Field of Dreams [DVD] [1989]

Fans of this love letter to baseball will be pleased with this DVD edition from Universal. The picture and sound are decent, if not spectacular. The lush greens of the ball field look very good, but the picture is a 1.85 non-anamorphic transfer, which occasionally does a disservice to the film. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. This is a minor quibble, as Field of Dreams is not a sound-intensive movie. Where the disc really hits a home run is with the extras. For starters, there's a very informative commentary track from director Phil Alden Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley. The track is loaded with information and sure to delight viewers. Also chock full of insights is the spectacular "Video Scrapbook." Clocking in at 90 minutes, this is as in-depth a look at the making of Field of Dreams as viewers are going to find. It includes interviews with the film's cast and crew, as well as with W.P. Kinsella, author of the novel that inspired the film. Simply excellent. Also offered are the standard production notes, bios, and trailer. With a little tweaking of the picture and sound, this DVD would be better than perfect. As it is, it's still the definitive edition of one of Hollywood's truly great movies.
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Field of Dreams
"If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, "he" seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who materializes on the ballfield and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is "Ease his pain." He realizes that his ballfield has been divinely ordained to give a second chance to people who have sacrificed certain valuable aspects of their lives. One of these folks is Salingeresque writer Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), whom Ray kidnaps and takes to a ball game and then to his farm. Another is Doc Graham (Burt Lancaster), a beloved general practitioner who gave up a burgeoning baseball career in favor of medicine. The final "second-chancer" turns out to be much closer to Ray. That "magical" field in Dyersville, Iowa still draws thousands of baseball-happy tourists each year. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kevin Costner
    Kevin Costner - Ray Kinsella
  • Amy Madigan
    Amy Madigan - Annie Kinsella
  • James Earl Jones
    James Earl Jones - Terence Mann
  • Ray Liotta
    Ray Liotta - Shoeless Joe Jackson
  • Burt Lancaster
    Burt Lancaster - Dr. Graham

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