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Remastered into 1.85:1 widescreen, the color and photography are rendered extremely well. For an older film, there are an impressive number of special features. Included are production notes, talent files, the theatrical trailer, original story source material, and a documentary that features baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. The extra material is a wonderful addition to the DVD, and worth the price. TriStar obviously took care with this production, and it shows. Another special feature that shows the thought that went into this package -- the DVD itself is printed to look like a baseball. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is presented in French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Subtitles are provided in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.
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Special Features

DVD includes an exclusive documentary featuring Cal Ripkin, Jr.; theatrical trailers; talent files; production notes; and original story source material.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
Few films about baseball have passed the most important sports-film test. That is, to be as illuminating or enjoyable as watching the sport itself. Barry Levinson's The Natural, a very loose adaptation of Bernard Malamud's novel, passes this test. In fact, The Natural, despite a few nagging flaws, is quite possibly the best film ever made about baseball. Baseball has its own narrative, comprising dramas, tragedies, comedies, and morality plays. Like baseball, The Naturalis an odyssey, beginning when farmboy Roy Hobbs Robert Redford fashions himself a homemade bat -- called "Wonderbat" -- that takes him all the way to the big leagues before a scheming Siren Barbara Hershey sends him plummeting back to mortal territory. But Hobbs, like any good baseball player, has a chance for redemption late in the game -- and whether or not he makes good on that depends on how you see his story: through Malamud's book or Levinson's film. Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel does beautiful, sun-drenched, slow-motion work here, and even if he and Levinson come closer to elevating baseball to mythic levels than Malamud might have liked, it's hard to argue with the way it works. Ditto for golden-boy slugger Redford: if not quite as complicated as he was in the novel, he still makes an appealing hero. Baseball fans may still be waiting for the perfect baseball film, but The Natural, with several all-star caliber moments, compares favorably with a day in the park.
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Based on Bernard Malamud's book, Barry Levinson's baseball epic is a carefully-wound extrapolation of the original. The all-American Robert Redford's Biblical qualities made him the perfect fit for wunderkind player Roy Hobbs. The plot takes shape slowly, drawn out in painstaking detail to make the payoff all the more memorable. As the three women Roy encounters, Barbara Hershey, Kim Basinger and Glenn Close all turn in solid performances as Roy's three fates. This is an outstanding sports film that adds even more romanticism to baseball lore. Caleb Deschanel's amber-tinged cinematography supplies the film with its striking look. Randy Newman's music bolsters the romantic feel, upping the film's Americana quotient. Although it is first and foremost a topnotch baseball film it also lends itself to a variety of interpretations dealing with fate, American heritage, and the metaphysical. Levinson's patient and textured direction combined with a focused and engrossing storyline make this a unique picture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • UPC: 043396046092
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Français, Español, Portugais
  • Time: 2:18:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Roy Hobbs
Robert Duvall Max Mercy
Glenn Close Iris Gaines
Kim Basinger Memo Paris
Wilford Brimley Pop Fisher
Barbara Hershey Harriet Bird
Robert Prosky The Judge
Richard Farnsworth Red Blow
Joe Don Baker The Whammer
John Finnegan Sam Simpson
Alan Fudge Ed Hobbs
Paul Sullivan Young Roy
Rachel Hall Young Iris
Robert III Rich Teb Hobbs
Michael Madsen Bump Bailey
Danny Aiello Emil LaJang
Joe Castellano Allie Stubs
Eddie Cipot Gabby Laslow
Sam Green Murphy
Barry Kivel Pat McGee
Elizabeth Ann Klein Stern Nurse
Darren McGavin Gus Sands
Bernie McInerney Hospital Doctor
Mike Starr Boone
Joseph Strand Home Plate Umpire at Final Game
Ralph Tabakin Al's Customer
Jon Van Ness John Olsen
Gayle Vance Maid at Party
Edward Walsh Newsreel Presenter
Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Philip Breen Executive Producer, Producer
Robert F. Colesberry Associate Producer
Patrick Crowley Asst. Director
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Phil Dusenberry Screenwriter
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Stu Linder Editor
Mark Johnson Producer
Chris McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
James Murakami Art Director
Randy Newman Score Composer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Soldo Asst. Director
Roger Towne Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Bruce Weintraub Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Wexler Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Malamud Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:51]
2. Young Roy Hobbs [5:18]
3. Max & the Whammer [4:41]
4. Three Pitches [7:20]
5. Harriet [1:30]
6. 16 Years Later [6:02]
7. Memo Paris [1:54]
8. Dinner with Red [1:54]
9. "Sit this one out." [3:54]
10. Batting Practice [2:50]
11. Cover Off the Ball [8:14]
12. Bump Bailey, R.I.P. [5:58]
13. Financial Problems [2:25]
14. "Judge wants to see ya." [5:26]
15. Gus Sands [12:03]
16. Woman in White [4:29]
17. Reunion [7:08]
18. In Iris' Apartment [4:18]
19. Back in the Swing [3:09]
20. Victory Party [3:41]
21. Taken Ill [7:26]
22. The Judge [4:49]
23. "I have to quit." [4:50]
24. Judge's Chambers [4:40]
25. Pittsburgh vs New York [1:11]
26. Two On, Two Out [8:58]
27. Best There Ever Was [1:42]
28. The Hobbs Family [5:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/français
      Spanish/español
      Portuguese/português
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
   Special Features
      Exclusive Documentary Featuring Cal Ripken, Jr.
         Start
         Purity
         Growth
         Business
         The Media
         Focus
         Heroes
         Magic
         The Zone
         Wisdom
      Talent Files
         Robert Redford
         Glenn Close
         Wilford Brimley
         Barry Levinson (director)
         Robert Duvall
         Kim Basinger
         Barbara Hershey
      Theatrical Trailers
         Bugsy
         The Natural
         The Way We Were
   Audio Set Up
      ENGLISH (Dolby Surround)
      ENGLISH (Discrete Surround)
      French/français
      Spanish/español
      Portuguese/português
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This could be a chick film!

