Field of Dreams: Collector’s Edition

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

The sentence “If you build it, he will come…” is one of those “things” in movies that has just become accepted as a part of lives. This movie is just ten years old, but was an instant classic even when it came out. Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella, a farmer from Iowa, who literally “hears” a voice telling him to build “it”. Problem is, what is “it”? He hears more voices in the corn fields and finally sees an image of a baseball fiels (where his corn currently resides). Defying all odds, he builds the field and strange things start to happen…

Besides Costner (who should just stick to doing films about sports, in my opinion) there is a great ensamble cast including Gaby Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Frank Whaley, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster! Later, we learn that the baseball field is more than just building a field in the middle of nowhere, but it’s a chance for Ray to reconsile with his dead father (the two had not spoken since Ray had left for college). The movie really moves you, it’s simple but effective. By the end, the legdends of Baseball’s past are playing pick up games in this Iowa field! This is really not to be missed. One of the all time great movies.

Video: How does it look?

One of Universal’s first releases, this is just a “re-do” of their Deluxe Collector’s Edition laserdisc from a few years back. Unlike all the other Collector’s Edition titles (except Scarface), this was not given anamorphic enhancement (16:9). Still, the colors and picture far exceeds that of the old laserdisc and, of course, looks far better than VHS. I’m hoping that Universal will re-release this and a few of the other titles that weren’t given 16:9 enhancement (Backdraft, Born on the Fourth of July, and Carlito’s Way to name a few), but all we can do it hope. Still, the picture is the best available out there.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 track would have been nice, but the Dolby Digital 2.0 (suround) mix suits the movie just fine. Most of the action/dialogue is spaaced across the fron two channels, with the rear speakers being used occasionally. A good, clean sounding movie.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Along with audio commentary by the director, a photo gallery, behind the scenes featurette, production notes and cast bios…you really get your money’s worth ($34.95 retail!). I really am satisfied with all the extras on this disc, there’s always room for more, but then again, there always will be. Good job on this SE.

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