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61* [DVD] [2001]

  • SKU: 4248905
  • Release Date: 09/11/2001
  • Rating: NR
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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

    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

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Film

      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great sports story

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Great story for anyone who likes sports. Billy Crystal did a terrific job of showing the mounting pressures on Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle as they challenged The Babe's "unbeatable" record. Unfortunately he felt it necessary to include a tremendous amount of foul language. A certain amount of profanity would be expected given the pressure of the events; however, the locker room verbiage adds nothing to the drama and makes the movie totally inappropriate for younger fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great sports movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I love baseball movies and this one didn't disappoint. It gave the history of the 61* record and now I know why the guy that beat Babe Ruths record had to have an * after the 61 number.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have been looking for this movie for a very long time. I am completely in love with baseball and any movie about the history of legendary players like them and countless others I would buy and watch any day.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great HBO Original


      This HBO original movie is really quite good. Directed by Billy Crystal, both Thomas Jane and Barry Pepper give excellent performances. Widescreen, recommended.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Underrated Movie


      Billy Crystal does an amazing job directing this biographical drama reliving the moments of the 1961 home run chase. Great acting by all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This movie is a classic all the way! Highly recommend

      I would recommend this to a friend

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