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  • Format: Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JK9L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,181 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12 2004
Format: DVD
Don't listen to other reviewers who impose today's political correctness on a movie that came out in 1976. My parents took me to see this film when it came out (I was nine) and it was a good film. It has lessons about winning, losing and sportsmanship. It touches upon characters we all know: the winning coach (played wonderfully by the late Vic Morrow) who values winning above all else - even his own son. A realistic film from the 1970s, reflecting divorced parents, precocious kids, bullies, all of it is in here. Above all, it is a positive statement about self-respect and accomplishment. While Matthau's ways of coaching would probably be protested today (i.e., giving the kids beer after the final game of the season) it was seen as true to his character and one of the funny touches. Some of the material is mature but it may spark some positive conversations in a family. It isn't watered down, squeaky-clean family fare that people expect today, but it does have a good message and is fun. Excellent performances by a great cast, realistic baseball playing (sometimes painful) and great moments. A classic 1970s film that is often overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on Aug. 6 2003
Format: DVD
Walter Matthau's character in this film was despicable. He was an alcoholic and a bum, an abusive aging ex-ball-player with an ex-family who swore too much, drank and smoked all the time and appeared to be semi-miserable -- the sort of influence that every parent hates and fears.
Put another way, he was ABSOLUTELY GREAT, and I wish to heck I'd been friends with a dude like that when I was a young baseball-playing kid!!
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The original Bad News Bears is a classic featuring Walther Matthau and a youthful Tatum O'Neil. Walt plays an aging
ex-pitcher saddled with coaching a team of 12-year old misfit baseball players (in case you just arrived here from another planet)..
The team is hopelessly inept until Walt persuades Amanda (O'Neil), a former pitching protegé of his, to join up. Fierce competition develops
between the improving Bears and the championship-calibre team of Vic Morrow, who wants the Bears to pack it in.

Completing the retrofit is the addition of Kelly Leak (played with menace by Jackie Earl Haley), a star athlete but a thoroughly anti-social
thug who buzzes around on a Harley, and is reputed to run a loan-sharking racket in the seventh grade. (The novella that served as a basis for the
screenplay called Kelly 'the most dangerous 12-yr old on the planet'). Anyway, the wins start piling up, leading to the inevitable showdown.

Matthau is in great form, transforming from an indifferent, intoxicated old grump into a decent, caring coach determined to NOT repeat the glaring
competitiveness of his counterpart. The kids are all great, but a bit rough around the edges. The film serves, more or less, to satirize the American obsession with patriotism and baseball (lost count of the compulsory flag pledges and national anthems before the kids' games!).

Under the veneer of well-groomed infields and noble platitudes about sportsmanship, bitter rivalries and terse exchanges indicate that all is not truly well with America's game, long before players hit the pro leagues.
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For those of us who played little league baseball, we can most certainly relate. One reviewer said, "little league a little too serious", but that is not true. For there are moments that relate perfectly with my childhood experiences. In my youth, I remember countless accounts of belligerent parents, drunken parents, parents who were would-be coaches, abusive parents, terrible coaches, and best yet, terrible sportsmanship on the part of the kids. Some may say, this is a terrible example of youth league, but the true is, this is how it is. In fact, when compared to reality, the reality was--is--much worse.

Please, do not be alarmed. For through my memories of sadness, hardship, and pain, I do not regret any of it. In the midst of all the madness, we still managed to have fun. It was a great time and a great part of my youth. Likewise, this move is a great family movie. For it does not dare put a silver lining over our television sets, but rather, it shows the true reality of youth sports. In the end, we have a great family film and one that we can relate to.

Yours Truly,

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By A Customer on April 15 2003
Format: DVD
A great movie that hits it mark..unfortunately sprung two terrible sequels. THE BAD NEWS BEARS is a social commentary about when kids are taken out of the sandlot (which is more fun when kids are left to play among themselves) and organized by adults to play little league baseball and the result is chaos. Walter Matthau in one of his signature roles as coach Buttermaker (he even reprised the role in a parody of the film on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, in the now classic and hilarious BAD NEWS BEES sketch). Matthau is hilarious as the drunken, ex-big league ballplayer/pool cleaner hired by one of the parents to coach a bunch of losers in a competetive and elite Los Angeles little league organization. The kids are innocent, but honestly brutal in their depiction. Standout performances from Jackie Earl Haley (BREAKING AWAY)as Kelly Leak, the motorcycle riding punk who is also a great athlete, Chris Barnes as tough little Tanner Boyle (who supposedly takes on the whole seventh grade when he is humilated in the embarrassing first game loss), and of course Tatum O'Neal as the tough girl pitcher whose curve ball breaks 2 feet. All this works on a level of a family movie, but some situations are adult oriented. Watch the film on network television and it is butchered beyond recognition. On DVD and cable, it it way better because you see why some of the situations occur. One example is the scene when pitcher Joey Turner (Brandon Cruz -tv's COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER) throws at the head of batter Engelberg (Gary Lee Cavagnaro) and you'll know why. Actor Vic Morrow continues his string of bad guy roles even in this film as Coach Roy Turner and even the Yankees (a metaphor for elitistism) is used as a name of one of the teams as the arch rival of the Bears. Overall, entertaining and authentic with great casting.
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