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Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball super-stardom. Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy (Robert Duvall), who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb's career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chanceto lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.
Director Barry Levinson mentions in his video introduction the 1984 movie was rushed to theaters and this 2007 DVD is more the film he originally intended. This "director's cut" adds about 15 minutes of footage and deletes 5. It tightens the first third of the film, yet any fan of the lyrical prologue set in perfect synchronization with Randy Newman's score will be disappointed. Now the beginning is told in flashback as the elder Hobbs returns home. (It's also confusing to keep track of which Hobbs story you are watching when they are both on a train.) The changes do not improve the story or character; it simply packs in more information before Hobbs enters the Knight's dugout. After that, there are a few new scenes and many extensions, most involving Memo (Kim Basinger) and Red (Richard Farnsworth). None of the additions are exceptional. One could hope there is an Easter egg with the remastered original edition. What is on the second disc are above-average featurettes with interviews from most of the major talent. The best little ditties includes Newman's playful "lyrics" to his theme music and Levinson's divulgence that he is the radio play-by-play man. There's a good discussion on adapting (and changing) the novel, the allegorical myths, and the real-life inspirations including a heart-felt segment on Eddie Waitkus, a baseball player who was shot by an obsessed fan. A 5.1 Dolby soundtrack is now available and compliments an excellent video upgrade. --Doug Thomas
I loved this movie the first time I saw it in the 80s. I watched it with my 11 year old son who loves baseball and he enjoyed it too.Published 12 days ago by Meridith
The Best of the Best and never get tired of this. I like the Directors cut! One of Redford's best in my book!Published 15 days ago by EyeHunt
Even though it does not follow the book, this is the best baseball movie ever. It does not get old.Published 23 days ago by Forget the Alamo
One of the best baseball movies ever. Really does a great job of giving you the thrill of a home run.
I read the book. There are a lot of differences. Read more
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|Is the blu ray the longer director's cut?||
Blu ray has theatrical cut.
Nov 10, 2013 by D. Jacobs | See all 2 posts
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better than Major League and Bull Durham. I dont think so.
Apr 19, 2010 by C. Rivers | See all 5 posts
|2-disc blu ray available?||
The eBay listing I looked at also listed a UPC number which belongs to the single-disc version.
Aug 12, 2013 by M. Turner | See all 2 posts
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