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Moneyball [Blu-ray] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [2011]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (186 out of 190)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes
    • Billy Beane: Re-Inventing the Game
    • Blooper with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill
    • Moneyball: Playing the game - a complete behind-the-scenes look at the making of Moneyball
    • Drafting the team
    • Adapting Moneyball
    • MLB 12 the show preview trailer

    Synopsis


    Moneyball
    Bennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction best seller Moneyball stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much as perennial favorites like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Beane realizes he needs to radically change how he evaluates what players can bring to the squad. After he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy League economics major working as an executive assistant for scouting on another team, Beane realizes he's found the man who understands how to subvert the system of assessing players that's been in place for nearly a century. However, as the duo begin to acquire players that seem too old, injured, or inept to play major-league baseball, they face stiff resistance from both the A's longtime scouts and the team's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who outright refuses to allow Beane's more-nontraditional acquisitions to play. Moneyball screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Brad Pitt
      Brad Pitt - Billy Beane
    • Jonah Hill
      Jonah Hill - Peter Brand
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman
      Philip Seymour Hoffman - Art Howe
    • Robin Wright
      Robin Wright - Sharon
    • Chris Pratt
      Chris Pratt - Scott Hatteberg



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 190 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If You Don't Love Baseball You Won't Love This

      Posted
      Kristos

      I'll start this review by mentioning a small detail about me that I think is important to this review. I am a huge baseball fan. As I said in my Review title, if you aren't a baseball person in the least, you will most likely not enjoy this movie and you could stop reading here. For all others, here goes.. Moneyball is based of of a book which explains how Baseball has become a business. A business in which the richest teams always have the upper hand over teams that never had deep enough pockets to afford the best players on the market. This is a true story, which to my surprise was extremely well-told through movie adaptation. Quick Plot Rundown: This is the story of Billy Beane (Pitt), who is the GM of the Oakland Athletics, a team which is pretty self-explanatory for baseball fans (no offense, A's fans). He takes Peter Brand (Hill) under his wing and goes a different route to create a winning team with very little money - by way of finding cheap players with specific stats that are the most important to winning baseball games. Basically, its a team of average joe's, some not even average. The movie in my opinion was fantastic, but I know for sure that it will not be for everyone. Brad Pitt's performance was great, and Jonah Hill really surprised me with how awesome he played his character. The movie is a bit long (133 min.) and does have it's slow moments, but it also has moments that had the whole theatre laughing when I had gone to see it. It was a nice balance of serious and humorous. My Bottom line is if you know about the politics of baseball, and want to know how some of the most unlikely teams became champions, you should check this movie out. However, the bigger a baseball fan you are, the more you will appreciate this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as I hoped it would be.

      Posted
      Treydle
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      With the best players playing the right way, a team is assured a victory. But if the best players are too expensive, do you simply take who you can get and give in? Or have you been overlooking quality players simply because conventional wisdom said you should? Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) is General Manager of the Oakland A’s and after losing the last game of the season against the Yankees, three of his star players leave for more lucrative contracts. He’d hoped to match their offers, but the owner couldn’t afford it. Then, while looking for a trade at the Cleveland Indians’ headquarters, he noticed his counterpart appeared to be taking direction from someone he’d never seen before. After the meeting he approaches Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), the one person he didn’t know in that meeting who seemed to be calling the shots. Brand and Beane soon have a rapport and before long Brand is Beane’s second-in-command despite serious resistance from the rest of the staff in the Manager’s office who feel Brand is a threat to the team and the game itself. Sabermetrics has had wide-reaching and long-lasting effects on the game of baseball from supposedly ending the Red Sox losing streak to posthumously exonerating fabled great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. The story is interesting and Jonah Hill acting way outside his comfort zone is, to say the least, adequate. Brad Pitt also plays his part well as he often does, regardless of the material. That said, at two hours and thirteen minutes, the film feels too long. I don’t say that because I believe all movies should be shorter than this, but I do believe this one should’ve been shorter.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Math and baseball - a match made in heaven

