Say it IS so!
The classic baseball film Eight Men Out is getting a new DVD release on March 18. The release is honoring the film's 20th anniversary and will retail at $14.98 SRP. The film stars John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, Christopher Lloyd, John Mahoney and D.B. Sweeney.
Writer/director John Sayles' dramatization of the most infamous episode in professional sports -- the fix of the 1919 World Series -- is considered by many to be among his best films and arguably the best baseball movie ever made. This adaptation of Eliot Asinof's definitive study of the scandal shows how athletes of another era were a different breed from the well-paid stars of later years. The Chicago White Sox owner, Charlie Comiskey (Clifton James), is portrayed as a skinflint with little inclination to reward his team for their spectacular season. When a gambling syndicate led by Arnold Rothstein (Michael Lerner) gets wind of the players' discontent, it offers a select group of stars -- including pitcher Eddie Cicotte (Sayles regular David Strathairn), infielder Buck Weaver (John Cusack), and outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (D. B. Sweeney) -- more money to play badly than they would have earned to try to win the Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Sayles cast the story with actors who look and perform like real jocks, and added a colorful supporting cast that includes Studs Terkel as reporter Hugh Fullerton and Sayles himself as Ring Lardner.
- Commentary from director John Sayles
- Two-Part Retrospective featurette
- Story Behind The Movie featurette that takes an in-depth look at the Black Sox Scandal
- DB, The Bat & The 2005 World Series featurette thats looks at the 2005 White Sox World Series Championship