Billy Crystal's loving tribute to the record-breaking Yankee season of 1961 comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and crew, as well as Maris and Mantle, a making-of featurette, the original trailer, and a breakdown of the home runs hit by Maris and Mantle during that historical summer. Film and baseball enthusiasts should both find much to enjoy on this DVD release of 61*.
This movie touches my heart and makes me cry every time I watch it. My dad was a big baseball fan and I was named after Roger Maris. So I am very biased regarding this movie. Great performances by Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane who eerily look and moved like Maris and Mantle. This was an excellent movie.
This is one of the greatest baseball/sports movies of all time. It gives an accurate account of the 1961 single season home run record chase between Yankee Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. You don't have to be Yankees fan to enjoy this flick. I'm a Red Sox fan and love this movie.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Barry Pepper plays Roger Maris in 61 the season in which he takes over the Baseball legend Babe Ruth to become the all-time season single record for homeruns. It starts with the famous homerun chase of 1998 between Sosa and Mcguire. It shows what could be the breaking homerun of Maris's record then flashes back to 1961 and the rest of the movie shows what Maris went through that season. The personal struggles and the hate he went through because people did not want him to break the legends homerun record. They eventually put an asterik on it because that season they played more games than when Ruth set the record. It flashes back to the 1998 season to end the movie. It is a great story and superb acting. I am glad to see this film being released on blu-ray.