Featured In Issue 164, February 2012

WSR Score4
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Columbia Pictures
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Bennett Miller
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In Moneyball, Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane (Pitt) challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when he is forced to rebuild his small-market team, on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans, and their own field manager (Hoffman), Beane—with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist (Hill)—develops a roster of misfits...and along the way, forever changes the way the game is played. Based on the book by Michael Lewis. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three deleted scenes (HD 12:05), four featurettes: Billy Beane: Re-Inventing The Game (HD 16:02), Drafting The Team (HD 20:51), Moneyball: Playing The Game (HD 19:28), and Adapting Moneyball (HD 16:33); the MLB 12 The Show Preview Trailer; up-front previews; bloopers (HD 03:11); and BD-Live functionality.

The 1080p AVC picture is superb! The contrast is excellent, with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation throughout. Color fidelity is naturally rendered with strong primary saturation and rich and warm hues. Fleshtones are accurately portrayed. Team colors pop, and other colors are vivid. Resolution and clarity are stellar, with fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture, especially during close-ups. Team caps and stitching on baseball uniforms are incredibly refined. A layer of grain enhances the filmic appearance, for a picture that is sure to please. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally subtle, though, at times dynamic and effective. The music score is wide and deep across the soundstage and extends aggressively into the surrounds. Atmospherics and sound effects are nuances, and at times, strong and directional, especially during ball play—such is enveloping within the soundfield. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially. Broadcast commentary is positioned for realistic effect, and crowd ambiance is aggressively enveloping. The .1 LFE is generally reserved but appropriated to enhance base energy in the special effects. This is a well-crafted soundtrack that sounds natural and convincing. (Gary Reber)