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Major Payne [DVD] [1995]

Release Date:01/05/1999
Nick Castle directs In Living Color cast member Damon Wayans in the comedy Major Payne, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and crew, trailers, and production notes. This Universal release dies a superb job of presenting the film, but a commentary by Wayans would have made it something special.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 14)

    Special Features

    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmakers' bios
    • Film highlights
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Web links


    Major Payne
    Hawk-like Marine Corps officer Benson Payne (Damon Wayans) attempts to whip into shape the usual assortment of misfit JROTC kids in this minor remake of The Private War of Major Benson. Of course, both the major and his pint-sized recruits have something to teach one another. Payne teaches them the value of self-discipline and instills self-confidence in them, and the recruits teach him to stop and smell the roses (not to mention the fact that kids sometimes need coddling rather than screaming). And, of course, there is the annual JROTC statewide competition, which the kids are obligated to win before the movie can end. While there are some funny moments (the major's exhibition in full-dress whites at a school dance, for example), the script seems too color-by-numbers to be interesting to anyone other than undiscriminating younger viewers. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Damon Wayans
      Damon Wayans - Major Benson Payne
    • Karyn Parsons
      Karyn Parsons - Dr. Emily Walburn
    • William Hickey
      William Hickey - Dr. Phillips
    • Michael Ironside
      Michael Ironside - Lt. Colonel Stone
    • Albert Hall
      Albert Hall - General Elias Decke

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