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Dodgers - Dodger Blue - The Championship Years

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The Ultiimate Chronicle of the Great Dodgers Tradition!

From the moment they became a part of everyday life in Brooklyn, the Dodgers were something special. Night after night they battled, winning the hearts of fans both young and old. But then they would face the Yankees in the World Series, and "Dem Bums" would break those very same hearts. "Wait until next year" became the mantra in Brooklyn — and following five gut-wrenching World Series losses to those Yankees, "next year" finally came in 1955 when the Dodgers became world champions.

Two seasons later, the team moved to Los Angeles, where in 1959 they again captured the title. The days of Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson gave way to Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills and Don Drysdale — and two more championships followed in 1963 and ’65. Fernandomania rocked Los Angeles in the early ’80s — and both Valenzuela and Steve Garvey helped lead the Dodgers to still another title in ’81. Then came the magical season of 1988 when Orel Hershiser rewrote the record books — and Kirk Gibson simply wrote a fairy tale.

These are the championship years.

Bonus Features:
Tommy Lasorda - Hall of Fame Speech
Don Drysdale - Hall of Fame Speech
Duke Snider - Hall of Fame Speech

Track Listing
1. Program Open
2. 1955 World Series Champions
3. 1959 World Series Champions
4. 1963 World Series Champions
5. 1965 World Series Champions
6. 1974 National League Champions
7. 1977 & 1978 National League Champions
8. 1981 World Series Champions
9. 1988 World Series Champions
10. Future Champions


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None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Garvey, Maury Wills, Charley Steiner, Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0007YMUNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on July 23, 2005
I tend to agree with the other reviewer here: this is criminally short.

ALL of the Dodgers World Series and League Championships covered in less than an hour?

Impossible. The early years feel slighted...Koufax and Drysdale get the same amount of time as the fabulous infield of the late 70's. Hey, I loved Garvey, Lopes, Cey and Russell...there were "my guys" when I was young...but condensing the epic efforts of those two pitchers into a few minutes is almost insulting.

This almost felt like a preview for a real documentary, coming some time in the future...and wouldn't THAT be great!

However, to be fair, what we have here is some exceptional footage and good reporting of my beloved Dodgers. The bonus footage of the Hall of Fame acceptance speeched is a classy touch, and make sure you take the time to listen to Lasorda's. It alone is worth the price of the disc.

There is something to be said by wanting more. I understand that. But you'd at least want to be somewhat satisfied...satiated.

I guess I want "Dodgerography"...and all I have now is a tease. I'm still 'way hungry.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. gallegos on March 27, 2006
To those who grew up in the Los Angeles area in the 60's,70's,and 80's,we all remember those wonderful years when going to a Dodger game was the most exciting thing in town.....that is until the FOX group changed them for the worse!!! Gone are the days of the Dodger Franchise player (who was the last dodger still in their prime to rank up there on top with the other stars in baseball?). Gone are the days of the family-like atmosphere (Dodger crowds today are no different than the L.A. Raider crowds of the late 1980's/early 1990's). Gone are the days of the affordable ticket prices (of course,there is always the horrible pavilion and top deck sections). Gone are the days when we spent most of our young lives knowing Walter Alston and/or Tommy Lasorda as the only Los Angeles Dodger managers (can you believe in the short 10 years since Lasorda left,we have already seen 5 dodger managers come and go). And gone are the days of the O'Malley regime (did you know that according to the LA times,the only reason FOX purchase the team from Owner O'Malley was the prevent fellow rivals ESPN from getting tv rights to Dodgers games? A FOX spokesperson even said "our goal was achieved" when ESPN lost those rights). Fortunately for those fans who have witnessed the downfall of what was once one of the most respected teams in all of sports,we now have on DVD those wonderful memories of the many championship years. Those memories of when fans came before financial numbers. Those memories of when the only babies in the stadium were those in diapers crying,not the overpaid ones in the dugout. Those memories of when fan appreciation day was felt at every game,not just the final game of the season. This DVD looks back at each of every one of those championship seasons. From Garvey to Gibson,from Alston to Lasorda,from Koufax to Valenzuela,and from Drysdale to Hershiser,this is the perfect addition to any Dodger fans' collection. PLAY BALL!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric G. Spann on October 9, 2005
As a lifelong Dodger fan I was nearly moved to tears. This is the best baseball DVD I've seen so far (outside Ken Burns PBS series.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Wilfort on July 29, 2006
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A great trip down memory lane with highlights of the Dodgers' greatest moments. Who can forget Fernandomania, Kirk Gibson's, historic pinch hit homer, Koufax & Drysdale , The Boys Of Summer The First World Series title won in LA?

Recommended viewing for all Dodger and students of Baseball history!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larkenfield on March 10, 2008
Some fans are complaining about the shortness of the Dodger Blue Championship dvd, so I decided to put in a good word for the *MLB* Vintage Dodger Championship Years dvd. The producers did an overall good job and they especially sank their teeth into the highlights of the incredible '88 Dodger World Series victory. LOTS of the great Vin Scully in that one too, plus post-game interviews with Hershieser and Kirk Gibson... I never get tired of seeing Gibson trot around the infield and pumping his right arm in satisfaction after his pinch hit homer... I was satisfied as a long time Dodger fan with the dvd. But it would have been nice to include the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers win over the Yanks. That one was a long time comin'. Anyway, I rate it as a strong 4 and it's a TWO dvd set, much more than an hour to try to cram everything in, even though the dvd isn't a general history of the Dodgers from the beginning. For fans who want to savor more than an hour of Dodger glories, they might like the MLB Vintage Dodger dvd better. You get to see to Koufax and Drysdale at their best!
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