Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story BRAY Cover Art
SRP $34.98 2.35:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 FOX
 

The title and theatrical trailer didn't appeal to this reviewer, but "DODGEBALL" is a terrific crowd-pleaser, and Ben Stiller playing the bad guy, against Vince Vaughn as the hero, suits this kind of comedy perfectly. Also, the beautiful Christine Taylor(real-life wife of Stiller)playing the love interest of Vaughn's character, is another perfect twist that works remarkably well. The less than original plot-line is filled with the potential for major disappointments, but, everything comes together for consistently funny, bold gags, and a satisfying conclusion. Vaughn plays Peter, the owner of a gym about to go under, much of it having to do with the arrogant owner of a rival gym,White(Stiller) and his attempts to win over customers. When Pete finds he may have the opportunity to win the money he needs to save his gym by entering a "DODGEBALL" contest, even without knowing the sport, a band of eccentric, hilarious characters and over-the-top scenarios, blend seamlessly together to create a thoroughly engaging comedy, that holds its laugh factor, even with repeated viewings.

FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release.  While grain is present in many scenes and colors are often restrained, there's notable depth improvement over the dvd, and plenty of scenes that offer the jump-off-the screen type of detail one expects with high-definition, in spite of the film's modest budget limitations. "DODGEBALL" doesn't dazzle with depth in the same manner as "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN," but it's a pleasing image none-the-less!

FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix.  While the majority of the film mix is front-channel focused, surround effects kick in to high gear during the competition scenes with high-energy and elaborate use of bass and panning. Even when surrounds are low-key, ambient effects create a pleasing if not immersive atmosphere.

The extras offered, include some throw-away deleted scenes and a gag reel. The commentary with Stiller, Vaughn and the director, is engaging and worthwhile, especially for fans of the main actors.