    As I watched this movie with my wife, I noticed that among other things, she was actually interested in this flick! The story line kept her attention until the very end. We paused it only for a popcorn-making break. I'd recommend this as not only a great baseball film but as another reviewer said, a great movie about the lessons of life. Finally, my wife reminds me that the film also captivated her for not only the charm of Mr. Redford, but also the interesting contrasts in the three female characters as then moved through Roy Hobb's life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie, but your synopsis needs a correction

    One of the finest films on baseball I've ever seen, given that it raises some aspects of the game to truly mythic levels. Great work by Redford and Duvall, of course, but the movie is nearly stolen by Wilford Brimley and Richard Farnsworth. Well worth seeing. And his bat is actually called "Wonderboy" not "Wonderbat," as the B&N synopsis states.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Baseball & women ... life doesn't get much better than this ...

    Another Robert Redford great. If you enjoy his down-to-earth film style, you'll love this film ... even if you don't like baseball. The film is as much about men & women as it is about the sport. The seductress Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey) is evil incarnate as is the beautiful Memo Paris (Kim Basinger) ... and well ... the sweet Iris Gaines (Glenn Close) is just perfect. If you can't learn a least two or three life lessons from this film, you're just not watching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The novel vs. the movie

    This movie was definitely hollywood-itized. If you have ever read the book, then you would know that the movie does take some drastic changes that were not originally in the book. It is a good baseball movie though. If you ever get a chance, read the book written by Bernard Malamud. Then you will see how many changes occur in this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Natural

    What is the American pastime? Baseball. When one thinks about a great baseball movie they might say ¿Major League¿ or ¿Field of Dreams.¿ Well, this movie should be included on everybody¿s good sports movie list. Unlike any other baseball movie it shows the realistic yet entertaining flair. ¿The Natural¿ doesn¿t only have a sports side to the plot. It also has some drama and romantic tones that add to the out of this world movie. This story begins on a farm in Chicago with Roy¿s dad and Roy playing catch and expressing towards each other. It continues to change as Roy tries to play and succeed at making the big league. After being shot just before he has a Chicago Cubs tryout, he has to wait sixteen years before he takes another at the baseball field. Only this time he has to play right field instead of the position he grew up to love. The New York Knights sign Roy to a one-year $500 contract. Hobbs wants fame and to be the best that there ever was, but he also has excellent morals. Roy (Robert Redford) isn¿t given a chance to play because the old fat coach doesn¿t want an old rookie to take over for one of his few decent players. Hobbs gets a chance and makes the best out of his opportunity after taking over for the recently killed right fielder. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman. With the addition of Hobbs to the team they are able to get to the World Series, creating the sale back to Pop Fisher of the team. ¿The Natural¿s¿ cast was put together perfectly. Duvall (who plays as the sports reporter), Close, and Redford were fantastic. Madsen, although his role in the movie was short, played a funny entertaining position. Most people have seen Mr. Duvall in at least one of his many movies. He almost always gives a spectacular performance and has done so since his first movie in 1962. Glenn Close adds another great actor into the picture by playing Iris. She has been apart of some hit movies (¿101 Dalmatians¿, ¿Tarzan¿, and ¿Air Force One¿). New York, which is usually known to have good baseball teams, in this movie doesn¿t. Roy comes to a team with not a very good chance to come into even second place in their division. He turns the Knights around in the right direction by hitting the ball very consistently for extra base hits. From Hobbs playing his game the rest of the players on the team become better and have a chance to keep Pop Fisher in. Also, Hobbs doesn¿t let his team down when it¿s a matter of life and for him. Roy gave everything he had to offer to this New York squad and it paid off dividends for them. This film is a good, old-fashioned, sentimental, and even uplifting story. Hobbs answer to the bribe was naturally low. It was a matter of integrity. Thus, the title of the movie symbolizes not only his natural talents, but also on how doing the right thing came natural

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Sports Movie Ever

    The Natural is a film version of every kid's dreams, and Roy Hobbs is the type of ballplayer my father describes from his youth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Natural is a Naturtal

    Being a large sports fan, movies about sports always grab my attention. If you ask me, The Natural was not only the greatest baseball movie ever made, but it also ranks amoung the greatest sports movies ever. I strongly recommend this movie to any baseball or movie fan. If you are both, then this movie is definitely for you.

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