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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JK9L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,325 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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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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I saw "The Bad News Bears"in the theatre, when it came out in 1976. At the tender age of thirteen, I thought this was a hilarious send up of little league and organized sports. Now over twenty five years later, I still laugh out loud at the DVD version of the film, which has both biting moments and a lot of heart.The plot has now been endlessly copied by dozens of other movies.Walter Matthau plays an aging alcoholic, who is payed by a local politician to coach a little league team made up of misfits and losers.They are hopelessly bad players, who are dumped on by both other kids and adults alike.Through Mathau's drunken coaching and the help of an eleven year old girl with a killer curve ball (wonderfully played by Tatum O'neal) the team rises to the top of the stats and the big championship game. The late director, Michael Ritchie used this fairly simple plot device to present us with a scewering of the world of children's organized sports and a satire of suburban society in general.I love the scene where at the league party a female official presents a pizza made up with toppings to look like a ball field.She goes on to explain how she couldn't use anchovies in the presentation "but hey, not many people like anchovies".The film has many funny moments such as this, but it also carries a dark underbelly when it presents how serious the parents take games that are suppose to be fun and put their kids under a tremendous amount of pressure.It's hard to even watch a scene, in which an opposing team's coach, in the heat of game, goes out to the pitcher's mound and slaps his own son in the face.I don't mean to paint too dark of a picture of this movie. It is a really funny film.Read more ›
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Maybe it's still too early to tell, but so far the long-awaited DVD release of the Bears trilogy doesn't seem to be anything to get excited about. Not one box features the wonderfully wacky artwork of the original movie posters. The box for the first film is just a publicity shot of Matthau and O'Neal, with Tatum perched on an apple box as she stands eye-to-eye with Walter. Hello! An apple box is a piece of film equipment. Why is it revealed in this photo? And why was it chosen to grace the *front* of the box? The cover art for Breaking Training is another bogus publicity shot, but this one is an even bigger head-scratcher in that it includes a female character not even in the film! The "Go To Japan" box at least consists of a team photo, but sadly it also is sans poster art.
As for bonus material, there doesn't appear to be any. You'd think there would be, given the price (...). If the only plus is that the films are letterboxed, I wish I would've bought the laserdisc of the first film a few years ago. No supplemental material there either, but a letterboxed picture and and a jacket draped in original art work--all for the same price as these bare-boned no-frills DVDs.
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