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
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Home Video
Brand: Buena Vista Home Video
From the creator of THE MIGHTY DUCKS comes HEAVYWEIGHTS, a comedy of enormous proportions! It's the hilarious story of a group of underdog kids who discover their beloved summer camp has been sold to a crazy fitness fanatic who's determined to make their lives miserable! The new owner plans to keep the boys huffing and puffing, but these hungry kids have a plan of their own. They unite to turn the tables, take back their woodsy hideaway, and challenge the rival camp to the most outrageous summer games of all! You'll laugh out loud with these HEAVYWEIGHTS -- they're big, loud, and proud, and ready to win their way into your heart!|The father-mother-son team of Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and Ben Stiller appear in the film.
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Brand: Buena Vista Home Video
From the studio that brought you THE ROOKIE and REMEMBER THE TITANS comes the movie everybody loves -- MIRACLE. Filled with exhilarating nonstop hockey action and heart-racing suspense, it's the inspiring true story behind one of the greatest moments in sports history - the 1980 United States ice hockey team's triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union. Kurt Russell gives a brilliant performance as the dynamic and determined coach Herb Brooks, who had an impossible dream -- beat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets at their own game. Starting with a handpicked group of twenty-six undisciplined kids, Brooks coached them to play like they never played before, and turned twenty of them into a team that believed they could achieve the unachievable -- and in the process, united a nation with a new feeling of hope.
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Replacements, The (DVD)A mismatched crew of outsiders gets a second chance at greatness when it is recruited to play pro football after the regular team goes on strike. As they amaze everyone with their winning streak, the ragtag players discover in themselves the ability to dream bigger.]]>
Manufacturer: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Brand: Warner Brothers
Grand Prix: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)Oscar-winning editing and sound propel this action-packed look at the intertwining lives of four competitive Grand Prix race car drivers. Starring James Garner ("Victor/Victoria," "Maverick," TV's "The Rockford Files"), Eva Marie Saint ("North by Northwest," "On the Waterfront," TV's "Moonlighting"), and international stars Yves Montand ("The Wages of Fear") and Toshiro Mifune (TV's "Shogun," "Rashomon"). Directed by Emmy-winner John Frankenheimer ("The Manchurian Candidate," "Ronin").]]> Light on story, this 1966 spectacle directed by John Frankenheimer was shot in 70 millimeter, with a cinematically enthralling emphasis on unique, visceral new ways of capturing the sensations of a car race. James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, and Toshiro Mifune are part of the stellar, international cast whose characters plod through assorted relationship and business conflicts. But the film's real hook is the thrilling and inventive means by which Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) brings an urgency to the drama happening on the racetrack. A true master of the plastic techniques of obtaining and cutting kinetic footage, Frankenheimer offers more than a joyride to viewers: he makes action part of the compelling language of stories. Cameras are strapped to vehicles as they round the track, shots are taken from a helicopter, the screen is split between angles for maximum impact--even if Grand Prix doesn't rank among the director's best chara...
Brand: Team Marketing
8 Seconds (DVD)Professional bull-riding. The roughest, most dangerous, most gruelingcompetitive sport. Life or death ... victory or defeat ... decided atopa 2,000 pound bull in 8 Seconds. This riveting drama based on the lifeof Rodeo World Champion Lane Frost (Luke Perry -- TV's "John FromCincinnati," TV's â€œBeverly Hills, 90210â€) tells the story of his dreams,ambition, perseverance, and sacrifice that lead to an Oklahoma boy'smeteoric rise to fame as a champion bull-rider before his rough andtumble life is tragically cut short. To stay atop a bucking bull,holding on with just one hand, takes equal parts skill, courage, luckand determination from those willing to risk all for the ultimate thrillin 8 Seconds]]>