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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QRUN9Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,837 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 3 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
In the pantheon of baseball movies, this one, 61*, is in my personal top five, and perhaps the top three. Billy Crystal, better known as a comedian or as host of the Academy Awards, took the director's chair for this film, and produced a story that was a grand insight into the personal and professional world of baseball during the era of Mantle and Maris. Produced very shortly after Mark McGwire broke the Maris record, Crystal framed the 1961 story with scenes from the McGwire run.
Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in the 1927 season, and Yankee stadium was still known, a generation later, as the house that Ruth built. In 1961, Ruth's longstanding record seemed secure. Mickey Mantle had inherited the status of 'Yankee favourite' from predecessors Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, but Roger Maris had narrowly beat him in the poll for MVP the previous year, all the more remarkable because Maris was a newcomer from the midwest. The sportwriters were divided in how they reported about the team, but almost all were more focussed upon Mantle until the runs began to stack up. However, the press (and often, it seemed, the fans) were still favouring Mantle, and sometimes booed Maris when he would hit a home run.
Crystal did a good job at showing the kind of personal stresses, both family and professional, that Mantle and Maris had to endure going through what should have been one of the most glorious seasons in baseball history. There was a kind of institutional resistance to anyone breaking Ruth's record, but even more resistance to Maris than to Mantle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ALEX FLETCHER UK on 10 July 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Baseball has to me always been a minority sport. This movie changed all that. As director, Billy Crystal shows that every sport has some defining moment in its history. Brilliantly directed & equally superbly acted by Thomas Jane,Barry Pepper & the other actors in this movie. It gives a real flavour of what the pressure (of breaking the BABES record for Home Runs for a season) from the press must have been like for a young country boy moving to New York. The commissioner of baseball then changes the rules as he is a fan of the Babes & wants the record to stay with the Babe. A really absorbing, tense & dramatic end to the movie. I would recommend this movie to any sports fans out there who, like me said Baseball, kids game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMH1963 on 12 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Excellent movie, but the Blu Ray disc is Region A encoded and will not play on standard UK players.

I advised Amazon.co.uk of this some weeks ago, but notice that the product data has not been updated. Beware!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ellison on 24 July 2013
Format: DVD
Story of the 1961 baseball season of the New York Yankees as Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle begin a race to break Babe Ruth's record of 60 homeruns in a season. The season has been lengthened from 154 games to 162 so there is concern as to weather the record would be a record or not.

The story is told in flashback as the 1998 baseball season is happening and Mark McGwire aspires to break Maris' record.
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THE BEST BASEBALL FILM EVER. I WAS A BIG FAN OF BOTH ROGER AND MICKEY AND HAVE READ MOST OF THE BOOKS ABOUT THEM. BILLY CRYSTAL BROUGHT THE 1961 SEASON BACK. THE ACTORS WERE GREAT IN THIS FILM. WELL DONE
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