- Actors: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long
- Directors: Rawson Marshall Thurber
- Producers: Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 31 Jan. 2005
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00066887A
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [DVD]
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Screwball comedy starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as rival gym owners who compete against each other in a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament. Sweet, underachieving Peter LaFleur (Vaughn) is the proprietor of Average Joe's, a run-down gym with an oddball clientele. Despite its shabby exterior, the gym catches the eye of competitor White Goodman (Stiller), the power-hungry and aspirational owner of the gleaming, ultra-modern Globo Gym. Staging a takeover of Average Joe's looks to Goodman like a doddle - until the attorney from the foreclosing bank, Kate Veitch (Christine Taylor) is unexpectedly won over by Peter's boyish charms and decides to do all she can to save his gym from Goodman's clutches.
How's this for impressive trivia: Dodgeball faced off against The Terminal in opening-weekend competition, and 29-year-old writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber aced Steven Spielberg by a score of $30 to $18.7 in US box-office millions. That's no mean feat for a newcomer, but Thurber's lowbrow script and rapid-fire direction--along with a sublime cast of screen comedians--proved to be just what moviegoers were ravenous for: a consistently hilarious, patently formulaic romp in which the underdog owner of Average Joe's Gym (Vince Vaughan) faces foreclosure unless he can raise $50,000 in 30 days. The solution: A dodgeball tournament offering $50K to the winners, in which Vaughan and his nerdy clientele team up against the preening, abhorrently narcissistic owner (Ben Stiller) of Globo Gym, who's threatening a buy-out. That's it for story; any 5-year-old could follow it with brainpower to spare. But Thurber, Vaughan, Stiller, and their well-cast costars (including Stiller's off-screen wife, Christine Taylor) keep the big laughs coming for 96 nonsensical minutes. With spot-on cameos by champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong, David Hasselhoff, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris, and William Shatner, and a crudely amusing coda for those who watch past the credits, Dodgeball is no masterpiece, but you can bet Spielberg was unexpectedly humbled by its popular appeal. --Jeff Shannon
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The film itself looks really good, but where this blu ray disappoints is with the extras.
On the DVD you get commentary,deleted scenes, alternate ending, dvd rom content, bloopers, featurettes & trailers.
On the blu ray you get theatrical trailer, fox on blu ray & websites.
For a medium that gives you more storage space, there is no excuse for all the extra features being dropped.
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This movie is great, one of my favourite comedies. The bluray picture quality is great, but this disc features no special features other than a trailer or two. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. J. T. Gee
Bought for my 10 year old son after he joined the school dodgeball team - they won their first tournament, way to go Patches 👍Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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One of only three films that I can keep watching over and over again. We qoute lunes from this film all the time " Is there a pirate on our team?".Published 8 months ago by AKL