The Benchwarmers (2005)

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Released 26-Sep-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary-Dir. Dennis Dugan & David Spade & John Hedder
Featurette-Play All, Nerds Vs Bullies, Mr. October, Play Bal
Featurette-Whose On Deck
Deleted Scenes
Trailer-Open Season. RV, Your Mine & Ours, Zoom
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 80
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Dennis Dugan
Studio
Distributor
SONY Pictures
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Rob Schneider
David Spade
Jon Heder
Jon Lovitz
Craig Kilborn
Molly Sims
Tim Meadows
Nick Swardson
Erinn Bartlett
Amaury Nolasco
Bill Romanowski
Sean Salisbury
Matt Weinberg
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Waddy Wachtel


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Greek
Hindi
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Audio Commentary
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder all star in The Benchwarmers, the latest low-brow comedy from Adam Sandler's 'Happy Madison Productions'. The story concerns three guys (Schneider, Spade, Heder) who have spent their existence being picked on, ridiculed and living in the shadow of bullies. After witnessing a nasty playground incident, the three leads are determined not to take it anymore. Now they must tackle on the most offensive and meanest Little League teams in the state.

    Rob Schneider comedies are definitely an aquired taste. There's no subtlety whatsoever, they're crass and revel in gross-out humour, and frequently they're not particularly funny. The Benchwarmers is no exception. Aimed squarely at the 12 to 14 year old market, I'm hard pressed to see anyone finding this sports comedy remotely amusing. However, what do I know? The film grossed almost $60 million in the US alone, so there is clearly a market for such fare.

    Like most comedies rolling off the assembly line at the Happy Madison factory, The Benchwarmers features a stunningly shallow plot and a juvenile sense of humor. Running a tight 80 minutes, the film is full of stupid, groan-inducing gags which are thrown at the screen in dizzying succession. Unfortunately, as bad as all this sounds, I've seen similar comedies that pulled up far worse than this. Simply put, those who know what they are getting into and adore all things born of Adam Sandler's production company will more than likely walk away from this viewing experience pleased.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The Benchwarmers is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewing.

    I get tired of praising the transfers from Columbia Tristar, and this film is no exception. The picture image is sharp without any aliasing or edge enhancement issues. Black levels are strong with excellent Shadow Detail and minimal grain. There were no Low Level Noise problems found on the transfer.

    Colours are natural and vibrant without any signs of image bleeding or oversaturation.

    The film is pretty well devoid of any Film or Video Artefacts as you would expect from this particular distributor.

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Audio

    The Benchwarmers has been given an English Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track as well as a 2.0 surround director's commentary track.

    Dialogue is clear, with no discernable audio sync errors.

    The film's score is fairly 'by the numbers', and typical of second-rate sports comedies. However, it does propel the narrative forward and is never intrusive.

    The 5.1 channel usage is fairly aggressive, with plenty of surround sound activity. The rear speakers are in frequent use, with the score, directional effects, and ambient noise present throughout.

    The subwoofer provides strong bass with plenty of reverberation.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

Two Audio Commentaries - (1) Director Dennis Dugan & (2) David Spade and Jon Heder.

    Dennis Dugan comes across as not particularly enthusiastic, in fact bored is more appropriate. His delivery is very laid back, and left way too much dead air for the majority of the films running time. Honestly, what's the point in going to all the trouble of a commentary track if you would rather be elsewhere. Mind you does anyone care what enlightenment the director of The Benchwarmers can share with us about his film making experience?

    David Spade & Jon Heder - Spade and Heder obviously had a good time making this film. Their banter is consistently amusing, especially when making fun of Rob Schneider. Spade is definitely the highlight found here, his quick wit and sarcasm proves contageous. In fact I found the track more amusing than the film itself. fans of the film will get a kick out of this better than average commentary.

Featurette - Nerd vs. Bullies (5 mins)

    This short featurette asks the actors whether they were a bully or nerd while growing up. A useless fluff piece that goes nowhere fast.

Featurette - Mr. October (8 mins)

    The cast and production team heap praise on Reggie Jackson for his brief role in the movie.

Featurette - Play Ball America (6 mins)

    Concentrates on America's love of it's national pastime – baseball.

Featurette - Who's on Deck? (2mins)

    A montage of Howie's (Spade's freakish sibling) scenes from the film. A questionable time filler if ever there was one.

Deleted Scenes

    Four short deleted scenes that were rightfully removed from the film.

Trailers

    Open Season, RV, Your Mine & Ours, Zoom.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    All versions of this film currently available appear to be the same.

Summary

    The Benchwarmers is a fairly humourless comedy that will have a limited appeal to anyone over the age of 15. The disc looks and sounds great, and for those interested in the material, there is a wealth of extras.

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Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Thursday, October 05, 2006
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Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
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