no crying in baseball!", 11 April 2011
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This review is from: A League Of Their Own [DVD] (DVD)
After America's (eventual) entry into the Second World War, Baseball was put on effective hiatus as it awaited the return of men from military duty. Chewing Gum millionaire saw a gap in the market and pioneered a Ladies baseball league. This film isn't a historical account of events, instead it uses it as inspiration for a fictional tale which manages to capture the spirit of the venture.

The film primarily focuses on sisters Dottie and Kit, and also former baseball star Jimmy Dugan whose dependency on alcohol cut short a promising career. The personal stories of the individual characters ensures that this isn't just a film about baseball, baseball is simply the common factor which brings a bunch of girls together and encourages them to chase their ambitions. With Kit feeling overshadowed by her sister's talents, Jimmy in with a chance of experiencing some of the glory he missed out on previously, and plenty of stars-and-stripe waving this could very easily have been a soppy cheesefest. However the regular humour and Tom Hanks' portrayal of Jimmy grounds the film in reality and threads everything together in a way which feels balanced and accessible, even if you care little for Baseball or the American Dream.

This is a feel-good film but it doesn't ignore the issues of the day, wives live in dread of receiving a telegram from the forces, and when one such moment does occur it's an emotional scene which unites the team and shows how strong they've become as a group. They also find that their Girls League isn't viewed as serious sport my many, including their coach at first, but through gutsy performances on the field they manage to fight against sexist views and a system which is more interested in their looks than their talent.

The acting in the film is sometimes criticised but I though all the performances were strong. It's clear that efforts are made to give as much screen time to Madonna as possible and but regardless of how she is viewed as an actress she is convincing in the role and a strong cast member. Geena Davies brings her character to life well and along with Tom Hanks is the one we can most relate to, the two are the most rounded of the ensemble and the most believable.

The DVD runs for two hours, but the bonus features contains deleted scenes which extend the film further. Although there's no option to watch them in the film as it would have before they were edited out, they are worth watching separately if you're a fan of the film as they add extra elements to the characters and alter some of the relationships slightly.

In a nutshell: A fictional story which probably contains as much truth as it does fiction. At times this is quite sentimental but it tends to not overdo it, some great performances and a witty script make this compelling film and an interesting snapshot of America in the 1940s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average film (spoiler), 4 Jan 2011
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Mr. S. K. Mackie "seanmackie" (NW England) - See all my reviews
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Normally I am not one to become involved in watching films where women are the main focus and 'comedy' is used to describe a film they are in e.g. SEX AND THE CITY (2008), but a particular film like this one which combines a group of likable characters, a heartwarming story and a fun American sport is what makes A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) a very genuine success. The charming direction from Penny Marshall and a strong award winning cast which includes Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna helps benefit the film as we are taken back in time to a period where women playing baseball was seen as laughable back in the 1940's but over the course of the story, we become attached to the characters and cheer them on as they try to overcome the odds Rocky-style and go the distance!

The story starts with an elderly woman named traveling with her daughter to a Baseball stadium where a group of other old ladies are involved in helping out with the place. Through this woman's eyes we are taken back forty years earlier to the 1940s where the Second World War was at its peak, the men were away fighting and the women were staying at home awaiting their return. We see this woman in her early thirties, Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) who is a talented female baseball player who also pitches for her local team. While she is very good at the sport, her younger sister Kit (Lori Petty) is arrogant but passionate about playing but is not quite as good as her sibling. The pair live on a farm together but news is rife about a recently formed baseball league involving women known as the All American Girls Professional Baseball League which is to try and get the girls to do something different then their stereotypical role of cooking and cleaning. Cynical baseball scout Ernie (Jon Lovitz) manages to get the girls to come to Chicago to become part of this league and both succeed in getting into the same team known as the Rockford Peaches which is supervised by league executive Ira Lowenstein (David Strathairn). The girls get to know different personalities in their team including shy but unnerved Marla (Megan Cavanagh), loud-mouth Doris (Rosie O'Donnell) and sultry romanticist Mae (Madonna in dark looks mode). The team then soon find themselves a coach to help them in the shape of former Baseball star turned alcoholic Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) whose career has left him washed up (in the literal sense of the word) and is treating the whole set-up as a joke believing that women can't play. However Dottie plays the part-time role of coach and manages to succeed in getting the team to become winners despite Jimmy spending most of his time spitting and vomiting in drunk mode

Over the course of the film, the women start getting better and better in the games and even attract media coverage but some struggle to handle their own personal problems with Dottie waiting in anguish for her husband Bob (Bill Pullman) to return home from the war safely though one of the women ends up suffering a loss later in the film. However soon she and Jimmy end up understanding each other as he supports her and soon he manages to show a strong interest in helping the girls with getting to the World Series. Another player has to put up with her loud son causing headaches for the group while Marla ends up proving she isn't ugly by gaining a man. Things soon start to become awkward for both the team and the league with Ira's boss Harvey (Garry Marshall) wanting to finish the set-up because of the war's imminent end but Ira insists on trying to keep it going as its popularity continues to grow. The team despite their marvelous season suffer through jealousy as Kit becomes envious towards her sister gaining the attention of everyone and after a fight with Doris, she struggles with wanting to stick around. However a mistake from Ira leads to her being transferred to another team for which she blames Dottie for it and the pair fall out. Towards the end of the film Dottie is eventually reunited with Bob and ends up quitting the team just as they prepare for the World Series but the case of whether she enjoys it gets to her and soon she and her sister find themselves on opposite sides when their two teams come face-to-face in a gripping final....

In many ways this is a throwback to an earlier time when films set out to warm the hearts of the audience and uplift their spirits. Sure, you can't win them all, but you can try, is what this film makes us feel, and if you do, something good will happen. There is of course a somewhat self-conscious retrospective look at the sorry political and social state of women sixty years ago, but Marshall does not wallow in the politics. Instead she emphasizes a fun-to-watch tale with real human characters. The unpredictable, but believable ending makes agreement to that though the final scene involving a reunion between the players is touching and authentic. The cast is very good and does a great job. Geena Davis shines as the no-nonscence pitcher whose reluctance to do the sport while showing her concern for her husband's safety and her sister's well being adding the emotional side to the film. Hanks proves dislikable for the first half of the film but his transformation from a crude, uncaring drunk to the team's hard-nosed but soft-hearted leader is very well and believably done. Petty makes Kit to be a spoilt brat but that is for a reason to try and make the relationship between her and Dottie strained. O'Donnell, Lovitz and Strathairn also lend their own different support during the film though unsurprisingly Madonna despite her sultry role, is a bit unbelievable to be playing a baseball player. Pullman is also wasted in his brief role. With Madonna being an unlikely type of person to play baseball, it is through clever editing that makes the female players look amazing at the sport but making them look too good. Also history shows that most of the events that happen in the film were fictional and you can see why. That is part of the film's flaw with some unbelievable moments such as Dottie doing the splits while taking a catch as well as the infamous urinating scene from Hanks which lasts for a ridiculous 53 seconds! Though the film aims to be a comedy, there is a lack of it and only adds slapstick to make up for it and really the dramatic element helps it. More than anything, this film posed a number of dramatically compelling questions but left them unanswered. In the end however you know that these were the women who were brought together because they all had the guts, determination and talent to change the face of American sports and Marshall deserves a lot of credit of proving that girls can play sports in such entertaining fashion!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars League of Their Own, 5 Sep 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: League of Their Own [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Like so many films that have a sporting theme, "A League of their own" does follow a fairly predictable storyline. It has all the elements we've seen in so many films that have both gone before it and come after it; a team of nobodies, a rare old mixture of misfits and different personality types. There's the brass loud mouth, the sexy tart (with a heart of course), the plain shy one and so on and so on. The composition of the film is also pretty unsurprising with long montages of thrilling sports snippets and buddy-buddy hug scenes in the dressing room. Obviously the main difference this time is that the team involved is a female baseball team.
It's the Second World War and in fear that the draft of star Major League Baseball players into the armed forces will cause the league to be closed down, the main team owners decide to create an all female league to keep things going whilst the men are away. Scouts are sent around the country and one comes to a little farming community where he meets and signs up catcher Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and her kid sister Kit Keller. The girls are formed into the Rockford Peaches and the soon start making the headlines, not only for their sporting prowess.
To only consider the film on its sporting merits though is to really miss the point. What it does throw up is an extremely important period for women when for basically the first time every the "fairer sex" was called up to serve their countries. Women poured into the factories and the workplace to keep the war machine rolling on and I think that the ladies realised what life and opportunities were now open to them. Was it any surprise that when the men came marching home the ladies resisted being packed away back into the kitchen.
The performances are great, Geena Davis is lovely as the "league's best player" and I'd never really realised what a beauty she is. Tom Hanks as the team's alcoholic coach is a bit of a change from his normal good guy he plays, here he's tobacco spitting and generally mean to his girls. There is some good atmosphere generated between Davis and Hanks and you are left to wonder "what if" it was Dottie's husband who didn't come back from the war. Lori Petty as Dottie's sister also puts in a fine performance and although he character is jealous and unfair you never loose sympathy with her and you do enjoy her final victory at the end. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell as other team-mates put in great entertaining parts and also mention for Jon Lovitz as the talent scout who does a perfect line in sharp one-liners.
The ending is cloyingly sentimental and rather over the top, but it does work. My wife was in floods and something seemed to have got in my eye also as it was watering rather badly.
Great fun film and also very suitable for family viewing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie, 18 April 2002
By A Customer
Since its release I have watched this film many times - at the cinema, on video, on TV and now on DVD - and every time it makes me tense and excited during the baseball games and tearful during the emotional parts. Geena, Tom, Rosie and Lori are great but for me it's Madonna's amazing performance in the dug out when she's told the league may close and she'll have to return to her poor, disadvantaged roots that steals the show! I always have to dry my eyes at that part! I could not recommend this movie enough!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent comedy, 26 Oct 2000
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I thought this movie was brilliant, i have watched it over and over. it has got to be one of my favourite films. plus madonna was great in it she gave one of her best performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd, 18 April 2014
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Love this film not seen it in years and got it at a reasonable price as well. Would recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 22 Feb 2014
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Bought this as a present for someone who had never seen it and had no interest in baseball but they loved this film. The acting by Hanks and Davis is amazing but Lori Petty steals the show!
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