Sally Field, I liked you....I really liked you in "Norma Rae."
All kidding aside, Field’s tour-de-force performance can now be witnessed in high-definition glory on a brand spanking new 35th anniversary edition Blu-ray. She put to rest all claims that she was too spunky and perky for the role of a Southern millworker that leads unionized changes in her small town.
Having never seen "Norma Rae," I was enthralled...it takes you inside the mill, replete with loud and obnoxious working conditions, and gives the viewer a depressing insight on what it’s like to work there, all the more apparent in a high-definition transfer. Grungy can’t even begin to describe the movie set and actual millworkers were used to give the film an added dose of authenticity.
"Norma Rae" the film doesn’t disappoint, but the Blu-ray itself does. Just one special feature is supposed to suffice (along with the original trailer)...for a 35th anniversary edition, it’s a bit vapid.
"Hollywood Backstory: Norma Rae" takes the viewer on a 25-minute journey through the filmmaking process of the 1979 film. Field represents the majority of the feature and bemoans how the studio and director originally didn’t want her. Fighting for the role, she gave "Norma Rae" box office clout and an Oscar for Best Actress was awarded to her. One wishes there were some behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers, drama, anything, that would spruce up a barren Blu-ray of a classic film.