"If you build it, he will come." With these words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Now presented as a 2-disc set, this all-new Anniversary Edition features unsurpassed sound and clarity with digitally remastered 5.1 audio and video, plus hours of never-before-seen bonus features that extend the magic of the film. Also starring Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, and Amy Madigan, Field of Dreams is an extraordinary and unforgettable experience that has moved critics and audiences like no other film of its generation. Field of Dreams is a glowing tribute to all who dare to dream.
Several interesting segments were created for this 15th anniversary DVD. Best is the first anamorphic presentation of the film, nicely remastered. The 38-minute "Passing Along the Pastime" starts with real-life baseball players talking about their fathers, but turns into a nifty recollection about the film's impact from the cast (minus Kevin Costner) and crew 15 years later. One part of the legacy--how the movie's set on two farms in Iowa still inspires baseball fans--is warmly examined in the 17-minute "A Diamond in the Husks." Costner does show up for a roundtable at his house with some baseball greats (including Johnny Bench) talking about their careers and after a screening of the film. The actor--usually one of the best at delivering the goods on DVD extras--looks a bit uncomfortable in this forced and awkward segment. The commentary track is the same as on the previous DVD release, but director Phil Alden Robinson introduces 10 minutes of deleted scenes. The scenes are nice, and as the filmmaker notes, they looked good at script level but were not needed in the final cut. Even the basic making-of "From Page to Screen" aired on the Bravo Channel in 2001, does an excellent job of covering the bases on how the film was made. --Doug Thomas