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Baseball: The Tenth Inning [Blu-ray] (2010)

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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003S1UNZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

A 20-minute interview with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and hours of deleted-scene interviews with their cast of talking heads.

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1992 - 2009: As the tumultuous twentieth century is drawing to a close, and a new millennium begins, baseball continues to reflect the complicated country that created it. In an age of globalization and speculation, the players and the owners wage a cataclysmic battle over money and power; dazzlingly talented Latin and Asian stars transform the game; Cal Ripken becomes the game's new Iron Man; sluggers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds do things that have never been done before; the Yankees build a dynasty while their arch rivals, the Red Sox, stage the greatest comeback in history. And in September of 2001, at a time when America seems most threatened, baseball offers the hope that things will one day return to normal. The national pastime is more popular, and more profitable, than ever, but suspicions and revelations about performance enhancing drugs keep surfacing, threatening the integrity of the game itself. Still, through it all, baseball endures, a game of infinite possibility and surpassing beauty.

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100 of 116 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of Ken Burns... October 2, 2010
This will likely be an unpopular review, but I must be honest. "Baseball: The Tenth Inning" does not hold a candle to the original series. While the "Top of the Tenth" is pretty good - "The Bottom of the Tenth" is essentially a retelling of the steroids controversy and the Yankee/Red Sox rivalry. I will admit that these are the two biggest stories between 1999-2009 but it certainly is not the only stories -

Things that were neglected

- Only 10 seconds devoted to the White Sox World Series victory in 2005 breaking their 88 year drought between championships.
- No mention of the Detroit Tigers - One of the most interesting stories of the decade was how the Tigers went from an 119 loss season in 2003 to a World Series appearance in 2006? The 2006 series between the Tigers/Cardinals was a rematch of the classic '68 Fall Classic - however, less than 5 seconds of the 2006 World Series is shown.
- Never mentions the rise of Tampa Bay as a powerhouse
- Excludes the Minnesota Twins.... and their stars Joe Mauer, Johnan Santana, or Justn Morneau. The Twins and Oakland A's of the 2000-2010 were the antithesis of the Yankees and Red Sox , and despite not winning a World Series they should be considered as two of the dominant teams.
- No mention of Miguel Cabrera, Carl Crawford, Paul Konerko, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Thome, any of the Twins, or really any player who was unfortunate enough not to play on one of the coasts.
- The only player interviewed is Pedro Martinez... which is a great choice... but why couldn't players be interviewed?
- Why not have a segment on the announcers of the period...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I have to say, I enjoyed the "Top of the 10th" definitely encapsulated 90's baseball and my brother and I kept turning to each other and saying "I remember that", but after watching the "Bottom of the 10th" I felt like the only things that have happened in baseball in the last decade are the Mitchell Report and the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.

How about the Phillies in 2008? How about the White Sox breaking a DECADES long (longer than the Red Sox) drought to win the world series. How about Albert Pujols, arguably the best player of the past decade, who IS NOT EVEN MENTIONED? How about the Rockies winning 20 games in 21 days to go to the World Series in 2007? That is a damn good story, and there are plenty more from the past decade that were left out. I hate to break it to Ken Burns, but Baseball does happen outside of the Northeast...some darn good baseball actually.

I think this chapter focused too much on the negative, and not enough on the positive, for example Barry Bonds got easily 30 minutes of coverage, while Ken Griffey Jr, Cal Ripken Jr, and Ichiro Suzuki got maybe 2 minutes each.

