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The Brooklyn Dodgers - The Original America's Team


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  • Actors: Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B2YQB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Roger Kahn, author of The Boys of Summer , narrates this five-part miniseries on the old baseball team that played at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Sullivan Place in Brooklyn . Interviews with players, authors, and politicians relate the historical hold the Dodgers had on America. Featuring: Roy Campanella , Dave Anderson, Roger Kahn, Duke Snider, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, Marty Glickman, Louis Gossett Jr., Edward R. Murrow, Mickey Mantle, Larry King, Ernie Banks, Stan Musial.

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This looks like it is the next best thing.
Julia Fugitt
Deeply moving, this film transcends documentary to become both an intimate portrait, a home movie, and a paean to marriage, fatherhood, love, and profound respect.
Konrei
The centerpoint of the series is Jackie Robinson--and rightly so; but what a great team they were!
Jack Cade

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jack Cade on July 15, 2007
Format: DVD
Perhaps you had to have seen them. One fan has observed that trying to explain what they were like creates bewilderment in present day baseball fans. This series (along with others that have been done) is the next best thing.I fear that people who never saw them might think think the series sentimental. But there is a difference between sentimentality and sentiment. And this series though filled with sentiment is never sentimental. This lovingly crafted documentary gives a fine sense of what the team represented--passion, democracy, and community. The centerpoint of the series is Jackie Robinson--and rightly so; but what a great team they were! Duke,Campy, Pee Wee Gil , Clem,and the wonderfully humane Carl Erskine are presented in all their glory. One complaint that will resonate only with those who remember the moment: I wish this series had shown footage of the catch Duke made off what seemed a certain homerun by Willy Jones--a catch that rivals Willie Mays famous catch in the 54 world series. Jake Pitler the Dodger first base coach thought the Duke's the best catch he had seen since 1909. Oh, I also think that it is not fair that Vin Scully who replaced Red Barber as the Dodger announcer is not recognized properly)
The inevitability of their destruction a combination of changing social times and real villany (Robert Moses was as ruthless as any Shakespearean villain and as for O'Malloy the joke runs--what would you do if you had Hitler Stalin and O'Malley in the same room a a gun with two bullets? The answer: Shoot O'Malley twice) is the substance of a Shakesperean or Greek tragedy. The comparison is not "academic" Maybe there is one that seems less contrived but I cannot think of any. So just consider: In Shakespeare's Coriolanus.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Konrei on August 20, 2008
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The Brooklyn Dodgers ceased to exist as an active ballclub a half century ago. Gone but not forgotten, they have been mourned by generations of Brooklynites. Their history, real and legendary, has been passed down through family lines like a lost patrimony. The villain of Brooklyn Dodger history is Walter O'Malley, their owner, who, driven by greed, uprooted one of the oldest and most beloved baseball teams in the country, and moved it 3,000 miles from home.

Long having faded in the memories of people living beyond Kings County, New York, there has been a recent upsurge in interest about the Brooklyn Dodgers. Currently there are an impressive number of videos (and books) available that immortalize the team. Fifty years after their demise, American society is just beginning to see in "Dem Bums" a vision of America that was truly a nation of virtues, being all-inclusive, prone to failure but dedicated to excellence, and dedicated to family and community. The undoing of the Dodger mystique, as unrecognized as it was in its time, marked a first step toward the depersonalization and commercialization of this nation of non-acheivers we now fear ourselves to be. As this video shows, we need not surrender to that fear.

The Brooklyn Dodgers have become more than just an absent baseball team. Each of the scores of books and videos produced about the Dodgers seeks to understand and describe their crucial role in the self-definition of America.

They were not just Brooklyn's team.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon P. Fitzgerald on June 27, 2007
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It was a great DVD I thouroughly enjoyed the moments and the sense of great history
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When your are a little kid, the seven year distance between 1957 and 1964 seems an eternity. I am a child of the 1960's. The adults around me in that decade lamented the Brooklyn franchise. Growing up in Queens and living all of my adult life in Southern California, I've spent no small amount of time understanding the Dodgers. The Brooklyn franchise's hold on those adults--many dying every day--I want to understand. And it seems to me because they are dying, a treasure trove of books and films appeared in the past decade. This DVD is a worthy and highly produced entrant into the field.
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