Paramount have done a wonderful job with the No.1 feel-good hit 'HARDBALL' starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane. The picture is smooth, but sharp. It is colourful, filmlike and has next-to-no edge enhamcement. The sound while hardly hyper-active, is still very effective with some nice but subtle split surround activity. The soundtrack has some very good bass, and both the soundtrack and dialogue is very well recorded and crystal clear (all except G-Baby of course, who you are not meant to understand). The supplements are first rate. The audio commentary is great. Director Brian Robbins and writer John Gatins are interesting and funny. They talk about the production, it's success, and alsi about working with Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane and the 'first-time actor' kids. Apparently, Keanu fancied the pants off of Diane Lane! Next up, are the trailers, TV spots (called 'interstituals' here), a 'Hardball' music video and an excellent 'Making Of Hardball' featurette which features behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with Robbins, the cast including Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane, and the kids, and also the baseball co-ordinator. Running time is about 20mins but it is informative and entertaining, and much much better than the normal 'Making Ofs...' A good little entertaining movie, that was a highly profitable theatrical release for Paramount in the Fall of last year. Highly recommended, even if you don't like baseball or Keanu Reeves, especially on such a well specified DVD. Well done Paramount.