Monday, January 29, 2007

Just in time for spring training

For a just-announced new two-disc version of "The Natural: Director's Cut," streeting on April 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, director Barry Levinson has restored 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage. "I was able to not just simply add a few more scenes to the Director's Cut, but to actually re-cut the first act as it was originally conceived,” he said in a press release. “This version is much closer to what I envisioned and it was fantastic to finally bring it to fruition."

The Robert Redford film, one of our favorite movies, has new color mastering by the Oscar® nominated Director of Photography Caleb Deschanel, and was originally nominated for numerous awards, including four Academy Award® nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close), Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction, as well as a Golden Globe® nomination for Kim Basinger as Best Supporting Actress.

In addition to the added footage, the bonus materials will include more than 10 featurettes, among them new interviews with Robert Redford and Glenn Close, as well as professionals from the sports broadcasting and baseball worlds.

1 comment:

fiendish thingy said...

If I remember correctly, there is slim Beatles connection with this film. If you watch the credits, there is a credit for still photography (weren't there some sepia toned stills used for segues?).
the photographer? none other than Beatles Hamburg photographer Jurgen Vollmer (IIRC).