The Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Collector's Edition
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(May 09, 2006)
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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.
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this set a couple years ago, and the quality of the broadcasts stand up over time. These games are as true to me as the day they were originally aired. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. S. Etkin
If you're from the 70's era (as I am), this is a great way to relive a great series. The Pirates' mantra under Manager Chuck Tanner was "We are Family" - from the popular... Read morePublished 14 months ago by joe shlobotnik
love the set------------ great price-------------- delivered as promised.Published 14 months ago by Katherine J Irvine
This is my all time favorite team. They beat the odds all season long & won the world series. Classic Willie StargellPublished 20 months ago by ChaosReign
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 morePublished on January 24, 2014 by corbin