Monday, July 12, 2004; Page D02
Fifteen years ago, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella destroyed part of his crop to create a baseball diamond in the middle of nowhere, and the ghosts of the game's greatest players arrived in one of the best movies ever made about the national pastime.
Very few movies centered on sports are worthy of a collector's edition. But more than a decade after the words "if you build it, he will come," echoed on the big screen for the first time, the release of "Field of Dreams Collector's Edition" on DVD is worth $20 largely because of its bonus disk.
The "Field of Dreams Scrapbook" is the best of the extra features, as it includes commentary from the movie's cast and directors, as well as insights to the story's origin and musical score.
The bonus disk, which is more than two hours -- making it longer than the movie itself -- also focuses on W.P. Kinsella's book, "Shoeless Joe," from which the movie was adapted. There is also a segment on the playing field used in the movie, which is a tourist attraction in Dyersville, Iowa.
By itself, "Field of Dreams" is a classic -- a film recently selected as one of the top 25 sports movies of the last 25 years by ESPN -- but it is the bonus disk that makes this edition a collector's item.
-- Jon Gallo
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