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The Rookie Blu-ray

United States
Disney / Buena Vista | 2002 | 127 min | Rated G | Mar 04, 2008

The Rookie (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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The Rookie

 (2002)

The Rookie Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field—until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim's still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there's no telling where he could go.

For more about The Rookie and the The Rookie Blu-ray release, see the The Rookie Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant, Angus T. Jones, Brian Cox
Director: John Lee Hancock

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The Rookie Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Disney winds up and delivers The Rookie to Blu-ray in a splendid 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 framed image that is clear, bright, and detailed. The image approaches reference quality (something that can be said of almost all Disney Blu-ray discs) and handles every locale with grace. Outdoor, sunlit scenes fare the best, but even those taking place under the bright stadium lights of the Ballpark in Arlington, or in the drab machine shop where Jimmy's dad works early in the film, look fine as well. The bright blue, crystal-clear sky marked by the big, beautiful clouds of west Texas looks as breathtaking as it does in real life. Flesh tones also appear natural in color and vibrancy. Black levels are deep and rich, staying true to the inky levels we've come to expect from first-rate transfers, perhaps best evidenced by a nighttime scene around the 18:30 mark in the film. The green of the grass, the colors of the different baseball uniforms, even the dust and dirt on the diamond are all reproduced on this disc with a high level of professionalism and excellence, making this easily the best I've ever seen this or any baseball movie look. The print is nearly flawless, free of most imperfections, save for small black and white speckles here and there, very minute and barely noticeable. There is also an ever slight bit of grain and shimmering in places. Despite these very minor blemishes, The Rookie brings a Major-League transfer safely to home on Blu-ray, one that is sure to please fans everywhere.


The Rookie Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Disney's uncompressed 5.1 PCM audio track that accompanies The Rookie makes for a very respectable mix and listening experience. From the very beginning of the film, we're treated to some very nice minor ambience, as wind blows through the rear speakers. Throughout the film, we hear the dry sounds of West Texas, from birds chirping to insects singing. As the film picks up with the baseball sequences, the mix continues to create an immersive, realistic feeling atmosphere, especially when the action hits AA, AAA, and Major League ballparks. Music is pleasant and clean sounding. The down home country music soundtrack is marvelously reproduced. Of course, one of the best sounds in the world is that of a baseball hitting the leather of a well-worn glove, and that sound is nicely reproduced here. Dialogue is recreated with ease, sounding natural and pleasant, certainly never overbearing or harsh. There is only a bit of bass throughout the mix. The instance of good bass in the mix that comes most easily to mind is that of a vocalist that played over Morris' tryout, if memory serves. Obviously not as loud and active as action movie mixes, this one nevertheless does its job admirably enough, doing its part to bring us into this field of dreams of green grass, leather, wood, and magic.


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