‘Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story’ Unrated Blu-ray Review
This is the month is the month of Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller releases on Blu-ray. If you are a fan of off the wall comedy and an underdog story that is fun, well ‘Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story’ is the film for you. This is a film not to be taken seriously, but sit back and enjoy the comedic laughs as it turns to Vince vs. Ben as they battle each other in the championship. The film did well at the box office with a total worldwide gross of $167 million dollars.
The story of ‘Dodgeball’ is a simple story as Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) owns and operates Average Joe’s Gym. The gym has a bunch of reject members that are some of the dorkiest looking guys. The regular members consist of Gordon (Stephen Root), a fan of obscure sports; teen gymnast Justin (Justin Long); and Steve the Pirate (Alan Tudyk). Average Joe’s gym accepts all comers of shapes, sizes, and looks. This becomes almost like a second home to some of the se guys. The problem is Average Joe’s Gym is running into some financial problems. Kate (Christine Taylor) informs Peter that the gym will be closed down if he can not come up with $50,000 dollars.
The guys wonder how in the world they are going to come up with $50,000 dollars. This puts Peter into distress, but they come up with the idea of forming a Dodgeball team. They enter the Dodgeball Association of America tournament in hopes of making it to the championship match for the $50,000 dollars. Average Joe’s is not the only gym in the area, there is the chain owned by fitness guru White Goodman (Ben Stiller) called Globo Gym. Goodman is an egotist, self centered, and looney tune. He doesn’t want to ever get fat again, so he tries to stay away from food. He wants to take over Average Joe’s gym so he can continue his monopoly.
This is a film that looks like it has disaster written all over it. Vaughn and Stiller work together so well, that they make for an excellent pairing. The team that Goodman puts together is a cast of characters that is the complete opposite of Peter’s team. They are like a cast of characters right out of a comic book. This was a rather enjoyable film from start to finish with the zany comedic moments between both guys.
Movie Content: 4/5
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-2 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are bold and vibrant, nicely saturated. This is a very detailed print. Flesh tones are accurate and look good. It is interesting how colors and lighting are top notch in Globo Gym and there is a darker setting in Average Joe’s Gym which is more rundown. There is film grain throughout the print which is consistent.
Video Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is a nice upgrade over the DVD’s Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, but not the kind of track that will shake the room. Dialogue is crisp and clear with no issues through the center channel. I did have to keep the volume up higher than normal. During the first half of the film audio is a bit on the lower side, but things start to crank a notch the second half. Sound effects and the soundtrack come through the rears producing a light dynamic sound. The rears aren’t heavily used as this is more of a front heavy presentation.
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
- Audio Commentary by Director Thurber & Actors Vince Vaughn & Ben Stiller
- Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training for Dodgeball
- The Anatomy of a Hit
- Justin Long: A Study in Ham & Cheese
- Dodgeball: Go for the Gold
- More with the Dodgeball Dancers
- Deleted Scenes
- Bloopers & Gag Reel
The special features are very good and there are a plethora of extras in this release that have been ported over from the DVD release. All content is available in standard definition.
Special Features: 4/5
For those that are fans of Vince Vaughn or Ben Stiller, you will enjoy ‘Dodgeball’ quite a bit. It is a rather hilarious film even though there is a lot off the wall elements in the film. Owners of the original DVD release, you will be happy to upgrade with confidence that the Blu-ray offers better image and audio quality.
Overall Rating: 3.5 (Purchase)