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The Sandlot Blu-ray Review

The Sandlot Blu-ray Review

“The Sandlot” still stands as one of the best baseball films ever made.

The plot: Having moved to a new town with his mother and step father, Scotty Smalls wants to make new friends fast. He sees a group of baseball loving kids and wants to be friends with them, but unfortunately, he doesn’t know squat about baseball and he can’t play the game either. Luckily for him, the kind hearted and baseball savvy Benny decides to take Scotty under his wing by not only teaching him how to play, but to make him a part of their gang. As time passes, Scotty eventually becomes a solid baseball player as he plays on the local sandlot summer day after summer day.

One day, after the kids run out of baseballs to play with, Scotty declares he has a ball at home. Unbeknownst to him, the ball in question is his stepdad’s Babe Ruth autographed ball. Scotty has the intention of bringing it back home, but when he hits it over the fence into Mr. Mrtyle’s backyard, the kids tell Scotty it’s a goner. You see, Mr. Mrtyle is a local legend who apparently harbors a vicious and giant ferocious dog known as The Beast in his backyard. Of course, all of the kids are scared to death of the dog, but when Smalls tells them about the ball, they all devise a way to get the ball back.

It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since “The Sandlot” was released, but alas this is true. For any adult who grew up in the 90’s (like myself), “The Sandlot” was a true childhood staple. Sure, the movie owes a lot to “Stand By Me” via the narration device, the vomit sequence (which I could do without), and the period piece angle, but so what? Every hit movie has its imitators and some of them can still be great. That’s just how Hollywood works. At any rate, “The Sandlot” has everything you could want out of a good movie. The characters are all memorable, the soundtrack is perfectly evocative of the time period, the end chase is intense and fun, and the script is a great (yes, I said great) nostalgic piece about youth, baseball, crushes, fear, friendship, summer, and neighborhood legends. On top of all of that, the film is endlessly quotable. There isn’t a year that goes by where the quote “You’re killing me, Smalls” or “For-ev-er” isn’t uttered around me (or by me).

Note: This is a new repackaging of the previous Blu-ray release with a new slip cover, new case cover, new disc art as well as the inclusion of trading cards.

Video/Audio:

Presented in 2.35:1 1080p, the print does suffer from fuzzy images and dirt specs, but the colors are certainly noticeably sharper on Blu-ray.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track offers far more depth to the great soundtrack, the sound f/x, as well as the dialogue.

Extras:
* 10 character trading cards.
* Trailers for “The Sandlot” and “The Sandlot 2.”
* 7 TV spots.
* “Featurette”- A standard nearly 6 minute featurette that sells the movies. Set footage and films clips are included.

Summary: If you’ve never seen “The Sandlot” before, you owe it to yourself to check it out. It’s that rare family film that means as much to adults as it does kids.

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May 23, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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