1984 film “The Natural” starring Robert Redford comes to 4K in June

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The 1984 Barry Levinson directed film “The Natural” starring Robert Redford is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a 35th Anniversary release on June 4th, via Sony. The film, nominated for 4 Oscars, featured a supporting cast including Robert DuvallGlenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard FarnsworthJoe Don Baker, and Michael Madsen. This 35th Anniversary 4K release will include both the Theatrical (138 minutes) and Director’s Cut (144 minutes) of the film – both on the 4K disc.

Tech specs for the 4K release have not yet been fully detailed it will come with HDR (presumably in the HDR10 variety) and Dolby Atmos sound, as well as the original stereo and 5.1 tracks (for the theatrical cut). The release will come in form of a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy of the film included. There are no pre-order listings yet for this over at any retailers but stay tuned for an update. Bonus materials set to be included on the 4K disc and Blu-ray are listed below.

  • Barry Levinson Intro to the Directors Cut [also on the 4K disc]
  • Theatrical Trailer [also on the 4K disc]
  • Theatrical Version of the Film
  • When Lightning Strikes: Creating The Natural: Pre-Game: A Novelist Steps Up to the Plate, The Line-Up: Assembling the Moviemaking Team, Lets Play Ball: Filming the Show
  • Clubhouse Conversations
  • A Natural Gunned Down: The Stalking of Eddie Waitkus
  • Knights in Shining Armor: The Mythology of The Natural
  • The Heart of The Natural
  • Extra Innings

Further below, after the break, you can find the official announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

THE NATURAL

 

The Sports Classic Starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall,

Glenn Close & Kim Basinger Celebrates its 35th Anniversary

on 4K Ultra HD June 4

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (March 11, 2019) – Just in time for Father’s Day, celebrate the
35th Anniversary of one of the most beloved sports films ever made when THE NATURAL debuts on 4K Ultra HD and in 4K via participating Digital platforms June 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Robert Redford stars as man who seemingly comes out of nowhere to become a legendary baseball player with almost divine talent in this classic film that also stars Robert Duvall, Glenn Close in an Academy Award®-nominated performance and Kim Basinger. THE NATURAL was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Cinematography and Best Original Score,* both vibrantly presented as part of this all-new 4K presentation.  The 4K Ultra HD disc includes both versions of the film: the original Theatrical version and the Directors Cut, each fully restored from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by Director of Photography Caleb Deschanel and Director Barry Levinson. Both versions of the film also include newly remixed Dolby Atmos audio, along with the original stereo and 5.1 tracks for the Theatrical version.  THE NATURAL includes hours of archival special features, including a variety of featurettes that go inside the making of this iconic classic and its greater context within baseball history and mythology.

 

Synopsis:

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the greatest sports films ever made. Nominated for four 1984 Academy Awards® — including Best Cinematography — and featuring an all-star cast, including Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Best Supporting Actress nominee Glenn Close and Kim Basinger, THE NATURAL follows the epic journey of Roy Hobbs. A ballplayer on his way to stardom in the big leagues, Hobbs finds his dreams shattered when a mysterious woman and a silver bullet end his career prematurely. Sixteen years later, Hobbs finds himself coming back to baseball, joining the roster of the lowly New York Knights. Can Hobbs overcome physical pain — and nefarious forces — to lead the Knights to the pennant?

 

Bonus Materials Include:

  • 4K ULTRA HD INCLUDES:
  • Both Theatrical version and Directors Cut of the film in 4K with HDR
  • Dolby Atmos audio for both versions, along with the original theatrical stereo audio and 5.1 audio for the Theatrical version, and 5.1 audio for the Directors Cut
  • Barry Levinson Intro to the Directors Cut
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BLU-RAY INCLUDES:
  • Theatrical Version of the Film
  • When Lightning Strikes: Creating The Natural: Pre-Game: A Novelist Steps Up to the Plate, The Line-Up: Assembling the Moviemaking Team, Lets Play Ball: Filming the Show
  • Clubhouse Conversations
  • A Natural Gunned Down: The Stalking of Eddie Waitkus
  • Knights in Shining Armor: The Mythology of The Natural
  • The Heart of The Natural
  • Extra Innings

 

The theatrical version of THE NATURAL has a run time of approximately 138 minutes and is rated PG. The Director’s Cut has a run time of approximately 144 minutes and is not rated.