Review: “Million Dollar Arm” Blu-ray

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“Million Dollar Arm” is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a “Disney Sports Movie” — it’s family friendly, heartwarming and somewhat predictable, but that’s actually what makes it great. The movie is inspired by real events in the life of a morally ambiguous and arrogant sports agent named J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) who left a big sports agency to start his own. After J.B. and his Indian-American businesss partner, Aash (Aasif Mandvi), fail to land a coveted NFL linebacker as a client, J.B. finds inspiration for their failing agency while channel surfing.

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As he clicks through the channels, he flips back and forth between Susan Boyle on “Britain’s Got Talent” and a cricket match. He has an “ah-ha” moment and calls his cricket fan business partner Aash with a crazy idea: create a reality show in India with cricket players as they compete to become the next great MLB pitcher. J.B. spends much of the first half of the movie in cities around India. Like you’d expect, there is a great deal of culture shock. There are plenty of fish-out-of-water elements as he makes his away around Mumbai.

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A retired America baseball scout named Ray, and played by Alan Arkin, is brought it for the contest. Ray basically sleeps through much of the movie, and even when he is awake, he looks asleep. He’s the quintessential “old scout” who can tell how fast a pitch is with one eye closed and doesn’t really pay much attention until he hears the “juice.” There apparently isn’t all that much of the “juice” to be found in India and they struggle to put together the contestants. As you’d guess, they eventually have enough of them to field the contest, which is one by Rinku Singh (Suraj Sharma, “Life of Pi”) and Dinesh Patel (Madhur Mittal) and you soon find that the fish-out-of-water moments are not one-sided. Rinku and Dinesh are amazed by seemingly everything, and they even put their baseball gloves on the wrong hand. These moments are supposed to be funny, and they mostly are, but thankfully we move back into a safer direction instead of focusing on the childlike moments too much. As I’ve already mentioned, the movie is very predictable from there, so I won’t spoil the exact details and ending, but you can probably guess where it goes.

The “Million Dollar Arm” Blu-ray contains several bonus features, but it’s the the movie that is the real star in the set. That being said, I’m sure you will enjoy the featurettes, as they are actually interesting and entertaining, as are the alternate ending, the deleted scenes, and the outtakes. I’m not sure if I would purchase the Blu-ray only for the bonus features, but they are a nice addition if you are on the fence about adding it to your collection.

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“Million Dollar Arm” is exactly what you would expect and is a great feel good movie. You can simply sit back, relax and enjoy it. Don’t spend time overanalyzing it — yes, we realized that Susan Boyle’s “Britain’s Got Talent” performance wouldn’t have been on US television in Los Angeles, and even if it had been, it was actually a year or so after the baseball pitching contest had actually been held in India — but that doesn’t really take away from the final product. The acting and talent in the movie are excellent, the story has some flaws but they can be overlooked, and as you’d expect from a Disney sports movie, there is a nice happy ending that leaves the audience feeling good.


Bonus Materials:
Blu-ray
Digital HD & SD, and Disney Movies Anywhere

Making-of Featurettes:

  • Training Camp – Actors Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal faced the same daunting challenge that their characters Rinku and Dinesh did—learning how to pitch a baseball.
  • Their Story – The real JB Bernstein, Rinku and Dinesh explore the legacy of the Million Dollar Arm contest and its impact on the lives and aspirations of children in India…and their own lives as well.
  • Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman – The Oscar-winning composer (Best Original Score, “Slumdog Millionaire,” 2008) talks about creating music that encompasses two worlds—India and the U.S
  • Alternate Ending

Deleted Scenes:

  • “JB’s Problem”
  • “Sold”
  • “I’d Take Ten Dollars”
  • Outtakes
  • And more!

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Exclusive to Disney Movies Anywhere
Deleted Scene: “What about Brenda?”

DVD
Includes:
Making-of Featurette:

  •  Training Camp – Actors Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal faced the same daunting challenge that their characters Rinku and Dinesh did—learning how to pitch a baseball.

Disc Specifications:

Feature Run Time: Approximately 124 minutes

Rating: Feature Film: “PG” in U.S., G in Canada (CE and CF) CE, G in Canada CF

Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1

Audio: Blu-ray = English 5.1 DTS-HDMA and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

Bryan Moore

Bryan is a theme park and coaster enthusiast. He enjoys spending time at his favorite parks in Central Florida: Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In addition to theme parks, Bryan enjoys movies and gaming.

2 thoughts on “Review: “Million Dollar Arm” Blu-ray

  • October 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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    Good review. I liked this movie. 🙂 🙂

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