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Official 2011 World Series Film
on December 1, 2011
This is a 2 DVD set where the first disk, in lightning speed, goes over brief parts of the St. Louis Cardinals regular season and playoffs, and then each game of the World Series. The second disk is worth the price alone, containing game 5 of the NLDS, considered to be one of the most decisive 1-0 games in baseball history.
The length of the first disc is about an hour. The editing is poor, jumping around in time, sometimes in flashes, making it confusing to watch. If you don't pay attention, you could lose your place. And be ready with the pause button, because if any text appears on the screen (a record being broken for example), you won't have time to read it. I got a much better feel for what it was trying to do after going thru it a second time.
Bonus features included the following:
This Week in Baseball: Lance Berkman
Prime 9: Tony LaRussa
NL Wild Card Clinch (Short snip of locker room celebration, no interviews)
Game 5 NLDS: Last out
Game 6 NLCS: Last out
Game 3 World Series: Pujols' 3 home runs
Game 6 World Series: Freese's triple to tie
Game 6 World Series: Berkman's single to tie
Game 6 World Series: Berkman/Freese press conference
Game 6 World Series: Freese's Walk off home run.
Game 7 World Series: Freese's double to tie
Game 7 World Series: Last out.
Sound options are:
5.1 Surround sound (not Dolby)
There is, I'm afraid, no closed captioning option.
All of the bonus features worth watching have more time devoted to them while viewing the regular disk footage, except the game 6 walk off home run by Freese which is broadcast four times, using both sets of the USA announcers, a British announcer and a Spanish announcer in Spanish. Some others are just a few seconds long.
This is not really a "World Series Film". Disk one is a film for St. Louis Cardinal fans and fans of baseball who are St. Louis Cardinal fans. I would have shown more about both teams rather than just the St. Louis Cardinals, especially about how each team was structured in offense, defense and pitching. In the editing, I would have finished one thing before I showed the next. But as a bonus feature, I would have spent some appropriate time showing how the Cardinals, a team with a typical troubled season poised for a meltdown, won 33 of their last 50 regular and post season games to become world champions. A remarkable comeback that happens in baseball, but only rarely. It shows that anything can happen in baseball which is the beauty of the sport. In baseball, appearances often times cannot predict an outcome.
In the end, the seven game contest was between two virtually evenly matched teams, each in their own way. An upstart pesky team who came up against a virtual bulldog of a team, and won, as one announcer put it, "...they just...won't...go...away.
Even more notable is a second story of a team who accomplished all this with one pitcher, and a bunch of other guys whom thru management and their own efforts would become pitchers.
But the gem of the two disks is the second one. A pitching duel, with selectable half innings, pitting best friends and former teammates Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay against each other showing the complete fifth game of the NLDS. For those who would like to have a classic pitching duel of their own in their living room with two Cy Young Award pitchers at the helm, buy this set and throw away the first disk.