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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 91 (Dec 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Gary Cole & Rip Torn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes commentary by writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber and actors Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn; deleted and extended scenes; an alternate ending; four featurettes: Dodgeball Boot Camp: Training For Dodgeball, The Anatomy Of A Hit, Justin Long: A Study In Ham & Cheese, and Dodgeball: Go For The Gold; a blooper/gag reel segment; four trailers, including two different Dodgeball trailers; DVD-ROM enhancements including the screenplay; and an Inside Look at upcoming projects from Fox. Also includes up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2225993
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rude and sexual humor, and language
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/07/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rawson Marshall Thurber
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Poor old Peter La Fleur (Vaughn) needs $50,000 to save his gym, Average Joe's, from being foreclosed on. What's he going to do? His arch enemy White Goodman (Stiller), owner of the town's snazziest gym in town, plans to take over and bulldoze Peter's fitness center and make it into his own parking lot. With 30 days to come up with the cash, Average Joe's group of athletes decide to compete for The Las Vegas International "Dodgeball" Open and win the $50,000 prize to save their club. It's "A True" tale, I tell ya, it's an "Underdog Story." Winner take all! (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is bright and colorful, and perfectly complementary to the storytelling. Images are sharp and detailed, and there are times when clothing textures, facial features, and even the rubber detail on the dodgeballs are very nicely rendered. Colors are rich and vibrant, with accurate fleshtones, bold hues, and deep, solid blacks. Colors are especially striking on the dodgeball arena during the championships. Some pixel breakup is occasional, but edge enhancement is not a problem with this title. (Suzanne Hodges)

Music sounds great in this Dolby