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The Bronx Is Burning (2007)

John Turturro , Oliver Platt , Jeremiah Chechik  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Turturro, Oliver Platt, Daniel Sunjata
  • Directors: Jeremiah Chechik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Espn
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7HY46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bronx Is Burning" on IMDb

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In the summer of 1977, New York was a city in crisis. Paralyzed by a citywide blackout, political strife and the Son of Sam killing spree, the Big Apple was burning. Rising out of this troubled urban landscape to bring hope and inspiration came one of baseball s most storied franchises, The New York Yankees. Emmy® Award-winner John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Oliver Platt ("The West Wing") and Daniel Sunjata ("Rescue Me") star in The Bronx is Burning, an ESPN Original Entertainment presentation of the amazing-but-true story of how the New York Yankees single-handedly helped raise the spirits of a city in a time of darkness and uncertainty.

Bonus Features:
Outtakes, Deleted & Extended Scenes
Stories of 77 Featurettes
- The Fenway Brawl
- The Straw That Stirs the Drink
The Bronx is Burning Webisodes
On the Set Featurette
Extended Interviews
- Reggie Jackson
- George Steinbrenner
- Billy Martin Jr.
- John Turturro
Complete Stats for the 1977 Yankees Including ALCS and World Series Box Scores

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
One Saturday afternoon with nothing on TV, I flipped to a channel that was having a marathon of this show. Three hours later my husband came home, said, "What are we watching?" and sat down beside me. Three hours after that, we only managed to tear ourselves away because a storm was coming and we had to unplug the TV. It was that good!

The series portrays the Yankees' tumultuous 1977 season against the background of the events in NYC that summer. Although the Yankees were loaded with colorful, over-the-top characters, the main focus is on the "relationship" between George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) and Billy Martin (John Turturro). In a better world, George and Billy would've gone to couples counseling and learned to compromise for the good of the team, but in reality they crashed like a baseball-themed Hindenburg--repeatedly, and spectacularly. At the same time, the Son of Sam was terrorizing the city, an ungodly heat wave had everyone sweltering, a mayoral campaign was heating up, and a thunderstorm elsewhere on the power grid caused a blackout of the city. All the events seem to mirror each other, and all are recreated with authenticity. It's obvious that the producers researched the events and people well, and original news footage is mixed in to give a "you are there" feel.

As far as the acting, everyone does a good job, but Turturro and Platt especially stand out. Turturro seems to have a knack for taking abrasive characters and making them sympathetic--he did the same thing with Howard Cosell in "Monday Night Mayhem." And Platt is hilarious as Steinbrenner; he has the voice and mannerisms down pat. Daniel Sunjata makes a good Reggie Jackson, even though he doesn't really look or sound that much like the real Reggie. The rest of the cast also works well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 OF THE BEST SHOWS I HAVE SEEN August 31, 2007
This was one of the best series I have seen in a long long time. I am NOT a yankees fan at all (its the mets for me), however, i was very impressed with the history of the team portrayed in this mini-series. The acting was excellent; the mingling of the "real-life" footage with the tv show made this show even more credible. You can actually get chills watching the scenes of the baseball games when they go back & forth with the real games and the acted ones - Besides loving the show, I looked forward each week to the "back-story" even more. Although I do love baseball, what makes this series so interesting, is all the other stories going on, other than baseball. I hope this series gets nominated for an emmy and certainly the actors deserve nominations as well! I only wish it wasn't over! Excellent, excellent, excellent!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tempers Are Flaring September 3, 2007
It's going, it's going, it is OUTTA HERE! The Bronx Is Burning turns its attention on a very specific time in New York City history and the result is a major league hit. There are even moments of (Forrest Gump/Zelig)-esque wizardry where documentary footage is kluged with new footage - it's never convincing enough to pass for real, but it's fun. Even without this techno-trickery the series succeeds in transporting viewers to a turbulent time in NYC history when a lot of things were going wrong all at once. The long overdue resurgence of baseball's legendary franchise, The Yankees, was just what the doctor ordered to help an ailing city feel better about itself.

The only missteps arise from sections devoted to Son of Sam and the Mayoral race; we're never quite certain how relevant these dramas are, or their relationship to the central story. The actual interviews of participants, by contrast, work very well. Interviews with Yankee players - including Jackson, sports writers, and Steinbrenner himself, add authority to the story and give a visceral sense of the sustained dysfunction that characterized the team that year. Only Martin is missing from these interviews - even in history he is trivialized.

The drama here arises from a tough drive to the World Series, but the action, and the fun, come from an ongoing battle between three myopic egos that never manage to put their differences aside. It is a battle of titans and they share the blame equally - indeed - given the situation it's a miracle the team made the playoffs. Steinbrenner - the owner - is a grandiose, bombastic micro-manager. Martin - a brilliant player and manager - demonstrates levels of passive aggression and self-destruction so profound they could be record setting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"The Bronx is Burning" is ESPN's mini-series about the 1977 New York Yankees, when owner George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt), brought in Reggie Jackson (Daniel Sunjata) to play for manager Billy Martin (John Turturro). Martin wanted Bobby Grich to play shortstop, not to mention wanting to bat Chris Chambliss clean-up instead of Jackson. The headlines are talking about how many games the Yankees are behind the Orioles and/or Red Sox as the summer gets hotter, but most of the drama is off the field. Will George fire Billy? Will Billy bat Reggie cleanup? Will Reggie ever stop saying things to the press that tick off his teammates? The answer is that in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, Reggie Jackson will hit three home runs, on three swings, off of three different pitchers.

The point going into this mini-series is that we know how it ends, or, at least, that the Yankees win the World Series, because there is still the aftermath of the victory, with Martin still tormented by his demons and the bit before the final credits where we find out what happened to the main characters in this little drama. The title "The Bronx is Burning" comes from what Howard Cosell said during the ABC telecast of Game Two of the 1977 World Series, where a large fire was raging out of control near Yankee Stadium. Jonathan Mahler used Cosell's words as the title of his book, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story. Doesn't matter if you're a Yankees fan or not. It's baseball and history.
Published 13 days ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Greg L. Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bronx zoo in the late 70's
A great story in the late 70's in Yankee universe. How the boss was running the club and had to be his way or else. Along with billy martin and reggie jackson. Read more
Published 1 month ago by carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching by any baseball fan
There are plenty of great reviews/comments here that provide in-depth details so I'm not even going into that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian A Bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars The Steinbrenner Years
George Steinbrenner, Reggie Jackson, and Billy Martin are the stars in this mini-series put on by ESPN. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim Hissong
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every moment of this movie
Being a NYC native and having been at that perfect age when this was going on for real I found this movie/miniseries to be a blast from the past. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chris DeLaPaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This DVD set was great I still remember when I watched the mini series on espn I loved it back than and I love it now
Published 13 months ago by Robert J. Plancarte
5.0 out of 5 stars ESPNs first miniseries is fantastic!
I saw The Bronx Is Burning when it originally aired. I knew my sis would digit, as she loves baseball & enjoys the work of John Turturro and Oliver Platt! I was right! Read more
Published 13 months ago by JOHN B HREN
4.0 out of 5 stars a part of yankee history
Great story of the Yankee franchise. The media, the son of sam, etc. was quite a time for New Yorkers. But in the end everyone and fans came together for the championship... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just the NY Yankees
A good video on the borough of the Bronx in the troes of poverty, crime and eveolution with the story of the New York Yankees as a backdrop.
Published 18 months ago by Laroi M. Lawton
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