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The Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Collector's Edition (2006)

Willie Stargell , Dave Parker  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Phil Garner, Bill Madlock, Tim Foli
  • Format: Full Screen, 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: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 1168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRR3CY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • 1979 NLCS Pennant Clincher: Final Inning and Celebration
  • 1979 World Series Celebration
  • Official Trophy Presentation
  • Presentation of World Series MVP Award to Willie Stargell
  • Dave Parker Highlights from 1979 All-Star Game
  • Rare Player Interviews: Willie Stargell, Bill Robinson, Tim Foli, Bruce Kison, Don Robinson
  • Interactive Menus
  • Inning Selection

Editorial Reviews

From the moment the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates first took the field, until they battled back to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 World Series, "the Buccos" demanded attention and respect. The optimism of manager Chuck Tanner provided the perfect guidance to a team already led by the universally-respected Willie Stargell and ferocious hitting of Dave Parker. Galvanized by a family spirit, a crowd-pleasing song, and the shared fire to win, this team was marked by character, confidence, and a flair for dramatic victories.

Down three games to one, the Pirates provided a sudden plot change and stormed back to claim the 1979 World Series championship. Every game of this remarkable Fall Classic, every pitch, clutch hit, stellar pitching performance, and infectious smile of the Pirates is digitally preserved in this one-of-a-kind collectible.

Your viewing of these historic games is intensified with SleeveStats: the perfect companion to the ultimate baseball DVD experience, offering official stats, trivia, and game summaries right on each DVD's package

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST own it! May 21, 2006
I can honestly say that for about 15 years I've wanted to own this series. Now that I own it, I have not been disappointed in the least. If you are a Pirates fan, especially of the late 70's era, you will be in heaven! This edition comes complete with a separate casing for each DVD (7 in all), and liner stats included for each game (with inning by inning pbp). You can watch each game in its entirety, or skip to any half-inning.

Here are some notes to be aware of:

- The announcers from the original broadcast are included, making you feel like you've gone back in time.

- The games vary in quality, and I'm guessing that there might have been more than one original source when A&E tracked each game down. With that said, however, they are ALL better than I expected and easily watchable. Game 3 is the best quality, and Game 5 the worst.

- As someone said earlier, many of the graphics from games 2, 3, and 4 are simply missing. I believe these three games were taken from a different source as the others, as their screen quality is slightly superior.

- All the "extras" are placed on the last DVD with game 7. I especially liked Don Robinson's interviews. He sounded very sentimental. Dave Parker's 2 bullets (assists) during the '79 All-Star game are priceless.

- Every Pirate on the roster played at least once except pitcher Joe Coleman. Thus, you get a live look at nearly every player. Even Matt Alexander, who basically only pinch ran throughout the season, played in game 2 and spent an inning in the outfield.

- This is Parker's last great season with the Pirates ('80 was good, but not great - he would reemerge later with the Reds). Ironically, this is Stargell's last great season as well.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Reunion July 26, 2006
The past 14 baseball seasons have put this Pittsburgh Pirates fan into a funky malaise, as year after year my Buccos rack up more loses than victories, and continue to stock their team with raw green youths and stop-gap, over the hill rent-a-players. So finding the 1979 World Series in this nicely packaged DVD format was just the remedy I needed to pull me out of my perennial baseball blues. What better way to escape from the melancholy gloom that is the Pirates present than to immerse oneself in their glorious past?

Watching this great World Series was like a wonderful family reunion. Everyone was there - Pops, Cobra, Teke, Scrap Iron, Mad Dog, Otter, Antelope, Candy Man, Sangy, Crazy Horse, Hammer, Rook, and on and on - the whole family. To once again see Willie Stargell windmill his bat and hit a majestic home run, or Kent Tekulve use that goofy side arm delivery to retire batters, erased for a moment the pain of the present and took me back to the days of my youth when the Pirates used "lumber and lightning" to dominate baseball, and their driving disco theme song "We Are Fam-a-lee" became a joyous anthem that lifted the hearts of every Pirates fan.

