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The Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Collector's Edition
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For the devoted fan, this is your holy grail: all seven games of the incredible American League Championship Series against the Yankees, and the four World Series games against the St. Louis Cardinals. The material is fresh out of the broadcast booth: it's pure footage of the full games, unedited, and complete (minus the commercials), so you don't miss a single pitch. Forget the endless narratives and annoying camera cuts of the average sports highlight DVD; this is nothing but the games.
MLB wisely configured the discs so you can navigate by the half-inning, moving straight to your favorite highlights without sacrificing anything from the game. Watch only the at-bats you want and set up your own personal highlight reel out of the moments you choose. Going one better than TiVO, the boxed set also includes a generously packed bonus disc, featuring the 2004 World Series Film, narrated by Denis Leary, as well as 13 other extra features including footage of the post-victory celebrations and the 2005 Ring & Banner Ceremony. Even the packaging is custom-made for fans, featuring "SleeveStats" that contain complete inning-by-inning line scores, detailed box scores, team trivia, and much more at a glance on the DVD cover. It's like a baseball card on steroids. For baseball fans, this is the complete package and then some. --Dan Vancini
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The Good News: Everything (and I mean everything!) is on these discs. This set of DVDs is a spectacular collection of the most important ALCS in Red Sox history, some of the most exciting baseball to be played in October, and then the World Series, which seemed terribly anti-climactic somehow after Games 4 & 5 against the Yankees and a nice partial comeback by the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series. Whatever I might be missing from the Anaheim series, I get back twofold from this set--back up to 5 stars. Easy.
The Games: Aside from a disastrous Game 3 (which might be good to watch just to keep the comeback in even better perspective), the games were close, competitive, and dramatic. Some pretty good drama unfolded in Games 1 & 2, despite the Red Sox losses. Game 4 showcased a classic display of determination (by both teams) within a back-and-forth struggle, "the steal" by Dave Roberts, and the ultimate vintage walk-off home run by Ortiz in the bottom of the 12th inning.Read more ›
ALCS Games 4 & 5 have been squeezed onto 1 DVD each. A 4+ hour game on 1 DVD? Terrible. By definition, this means that the team that made these DVD's had to compress the video, thereby lowering the overall quality. That is a disservice to anyone buying this set - especially since these 2 games are among the most likely to be watched by happy Sox fans.
Interestingly, A&E/MLB seems to have acknowledged this in a unique way. Take a look at the first 8.5 innings of Game 4. Fuzzy, murky, dark picture quality with lots of digital artifacts. Then take a look at the bottom on the 9th inning, with Boston's comeback. Suddenly the video is nice. Sharper, clearer and brighter.
What does this mean? It means that A&E/MLB decided to use different quality settings WITHIN a single game. Poor quality for the first 8.5 innings of Game 4 (to squeeze the full game onto the disc), then suddenly nice quality for those innings most likely to be watched, such as the bottom of the ninth.
I find this incredibly annoying. I feel that each game should have the same high quality throughout. If some games were too long to have consistent high quality - put the darn game on 2 discs! It is not that hard to figure out.
Aside from the inconsistent video quality within single discs, nearly all of the games are missing the Fox intro. The lone exception is World Series Game 1, where they have kept the Fox intro showing the return of the World Series to New England.Read more ›
36 hours? Who has that much time to watch these all over again? You already know how it ends. But Hollywood can not script drama and action of this magnitude. Make the time. History will remember this series (ALCS anyway) for many, many years to come.
Even if you're not a Red Sox fan. Even if you're not a baseball fan. This series of games will speak to the heart of any sports fan. It can not get enough attention in my opinion.
And simply put, what better way to commemorate the games than just giving us everything and the kitchen sink. Let the viewer decide on what hilights he/she wants to watch. And no scripted bibble-babble as in the slew of DVDs that followed. If it really is verbatim, then the commentators astoundment is real and as-it-happens.
I can't wait for this set. I never even knew it was coming until I saw it on the Amazon release list.
Grab some popcorn and some beer. Turn up the volume. And relive some of the most dramatic games in all of sports history. It could very well make a baseball fan out of anyobody.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am so glad I ordered this item.....it is an awesome DVD st and brings back so many wonderful memories!!Published 1 month ago by Mark Cohen
The description tells everything you get its all included. All the discs work there are some quality issues here and there I counted about three of them for the 12 discs which... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kyle Lorentz
If you're a Red Sox fan, you'll love this and probably have a few tears along the way as a miracle actually happened.Published 5 months ago by Kevin H. Cushman
excellent--better than the 2007 or 2013 dvd--more of a team celebrationPublished 9 months ago by Erika Stephens
A number of other reviews in this forum berated the poor video quality of this package and other production values. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nathan P. Shive
I bought the digital version from MLB but could not access it anymore when I changed PC. The quality of the digital videos was excellent. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Lynette Shek
I never saw these games in 2004 as we didn't get that channel, so I have been wallowing in all the details now. Wonderful to watch and relive the low lows and the high highs. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Anita Loos