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Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ken Burns    DVD
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  • Directors: Ken Burns
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Pbs Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XEKXY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,799 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary 12 Sep 2012
Watched the entire series numerous times. 20s-40s is my favorite. Endless interviews, rare footage and anecdotes. Inside baseball at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another ken burns masterpiece 22 Feb 2013
An amazing documentry, starts with the usual ken burns style in the early discs but gets so much better when you get the actual film footage. I had a fondness for the game seeing it on ESPN and was lucky enough to goto Yankee stadium and Shea during visits to NYC but like any game the history helps you understand it better and now even as a Brit I get why this game is so loved by so many . This is THE baseball documentry don't even bother with anything else I loved it and will enjoy watching again and again
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame it's only Region 1 13 Jun 2013
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This is a series I've wanted to see for ages. UK Baseball fans get little enough of the game here on TV - and the decision (??) to make this only Region 1 makes it harder for us. There are multi region players, but to get that and NTSC/PAL players is well nigh impossible. I bought it, I cannot watch it, and I'm gutted. Who's benefit can this serve? US opera tapes (also NTSC) are always muti-region - I had hoped for the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait!!! 19 July 2010
By Terry Wagner - Published on
I've watched the first 9 innings numerous times and this series is by far my favorite sports documentary. If your a baseball fan and have never watched this it is an absolute must watch it will give you a whole new perspsective on the game especially if you are younger like me (25).

Just an FYI the 2010 box set comes with the 10th inning. I don't know why Amazon has them available as a "frequently bought together" combo order but I just wanted to give you guys the heads up just buy this box set and you'll get all 10 innings plus the bonus features which include 2.5 hours of deleted scenes and additional interviews. Check the PBS site for a picture of the box set and it clearly states it includes the 10th inning and the run time and disc count are identical to what's on here.
98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The consummate set of videos about Baseball. 17 May 2007
By M. A. Filippelli - Published on
Contained in these ten DVD's are just about every historical moment in baseball.

Inning 1 Baseball from its inception in the 1840's to the 1900's This explores baseballs roots from Abner Doubleday to the beginnings of what we know as modern day baseball.

Inning 2 1900 to 1910. The beginning of the World Series. Great footage and photos of old parks and players.

Inning 3 1910 TO 1920. Covers Babe Ruth, the Black sox, Grover Cleveland Alexander and more. Footage of Fenway being built

Inning 4 1920 to 1930 Really the beginnings of the Yankee dynasty but the Cardinals rule the National league with the famed gas house gang.

Inning 5 1930 to 1940. More footage of all the great stars of the day, Ruth, DiMaggio, Williams and more.

Inning 6 1940 to 1950. The effects of war on the American pastime. The splendid splinter goes to war, he comes back and picks up where he left off.

Inning 7 1950 to 1960. The Yankee dynasty continues. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, The shot heard around the world, Don Larson's perfect game. The Giants and Dodgers pick and leave.

Inning 8 1960 to 1970. The Los Angeles Angels are born, The Kansas City A's become the Oakland A's, The Royals and Mets are born. The Padres are born and move into a small stadium outside of San Diego. And then there was the Seattle Pilots. Those amazin Mets win the World series. Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax get agents but are unsuccessful in changing baseballs anti trust act and re sign with the Dodgers. Maris passes the Babe with an asterisk.

Inning 9 1970 to 1994. Curt Flood loses his war against baseball but the players eventually win. The players union gets stronger. The Reds come to power. The A's win a couple world series. Roberto Clemente's life cut short. Washington loses another team called the Senators.

The film also has some great commentary interspersed through out all of the DVD's. At the end of each DVD is a trivia game based on the decade that the DVD covered.

While the movie is based for the most part on New York teams this is truly a must for all baseball fans. There is no other collection of materials that covers baseball like this one does in terms of breadth and depth.

