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Cobb
     

Cobb

Director: Ron Shelton

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich

 

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Ron Shelton has made a career directing and writing movies about sports. Cobb represented his second film to the baseball diamond. The film debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are

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Ron Shelton has made a career directing and writing movies about sports. Cobb represented his second film to the baseball diamond. The film debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. The extensive supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Shelton; a second commentary track recorded by co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Wuhl; a featurette on Al Stump, the man played by Wuhl in the film; deleted scenes; and a featurette with major-league pitching legend Roger Clemens.

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Ron Shelton could not have painted an uglier portrait if he'd made a movie about Adolf Hitler. But with one of the most notorious personalities of the 20th century as his subject, it doesn't even feel like caricature. Cobb is a triumph of original thinking in many respects: a baseball movie with very little baseball in it; a biopic that focuses on the last year of its subject's life, sparing the viewer his "greatest hits," both literally and figuratively; and a career-best performance from a small-time actor (Robert Wuhl) who holds his own alongside Tommy Lee Jones at his blistering best. The dynamic Shelton explores between the legendary ballplayer and Al Stump, his harried biographer, is thoroughly engrossing, eliminating the need to rely on re-created old-time footage that might have served as a crutch. Several scenes perfectly capture the reckless, spiteful essence of the man, including a trip around the bases in which he spikes no less than three fielders, and one in which he drives down a mountain at 60 miles per hour in a blizzard. Counterbalancing this, however, is the gracious treatment given Cobb wherever he goes, which demonstrates the empty flattery accorded celebrities by starstruck fans who don't really understand who they are. Shelton's adaptation of Stump's book makes Cobb and his biographer more similar than either would like to admit: each exploits the other for his own self-aggrandizing purposes, even if Stump's are sanctioned under the guise of journalism and the slippery quest for "truth."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0085392799329
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:09:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Ron Shelton; Commentary by Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Wuhl; Additional scenes; The real Al Stump; On the field with Roger Clemens; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones Ty Cobb
Robert Wuhl Al Stump
Lolita Davidovich Ramona
Lou Myers Willie
Stephen Mendillo Mickey Cochrane
William Utay Jameson
J. Kenneth Campbell Prof. Cobb
Rhoda Griffis Ty's Mother
Allan Malamud Mud
Reynaldo Rey Actor
Grace Zabriskie Actor
Ned Bellamy Ray
Scott Burkholder Jimmy
Bill Caplan Bill
George Rafferty Teammate
Fred Lewis Philly Fan
Artie Butler Harrah's Bartender
George Wilbur Casino Security Man
Steven Brown Husband at Motel
Dana Hill Wife at Motel
Ernie Harwell Hall of Fame MC
Reid Cruickshanks Pie Traynor
Clive Rosengren Hall of Fame Director
Jimmy Buffett The armless guy
Bradley Whitford Process Server
Jeanne McCarthy Nurse
Michael Chieffo Young Doctor
Don Hood Older Doctor
Bill Wittman Newsreel Narrator
Eloy Casados Louis Prima
Michael H. Moss Lover

Technical Credits
Ron Shelton Director,Screenwriter
John Blake Makeup
Claire Jenora Bowin Set Decoration/Design
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Charles Butcher Art Director
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Fredburg Special Effects
Armin Ganz Production Designer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
David Lester Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Ve Neill Makeup
Kimberly Ray Editor
Scott Ritenour Production Designer
Paul Seydor Editor
Troy Sizemore Art Director
Victoria Thomas Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:07]
2. What a Ballplayer! [2:59]
3. "Cobb Wants to See Me" [3:27]
4. Outta Here [6:18]
5. "We Need Each Other" [2:54]
6. Misunderstood Genius [4:43]
7. Driving Lessons [2:58]
8. Off-Road Detour [2:31]
9. Couldn't Be Hurt [4:00]
10. Baseball's Most Hated [7:17]
11. Passenger Speaks His Mind [4:39]
12. Reno and Ramona [1:15]
13. Piece of Psychology [4:04]
14. Final Editorial Approval [2:02]
15. In the Spotlight [5:14]
16. Stumps Not Himself [3:33]
17. Husband Material [2:09]
18. A $2,000 Deal [5:38]
19. Stump Strategy [1:34]
20. Fastest Gun at Craps [1:31]
21. Biographer, Best Friend, Nurse [4:54]
22. Cochrane's Bit of Effort [3:27]
23. Lineup of Legends [2:08]
24. Memories Blur [6:09]
25. Not Wanted [:20]
26. Save the Romance [1:54]
27. Nothing but Grief [1:09]
28. Last His Father Saw [7:08]
29. Children Need Heroes [3:35]
30. Going Crazy [1:10]
31. "You're My Friend" [3:53]
32. Not Worth Killing [2:05]
33. "Print It All!" [4:42]
34. Writers Never Lie [5:38]
35. The Truth Is... [:56]
36. My Weakness [1:18]
37. End Credits and Parting Words [2:07]

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