For Love of the GameDirector: Sam Raimi
Though certainly not in the same class as Kevin Costner's other baseball movies, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game is, if nothing else, a brave attempt to portray the sport with some degree of realism. Universal's DVD edition, though far from perfect, does the film many favors, offering good audio-visual quality and plenty of special features. Although not as visually arresting as the Evil Dead films that made director Sam Raimi's name, For Love of the Game still illustrates his expertise with detail and movement, and the anamorphic widescreen picture looks particularly good during the game sequences. The sound is even better, with DTS and Dolby 5.1 tracks available, each offering lush audio quality. The extra features are led by the familiar "Spotlight on Location" behind-the-scenes featurette, which is 20 minutes or so of everyone involved in the film saying how great it is. Far better are the deleted scenes, which also run to over 20 minutes, and contain some very interesting moments (not least a "groupie" strand omitted from the final version). Given that Costner had a very public dispute with Universal over the final cut of the film, it is a shame that more background information about the final edit is not provided (and a shame for Costner fanatics that the fabled nude shot is nowhere to be seen!). A commentary by Raimi might have been interesting for the same reason, as well as to provide a better understanding of why he chose to direct such a commercial film. The remaining special features include the original theatrical trailer, some good production notes, DVD-ROM features, and cast and filmmaker biographies. Two more novel features are "The Perfect Game" and "On The Mound." The former is a bit of baseball background with some statistics, the latter a trivia game that lasts about 30 seconds. For Love of the Game is not an obvious film upon which to lavish such care and attention, but Universal should be given credit for delivering what is undoubtedly an excellent DVD.
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- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Kevin Costner||Billy Chapel|
|Kelly Preston||Jane Aubrey|
|John C. Reilly||Gus Osinski|
|Jena Malone||Heather Aubrey|
|Brian Cox||Gary Wheeler|
|J.K. Simmons||Frank Perry|
|Carmine Giovinazzo||Ken Strout|
|Bill E. Rogers||Davis Birch|
|Hugh Ross||Mike Udall|
|Marc Abraham||Executive Producer|
|Steve Arnold||Art Director|
|Eric L. Beason||Editor|
|Ron Bozman||Executive Producer|
|Carolyn Cartwright||Set Decoration/Design|
|James C. Feng||Art Director|
|Eric Heffron||Asst. Director|
|Gregg Landaker||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Judianna Makovsky||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Steve Maslow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Andrew Menzies||Set Decoration/Design|
|Karen O'Hara||Set Decoration/Design|
|Basil Poledouris||Score Composer|
|G. Marq Roswell||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Marq Roswell||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Al di Sarro||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Neil Spisak||Production Designer|
|Wylie Stateman||Sound Editor|
|Sally Thornton||Set Decoration/Design|
|Sally Thorton||Set Decoration/Design|
1. Main Titles [5:01]
2. Waiting for Jane [1:22]
3. Bad News [2:11]
4. The Title Game [5:01]
5. Five Years Later [2:39]
6. The Real Jane [4:05]
7. Ending Bloody [6:35]
8. Heather [5:02]
9. A Good Home [1:42]
10. Together [6:45]
11. The Accident [5:06]
12. Hurting [1:46]
13. Just Throw... [7:20]
14. Missing Jane [6:04]
15. Three More [:30]
16. The Last Pitch [4:37]
17. I Need You... [1:13]
18. End Titles [4:17]
Spotlight On Location
The Perfect Game
On the Mound
Spoken Languages: English
Spoken Languages: Français
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: Off
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A beautiful and touching film Costner is just superb playing an inarticulate hero. Baseball has been Billy Chapel's whole life, since the age of 18 when he joined the Tigers. Now at the end of his playing career, he has the good luck to fall in love. Unfortunately, the object of his love, Kelly Preston, shows immaturities that are tough to deal with. She makes dates and simply fails to who up! But, she is beautiful, a single mother, and very needy. You have to wish them luck in sorting all of this out. Meanwhile, the perfect game is perfectly acted and photographed. A very strong film, immensely touching. You can feel this man's sore arm, and Costner shows you all of that with very few words or gestures. Loved this movie.
Much better than the book, which is a rare thing. And despite the chick flick background and lapse in logic and time sequencing in the love story toward the end, it's baseball at its best and most sentimental. Well worth seeing...more than once. Kelly Preston is a doll, so there's that, too.
This isn't usually the kind of movie I watch, so at first I thought it was going to be just another lovey-dovey romance story. But, as the story progressed, I was really interested. Also, if you got any kind of girlfriend, this is probaly a good movie to watch with them since they don't like blood and guts. Anyways, if you don't mind a little romance mixed with baseball, you'll love ''For Love of the Game''.
Despite the annoying love story side line, this is a movie about ball players. Costner captures the intensity that most big leaguers devote to this game. Some are prima donnas, others are horses' behinds, but most are hard-working guys who love to play the game. This movie is about the latter ... all those men who love playing the game.
I HAVE WATCHED IT LIKE 5 TIMES. I THINK IT WAS A LITTLE TOO LONG THOUGH.
For Love of the game is a baseball-romance story. Billy Chapel ( Kevin Costner) is a major League famous pitcher. One Day, he runs into a girl on the side of the road and helps her with her car trouble. It must have been love at first sight, because Jane (Kelly Preston) start to date. Soon, Billy gets in an accident and has trouble throwing, but he doesn't tell anyone that he's in major pain. Jane leaves him for a painter and Billy lets his personal life effect his career. (not smart...) So Watch the movie, 'For Love of the Game' and enjoy it!
A very emotional, intense, and wonderfully acted film.
This is a great 'couple film' - the love story for the romantic interwoven with the baseball story for the sports fan. Coster is back in his element (the baseball flick) but the one person in the movie that makes the sports side really work is Vin Sculley. For everyone who loves baseball, Sculley's voice calling the game makes the improbable event seem very real.
I think this was Kevin Costner's best movie ever. I love the fact that the main plot is about baseball mixed in with love and some humor. Kelly Preston is also fantastic in this movie. It's a great date movie.
I always wanted to see this movie and never got the chance to before. I'm glad I was able to catch it. This is a great film because I have so much disdain for professional sports these days and it was nice to see an old-schooler on the mound. I always wondered what goes on in the mind's of pitchers and felt they really explored something that no one had done before except for maybe Bull Durham. Great film, worthy of owning!
Great story line... great baseball.... with love problems...