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Four Days in October

4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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When the night of October 6, 2004 came to a merciful end, the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well. The vaunted Yankee lineup, led by ARod, Jeter, and Sheffield, had just extended their ALCS lead to three games to none, pounding out 19 runs against their hated rivals. The next night, in Game 4, the Yankees took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, then turned the game over to Mariano Rivera, the best relief pitcher in postseason history, to secure yet another trip to the World Series. But after a walk and a hard-fought stolen base, the cold October winds of change began to blow. Over four consecutive days and nights, this unlikely group of Red Sox miraculously won four straight games to overcome the inevitability of their destiny. Using extensive archive coverage from that week, Major League Baseball Productions brings to life an in-depth look at the 96 hours that brought salvation to Red Sox Nation and made baseball history in the process.

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  • Directors: MLB Productions
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040ZN9LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I just watched the film on ESPN. As a life-long Red Sox fan, I'm certainly not going to be able to be unbiased and thought the film was very good. But this potentially perfect documentary was ruined by seemingly constant cutaways to the two of the biggest buffoons in Red Sox Nation...Bill Simmons and Lenny Clarke sitting in an empty bar. Their lame smart-assed attempts at comedy fell flat and really distracted from the dramatic nature of the the story and the film. I would have liked it better if the director had used the valuable screen time he wasted on Simmons and Clarke to interview some elderly Sox fans who had waited forever for that day, speak to more Sox players or even interview some of the Yankees for the feelings they had being on the losing end of the most remarkable comeback in sports history. Perfect example is Keith Foulke, who got almost no mention in the film, but whose role was vital in the Sox winning the ALCS and World Series. Foulke basically blew out his arm and his career from being overused in the 2004 post-season and it would have been interesting to hear his memories. Or Tim Wakefield's feelings on beating the Yankees almost a year to the day after losing game 7 of the ALCS in the same stadium. A fine film that unfortunately could have been better and thus only 4 stars.
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Another excellent ESPN production. But let's face it; watching Yankees fans cry is just good television.
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As a passionate Red Sox fan, I found "Four Days in October" to be spine-tingling entertainment--a flashback to the most remarkable comeback in American sports history. It's a wonderful, artful production--but I would agree with another reviewer who pointed out the unnecessary inclusion of commentary from Bill Simmons and Lenny Clarke, two of the biggest blowhards in town. Not only were their comments inane, but hardly intelligible (which was a blessing). Why ruin a great production with these two airbags? Thus, only 4 stars.
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Although it would have been a little better without the 2 men talking to each other
in the bar, I absolutely loved it! As Pedro Martinez said what's even bigger than winning the ring was BEATING the evil empire.
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I DVR'd this when it broadcast, and have watched it a couple of times. I am eagerly ordering it so that I can have it forever. I watched it with my 11 year old son, who remembers that season but was too young to appreciate the magic of those games. Mercifully, he is also too young to know the angst of being a Sox fan prior to 2004. It is not a painstaking play by play documentary of the whole series. Instead, it focuses on the signature moments: Dave Roberts steal, the Bloody Sock, ARod slapping the ball out of Aroyyo's glove, etc. It does a great job a capturing the emotion of the times. As others had said, I could have done less with Simmons and Clarke, although I think they do add something to it. Overall, it does a splendid job of showing the 4 days that changed Red Sox Nation forever. And yes, watching Yankee fans cry does make for great TV!
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Couldn't agree more with everyone else's sentiments here regarding the two buffoons in the bar. Those cutscenes are AWFUL. Not to mention the perfectly poured glasses of beer on the counter and Lenny Clarke's HIDEOUS outfit.
That being said, every Red Sox fan should see this. It fills a need to document what was simply one of the greatest sports dramas ever witnessed.
If I had my druthers, I'd kind of like to see something spanning the whole 7 games. I think it would set the stage a bit better overall.
And you know what else-why doesn't Damon's grand slam in game 7 get more play? That was the single greatest moment for me. Game 7 was a bit anti-climactic, but you didn't know that in the 2nd inning. Does anyone remember that the Yanks brought in a new pitcher and Damon hit the FIRST PITCH out? Sweet, sweet justice that was.
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Having watched every moment of the 2004 ALCS with rapt attention (as a New England-born, Maryland-raised Yankee-hater), I consider that to be one of THE MOST EXCITING sporting events in my life (and I'm not one given to hyperbole) . There simply no better way for the Boston Red Sox to have exorcised 86 years of demons that began with the sale of Babe Ruth, and concluded with the Grady Little/Pedro Martinez/Aaron F---ing Boone fiasco in the 2003 ALCS, than to fall behind 3-0 in the next year's ALCS to those same Yankees, after getting pummeled 19-6 in Game 3..... and then comeback and WIN THE SERIES.

The big challenge after such an amazing occurrence is to come up with a chronicle that fully embodies the excitement of that time. ESPN's 30 for 30 managed to hit a grand slam with its story "Four Days in October". Hosted by Grantland editor Bill Simmons and comedian Lenny Clarke (both long time Sox sufferers), "Four Days..." manages to capture the abject gloom following the horrifying Game 3 loss and the incredible giddiness as the comeback progresses and becomes reality. It feels just like fans excitedly discussing each game the following day at the water cooler: Dave Roberts crafty base-running in Game 4 that led to the tying run that led to David Ortiz' series-altering game-winning home run in Game 4; the comeback and luckiest ground-rule double in history followed by more Ortiz heroics in Game 5; Curt Schilling's courage and A-Rod's childishness in Game 6; and the most nail-biting 7-run victory ever in Game 7. "Four Days In October" has it all.

I have watched this particular episode, in its entirety, at least a half-dozen times. It hasn't gotten old yet.
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