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The Legend Of Bagger Vance [2001] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill, Joel Gretsch
  • Directors: Robert Redford
  • Writers: Jeremy Leven, Steven Pressfield
  • Producers: Chris Brigham, Jake Eberts, Joseph P. Reidy, Karen Tenkhoff, Michael Nozik
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb. 2002
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWNC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Featurette - Insight into the Legend of Bagger Vance
'Making of' Featurette
Robert Redford Film Trailers: The Legend of Bagger Vance, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Production Notes
Cast and Crew Biographies

Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing
1.85:1 widescreen 16:9 version

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Based on the bestselling novel by Steven Pressfield, The Legend of Bagger Vance is a beguiling addition to the tiny genre of feel-good mystical sports movies. In Georgia at the height of the Depression, Adele Invergordon (Charlise Theron) organises a golf tournament to publicise her inherited luxury hotel/golf course. Taking part are two genuine golf stars of the period, together with one-time Southern sporting hero, Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon). Shattered by the Great War, Junuh has retreated into a bottle and it is up to a local boy, Hardy Greaves (an excellent J Michael Moncrief making his screen debut, and as an old man Jack Lemmon in his final film) and caddy Bagger Vance (Will Smith) to help him find his lost swing.

Though it is never made explicit, Vance is an angel and the film is really about redemption, the golf scenes being a not exactly subtle metaphor for life itself. Some may find it corny and unoriginal; the movie has much in common with director Robert Redford's own The Natural (1984) as well as Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Field of Dreams (1989). Yet after a clunky opening Bagger Vance finds its swing and proves a delightful light romantic drama, with gorgeous cinematography, fine performances and a wonderful score by Rachel Portman.

On the DVD: The Legend of Bagger Vance on disc has an anamorphic transfer of the original 1.85-1 image, and though a little dark is very sharp and filled with detail and vibrant colours. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound does everything expected, being atmospheric and showcasing the score to good effect. Extras are a four-minute interview with Robert Redford and a three-minute "featurette" which is really an extended trailer to complement the teaser and conventional trailer also included. There are several pages of electronic press kit production notes, and biographies and filmographies of 18 of the film's stars and production personnel. As Redford believes commentaries and in-depth behind the scenes features ruin the magic of the movies this is as extensive a collection as is likely to appear. Finally there is a truly appalling trailer for the DVD of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. --Gary S Dalkin

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 20 May 2007
Format: DVD
This film was based on a novel by Steven Pressfield but the real inspiration was from the Hindu Epic The Mahabaharata where there is an interesting conversation that leads to the holiest of Hindu Scriptures known as the Bhagavad Gita. Will Smith as Bagger Vance (pronounced in an Indian way as Bhagawan; another name for Krishna) is brilliant and is ably supported by Matt Damon as R. Junuh (alternatively pronounced as Arjuna). The story shows Smith as a caddy and also spiritual guide to Damon...as in the Bhagavad Gita.

A nice, tender film at the hand of writer/director Robert Redford. Matt Damon is the leading man in this film as a former golfer that brushes up on his talents of the past, whilst Will Smith plays a supporting guardian angel type of character which he carries off beautifully. It seems that at this stage in his career, he is better as a supporting actor (as in 'Made in America', 'Six Degrees of Separation' and 'Enemy of the State'), and needs to learn from his more experienced contemporaries like Matt Damon how to maintain audience interest throughout a film. Smith plays a convincing aged character by the name of 'Bagger Vance' who aids Damon in the process of regaining his confidence to win a golf tournament. It is almost a guest appearance in a self contained film which neither belongs to Matt Damon or Robert Redford. It is a film that stands by itself.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
One of the very many questions asked.... who is Bagger Vance?? A guardian angel, or just some gifted bloke? I love this movie; the story is wonderful, and the starring roles are played by some of the best.
The picture and sound is of a high quality, and I can still watch it over and over again, glued to my chair, as if watching it for the very first time.
Matt Damon plays Mr. Junah, a golfing champion who returns from the first World War a changed man, a man without his swing. When Bagger Vance (Smith) appears from nowhere and helps him find it, Junah also finds his old self, and confronts his fears of the past.
It really is a remarkable and special film, one that should be seen by all.
I'm still asking mysef.......who is Bagger Vance?? I hope you enjoy it; I know I did.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a feel good movie, about a young World War I veteran and former golf pro, Randolph Junah (Matt Damon), from Savannah, Georgia, who is inveigled by his former girlfriend (Charlize Theron) to come out of obscurity and retirement to participate in a golf tournament with two legendary golfers, so that she can save her now deceased father's beautiful golf resort, from those salivating to buy it out from under her, during the great depression.
Initially, Junah refuses, and the reason for the refusal is that he simply has lost his swing. A Deus Ex Machina now enters in the guise of Bagger Vance, charmingly played by Will Smith. Vance simply appears one night while Junah is out on his lawn trying out his swing. Vance persuades him to enter the tournament and offers to be his caddy. A deal is struck.
Junah enters the golf tournament, and as it progresses he gets better. He delves more deeply into himself under the gentle encouragement of Bagger Vance in order to find his "authentic" swing and, ultimately, finds a lot more. This movie does for golf, what "Field of Dreams" did for baseball.
The movie is narrated by Jack Lemmon who, as a young boy (J. Michael Moncrief) during the tournament, saw Junah transform himself under the guidance of Bagger Vance. It is the on screen Jack Lemmon who is summoned by Bagger Vance into the sunset at the end of the film. Just who was Bagger Vance? I say he was the proverbial guardian angel. Viewers, however, will differ on just who they think Bagger Vance really was.
The flaw in the movie is that it is like a Hallmark Card movie in that it sugarcoats everything and paints the past in a somewhat unrealistic manner. Here, a diverse population is depicted as mingling together in a most collegial fashion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs L K Bullen on 15 July 2002
Format: DVD
I watch a lot of films including things such as The Sixth Sense and The Green Mile. However this film is just as good as any of those two and deserves to be one of the classics. When Bagger Vance (Will Smith) helps a past golf champion (Matt Damon) to find his swing after fighting in the war I was on the edge of my seat. When I first heard that this was a film about golf I almost had second thoughts about watching it. Thank god I did! With an inspirational script and soundtrack this is a film that everyone should watch!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr D Rogers on 27 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this has got to be one of the greatest sporting films ever made!will smith as bagger vance gives the performance of his life!jack lemmon narrating gives it that extra special feeling to it and matt damon is quite superb!WELL DONE
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Robert Redford's films are either excellent or mediocre and i am pleased to say that 'The Legend of Baggar Vance' is excellent.

The storyline is well documented by Amazon themselves, so i will not dwell on it, other than to say that after the first few minutes one is totally absorbed in the plot, which is narrated by Jack Lemmon, in the last film that he made and he briefly appears in the beginning and end. I would just like to concentrate on the performances, the cinematography and music.

The youg local boy played by Michael Moncief in his debut appearance was a piece of really good casting and he is superbly acted and is responsible for this being such an excellent film along with Will Smith, playing the Angel???, whose performance is the best i have seen him play and another piece of great casting.Add to this Matt Damon as the flawed local golfing hero and Charlize Theron as the widow trying to save her late husband's golfing estate, you have a recipe for success. In addition the cinematography is flawlessly executed, while the musical score by Rachel Portman in itself was worth watching the film, i loved it and so appropriate to the storyline. The narration of the story through Jack Lemmon adds to the lustre of the film.

All in all, try to see this film as it is a wonderful piece of filmaking, not a film worthy of Oscar nomination, but just one to be savoured when you want to feel good and be engrossed by a good piece of story telling.
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