A League Of Their Own

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Details At A Glance

Category Drama Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - 1.33:1 not 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 2
Sleepless in Seattle - 1.33:1 not 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Stuart Little - 1.33:1 not 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0
Year Released 1992 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 122:43 minutes Other Extras Featurette-Untitled (6:56)
Featurette-A League Of Their Own (27:22)
Music Video-This Used To Be My Playground-Madonna
Cast & Crew Biographies
RSDL/Flipper RSDL (72:42)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2,4 Director Penny Marshall

Columbia Tristar
Starring Tom Hanks
Geena Davis
Lori Petty
Jon Lovitz
David Strathairn
Garry Marshall
Bill Pullman
Case Transparent Amaray
RRP $39.95 Music Hans Zimmer

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 4.0
16x9 Enhancement
Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 4.0, 384Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles English
Annoying Product Placement Yes, slightly
Action In or After Credits Yes, during

Plot Synopsis

    A League Of Their Own is the based-on-truth story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Formed in 1943 in order to keep the morale of the American people high with the great majority of the male baseball players being away fighting in World War II, it continued for over 10 years before sputtering to a halt. This movie tells the story of one of the first four teams to play in this league, the Rockford Peaches.

    Jon Lovitz opens the movie with an excellent and very funny cameo role as a foul-mouthed, cynical, sexist talent scout who has been sent out to recruit women softball players for the new Baseball league. He spots Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and her sister Kit (Lori Petty). Dottie is rather good, but isn't interested in trying out until Kit talks her into it. They both make it, and the remainder of the film follows the ups and downs of their season, including the antics of their drunkard coach, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) who finally realizes that these women can actually play baseball and then finally starts to help them rather than hinder them.

    Throw in a series of strong female supporting characters, and you have a very entertaining way of spending two hours, perhaps a little too syrupy-sweet for some, but entertaining nonetheless.

Transfer Quality


    Paul W initially reviewed this movie for our site and raved about the transfer. There are other, disparate opinions of this DVD on the Internet, so I felt it was appropriate to independently reassess this movie.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is 16x9 enhanced. It is generally a very good transfer that falls shy of reference quality because of some minor blemishes.

    The transfer was very clear and very sharp for the great majority of the time. However, early on in the movie, it tended towards the dark side, particularly for inside shots. Outside shots were always perfectly rendered. As the movie progressed, the inside shots improved and because easier to view and by the end of the movie they were no problem at all. This is the first time that I have seen this movie so I cannot refer back to its theatrical presentation in regards to the director's intent with these shots, however, the style of the cinematography makes me believe that these renderings were deliberate artistic choices rather than errors in the transfer itself. For best results, this transfer should be watched either in total darkness or under strictly controlled lighting conditions.

    The colours are variably presented, once again it seems by artistic choice. Early on, the colours are very muted and browns and greys predominate, but following the first newsreel footage, the colours become vibrant. Greens in particular are beautifully rendered in this transfer. The colours tended to oversaturate a little in the darker scenes, but nothing that was particularly distracting.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some very minor aliasing on some baseball stadium seats and on the steely lines of the train early in the movie, but were fundamentally absent. Film artefacts were rare and went unnoticed other than those deliberately inserted into the movie.

    This is an RSDL disc, with a relatively lengthy and noticeable layer change occurring at 72:42, during Chapter 17.


    The audio transfer is reasonable without being overly remarkable.

    There are five audio tracks on this DVD, with the default being English Dolby Digital 4.0, which is the track that I listened to. This soundtrack sounded like it had been decoded from a surround-encoded source into discrete Left, Centre, Right and Surround channels, and then encoded onto this DVD in this configuration rather than being remixed from the original audio stems., but more on that later.

    Dialogue was always clear and easy to make out and there were no audio sync problems.

    The score by Hans Zimmer is somewhat unremarkable, with the most remarkable scoring being towards the end of the movie where it started to sound excessively schmaltzy for my tastes. Of particular note, however, is the song which closes the movie, This Used To Be My Playground. In a word, this song is brilliant, and brings a superb closure to the movie. It is far and away the best example of a movie theme song that I have ever heard. It perfectly encapsulates all that the movie stands for, and all that the movie was about.

    The surround channel had limited use, with only the occasional ambient sound effect finding its way into the rear. Dominant centre channel dialogue or sound effects tended to cause a collapsing of the surround soundfield into the centre channel, which is why I believe this 4.0 soundtrack is merely a decoded surround-encoded soundtrack rather than one sourced from the audio stems of the original master soundtrack. This was pretty much a front hemispheric sound mix for the great majority of the movie, not that a full-blown 5.1 soundtrack would have been all that much better for this style of movie. It would, however, have prevented this occasional collapsing soundfield effect from occurring.

    My Dolby Digital decoder feeds low frequencies to my subwoofer even if it does not detect a .1 channel, and the subwoofer was kept moderately active without being particularly stressed by this soundtrack.


    There is a good selection of extras on this DVD, though it is perhaps a little light-on to be given the Collector's Edition moniker. Personally, I believe an audio commentary track is mandatory on any DVD that is given this premium labelling, and there is no audio commentary track on this DVD.


Theatrical Trailers

    The theatrical trailers for A League Of Their Own, Sleepless In Seattle & Stuart Little are on this DVD. This is a great move on the part of Columbia Tristar and one which I hope they keep up with future releases.

Featurette - Untitled

    This is a better than average behind-the-scenes style featurette. It does suffer considerable aliasing in many of the shots from the movie which thankfully are not present in the movie transfer itself.

Featurette - A League Of Their Own

    This is a documentary on the real-life league and the real-life women who inspired this movie. Coming in at 27:22, it is of decent length and is interesting, though the video quality is somewhat variable.

Music Video - This Used To Be My Playground - Madonna

Cast & Crew Biographies

R4 vs R1

    The Region 1 version of this DVD is devoid of extras, making the Region 4 version of this DVD the version of choice.


    I enjoyed A League Of Their Own, with its just-right combination of drama, pathos and humour.

    The video quality is generally excellent with some minor let-downs early on.

    The audio quality is reasonable without being remarkable.

    The extras are decent.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (my bio)
28th March 2000

Review Equipment
DVD Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer