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The Emerald Diamond - Limited Edition Collector's DVD

Irish National Baseball Team , John J. Fitzgerald  |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Irish National Baseball Team
  • Directors: John J. Fitzgerald
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Harlem Line Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H8RYNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A terrific film!" --New York Post (Kevin Kernan)

"A charming look at how baseball captivated some dedicated Irishmen." --New York Times

"Fitzgerald's movie is a charming look at how baseball captivated some dedicated Irishmen... Think of Rudy, the Notre Dame walk-on, and multiply it by about a dozen." --The New York Times (Jack Curry)

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This is the original DVD of "The Emerald Diamond." This Limited Edition was created for media reviews and theatrical screenings. Only 1300 of these Limited Edition discs were created and there will not be another pressing of these discs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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What makes this truly special, to me, is that it's ultimately about the triumph of the human spirit. Baseball wasn't even a cult sport in Ireland not that long ago. Gaelic football and hurling are the national pastimes there, while soccer ranks a solid third in popularity. Baseball? Not even a blip on the radar when a group of young men decided to try organizing it as a club sport in the 1990's.

"The Emerald Diamond" is at its core a story about how a few guys with a dream of playing a game totally foreign to their homeland are able to persevere through limited success and even more limited funds to create something with its own stark beauty, like Ireland itself. You can just see the love of the game and the pride these men have in playing it, especially those representing their country. This really matters to them, and Fitzgerald has created a film that viewers just can't help being drawn into...it's a VERY human story.

An absolutely worthy DVD to own, especially for American baseball fans tired of steroid scandals, overpaid and inaccessible players and going to ballparks where they're treated to incessant commercials on the PA system, high prices for everything (even water) and the overall feel that they're being "sold" something. You get none of that here: It's baseball at its most basic and innocent stage as played by guys who truly have a child's love for the game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining March 13, 2010
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A solid documentary. Very entertaining to watch the team's eveolution. What some guys will go through just to play the game. Irish pride shines throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUN AND INFORMATIVE January 16, 2010
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Well made and fun to watch,even if you are not Irish this film will get you thru your off season baseball jones
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about the game February 27, 2008
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This movie takes you inside the Irish National baseball team and shows how much the sport has grown. It shows the trials and tribulations of fielding a team and having a place to play. If you're a baseball fan you will appreciate what these people go thru just to play the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must see December 24, 2007
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This thing is wonderful, a story well told and this Fiitzgerald guy entertains for every minute the movie runs Spend your money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic show. Well done. December 6, 2007
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What a brilliant show. It was really fun to see all the players not only become a competetive team, but actually learn to play! Welll done! A must see for anyone who loves baseball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball, Ireland....what's not to like? October 28, 2007
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I have now seen this movie 7 times, mostly because I am continually pulling it out and showing it to friends and family. Everyone agrees...it's probably one of the best movies of the year, and so much fun. Anyone who loves baseball will adore this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration
In the early days of organized baseball, a great majority of players were Irish immigrants looking to become Americans by playing the "national game" of their new country. Read more
Published on October 24, 2007 by Dan Twohig
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Baseball/ Red Sox Fan
Being a huge baseball/Red Sox fan all my life. This film is a must see for any baseball fan or any sport fan. Read more
Published on October 24, 2007 by David C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Mexican's across the world thinks this is the greatest film of...
I have now seen this film a number of amount of times and I can say I have not seen it enough. I first saw this film in the opening in Los Angeles a few years with the film maker... Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by Edward Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars A great big Irish "Tanks"
This is one of the best baseball documentaries I have ever seen,..Seriously this film is awesome!! To Actually to hear those rosy cheeked little boys, (and girls),talk about... Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by braamrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining & Informative
I grew up in an Italian/Irish household to a family of baseball fans. As both an American of Irish ancestry and a lifelong fan of baseball, I would cite this film as one of the... Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by William Schweitzer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like baseball you'll love this movie
I love baseball and I Loved this movie. It was really interesting to learn about americas past time abroad. I'm of irish heritage and a huge baseball fan so this worked for me. Read more
Published on October 22, 2007 by HynesE57
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