Paramount Home Entertainment announced this past week that there will be a 20th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 21 with the Blu-ray debut of director Brian Robbins’ 2001 film adaptation of Daniel Coyle’s book, “Hardball: A Season in the Projects,” which was shortened for its theatrical release to just Hardball.
Keanu Reeves, between Matrix movies, did The Replacements, The Watcher, Sweet November and this gritty fish-out-of-water story about an addicted gambler who must coach a group of unruly and undisciplined kids to find redemption.
Bonus features include commentary from director Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues, The Perfect Score, Meet Dave, Norbit) and screenwriter John Gatins (Oscar-nominated for his Flight screenplay, plus scripts for such films as Summer Catch, Coach Carter and Dreamer), deleted scenes, the Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Zane and Sammie. music video titled “Hardball” and “The Making of Hardball” featurette.
Also heading home on Sept. 21 is the latest addition to the “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray library, director Jonathan Mostow’s Breakdown, starring Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan and J.T. Walsh.
Bonus features for this edge-of-your-seat thriller include newly-prepared commentary with Kurt Russell and filmmaker Jonathan Mostow, an alternate opening (with optional commentary from Mostow) and a trio of featurettes — “Filmmaker Focus: Director Jonathan Mostow on Breakdown,” “Victory is Hers” and “A Brilliant Partnership.”