The Waterboy (Blu-Ray)

I would venture that there are not many weeks where The Waterboy is not shown on some cable channel. The fact that is has stuck around television rotation for so many years after it was first released to theaters (1998) showcases that, despite the simplisticity of the title, that is an overall solid film. Whether it be Adam Sandler as the titular role, Kathy Bates (Drew Carey Show) as Mama, or even Fairuza Balk (The Craft), everyone turns in a solid performance. The film itself surrounds Sandler’s character, a simpleton born of the bayou that possesses a hidden skill. Previously employed as a football team’s waterboy, Bobby Boucher’s innate skills are brought forth at any point when ey gets mad. The comedy turns into a feel-good story as it plays on, while additional actors (such as Henry Winkler) ensure that there are no weak links to be had. While the story itself has been recreated countless times on the silver screen, there is just something special about The Waterboy that puts it in a league of its own.

In much the same way, this means that the transfer provides viewers by Buena Vista is equivalent to the original theatrical viewings, while the audio could very well clarify some muddled or otherwise unclear dialogues at the periphery. The only thing that could conceivably be asked for would be a bonus feature or two; I personally would have loved to hear a current commentary that showcases a viewpoint that benefits from years spent away from the film, or even some sort of discussion about the energy or special events that happened on the set.

As the Blu-Ray platform continues to gain converts, each month will showcase a number of titles that for many were the best of their time period. The Waterboy should act as a blueprint for those that wish to bring one of their favorite older films to Blu-Ray; a strong transfer brings a vibrancy to the release that simply cannot be matched without spending tons on equipment. See exactly why Adam Sandler was such a comedy tour de force during this period and why some of eir latter films, no matter how good they may be, just cannot hope to stand up in comparison.

Rating: 8.6/10

The Waterboy (Blu-Ray) / 2009Touchstone / 90 Minutes /

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