Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

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Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones

     
 

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Fans of this love letter to baseball will be pleased with this DVD edition from Universal. The picture and sound are decent, if not spectacular. The lush greens of the ball field look very good, but the picture is a 1.85 non-anamorphic transfer, which occasionally does a disservice to the film. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. This is a minor quibble, as… See more details below

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Fans of this love letter to baseball will be pleased with this DVD edition from Universal. The picture and sound are decent, if not spectacular. The lush greens of the ball field look very good, but the picture is a 1.85 non-anamorphic transfer, which occasionally does a disservice to the film. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. This is a minor quibble, as Field of Dreams is not a sound-intensive movie. Where the disc really hits a home run is with the extras. For starters, there's a very informative commentary track from director Phil Alden Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley. The track is loaded with information and sure to delight viewers. Also chock full of insights is the spectacular "Video Scrapbook." Clocking in at 90 minutes, this is as in-depth a look at the making of Field of Dreams as viewers are going to find. It includes interviews with the film's cast and crew, as well as with W.P. Kinsella, author of the novel that inspired the film. Simply excellent. Also offered are the standard production notes, bios, and trailer. With a little tweaking of the picture and sound, this DVD would be better than perfect. As it is, it's still the definitive edition of one of Hollywood's truly great movies.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Phil Robinson's 1989 masterpiece is the definitive modern-day baseball film. Adapting a W.P. Kinsella story, Robinson magically combines baseball history and folklore with whimsical fantasy, and makes great use of all-American actor Kevin Costner. Costner is right at home playing the Iowa farmer whose backyard becomes a playground for unfulfilled wishes to come to fruition, and is ably supported by Burt Lancaster, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe Jackson, whose performances are vital to the spirit of the film. An imaginative, intricately woven fairy tale that works on the spiritual level as well as on the practical, Field of Dreams benefits from Robinson's ability to effortlessly milk both America's love of baseball and the more poignant aspects of American mythology. As another mark of its enduring appeal, the film also permanently wedged the catch phrase, "If you build it, he will come" into the American lexicon, a lofty feat for a baseball movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/1998
UPC:
0025192016622
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
3,013

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Ray Kinsella
Amy Madigan Annie Kinsella
James Earl Jones Terence Mann
Ray Liotta Shoeless Joe Jackson
Burt Lancaster Dr. Graham
Timothy Busfield Mark
Gaby Hoffmann Karin Kinsella
Frank Whaley Archie Graham
Dwier Brown John Kinsella
C. George Baisi Man in Bar
James Andelin Feed Store Farmer
Mary Anne Kean Feed Store Lady
Fern Persons Annie's Mother
Kelly Coffield Dee, Mark's Wife
Michael Milhoan Buck Weaver-3B
Steve Eastin Eddie Cicotte-P
Charles Hoyes Swede Risberg-C
Art La Fleur Chick Gandil-1B
Lee Garlington Beulah, Angry PTA Mother
Mike Nussbaum Principal
Larry Brandenburg PTA Heckler
Mary McDonald Gershon PTA Heckler
Robert Kurcz PTA Heckler
Don John Ross Boston Butcher
Beatrice Fredman Boston Yenta
Geoffrey Nauffts Boston Pump Jockey
Anne Seymour Chisolm Newspaper Publisher
Howard Sherf Man in Bar
Joseph R. Ryan Man in Bar
Joe Glasberg Costumer
Mike Hodge Additional Ballplayer
Fred S. Martin Additional Ballplayer
Brian Frankish Clean-shaven Umpire
Jeffrey Neal Silverman Clean-shaven Center Fielder

Technical Credits
Phil Alden Robinson Director,Screenwriter
Richard Arrington Makeup
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Crafford Editor
Brian Frankish Executive Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Lawrence Gordon Co-producer
Charles Gordon Co-producer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Leslie McDonald Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. My Father (Main Titles) [3:51]
2. "If You Build It..." [:02]
3. The Vision [5:01]
4. Night Talk [2:35]
5. Building the Field [:53]
6. Something Totally Illogical [1:25]
7. Shoeless Joe Joackson [1:35]
8. The Thrill of the Grass [1:54]
9. Remembrances [3:17]
10. Is This Heaven? [1:01]
11. The Baseball Men [3:22]
12. "Ease His Pain..." [2:06]
13. The PTA Meeting [1:15]
14. The Recluse [:45]
15. Boston [4:37]
16. Terence Mann [1:48]
17. Fenway Park [:42]
18. "Go the Distance..." [3:12]
19. The Search for Moonlight Graham [3:02]
20. The Passing of a Legend [1:40]
21. Moonlight [2:01]
22. To Grant a Wish [6:11]
23. Coming Home [1:37]
24. The Hitchhiker [3:56]
25. Penance [1:08]
26. The Practice [1:18]
27. Archie at the Plate [2:48]
28. Interrupting the Game [2:37]
29. People Will Come [2:58]
30. Graham's Choice [:45]
31. Moonlight Goes Home [1:25]
32. The Rapture of Terence Mann [1:26]
33. ."..He Will Come." [2:53]
34. The Place Where Dreams Come True (End Titles) [1:01]
1. Introduction [1:28]
2. The Novel "Shoeless Joe" [1:16]
3. The Road to Development [2:08]
4. Writing the Screenplay [1:34]
5. Kevin Costner [1:42]
6. Finding the Field [3:46]
7. Adventures in the Corn [2:27]
8. Building the Diamond [2:16]
9. The Farmhouse [1:06]
10. Amy Madigan [1:22]
11. Terence Mann/James Earl Jones [1:08]
12. Timothy Busfield [2:53]
13. Moonlight Graham/Burt Lancaster [:38]
14. Ray Liotta [3:49]
15. The Black Sox Scandal [2:37]
16. Shoeless Joe Jackson [1:45]
17. Head Coach Rod Dedeaux [1:41]
18. Baseball [2:36]
19. Shooting in Iowa [2:38]
20. Magic Hour [1:08]
21. Bill Kinsella Visits the Set [:59]
22. An F.O.D. Moment [2:12]
23. Phil Alden Robinson [3:10]
24. Production [1:32]
25. Memories [:57]
26. The Last Shot [:26]
27. Music & Composer James Horner [:52]
28. Marketing the Film [:29]
29. Reactions [5:34]
30. The Field of Dreams [:12]
31. Disc Credits [2:49]
32. The Shooting Script [2:32]
33. Production Stills [3:23]
34. Articles About Doc Graham [1:07]
35. Potpourri [6:26]
36. Theatrical Trailer [4:24]

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