Dodgeball: Unrated Version
People getting hit in the face and crotch with various objects
is only funny the first seven hundred times.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story seems to rely most prominently
on face and crotch shots, without offering much else in the way
The Unrated version features an entire minute of extra footage.
Exactly what this footage is remains a mystery. There’s no
gratuitous T & A, and barely even any nasty words. The minute
is probably a few seconds here and a few seconds there, but the
additional footage seems completely superfluous (although we’re
sure Fox will make a few extra dollars on this edition, so not completely
superfluous, at least from their point of view).
But studios need to stop making unnecessary unrated cuts of their
films, lest they take all the fun out of real unrated versions.
It's kind of like the boy who cried "wolf!".
Most of the special features this time around are the same as on
the initial DVD release. The box advertises a new audio commentary
and more risqué deleted scenes, but there’s nothing
here that we don’t remember from the original version (and
the deleted scenes are hardly risqué). The only real new
feature is an extremely short featurette that gives us a few extra
seconds with the Dodgeball dancers. Again, there’s nothing
here that couldn’t have been in the PG-rated version.
In short, this is a completely unnecessary version of a mostly
forgettable film. If you own the previous version, there’s
absolutely, positively no reason for you to shell out another 20
Here's our review of the original release:
Vince Vaughn plays Peter La Fleur, the owner of a dingy neighborhood
gym. It only has a few members, but they love the heck out of it.
But when White Goodman (Ben Stiller) threatens to buy the place
out, Peter and his crew join a dodgeball tournament to make enough
money to keep their hangout. As you would imagine, Whites
team is chock full of big, bad, strong men (and a woman), while
Peters team is nothing but misfits.
Peter, however, has a secret weapon. Hes recruited Patches
OHoulihan (Rip Torn), the most famous dodgeball player, to
train his team. Patches may not be completely sane, and his methods
are unorthodox, but hes all they have. Besides, he has some
infinite wisdom, such as: If you can dodge a wrench, you can
dodge a ball.
Its a true underdog story in which the good, well-meaning
people always end up on top
or do they?
Dodgeball is a harmless enough movie, doing its darndest to make
us enjoy the time were spending on it. Its problem lies
in the fact that its a completely by-the-numbers film that
offers absolutely nothing new. And its not even really that
funny (though there are a few laughs here and there).
Vince Vaughn is what keeps the movie going. Hes just a naturally
funny guy, who has a delivery that works with whatever hes
doing (or saying). Ben Stiller, on the other hand, plays the less
funny of his two onscreen personas. Supporting players Christine
Taylor, Justin Long, and the ever-amusing Stephen Root add a few
laughs, not to mention cameos by the likes of William Shatner, David
Hasselhoff and Chuck Norris.
Dodgeball is not a great movie, but fans of Vaughn, Stiller, or
mediocre comedies will surely get what theyre looking for.
The DVD comes in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital
5.1, with quite a few extras. Picture quality looks a bit muddy,
but is mostly free of dust or grain. Colors are rich and detail
is sharp, and there are no halos or edge enhancement. Audio is good
for the most part, but surrounds are pretty much limited to the
ping sound that occurs every time somebody gets hit
with something. Dialogue is clean and channel separation is good.
Extras include an audio commentary with writer/director Rawson
Marshall-Thurber, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Its a pretty
good track, with the trio doing their best to entertain as well
as inform. We also get some deleted and extended scenes, a few of
which are moderately amusing, with optional commentary by Marshall-Thurber.
Finally, theres a gag reel, a fluff-filled featurette, and
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
92 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby
Starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Stephen Root
and Rip Torn
Produced by Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller
Written and directed by Rawson Marshall-Thurber
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