The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 1993
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 101 minutes
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English, Spanish, French Dolby Surround
Subtitles:English SDH, Spanish
Starring:Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Denis Leary, Karen Allen, James Earl Jones, Marley Shelton
Directed by: David Mickey Evans
Music by: David Newman
Written by: David Mickey Evans & Robert Gunter
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 26, 2013
It’s early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls has just moved into town with his folks. Kids call him a dork - he can't even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It's the beginning of a magical summer of fun!
It's 1962 and 11 year old Scotty Smalls has just moved into town with his mother and stepfather. He wants to fit in hoping to play baseball with the local kids he saw in the sandlot. Unfortunately he lacks any skills and the kids call him a dork. But that changes when his neighbor Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez, the leader of the neighborhood ball team and its best player recruits him to be their ninth player and shows him a thing or two about the “greatest game ever”. It's the beginning of a summer filled with baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner who live behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend.
The Sandlot is a classic coming of age film that is tailor made for stirring nostalgic feelings of friends, summer fun and hours spent playing and bonding through the sport of baseball. The pitch perfect story comes complete with well drawn characters, funny bone tickling laughs and a genuineness found in Scotty perspectives as he encounters situations both at home and with the gang. There is no denying the derivative nature of the narrative however it draws you in and rewards with spot on pacing, and fundamentally wholesome drama. It’s hard to believe that it has been twenty years since its release. Luckily its innate timelessness holds up as well as ever.
The rating is for some language and underage tobacco use.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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The Sandlot comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 37 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.3 Mbps.
I have owned this film in its various home video release incarnations. Identical to the 2011 Blu-ray release colors are vivid with subtle tonal variation and clean rendering. The range of colors is not particularly extensive but the earth tones which are its primary source look great. Facial textures and complexions are nicely delineated with warmth and lifelike tonality. Images are well detailed over the course of the film. This isn’t going to exhibit the type of razor sharp high gloss definition that we see from films today however the level of detail is complimentary. There are minor fluctuations in sharpness and detail that appear related to the original photography. Film grain is intact, and appears well preserved throughout the presentation. Blacks are stable with consistent contrast levels that draw out plenty of visible detail during light and dark segments. I found little to complain about and thoroughly enjoyed this high definition rendering.
The DTS-HD Master Audio mix presents this soundtrack’s elements quite naturally. There is lots of spoken dialogue in the film but it contains a variety of sounds and music that benefit from the high resolution afforded by lossless sound. The recording sounds a little dated but refined and dynamically supported. There are moments where there is no dialogue and the only auditory used to propel the story, are the music and/or a series of sounds. They are cleanly reproduced and free from strident highs or an edgy mid range. The front soundstage is narrow but opens up nicely during several sequences. There isn’t much in the way of active surround sound or deep low frequency effects but the application of supportive rear channel ambience and upper level bass adds an enriching element that enhances the presentation.
- 5 minute making of featurette
- 7 TV Spots
- Theatrical trailer
- 20th Anniversary Trading Cards featuring each of the players
- 10% off coupon code for purchase of PF Flyers
- Bonus DVD
The Sandlot is a classic coming of age film that is tailor made for stirring nostalgic feelings of friends, summer fun and hours spent playing and bonding through the sport of baseball. It comes to Blu-ray in this 20th Anniversary release that is essentially identical to the previous Blu-ray release but adds an embossed slipcover and a set of player trading cards. I am pleased to add this to my Blu-ray collection. If you’re a fan and don’t already own The Sandlot in high definition this release comes highly recommended.
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