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League of Their Own/The Natural Double Feature [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 8636217
  • Release Date: 07/03/2016
  • Rating: PG
This double feature for fans of inspirational movies about the great American pastime offers two classic baseball films, A League of Their Own and The Natural.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 15)

    Synopsis


    A League of Their Own
    The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished until after World War II, when, with the men's return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-create the wartime era when women's baseball looked to stand a good chance of sweeping the country. The story begins as a candy-bar tycoon enlists agents to scour the country to find women who could play ball. In the backwoods of Oregon, two sisters -- Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) -- are discovered. Dottie can hit and catch, while Kit can throw a mean fastball. The girls come to Chicago to try out for the team with other prospects that include their soon-to-be-teammates Mae Mordabito (Madonna), Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Donnell), and Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh). The team's owner, Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall) needs someone to coach his team and he picks one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), who is now a broken-down alcoholic. After a few weeks of training, as Dugan sobers up, the team begins to show some promise. By the end of the season, the team has improved to the point where they are competing in the World Series (which is no big deal, since there are only four teams in the league). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    The Natural
    The film version of The Natural pulls off the neat trick of conveying the spirit of the Bernard Malamud novel upon which it is based, even while changing both the outcome and the meaning of Malamud's closing chapters. In his first film appearance in four years, Robert Redford plays Roy Hobbs, a farm boy with a hankering to be a great baseball player. With his faithful homemade bat "Wonderboy" in hand, Roy heads to the big city. En route, he arouses the fascination of the mysterious Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey). Luring the boy to a hotel room, Harriet asks Roy what he wants out of life. Roy brashly responds he wants to be "the best there is," whereupon Harriet whips out a gun and shoots Roy down. Sixteen years later, a humbler Roy Hobbs emerges from the bush leagues to become a 35-year-old "rookie" on the 1939 lineup of the New York Knights. He soon becomes the team's star player, and in so doing once more attracts enigmatic woman Memo Paris (Kim Basinger), the glamorous niece of the Knights' manager Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley) and the mistress of Rothstein-like gambler Gus Sands (a curiously unbilled Darren McGavin). Roy's fascination with Memo compromises his ability to play, but this time he finds salvation in the form the angelic Iris Gaines (Glenn Close), his childhood sweetheart. From this point forward, the script for The Natural bears very little resemblance to the Malamud original. Without giving anything away, it can be said that Roy Hobbs is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compensate for the mistakes of his youth, despite the demonic intrusion of inexplicably spiteful sports writer Max Mercy (Robert Duvall). The Natural elevates the art of slow-motion photography to new heights; while this technique would become precious and boring in later baseball films, it works beautifully here, as does the decision by director Barry Levinson and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel to convey the symbolism inherent in the story in purely visual rather than blatantly verbal terms. (If the characters told you that the story was a retelling of the Camelot legend in baseball terms, would you have watched?) Another plus is the pastoral theme music by Randy Newman, which has been well utilized on sports broadcasts and "human interest" TV documentaries ever since. The baseball scenes in The Natural were staged at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Geena Davis
      Geena Davis - Dottie Hinson
    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Jimmy Dugan
    • Lori Petty
      Lori Petty - Kit Keller
    • Madonna
      Madonna - Mae Mordabito
    • Jon Lovitz
      Jon Lovitz - Ernie Capadino



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Two outstanding movies

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      Sluggo
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      I'm a big fan of both films. We were fortunate to have one of the original All American Girls Professional Baseball teams in my hometown, Muskegon, MI. And I understand film The Natural inspired research into the documentation of the design and look of Major League uniforms by baseball historian Marc Okkonen, another Muskegon resident. Tom Hanks interplay with the cast of A League of Their Own is a blast to watch, and Robert Redford, in my opinion, is the perfect choice to play the inspirational role of Roy Hobbs in The Natural. On Blu-ray, both films shine. Well worth the price!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Two awesome movies!

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      mrjohnnyb
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      If you like baseball, these are two films that you will want to own. A League of Their Own is based on the real-life All American's Girl Baseball League, a league that started playing during World War II. The Natural is based loosely on the story of Eddie Waitkus, a major league baseball player of the 1940's. Both are great stories that feature baseball in the 1940's as their setting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      enjoyable movies

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      7paverman7
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      I enjoy sport type movies and these two movies in the blue ray forum is just the ticket. Two enjoyable headliners with Robert Redford and Tom Hanks, good stuff with great story lines, great network of supporting actors and actresses. Both stories will take you back in time to the good old days with all the old time cars, buildings, clothes, etc. Have fun!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great Value

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      HeadHam
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      The two movies for $9.99 is a great value, but neither would play in my Samsung Blu-ray player. Both movies go to the menu, but will not respond to the play movie command. Tried several other movies in my library, and they play fine. Going to go to my local Best Buy and see what they have to say.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movies

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      Kevin
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      I purchased these movies to use gift card money and believe they would be worth the value that I paid for them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a deal!!!!

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      CMW1975
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      Two of the best baseball movies ever made in one set! Digital copies on top of that! Great low price!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Classics

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      Kevin
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      I could not pass up this deal for two great movies. Definitely worth the money I paid for them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      2 great movies in 1 bluray!

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      Abie
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      Two of the greatest baseball movies of all time in one bluray for a very low price! Can't ask for much more than that!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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