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He was a legend in his own time, and a legend for all time. He saved our national pasttime from the disgrace which followed the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, and brought baseball back to the heartland of America. He was generous and wild, playful and free-living., loving of children, charity ad the game. A man of excellence and eccentricity who no one seemed to dislike. He was a baseball player the world came to know as Babe Ruth. George Herman "Babe" Ruth is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player who ever lived. He batted a career total of 714 home runs, and was the first player to hit 60 in a single seasion. He had a lifetime batting average of .342 and a slugging percentage of .690. There were many sleepless nights for pitchers who had to face him in the morning. But Babe Ruth was more than just a baseball player. He became an all-American celebrity for the way he celebrated life. A national hero who never begrudged an autograph or the handshake of a child. "Babe Ruth" explores the extraordinary life and times of the man who changed the face of baseball and hit a home run right through the heart of America.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003O97VZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Babe Ruth" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

I've watched this DVD time and time again.
TomAzon
If you're expecting a revisionist, unflattering portrait of George Herman 'Babe' Ruth, you won't find it in "Babe Ruth - The Life Behind the Legend"!
Benjamin J Burgraff
Very balanced and skilled in representing Ruth with his strengths and weaknesses.
David L. Grundvig

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David L. Grundvig on June 15, 2005
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Unique, never before seen clips and stories. Very balanced and skilled in representing Ruth with his strengths and weaknesses. This vhs represents his life from reform school to death.

Indicates how he influenced America during the hard times and changed baseball forever. Despite Ruth's rough life style his talents and popularity are unprecedented and unquestioned. This was the age before good equipment (bats, gloves, etc), and strength enhancing drugs.

Very good narration and dialogue on this vhs. Highly recommend it for baseball and history fans alike. There will never be another Ruth and he's the proof and that's the truth. Look how his totality of records have stood the test of time and are the measure to which others are compared.

This is my favorite baseball documentary for the subject matter, quality, balance, nostalgia, historical setting, etc.

An hour well spent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Rood on January 26, 2002
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This is quite frankly the finest documentary on the life and times of Babe Ruth that I've seen. I was mesmorized from start to finish; an absolute gem and a must for any Babe Ruth fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John W. Schlatter on January 18, 2008
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There was so much more to Babe's life than this documentary shows..There is next to nothing about his relationship to Lou Gehrig, Miller Huggins, his wives, Father Tobias (spelling may be off) who changed his life,,his barnstorming trips where his All Star teams played against some of the great black players of those days like Stachel Paige...
The first 20 minutes consist of a verbal tribute from some very old gentlemen...it was tribute..homerun..tribute..homerun..tribute..homerun etc..that went on and on...we didn't have to be told over and over that he was a great player...About one fourth of the film is VERY interesting...but generally a real disappointment
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By desertrose1294 on October 5, 2003
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For those of us who who grew up and still feel the Babe as mythical, this is great DVD coverage of the player who proved unbelievable as a human being. Coverages of games and warm ups attempt to bring the seriousness of the organized game since it was still a time when baseball was fun and fantasy. Yet the babe made it look so easy. With players still alive who played with him, a perfectly biographed story from beginning to end and garunteed to watch more than twice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
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this story of babe ruth is the best youll find anywhere.
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If you're expecting a revisionist, unflattering portrait of George Herman 'Babe' Ruth, you won't find it in "Babe Ruth - The Life Behind the Legend"! With interviews of writers and fans who knew the Babe, and a lot of film footage and still photos from throughout his short (he died at just 53) but amazing life, the film honestly acknowledges his flaws (he missed two months of the 1925 season with syphilis), but reminds viewers that for each fault, he was capable of incredible kindness, as well. He was, ultimately, a big kid, blessed with extraordinary gifts, and this documentary made me wish I'd met him!

While Ruth's baseball years are very well known, most films short-change the events not involving the sport, but happily, this film is an exception. From his troubled childhood, as the incorrigible son of a barkeep who 'gave up' on him, dumping him into a church-run orphanage, to his bittersweet post-baseball life (being denied his dream of managing, and watching cancer destroy his vitality, and ultimately, his life), the film is the most complete biography I've seen.

"Babe Ruth - The Life Behind the Legend" is a terrific addition to any sports fan's collection!
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If you enjoy sports legend biographies, this DVD is worth owning. It runs about 45 minutes with excellent commentary from actor Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). An orginal HBO special, it did not gloss over some of the less desirable events in Babe Ruth's life (look at today's sports heroes for comparison). But no one can deny that on the field, he set standards that are still admired today. Sixty plus years since his passing, the Babe still knocks them out of the park!
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