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61* [DVD] [2001]

Release Date:09/11/2001
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*.

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    Special Features

    • Animated menus
    • Chapter selections
    • Multiple language and subtitle selections
    • Cast and director bios
    • Making of "61*" featurette
    • Player bios and stats
    • 1961 home run list
    • Original trailer


    Noted baseball fan Billy Crystal directed this made-for-cable drama set in the summer of 1961, as two of the strongest hitters in the major leagues, Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) and Roger Maris (Barry Pepper), find themselves neck and neck in a battle to break Babe Ruth's long-standing record for most home runs in a season. Both men were playing for the New York Yankees at the time, and as the two men came within grasping distance of Ruth's record, their loyalty as friends and teammates was put to the ultimate test. 61 also features Richard Masur, Bruce McGill, Anthony Michael Hall, and Renee Taylor; the scenes set in Yankee Stadium were filmed at Michigan's Tiger Stadium, shortly after the Detroit Tigers shuttered the venerable playing field and relocated to a newer facility. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Barry Pepper
      Barry Pepper - Roger Maris
    • Thomas Jane
      Thomas Jane - Mickey Mantle
    • Anthony Michael Hall
      Anthony Michael Hall - Whitey Ford
    • Richard Masur
      Richard Masur - Milt Kahn
    • Bruce McGill
      Bruce McGill - Houk, Ralph

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