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Format: DVD
Sku: 206181747
UPC: 025193184924
UPC 14: 00025193184924
Sales Rank: 6300
Category Keywords: Action  Crime  FBI Agents  Kung Fu  Revenge  Satire  Spoof  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Huge Comedy with Tiny Balls.
Down-and-out former professional ping-pong phenom, randy daytona, is sucked into a maelstrom when fbi agent ernie rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father's killer -- arch-fiend feng.

"Like Jack Black, but not as sarcastic, [Dan Fogler] brings a winning enthusiasm to the role.  Andy Spletzer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Stupendously silly but viciously funny.  Kamal AL-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail
"The movie flaunts its ridiculousness and offers a relentless string of jokes about blindness, groin-bashing, and bodily odors.  Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

Editor's Note
It's ping-pong played to the death in this balls-out comedy: Dan Fogler stars as pong child prodigy and Def Leppard-devotee Randy Daytona, whose defeat at the hands of a hissy East German (Thomas Lennon) during the 1988 Olympics forced him leave the world of ping-pong competition in disgrace. Randy's life is a shambles until he gets recruited by CIA agent (Barry Lopez) to infiltrate an ENTER THE DRAGON-style ping-pong tournament (to the death), run by an evil triad leader (Christopher Walken). First Randy needs to get back in shape; enter James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA) as the blind ping-pong master Wang and Maggie Q as his sexy, kung fu-fighting niece. While FURY is a consistently funny comedy it also manages to sluly infuse some intelligence and compassion into its steady stream of genre spoofery and lowbrow crotch gags (similar in that sense to Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES). Fogler has an engagingly scruffy underdog-style warmth and seems to really connect with the older pros like Walken and Hong; there's the sense everyone had a good time making this film, which carries over to the audience. Director Robert Ben Garant knows when to speed up the action and when to give his actors room to stretch out; the result is a generous spirit where all the cast is allowed to grab their share of the laughs. There's also some awesome Def Lepard tunes on the soundtrack, and Maggie Q is one smokin' hot babe.
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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/25/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 91 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 62031849
Video UPC UPC: 00025193184924
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Balls of Fury - DVD Review
By: Ed Perkis Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 12/17/2007 7:00 PM
Sometimes a movie is just better as a title and a trailer. They should just leave well enough alone and not release the actual film. Balls of Fury, a spoof featuring table tennis matches to the death, looked amusing when the trailers were shown earlier in the year. The title, while not exactly sophisticated, is good for a titter. The movie, unfortunately, is not ...read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Aisha Tyler
Video Cast Info Christopher Walken
Video Cast Info Dan Fogler
Video Cast Info David Koechner
Video Cast Info Diedrich Bader
Video Cast Info George Lopez
Video Cast Info James Hong
Video Cast Info Kerri Kenney-Silver
Video Cast Info Maggie Q
Video Cast Info Patton Oswalt
Video Cast Info Robert Patrick
Video Cast Info Terry Crews
Video Cast Info Jeff Knipp - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Refoua - Editor
Video Cast Info Kent Alterman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Randy Edelman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Robert Ben Garant - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Ben Garant - Writer
Video Cast Info Roger Birnbaum - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Arnold - Art Director
Video Cast Info Thomas E. Ackerman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Thomas Lennon - Writer

Professional Reviews

Film Comment
"[T]he laughs are warm and occasionally hard, thanks to a decent script by director Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, some fairly ingenious ping-pong sight gags, and affable newcomer Dan Fogler." 07/01/2007 p.73

Sight and Sound
"[T]here's an endearing visual brashness to the film, while Dan Fogler, the Tony-winning Broadway actor who plays Daytona delivers his gags well." 02/01/2008 p.52

Variety 6 of 10
Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, "Balls of Fury" has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes...In some respects, the movie proves most notable for its oddities. In no particular order, these include 78-year-old movie vet James Hong stealing every scene he's in; Christopher Walken's quirky, villainous turn in a gaudy costume that calls to mind Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula"; "Heroes" star Masi Oka in a blink-and-you-miss-him cameo; and Jason Scott Lee -- who played Bruce Lee in "Dragon" -- in an only slightly less abbreviated appearance, almost unrecognizable under a mop of unruly hair...Pic doesn't really serve an ace until its closing credits roll, accompanied by the entire cast's raucous, energetic rendition of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" that comes as too little, too late. Beyond that, the movie's clever marketing slogan -- "A huge comedy with tiny balls" -- actually has it backward, inasmuch as it takes huge balls to make such grandiose claims about a comedy this tiny. - Brian Lowry

DVD Talk 5 of 10
I'm honestly stunned to consider how dreadful "Balls of Fury" actually is. This picture had the potential to be the break-out sillyfest of the year, yet nothing comedic sticks to the screen. The film just stumbles around, without any personality or direction, looking for laughs in all the wrong places...Clearly "Fury" is abusing the template from 2004's sleeper smash "Dodgeball," a similar obscure sport farce that had far greater luck sniffing laughs out of the minutiae of elementary school gym class recreation. "Fury" is much more slovenly concoction, figuring the very inclusion of Ping-Pong equals comedy gold, letting the rest of the picture slide by without much thought. I hate to break it to the filmmakers, but Table Tennis just isn't all that funny, no matter how much competitive masculinity is assigned to it...Resorting to crotch-wallops, gay panic situations, fart jokes, "Date Movie" level satiric jabs at Hollywood conventions (bullet-time?), heavily underlined retro kisses (Def Leppard is mentioned at least 100 times in the film), and a plot that's dying to find something to do, and this leaves "Balls of Fury" an official waste of time and a must to avoid. - Brian Orndorf

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