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directed by Robert Ben Garant
USA 2007

Balls of Fury is a goofy send-up of movies as disparate as Enter the Dragon, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and any number of martial-arts brawlers or inspirational-sports dramas. Christopher Walken is a hoot, and it’s clear that the yellow-face casting ridicules yellow-face casting of the past. Maggie Q acts too seriously, as if she were still in Mission: Impossible 3 or Live Free or Die Hard, but maybe her earnestness is part of the movie’s charm. Tell you what--I was in the mood for some silly laughs, and this movie gave me what I wanted. Have fun with this one, guys.

David McCoy


Theatrical Release: 29 August 2007

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DVD Review: Universal - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to David McCoy for the Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 91 mins

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio DD 5.1 English, DD 5.1 French
Subtitles Optional English SDH, Spanish, French
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• deleted scenes
• alternate ending
• Balls Out: The Making of Balls of Fury
• Under the Balls: The Life of a Ball Wrangler

DVD Release Date: December 18th, 2007

Chapters 20





Much of this movie is set indoors in gymnasiums and Christopher Walken’s ping-pong palace, so the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen image frequently varies between dim and dark. There is some use of edge enhancement. However, yellows and reds are very vibrant. Outdoors shots look a tad blown out and grainy, but on the whole, the picture looks like what one would expect of something from the past year.

As this is not an out-and-out action fest, the DD 5.1 English track is center-channel heavy. As such, you get always intelligible dialogue and smooth, crisp delivery of music cues. Occasionally, there are some rear-channel effects, but deep ends appear very sporadically (such as during the title credits sequence with fake fire).

You can also watch the movie with a DD 5.1 French dub. Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles support the audio.

This is a slight movie, so the extras are suitably slight, too. Upon loading, the disc plays previews for other movies and products. You get deleted scenes and an alternate ending, and “Balls Out: The Making of Balls of Fury” is a fluffy promo piece. “Under the Balls: The Life of a Ball Wrangler” is a mockumentary piece about the girl who takes care of the balls used for this movie, but we’ve already seen this kind of shtick elsewhere.

A booklet advertises Universal’s HD DVDs and other products.

 - David McCoy


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