If I were reviewing the "Bottom of the 10th" alone, giving it two stars would have been generous, but the "Top of the 10th" bumped up my ranking.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Cities November 22, 2010
Ken Burns appends his 9 part PBS masterpiece. Unfortunately, the majesty that was 150 years of baseball spread over nine discs is lost in this microscopic close-up of 20 years spread over 4 hours. To make matters worse, the constant focus on the Red Sox and Yankees that was a quibble with the original film is full-on obnoxious in this episode. If you are a fan of the Yankees, or particularly the Red Sox, you'll probably love this film. For the rest of us it seems as long and drawn out as a game between these two same teams.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the 15 year wait October 21, 2010
Congratulations, Ken Griffey Jr., You made the cover of The 10th Inning... and that's about it. The man who is arguably the greatest player of his era in light of the steroids scandal is talked about as much in a documentary covering the years 1992-2009 as Roberto Clemente, who died in 1972. In contrast, Barry Bonds hit 168 home runs from 2000-2002 and I'm reasonably sure Burns shows footage of every single one after spending 10 minutes talking about his childhood, college career, and early pro career in Pittsburgh.
John Chancellor passed away in 1996 and is replaced as narrator by Keith David, which by itself gives this chapter a different feel than previous ones and it might take another viewing to adjust to the change. One thing that didn't change was Burns' obsession with beating particular topics HE cares about to death. After spending 2 chapters respectively bludgeoning us with ridiculous stories of Babe Ruth hitting balls into orbit and Satchel Paige throwing pitches that broke the sound barrier, 3/4 of this 4 hour installment is spent on Bonds, McGwire/Sosa and the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
The only redeeming qualities of The Tenth Inning are the great coverage of the 2001 season in the wake of 9/11 and the interviews with Joe Torre, Pedro Martinez, Kieth Olbermann and a few others. Hopefully, Burns will make The 11th Inning worth waiting for, because this one fell short.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Red Sox fan makes documentary October 17, 2010
Ken Burns likes Baseball.....Ken Burns also like the Boston Red Sox. What could have been a great documentary is tragically skewed Burn's love for all things Red Sox. His biased lens is so eager to tell the story of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry and Boston's return to glory, that he forgets to cover in depth Baseball's other triumphant stories of the last few decades. He also fails to mention how The Red Sox got there. Roided up players and increased spending.

What happened to the amazing stories of the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves?

Truly a missed opportunity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars prepare to be annoyed by the predominance of certain East Coast teams
Much of the criticism of "10th Inning" is on point. There is WAY too much on the Yankees and Red Sox. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SFGiants
4.0 out of 5 stars the best "inning"
I will proudly go against the grain by declaring this the best inning for this reason: because almost all of the interview subjects are players, managers, executives and reporters... Read more
Published 4 months ago by proud paleoconservative
1.0 out of 5 stars For Red Sox fans ONLY....BE FORWARNED.
Don't be fooled by the line ''make no mistake, If you are fan of the Ken Burns style and love baseball, this is fo........'''

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Published 6 months ago by R C Byko
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball
Having already have 1-9 inning and this one is as well done as the first nine innings. I am now waiting for the 11th inning, 2010 - 2014' being a Giant fan2014 will be the icing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael C bertolini
2.0 out of 5 stars A Ruthian Let Down: Felt Like a Speical on ESPN
The Tenth Inning: A-K-A: Red Sox, Yankees, McGwire, Bonds. The End.

To paraphrase the opening from `The Godfather, "I believe in (Baseball. Read more
Published 8 months ago by raskls
5.0 out of 5 stars Completes the Set
I had the original set on VHS, and received the original DVD set as a birthday gift. Ken Burns does a great job with Baseball, as he has with his other subjects. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Frosty in Omaha
5.0 out of 5 stars A Near Perfect Inning.
An excellent bookend to a terrific series with the added plus of a Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Championship!.
Published 11 months ago by Anthony T. Guerriero
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have it to round out your Ken Burns baseball series
Excellent coverage of the first decade of the 21st centruy baseball. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it never covers the Seattle Mariners (that's Ken Griffey Jr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you'd expect
Excellent baseball documentary, well worth the $$$ and time to watch it! If you are a baseball fan, coach or player, this documentary explains the behind the baseball scenes that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richard Buendorf
1.0 out of 5 stars Rushed, Misses the Mark
Considering the 9th inning focused briefly on the 90's (due to the series' release), Burns had the option to cover a lot of untouched ground here, but chose to focus on rehashing... Read more
Published 16 months ago by pdubbstrem
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Baseball Good News: no need to double dip (previous box set owners)
"I doubt anyone who does blu ray is gonna wanna watch 9 episodes standard and 1 blu ray."

I "do Blu-ray" and the 9 episodes on the standard DVDs I have is just fine for me. Most of the video footage in the later innings comes from old video tape sources anyway so there won't... Read More
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