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directed by Randa Haines
USA 1993


They’re retirees who are anything but retiring. Robert Duvall and Richard Harris deliver “two of the year’s most spectacular performances” (Bob Campbell, Newhouse Newspapers) as a reserved ex-barber and a salty former sea captain, beached in a quiet Florida town and living solitary lives. But after meeting in the local park one afternoon, these polar opposites soon become the unlikeliest of friends. Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Doctor) directs and Shirley MacLaine, Piper Laurie and Sandra Bullock co-star in this wonderful film that shows how friendship opens up the two men to life’s riches. If you like movies brimming with characters who linger in the memory, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is “the perfect tonic” (Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today).


Theatrical Release: 17 December 1993 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 2:02:32

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2009

Chapters 13



Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is a beautifully played drama that had a brief theatrical release in the end of 1993. It didn't make much money and never was released on DVD until Warner Archive Collection came to the rescue. Unfortunately, burn-on-demand media won't allow many viewers to discover this title. Another issue with this disc is cramming a 2+-hour movie on DVD-5 disc. I noticed pixelation at least 5-6 times while watching the movie on DVD-player, but could not recreate this issue on my DVD-rom on the computer, so perhaps it is disc-player incompatibility.

The anamorphic and progressive transfer is, generally, well done - sometimes it is overly grainy, but most of the time it is fine. The 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack is fine, but I was missing English subtitling especially for the Cuban accent spoken by Robert Duvall. There is a short passage where Richard Harris speaks Spanish and it's subtitled in English (6th capture). The only extra is a short Warner Archive promo reel that is available on all discs in the collection.

 - Gregory Meshman


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