Sports bloopers' time has probably passed
Narrated by SNL's Bobby Moynihan and featuring several players, coaches and commentators, this 50-minute special has a chapter structure forced upon it, broken down into six concepts, like Funny Sights and Sounds, Characters of the Game and Silliness in the Stands. Some, like the characters segment, eschew bloopers almost entirely, focusing instead on player personalities, like talkative Prince Fielder and Orlando Hudson, or beard enthusiast Brian Wilson. Meanwhile, if you wanted to see dancing and sports more directly tied together than on Dancing with the Stars, this disc is your dream, with more dugout discoing than you could imagine. Sure, you could describe these bits as cute or amusing, perhaps informative, but funny? Unlikely.
That said, the second chapter, Hazards of the Park, is a pretty solid example of what bloopers should be, with players crashing into walls and leaping into the seats, batter-seeking pitches and some general silliness, like ballparks infested with bees, birds and squirrels. It's hard to believe that some of these players didn't get seriously injured on these plays, which reduces the hilarity a bit, but otherwise, this is just the stuff we want to see. Why we didn't get more of these kinds of screw-ups may be partially due to the need to fill out the topics and partially due to the disc's limited scope. For a DVD called MLB All-Time Bloopers, it feels like 98 percent is culled from the last 10 years of baseball, with appearances by the now long-gone Montreal Expos feeling like the only thing dating the footage.
The disc wraps with the top nine bloopers of all-time (again, sticking to previous discs nine-innings structure), which is a bit odd, since the disc is called Volume One. If this is the top nine, what are they putting on the others? Anyway, the run-down isn't bad, ranging from Larry Walker handing a live ball to a fan, to Steve Lyons taking his pants off at first base, and covers most of the more memorable screw-ups you can remember. At the same time, the reason you remember them may be because you saw them on the other DVDs, which limits the value of this release.
The audio is delivered via a Dolby Digital 2.0 track, that presents everything cleanly, yet unremarkably. There are no problems with distortion, but also nothing dynamic in terms of the mix.
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