Blu-ray Release: Hardball

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 21, 2021
Price: Blu-ray $12.99
Studio: Paramount

Director Brian Robbins scores an emotional home run with the inspirational 2001 sports drama Hardball. This year marks the film’s celebrates its 20th anniversary and Paramount is acknowledging that with its long-awaited Blu-ray debut.

Featuring Keanu Reeves and Diana Lane and co-stars John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney, and Michael B. Jordan (in one of his first film roles), Hardball follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks.  Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team.  The “team” turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city.  Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet.  But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: the kids need someone to believe in.  As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future – that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.

The Hardball  Blu-ray includes the following archival bonus content:

  • Commentary by director Brian Robbins and writer John Gatins
  • The Making of Hardball
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video – “Hardball” by Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Zane and Sammie
  • Interstitials
  • Theatrical Trailer
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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.