Bull Durham

108+ min. Ron Shelton, dist. by Criterion Collection, www.criterion.com. 2018. DVD ISBN 9781681434803. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781681434797. $39.95. ROM-COM
OrangeReviewStarWriter/director Shelton's classic 1988 ode to minor league baseball gets the bonus-packed, digitally restored treatment from Criterion, giving both old fans and newbies a good reason to revisit or experience for the first time this deservedly well-loved romantic comedy. Hollywood heavyweight Kevin Costner and then newcomer Tim Robbins star as teammates on the Durham Bulls, the former an over-the-hill ex-major league catcher clinging to a professional career who tries to mentor the latter, a hotheaded young pitching phenom itching for a shot at the bigs. The ballplayers compete for the attention of Susan Sarandon's wise and wily "baseball groupie" character, who turns the baseball diamond into a love triangle. This 30th-anniversary edition boasts a wealth of bonus content, highlighted by a behind-the-scenes featurette, an insightful new interview with Shelton, and, best of all, amusing audio commentary by Costner, Robbins, and Shelton.
VERDICT This impressive new presentation of a well-aged exemplar is highly recommended not only to baseball and romance fans but to all mature viewers who appreciate smartly written, well-acted comedies.
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