Each week we’re recommending a movie from the film lover’s favorite home video company, Criterion. The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film. This week, Bull Durham.
Former minor leaguer Ron Shelton hit a grand slam with his directorial debut, one of the most revered sports movies of all time.
Durham Bulls devotee Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon)—who every year takes a new player under her wing (and into her bed)—has singled out the loose-cannon pitching prospect Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), a big-league talent with a rock-bottom maturity level. But she’s unable to shake Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), the veteran catcher brought in to give Nuke some on-the-field seasoning.
A breakthrough film for all three of its stars and an Oscar nominee for Shelton’s highly quotable screenplay, Bull Durham is a freewheeling hymn to wisdom, experience, and America’s pastime, tipping its cap to all those who grind it out for love of the game.
- Restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Ron Shelton, with 2.0 surround and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray
- Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack on the DVD
- Two audio commentaries, featuring Shelton and actors Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins
- New conversation between Shelton and film critic Michael Sragow
- Program from 2001 featuring interviews with cast and crew, including Shelton, Costner, Robbins, and actor Susan Sarandon
- Appreciation of the film from 2008 featuring former players, broadcasters, and sports-film aficionados
- NBC Nightly News piece from 1993 on the final season of baseball at Durham Athletic Park, where Bull Durham takes place and was shot
- Interview with Max Patkin, known as the Clown Prince of Baseball, from a 1991 episode of NBC’s Today
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing