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Director Penny Marshall brings a long ago era vividly to life with A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN ($30). A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN is the story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was formed in 1943, while the men were fighting World War II. Thanks to Penny Marshal’s inspired direction, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN is a warm and funny tribute to the women who rose to the occasion, and took over a men’s only establishment, while the men were away. The film’s story centers on the sibling rivalry between Geena Davis and Lori Petty who portray the sisters who catch and pitch for one of the newly formed teams.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN offers Geena Davis’ one of her best roles. Davis is utter perfection as the wisecracking catcher whose love for the game makes her a natural leader, and perfect replacement for the team’s manager who’s too drunk to guide his team. Tom Hanks is another delight as the drunken manager who eventually sobers up, and takes responsibility for his team. His "there’s no crying in baseball" speech is a scream. Jon Lovitz virtually steals the first quarter of the movie, with a performance that has to be seen. The major league cast of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN also features Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Megan Cavanaugh, Tracy Reiner, Ann Cusack, Anne Ramsay, Freddie Simpson and Garry Marshall.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has given A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN a great looking Letterboxed transfer which restores most of the film’s 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The transfer is sharp, finely detailed and the colors are nicely saturated. Digital compression artifacts were almost unnoticeable.

The two-channel Dolby Digital soundtrack decodes to Dolby Surround. The mix tends to favor the music, and the swing music on the soundtrack sounds super. Otherwise, the mix adds more atmosphere than directional effects to the film. Other soundtrack options include French and Spanish language tracks. Subtitles are available in Spanish and Korean.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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