I have watched this m any times now and it's still just as interesting as the first time I watched it.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An annual rite of spring: watching "Baseball" 1 April 2001
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on
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Every spring I watch Ken Burns' celebrated documentary "Baseball" on the weekend of Opening Day. Even if I am not sitting glued to the tube while it is on, listening to John Chancellor tell the story of the game is an enjoyable experience. Each "inning" takes on a specific focus, providing a defining element in the way Ty Cobb played the game, the Black Sox Scandal, the way Babe Ruth played the game, the struggle of the Negro Leagues, the dominance of New York temas in the Fifties, the creation of Free Agency, etc. Concise profiles of many of the game's greatest players and managers are spread throughout the nine volumes. More importantly, virtually every great moment in the history of the sport is to be found, not to mention some wonderful old-fashioned baseball songs.
Clearly, the climax of the documentary comes in Inning 6, "The National Pastime," when Jackie Robinson starts playing for the Dodgers. The series begins with a prologue on Ebbets Field and Robinson is laid to rest in the final episode. While the focus is on the Major Leagues throughout, Burns always checks back in with what is happening with the black players and the Negro Leagues, building towards Robinson breaking the color barrier. I think it is fair to say the documentary loses some steam after that point, but then that is the point where the series gets to players and moments that overlap our own lifetime. Once we get to colored images from television there is a different feel to "Baseball" from the black & white images to which we have become accustomed.
Also, the more you know about the history of baseball the more you will see the glaring omissions. Stan Musial is the obvious example cited by other reviewers, but he is eclipsed in the episodes covering the 40's and 50's by Jackie Robinson and the New York teams, just as he was during his career. In terms of the talking heads it is hard to appreciate Billy Crystal and George Will, devotees of the game though they are, after listening to Buck O'Neill (who is the breakthrough "Shelby Foote" of "Baseball"). However, I prefer to ascribe these shortcomings to editorial decisions and the fact this is only a nine-tape set instead of maliciousness. So, yes, it could be better, and maybe it is too reverent, but there is a fundamental love of the game here comparable to such treasured feature films as "The Natural," "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams." All of these are necessary spring training workouts for preparation of enjoying the boys of summer.
102 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New York Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns 3 May 2011
By mkd - Published on
I think this was a good documentary that would be more accurately titled: "A New York Baseball Fan Attempts to Make a Comprehensive Documentary About Baseball." I fully appreciate the greatness and importance of New York baseball, but after awhile the bias became noticeable to the point of absurdity. Some stray observations:

-Practically every one of the regular talking heads was an avowed fan of one of the NY teams (Doris Kearns-Goodwin, Billy Crystal, Bob Costas, Steven Jay Gould, Roger Angell, Mario Cuomo, Robert Creamer). In other words, any time a personal emotional attachment was highlighted it was directed at either the Yankees, Dodgers or Giants. So far as I can tell not once in the whole series was someone allowed to gush about the Cubs or the Cardinals or the Indians or the White Sox or the Pirates or the Athletics. Very narrow minded.

-The Sixth Inning was particularly egregious. It didn't just focus mostly on the three New York teams- it focused exclusively on the three New York teams. I get that they were great, but did the 1950s really have no other good teams or great players? No mention of those Braves teams? No Go-Go Sox? No hint that baseball was played outside NY for an entire decade? Really?

-As others have mentioned, in discussing the 1960 World Series, the narrative is framed exclusively from the Yankee perspective. Burns apparently could not dig up a single Pirates fan to talk about how it was the greatest moment of his/her whole life. Instead, the replay of Mazeroski's home run is followed by the endless lamentations of the NY talking heads. Super annoying and not a little bit offensive.

-The same thing happens in the 10th inning. The 1996 Series is discussed game-by- game (a level of in depth treatment it hardly deserves on its own merits especially given that the `91 series, one of the greatest ever, is not even mentioned- but since it was the Yankees first series in 15 years, it must be super-important), and in the end depicted as a great triumph because the Yankees won. The 2001 series is given the same game-by-game treatment (though this time more deserving given the drama/heroics involved) and in the end depicted as a great tragedy because the Yankees lost. This bias is a persistent and very noticeable pattern.

-Speaking of which, after about 1920, the only World Series' given game-by-game treatments at all are those featuring NY teams. If memory serves only the 1967 Red Sox/Cardinals series and the 1975 Red Sox/Reds series got any sort of in-depth coverage without featuring a NY team.

I'll stop there. The history of baseball overflows with great players, great pennant races and great teams. I get that you can't feature everything and stuff has to be left out, but I really feel like Burns could have cut the panegyrics to the NY teams in half, they still would have dominated the show, but there would have been plenty of time to feature, you know, everyone else.

All that said, the treatment of Negro Leagues is excellent and the early innings are very very good. If you're a fan of baseball, this documentary is inescapable for better or worse. If you're a fan of NY baseball this documentary will make you explode with joy. Like I say, it's a history of baseball from an exclusively New York perspective.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing for Baseball Fans & American History Buffs 18 Aug 2007
By azjmc - Published on
This set isn't cheap, but it's one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Burns' storytelling is always fascinating, focusing on the evolution of not only the game of baseball, but in an indirect way, American history as well. It is particularly meaningful that he interviewed some baseball greats (Williams, Mantle, Buck O'Neil) before they passed on. My only complaint is that the series stops at 1994. (I would love to see a coda/epilogue made covering the achievements and scandals of the last 13 years.) If you are a baseball fan, this is defintely worth having. Some nice special features too.
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