There have been wonderful baseball movies over the decades. Some bio-pics, others historical, and then a few that have taken on a certain mythos. The Natural was one. Field of Dreams, which shares a superb actor with The Sandlot, another.
The Sandlot takes a tiny bit of wonderful baseball mythos, and blends it with textures of any number of coming of age films, such as Stand By Me. The result is warmly felt, sweetly textured, and true to growing up in the '60s.
Here's where it gets interesting, a bit confusing. At least to me.
The brand, spanking new Blu-ray of the David Mickey Evans film, which is an official 20th Anniversary Edition (you can tell by the red stitching on the ball), is available for $15 on Amazon. It comes with a small set of "collectible" baseball cards.
Then there's an old edition, that goes back to the dark ages of Blu-ray - 2011.
The 2011 Blu-ray has a very nice transfer, no baseball cards, and it isn't an official Anniversary release. Well, the 18th. That Blu-ray is under $10 on Amazon.
And both releases appear to be derived from the same very nice master.
I guess, my confusion is why this film needed a 20th Anniversary release, when it had an 18th?
Bottom line. If you don't have a copy of this superb little film on Blu-ray, you really should, as it's a charmer.
The only question is which release is best to own.
Image - 4.5
Audio - 5