HARDBALL debuts on Blu-ray September 21st Just In Time to Celebrate 20th Anniversary


Triumphant Underdog Story Makes Its Blu-ray Debut September 21, 2021


Director Brian Robbins scores an emotional home run with the inspirational sports drama HARDBALL. Originally released on September 14, 2001, the film celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time ever September 21, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring a sensational cast including Keanu Reeves, Diana Lane, John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney, and Michael B. Jordan in one of his first film roles, HARDBALL follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks.  Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team.  The “team” turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city.  Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet.  But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: the kids need someone to believe in.  As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future – that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.

The HARDBALL Blu-ray includes the following legacy bonus content:

  • Commentary by director Brian Robbins and writer John Gatins
  • The Making of Hardball
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video – “Hardball” by Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Zane and Sammie
  • Interstitials
  • Theatrical Trailer

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About Paramount Home Entertainment

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHE division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHE additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.



Street Date:         September 21, 2021

U.S. Rating:          PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some violence

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