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DVD Review: “Major League: Wild Thing Edition”

(Paramount. 1989/2007. 1 Disc. Color. Rated R. 106 minutes. Directed by David S. Ward.) Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton, James Gammon, Rene Russo, Dennis Haysbert, Bob Uecker.

Just a bit outside… This baseball romp is being released in the Wild Thing edition (includes an outside slipcover with stadium turf on it), just in time for opening day. Not as funny as Bull Durham, The Bad News Bears, or even A League of Their Own, but still enjoyable for what it is. Whitton is the owner of the (then-downtrodden) Cleveland Indians, and wants the team to have a losing season so she can move the franchise to Miami. To that end, she hires a motley crew of players, including pitcher Rick Wild Thing Vaughn (Sheen, who really pitched in high school), along with a washed-up catcher (Berenger), and a preening third baseman (Bernsen). Also on hand is a voodoo-practicing outfielder (Haysbert, now doing those Allstate commercials), and Rene Russo (in her film debut) as Berenger’s ex-girlfriend. Bob Uecker is the funniest as play-by-play announcer Harry Doyle. The movie spawned two sequels. Extras include an alternate ending, plus featurettes on the making of the movie; Uecker; and real-life players (including Aaron Boone) talking about their favorite scenes. Batter up.

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