The new 15th anniversary DVD includes an assortment of great extras that fans of the movie and certainly baseball fans will enjoy.Disc One (the "Feature" disc even though there are some extras) includes an audio commentary track featuring writer-director Phil Alden Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley. (This is the track originally recorded way back in 1996 for the Signature Collection LaserDisc and subsequently included on the first DVD release issued in 1998.) Also included are a collection of deleted scenes which illustrate some good decision-making during the film's post-production period. The scenes run eleven minutes or seventeen with the optional director intros. The highlight of Disc One's supplements is the 39-minute documentary From Father To Son: Passing Along The Pastime, which features interview material with many big league ballplayers.The "Special Features" disc includes over an hour and a half of excellent documentary and featurette material, the most interesting to baseball fans likely being the 30-minute roundtable discussion with star Kevin Costner and ex-Major League stars Johnny Bench, George Brett, and Bret Saberhagen. The others are the 18-minute The Diamond In The Husks which focuses on the creation of the ball field and its current tourist attraction status, and a six-minute segment on the town of Galena, Illinois which was used in the film to pinch hit for Chisolm, Minnesota. And, the 46-minute Bravo segment of From Page To Screen offers an overview of the production and the original Shoeless Joe novel from which the film was based. Also included is a still-step section on baseball trivia and Major League stadiums, as well as some DVD-ROM content. (Michael Coate)
Based on the book "Shoeless Joe" by W.P. Kinsella, "Field Of Dreams" tells the inspirational tale of an Iowa farmer
When compared to the previously released, non-anamorphic DVD, this new anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture is an noticeable improvement. Images exhibit satisfying sharpness and detail with the
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