Natural (Blu-ray)

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Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy (Robert Duvall), who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb's career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years passand an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chance to lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 204028267
UPC 043396184541
UPC 14 00043396184541
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 2951
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Love Story
Mystery
Self-Discovery
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Farm boy Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is the best baseball player anyone has ever seen. His bat, handmade from the wood of a tree felled by lightning following the death of his father, is magic in his hands. But before his career can start, the mysterious Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey) inexplicably shoots him, sidelining him for more than a decade. Fifteen years later, Hobbs returns to play for the New York Knights, whose coach, Pop Fisher (Wilfred Brimley), begrudgingly accepts the aging rookie as a member of the team. Pop is as surprised as the rest of the team when Hobbs knocks the ball out of the park time and again and can still play a mean outfield as well. However, when the politics of the business side of the game get in the way, Hobbs has to make some life-changing decisions. Meanwhile, he becomes involved with Memo Paris (Kim Basinger), a sultry siren with her own agenda. Glenn Close plays Iris, the hometown girl whom Hobbs left behind but never forgot. Director Barry Levinson (DINER, RAIN MAN) manages to re-create the excitement of old-time baseball while telling an all-American tale of success and failure, based on the novel by Bernard Malamud.
Plot Summary
Summary This allegorical tale of success and failure in America tells the story of a natural born baseball player who should have been a star but gets a last chance to shine. Randy Newman's memorable score complements an excellent directorial effort by Barry Levinson.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "'There goes Roy Hobbs...the best there ever was....'"--Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford)
Quote "Some mistakes you never stop paying for."--Hobbs
Reviews
Variety "...Impeccably made....Redford is perfectly cast....[The] supporting roles have been wonderfully filled by topflight character actors..." 05/09/1984
Total Film "Shining up the golden age of baseball, Barry Levinson conjures another sporting fairytale..." 11/01/2003 p.129
Uncut "Redford's charisma is at full wattage and the finale is truly magical." 08/01/2001 p.141
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "One of the best movies with a sports backdrop....An '80s who's who of acting talent..." 05/01/2007 p.99
Directors
Barry Levinson
Actors
Robert Redford
Cast & Crew
Barbara Hershey - Actor
Barry Levinson - Director
Bernard Malamud - Based On Novel By
Caleb Deschanel - Cinematographer
Christopher Holmes - Editor
Glenn Close - Actor
Kim Basinger - Actor
Mark Johnson - Producer
Michael Madsen - Actor
Phil Dusenberry - Screenplay
Philip M. Breen - Executive Producer
Randy Newman - Original Music By
Richard Farnsworth - Actor
Robert Duvall - Actor
Robert Redford - Actor
Roger Towne - Screenplay
Stu Linder - Editor
Wilford Brimley - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 18454
UPC 00043396184541
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 144 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Mandarin
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Nominee (1985) Golden Globe, Kim Basinger, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Glenn Close, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Mel Bourne, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Caleb Deschanel, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Randy Newman, Best Music, Original Score
Reviews
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review Over the years, the subject of sports has always been one that fascinates filmmakers to no end, and it is really not that hard to understand why. Taking whatever sport available and using it as a metaphor for life almost always provides an interesting framework from which to build a movie and to tell a compelling story...It is the epic and the small that are on parade here in The Natural, and the film is sure-handed in presenting both aspects of the tale...Performances are strong across the board and Randy Newman's excellent score has never sounded better in my home...The kind of movie that Hollywood seems to no longer make, The Natural features top drawer stars, excellent direction and a moving storyline. One of this judge's favorite sports movies, The Natural is required viewing for anyone who loves the game of baseball and the myth behind the sport.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Harold Gervais
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Sometimes, pure technical accuracy isn't enough. Sometimes, artistry has to be taken into account. One such case in point is Barry Levision's The Natural, arguably the best baseball movie ever made. The film works not because it is flawless in its depiction of what transpires on the diamond (more on a significant mistake later), but because it captures the spirit of the game at a time when baseball truly was the National Pastime. Watching The Natural, it's possible to see all that is great about baseball - the chess match between managers, the poetry of a ball in flight, the exhilaration of a comeback...Technical quibbles aside, The Natural is pure magic - the most satisfying baseball film yet to be committed to celluloid...The heroic score, by perennial Oscar nominee Randy Newman, is one of his best. And the cinematography, by Caleb Deschanel, contains moments of visual poetry.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Redford,Robert
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide ...a fine cast...
Los Angeles Times This is a film filled with magic, wonder and awe.
Scott Weinberg, Apollo Movie Guide A nearly perfect combination of superb acting, brilliantly sweet screenwriting and a director at the top of his game.
The Motion Picture Guide ...one of the few sports films which projects with understanding the mythical qualities that Americans associate with baseball...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Beautifully filmed...

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