‘Moneyball’ DVD Review

on January 13, 2012

Blu-ray + DVD ($35.99)

Hitting, pitching and fielding are important, but baseball really comes down to numbers. That’s the premise of this rousing, home-run hit of a movie, based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis that documented the Oakland A’s use of previously under-valued stats to supplement their bats and turn around a losing streak in 2002. Brad Pitt swings for the fences as A’s manager Billy Beane, who bucks baseball’s long-entrenched scouting system to embrace a revolutionary way of assembling a team. But the real revelation here is slacker-comedy star Jonah Hill as Beane’s meek-mannered number-crunching assistant, whose unorthodox, mathematical method shakes up 100 years of old-school, gut-instinct baseball tradition.

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