Blu-ray, DVD and digital Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $TBA, Blu-ray $TBA
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Jon Hamm (TV’s Mad Men) finds talent in an unusual place in Million Dollar Arm.
The sports movie is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) whose career is not going well.
To try to save his career, Bernstein goes to India to produce a competition reality show called “The Million Dollar Arm.” He hopes to find a cricketer who he can turn into a baseball pitcher.
With the help of cantankerous retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin, Stand Up Guys), Bernstein discovers two men who have no idea about playing baseball but can throw a mean fastball. Bernstein brings them to America, and the culture shock begins.
Lake Bell (In a World…), Aasif Mandvi (The Internship) and Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys) also star in the PG film, which was directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night). The movie was written by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win).
Million Dollar Arm grossed $35 million in theaters. It had mixed reviews from critics, but moviegoers liked it better. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored 61% approval from critics and 76% from moviegoers.
The Blu-ray and DVD include the making-of featurette “Training Camp,” showing actors Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal learning how to pitch a baseball.
The Blu-ray adds these special features:
- alternate ending
- three deleted scenes
- and two more featurettes:
- “Their Story” about the real J.B. Bernstein and the pitchers he discovered
- “Million Dollar Music” by A.R. Rahman, with the Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winning composer talking about creating music that encompasses India and America.
On Disney Movies Anywhere, Million Dollar Arm also comes with an exclusive deleted scene, “What About Brenda?”
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