The Rookie

The Rookie

Dennis Quaid
Director: John Lee Hancock Cast: Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
, Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
, Jay Hernandez
Jay Hernandez
John Lee Hancock

DVD (Wide Screen)

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The Rookie, the inspirational story of Jim Morris, a high school teacher who realized his dream of becoming a big-league baseball player, makes its way to DVD. Picture and sound on this disc are top notch. The image, framed at 2.35:1, and anamorphic, is nearly perfect. Skin tones are well balanced, while the darker scenes are solid with no signs of breakdown. Colors are quite vivid, re-creating the theatrical experience nicely. The audio elements, 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks in English and French, are surprisingly strong. While the majority of the sound is located up front, there are some very effective moments where the Surrounds take control. Though not labeled a special edition, this disc does contain some nice extra features. For starters, there is a scene-specific commentary track from director John Lee Hancock and Dennis Quaid. Though a bit dry at times, and lacking much enthusiasm, this is made up by their obvious love for the project and their knowledge of the subject. A definite plus is a 20-minute featurette on the real Jim Morris with cast, crew, and Morris interviews, that is really so good it seems too short. Though they will probably appeal only to a specific part of the audience, there are also some baseball tips aimed at younger viewers. Finally, along with seven deleted scenes, hosted by Hancock, are a number of previews for additional Disney titles that round out this exceptional disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
UPC: 0786936165432
Original Release: 2002
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 14
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:07:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Dennis Quaid and John Lee Hancock; Deleted scenes introduced by John Lee Hancock; "The Inspirational Story of Jim Morris" featurette; Spring Training: Tips from the Pros

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Jim Morris
Rachel Griffiths Lorri Morris
Jay Hernandez Joaquin "Wack" Campos
Beth Grant Olline Morris
Angus T. Jones Hunter
Brian Cox Jim Morris, Sr.
Rick Gonzalez Rudy Bonilla
Chad Lindberg Joe David West
Angelo Spizzirri Joel De La Garza
Royce D. Applegate Henry
Russell Richardson Brooks
Raynor Scheine Frank
David Blackwell Cal
Blue Deckert Dave Patterson
Dan Kamin Mac
Trevor Morgan Young Jim

Technical Credits
John Lee Hancock Director
John Bissell Musical Direction/Supervision
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Mark Ciardi Producer
Bruce Finlayson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Gray Producer
Mark Johnson Producer
Mike Rich Screenwriter
Barry Robison Production Designer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Philip Steuer Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/The Investment
2. "Welcome to Big Lake"
3. Coach's Arm
4. The Deal
5. Speed Limit 35
6. A Winning Season
7. "It's Your Turn, Coach!"
8. On the Mound
9. Family Concerns
10. Southern League
11. Brook's Confession
12. Jimmy's Dream
13. The Major Leagues
14. "Morris, You're IN!"
15. "Thanks for Coming"
16. The Investment Paid Off/End Credits

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