      Posted
      Treydle
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      With the best players playing the right way, a team is assured a victory. But if the best players are too expensive, do you simply take who you can get and give in? Or have you been overlooking quality players simply because conventional wisdom said you should? Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) is General Manager of the Oakland A’s and after losing the last game of the season against the Yankees, three of his star players leave for more lucrative contracts. He’d hoped to match their offers, but the owner couldn’t afford it. Then, while looking for a trade at the Cleveland Indians’ headquarters, he noticed his counterpart appeared to be taking direction from someone he’d never seen before. After the meeting he approaches Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), the one person he didn’t know in that meeting who seemed to be calling the shots. Brand and Beane soon have a rapport and before long Brand is Beane’s second-in-command despite serious resistance from the rest of the staff in the Manager’s office who feel Brand is a threat to the team and the game itself. Sabermetrics has had wide-reaching and long-lasting effects on the game of baseball from supposedly ending the Red Sox losing streak to posthumously exonerating fabled great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. The story is interesting and Jonah Hill acting way outside his comfort zone is, to say the least, adequate. Brad Pitt also plays his part well as he often does, regardless of the material. That said, at two hours and thirteen minutes, the film feels too long. I don’t say that because I believe all movies should be shorter than this, but I do believe this one should’ve been shorter.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not just for sports nuts...

      Posted
      researchsmart
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      It's hard to make a real life experience appear as good in a movie, as it happened in real life. This movie exceeds that! This movie is based on a general manager (Billy Beane) (Brad Pitt), and an unknown kid (Jonah Hill), that challenged all that baseball has known since its begginings, on how to evaluate talent. It is NOT a boring statistical movie, even though, on the surface, the subject may seem that way. The real life trials (no one wanted them to succeed) and triumphs (a division championship & and MLB history making 20 game winning streak), allow the film to enthrall the viewer in a plot that seems as though it could only be "made up" in a hollywood tale... but infact it REALLY happened. The acting was fantastic, and the story plot lets the viewer understand what they went through, to make history, not follow tradition, and succeed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Slow Film @ First but was great overall

      Posted
      Fcpeditor28
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      This film I did like, however, the first 20 minutes of the film were slow; kind of boring actually, but afterwards it picked up and you got to see how baseball was run back in 2001! Was nostalgic because that's when I was in college and it reminded me of a lot of things during that time regarding film and baseball. The DTS HDMA 5.1 surround sound is pristine and the sounds of bats clashing and slow motion are superb and the picture quality for MasterED IN 4K overall very good, although I had to change some color levels and brightness on my 4K UHDTV but overall no major issues. Definitely a good film!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Small Budget Baseball

      Posted
      KC123
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      A look at baseball behind the scenes instead of on the field makes for a very entertaining film for baseball fans and so-so baseball fans alike. Statistics are used in a new and different way to help build a small market team against the established big boys of the sport. The field manager of the team is not convinced that this new way of building a baseball team will work. For the results you will have to watch the movie. The Blu-ray AV quality is excellent. The extras offer up some interesting supplements.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic movie, gripping from beginning to end

      Posted
      lostfan31
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      Moneyball is a fantastic movie for any baseball fan. Even nonbaseball fans will enjoy this one. It's the story of the Oakland A's and even though baseball fans will know how it ends before watching it, it's very intense. Brad Pitt does an excellent acting job. A chance to see the inner workings of a baseball team is well worth it. Surprisingly, you can watch this movie over and over and love it every time, even though there's not a lot of action in it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Film

      Posted
      ELStav8
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      I love this movie. It was and is so good to me. Brad P is great, he definitely has a variety of range as an actor and this movie helps showcase one of the few sides he has and can achieve. This was a movie that always grabbed my attention and when I finally saw it I loved it I had to have it. I finally purchased and im glad I have it in my collection. You wont be dissapointed spend the cash few bucks

      I would recommend this to a friend



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