Blu-ray, DVD Release: Moneyball

Release Date: Jan. 10, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99, Blu-ray/DVD $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

MoneyballBrad Pitt (Seven) made his debut into sports films with Moneyball.

Rated PG-13, the movie tells the true story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who turned baseball on its head by putting together a winning team based on computer-generated analysis.

Like most sports films, Moneyball tells an inspirational, underdog story. Beane, a former player who didn’t succeed despite his promise, has a budget that’s much lower than his competition, but his desire and dedication push him to try something new. He finds that in the analysis of Peter Brand (played by a more low-key than usual Jonah Hill, Get Him to the Greek), despite pushback from the team’s manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Goes Boating).

Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote), the biography movie also stars Robin Wright (The Conspirator) and was written by power-players Steven Zaillian (The Girl With Dragon Tattoo) and Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Moneyball grossed $63.6 million in theaters and was applauded by critics and audiences alike. New Yorker‘s David Denby said the film is “one of the most soulful of baseball movies — it confronts the anguish of a very tough game.”

All home versions carry special features. On the DVD:

  • “Blooper—Brad Loses It”
  • “Billy Beane: Re-Inventing the Game”
  • Moneyball: Playing the Game”

The two Blu-ray versions, Blu-ray-only and Blu-ray/DVD combo, offer those plus:

  • PS3 wallpaper/theme
  • “Drafting the Team”
  • “Adapting Moneyball


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.