Even after putting aside my partisan preference, the 1979 World Series was a gem. It matched up two expert and colorful managers in Chuck Tanner and the cunning Earl Weaver, as well as the two powerful teams that included three future Hall of Famers (Willie Stargell, Eddie Murray, and Jim Palmer). The Pirates came back from being down three games to one to win the series on the power of an outstanding performance by Willie Stargell, who not only was named MVP of the series, but won baseball's MVP award that year in his final great season. Two games really stand out in my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE September 28, 2006
This set is absolutely incredible! Every single pitch of the '79 World Series is here. I was 12 when I last saw these games, and viewing them again has brought back so many memories. From Stargell's dingers and Teke's funky deliver, to that weird rainbow head guy behind the plate in Baltimore. It all came back to me the instant I saw it again. Unlike today, all the players seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, even when they were playing hurt. And the comradarie between the two teams is refreshingly evident. If you're interested in baseball (even a little bit), I highly recommend this. If you're like Howard Cosell, who seemed more interested in arguing with Drysdale and checking out the player's wives, you won't be disappointed either. These DVD's will get me through at least 2 or 3 more sub .500 Pirates seasons.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome package May 13, 2006
By bigchet
This is vintage hard to find stuff of the '79 series. This is when the Pirates were a class organization. Back when a Pirates fan had something more to look forward to than the start of football season. This dvd set is most the Pirates fans have to look forward to since 1992.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1979 World Series DVD Collection May 17, 2006
By John
As someone who loves original broadcast footage of sporting events from the 1970's, it was with great aanticipation that I have waited for the 1979 World Series DVD collection. The 1979 World Series was a 7 game classic between two of the most succesful franchises of the 70's. Seeing the original ABC broadcast of these games with DVD quality is a real treat and brings back a lot of memories, even for a Cubs fan. The only negatives would be the following minor issues:

1.For some reason, the quality of Game 5 is not the best, particularly the last 5 innings.

2.Games 2,3, and 4 do not have most of the graphics from the original ABC broadcast.

Overall, it is very enjoyable to watch each game and the extras (including the 9th inning of Game 3 of the NLCS) and I would highly recommend it.

I'm now looking forward to the 1975 Red Sox-Reds World Series Release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great team
This is my all time favorite team. They beat the odds all season long & won the world series. Classic Willie Stargell
Published 4 months ago by ChaosReign
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection for any Pirates Fan
This DVD has the full original TV broadcasts of the 79 World Series with almost nothing cut out. A lot of these collections have things cut out, but not so with this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by corbin
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Pittsburgh Pirate fan, then you need to own this series.
Re-live history. I watched these games over 30 years ago, and to watch them again.... i am reliving those days. i am caught up in this series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ajsim58
4.0 out of 5 stars Great comeback by "We Are Family" Pirates
I'm neither a Pirate or Oriole fan, but I do recall brief memories of this series. It was nice to be able to travel back to this series and watch each individual game as if I were... Read more
Published 16 months ago by alski56
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been better
I'm a longtime Pittsburgh fan and I have fond memories of the 1979 Pirates team and the World Series, so I was excited when I found this item. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Scott C. Holstad
5.0 out of 5 stars DVDs first rate and got them FAST!
We were at the three games in Pittsburgh in 1979 and have wanted a complete set of the games to re-watch and refresh our memories. (we did NOT forget how cold it was! Read more
Published 20 months ago by marcydaisy
5.0 out of 5 stars best world series in A&E's published collection
I didn't expect to like this one the most, let alone at all, I bought it on a fluke, but wow.

This is the greatest comeback, probably in WS history, winning the final... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it possible to buy only the first 4 games of the '79 World Series?
30+ years later, and I still harbor sickening feelings about being up 3 games to 1 and still blowing it; with the last 2 games being played in Baltimore, and we STILL couldn't... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Canuck in WA
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pirates will be good again, but until then there is always this
As a die-hard Pirate fan, there is not much to fall back on recently, but the history is rich, and reached it's pinnacle(to this point) in 1979. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Juice
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Say Die!
The 1979 Pirates were a team that was reminiscent of another Pirate team: the 1960 Pirates. Both were World Series champions; and both made dramatic, come-from-behind victories... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by T. Fitzgerald
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