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LGANS316 Says, in 2-4-2010 at 14:42:44 from     

Version: U.S.A / BVHE / Region Free

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

MPEG-4 AVC BD-25 / AACS

Running time: 1:29:39

Movie size: 20,588,414,976 bytes

Disc size: 21,191,563,361 bytes

Total bit rate: 30.62 Mbps

Average video bit rate: 20.37 Mbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4308 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4308 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS Audio French 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit

Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Dolby Digital Audio Russian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround

Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English SDH, English, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, French, French (Text), French (Canadian), French (Canadian Text), Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (Brazilian Text), Russian, Russian (Text), Spanish, Spanish (Text), Swedish, Ukranian

Number of chapters: 26

Extras: None
Rating: 2 / 5

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Dennis A. Amith (kndy) Says, in 2-4-2010 at 17:16:50 from     

Back in 1998, comedian Adam Sandler was coming from a string of solid box office hits such as “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer”.

Sandler would return with “THE WATERBOY”, a film that proved that despite how crude the humor a film may be, people just want to laugh and have a good time. And sure enough, the film would rake in over $160 million dollars in the US and signified Adam Sandler as box office draw.

The film was directed by Frank Coraci (director of “The Wedding Singer”, “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Click) and a screenplay by Sandler and Tim Herlihy (“Bedtime Stories”, “Mr. Deeds”, “Little Nicky”, “Big Daddy” and “The Wedding Singer”). Also, featuring music by Alan Pasqua and cinematography by Steven Bernstein (“Corky Romano”, “Scary Movie 2 and “Bulletproof”).

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“THE WATERBOY” receives its first 1080p High Definition transfer (1:85:1 aspect ratio) and for a film made eleven years ago, the film looks great on Blu-ray. With a large part of the film shot outdoors, you can see the bright colors from the various football teams to natural skin tones for the characters. Day time scenes in particular reveal plenty of the film’s fine details across the board. You can also pick up a lot of detail from the grass on the football field, to the griminess of the run down home that Bobby’s mother lives in and more. Vivid contrast gives daytime exteriors and low-lit interiors a really good amount of depth. Blanks are are nice and deep.

As for the soundtrack, “THE WATERBOY” sports a lossless English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack (also French 5.1 and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital). Although primarily a dialogue-driven film that uses the center channel and is heard clearly, there is occasional music that utilizes the front channel speakers. It’s not until you start getting into the football games where the team gets more of an audience and scenes with crowds, where you hear the surrounds being utilized. The film doesn’t have an immersive soundtrack compared to other sports-based films on Blu-ray but the audio is nice and clear and overall, satisfactory for this film.

As expected from a Disney release (via Touchstone Home Entertainment) on Blu-ray, the transfer is gorgeous.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

There are no special features included on this Blu-ray release of “The Waterboy”.

JUDGMENT CALL:

“THE WATERBOY” is one of those films that people will either love or hate it. Since this is one of the earlier Adam Sandler films, he has a nack of playing parts that are just outrageously funny but at the same time, some people may find it too idiotic for their taste. So, suffice to say, if you are the latter, more than likely this film is not going to appeal to you.

But for those who have enjoyed his films, “THE WATERBOY” is just hilarious and is a Sandler classic!

Adam Sandler’s “Bobby Boucher” is a stuttering mama’s boy that is definitely going to make you laugh. Granted, he has a speech impediment but its not his way of talking but the way he was raised, the way he thinks and although innocent, it just comes off as idiotic.

The whole film just made me laugh and although people in Southern Louisiana may not like how they were characterized in this film (living in the swamp and eating dead animals, a hillbilly which no one knows what the heck he’s saying as the assistant head coach and cheerleaders inebriated, a man who looks like Colonel Sanders as a professor, etc.), I guess if you can take this comedy and not be so serious about it, you can easily be amused. Especially if you are a sports fan.

The Blu-ray release of “THE WATERBOY” definitely has its positive marks for its HD transfer. The picture quality and lossless audio are awesome but I was surprised there are no special features. I would have loved to hear Coraci, Tim Herlihy or Adam Sandler come back and do an audio commentary or some sort of behind-the-scenes featurette.

So, for those who own the previous DVD and are wondering if its worth the double dip, it all comes down to whether or not you want to watch the film in High Definition.

Back then and even today, Adam Sandler films will be love or hate for many viewers but the sheer amount of outrageous comedy from this film is what made it so hilarious. And for a film that came out in 1998, it manages to retain its humor and craziness eleven years later.

“THE WATERBOY” is just hilarious and crazy but overall, an enjoyable film on Blu-ray!
Rating: 3 / 5

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