Moneyball is a good film propelled by great performances especially from Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’m not much of a baseball fan, but the story of Billy Beane and what he did for an organization and the system certainly makes for an interesting and compelling story.
Genre(s): Drama, Sports
Sony | PG13 – 133 min. – $20.99 | January 10, 2012
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Writer(s): Stan Chervin (story), Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Theatrical Release Date: September 23, 2011
Features: Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish
Movie Plot: Oakland A’s general manager Bill Bean (BRAD 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 (PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN), Beane – with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist (JONAH HILL) – develops a roster of misfits… and along the way, forever changes the way the game is played.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
The DVD comes with a blooper reel (3:11), a standard selection of deleted scenes (12:05), Billy Beane: Re-Inventing the Game (16:01) covering the real man the movie is based upon and Moneyball: Playing the Game (19:26) featurette on the making of the film.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is suitable but nothing noteworthy. The film is mainly dialogue driven but it does pick up some during the games where we get to hear the cheers from fans.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Overall, Moneyball is a good film propelled by great performances especially from Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’m not much of a baseball fan, but the story of Billy Beane and what he did for an organization and the system certainly makes for an interesting and compelling story. The DVD meanwhile has a standard set of features and the audio/video is suitable but nothing special.