Sugar: The Movie now on DVD
- Updated: September 17, 2009
Back in July I was informed of the DVD release of the movie “SUGAR”, but as life can sometimes be hectic, I haven’t gotten to write about it until now. “SUGAR” came out on Blu-ray and DVD on September 1st. So if you are a fan of the Dominican Republic’s brand of baseball, “SUGAR” give you a brief glimpse inside. For more info on the movie, here’s a snippet from the official press release.
Sugar is a coming-of-age tale that follows Miguel Santos, a.k.a. “Azucar” (Sugar), a pitcher from the Dominican Republic town of San Pedro de Macoris, who grew up poor but talented, always believing baseball was his ticket out of poverty. Playing professionally at the Kansas City Knights baseball academy, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States’ minor league system. Miguel travels to a small town in Iowa corn country, where he and other Latin American teammates are the only Spanish-speaking people and have trouble learning the new language and culture. Despite the welcoming efforts of his host family, Miguel is faced with an isolation he never before experienced. When his performance on the mound falters, he begins examining more closely the world around him, his place within it, and ultimately questions his life’s singular ambition.
For a look into how well this movie is being received around Dominican players currently in the majors, here’s what a few players had to say.
Pedro Martinez currently pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies and 3-time Cy Young Award Winner said”It’s very real and has a really good message” and NY Yankees All-Star 2B Robinson Cano called it “A great film!”
For further proof of the DR approval of this film, look no further than the list of players (both current and former major leaguers) who took part in interview sessions on the special features of this release (see below).
Blu-ray™ & DVD Special Features Include:
- Making Sugar: Run the Bases
- Play Béisbol! The Dominican Dream including interviews with MLB players David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez and Sammy Sosa
- Casting Sugar: Interview with Algenis Perez Soto
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio: Spanish (some English)
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
A pre-release (prior to September 1, 2009) YouTube video is provided below for a sneak peak.