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The Natural R1 Director's Cut in April - Artwork added

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Natural (Director’s Cut) for 3rd April 2007 priced at $24.94 SRP. Director Barry Levinson restores 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage for The Natural: Director’s Cut, debuting on DVD April 3 in a two-disc collector’s set from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. "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,” said Levinson. “This version is much closer to what I envisioned and it was fantastic to finally bring it to fruition."

The critically-acclaimed, international box-office hit also has new colour mastering by the Oscar nominated Director of Photography Caleb Deschanel. The film, starring Robert Redford, was 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 for The Natural: Director’s Cut contain more than 10 featurettes, which include new interviews with Robert Redford and Glenn Close, as well as professionals from the sports broadcasting and baseball worlds. The featurettes consist of the four-part documentary Extra Innings, the three-part “making of” documentary When Lightning Strikes, A Natural Gunned Down: The Stalking of Eddie Waitkus, Clubhouse Conversations, Knights in Shining Armor: The Mythology of “The Natural,” and a video introduction by director Barry Levinson.

Features include:

  • Featurette: A Natural Gunned Down: The Stalking of Eddie Waitkus
  • Featurette: Clubhouse Conversations
  • Featurette: Extra Innings 1: Slow Motion
  • Featurette: Extra Innings 2: Uniform Color
  • Featurette: Extra Innings 3: The Sandberg Game
  • Featurette: Extra Innings 4: The President’s Question
  • Featurette: Knights in Shining Armor: The Mythology of The Natural
  • Featurette: The Heart of The Natural
  • Featurette: When Lightning Strikes: Creating The Natural Part 1 – Pre-Game: A Novelist Steps Up to the Plate
  • Featurette: When Lightning Strikes: Creating The Natural Part 2 – The Line-Up: Assembling the Movie-Making Team
  • Featurette: When Lightning Strikes: Creating The Natural Part 3 – Let’s Play Ball: Filming the Show
  • Video Introduction by Barry Levinson
  • All-new transfer supervised by Director of Photography Caleb Deschanel ABC
  • New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English, Japanese and Portuguese DD5.1 Surround
  • English, Japanese, Portuguese and French subtitles

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