For Love of the Game

For Love of the Game

Kevin Costner
Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
, Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston
, John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly
Sam Raimi

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Though certainly not in the same class as Kevin Costner's other baseball movies, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game is, if nothing else, a brave attempt to portray the sport with some degree of realism. Universal's DVD edition, though far from perfect, does the film many favors, offering good audio-visual quality and plenty of special features. Although not as visually arresting as the Evil Dead films that made director Sam Raimi's name, For Love of the Game still illustrates his expertise with detail and movement, and the anamorphic widescreen picture looks particularly good during the game sequences. The sound is even better, with DTS and Dolby 5.1 tracks available, each offering lush audio quality. The extra features are led by the familiar "Spotlight on Location" behind-the-scenes featurette, which is 20 minutes or so of everyone involved in the film saying how great it is. Far better are the deleted scenes, which also run to over 20 minutes, and contain some very interesting moments (not least a "groupie" strand omitted from the final version). Given that Costner had a very public dispute with Universal over the final cut of the film, it is a shame that more background information about the final edit is not provided (and a shame for Costner fanatics that the fabled nude shot is nowhere to be seen!). A commentary by Raimi might have been interesting for the same reason, as well as to provide a better understanding of why he chose to direct such a commercial film. The remaining special features include the original theatrical trailer, some good production notes, DVD-ROM features, and cast and filmmaker biographies. Two more novel features are "The Perfect Game" and "On The Mound." The former is a bit of baseball background with some statistics, the latter a trivia game that lasts about 30 seconds. For Love of the Game is not an obvious film upon which to lavish such care and attention, but Universal should be given credit for delivering what is undoubtedly an excellent DVD.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2000
UPC: 0025192068423
Original Release: 1999
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 2,022

Special Features

Spotlight on location; Deleted scenes; The history of the perfect game; On the mound: a trivia game; Theatrical trailer; Special dvd-rom features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Billy Chapel
Kelly Preston Jane Aubrey
John C. Reilly Gus Osinski
Jena Malone Heather Aubrey
Brian Cox Gary Wheeler
J.K. Simmons Frank Perry
Vin Scully himself
Steve Lyons Himself
Carmine Giovinazzo Ken Strout
Bill E. Rogers Davis Birch
Hugh Ross Mike Udall

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
Marc Abraham Executive Producer
Steve Arnold Art Director
John Bailey Cinematographer
Eric L. Beason Editor
Armyan Bernstein Producer
Ron Bozman Executive Producer
Carolyn Cartwright Set Decoration/Design
Cinesite Special Effects
Arthur Coburn Editor
James C. Feng Art Director
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Lynn Kressel Casting
Gregg Landaker Sound/Sound Designer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Menzies Set Decoration/Design
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Amy Robinson Producer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Al di Sarro Special Effects Supervisor
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Wylie Stateman Sound Editor
Dana Stevens Screenwriter
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Sally Thorton Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [5:01]
2. Waiting for Jane [1:22]
3. Bad News [2:11]
4. The Title Game [5:01]
5. Five Years Later [2:39]
6. The Real Jane [4:05]
7. Ending Bloody [6:35]
8. Heather [5:02]
9. A Good Home [1:42]
10. Together [6:45]
11. The Accident [5:06]
12. Hurting [1:46]
13. Just Throw... [7:20]
14. Missing Jane [6:04]
15. Three More [:30]
16. The Last Pitch [4:37]
17. I Need You... [1:13]
18. End Titles [4:17]

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