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The Pride of the Yankees (Collector's Edition)

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His talent made him a legend. His courage made him a hero. Gary Cooper is nothing short of wonderful (The Motion Picture Guide) in this moving true story of Lou Gehrig, the Hall-of-Fame ballplayer who reached the heights of stardom only to face tragedy with a dignity that inspired a nation. Nominated* for eleven Academy AwardsÂ(r), including Best Picture, The Pride of the Yankees is a glorious [and] inspiring (The Hollywood Reporter) sports classic. LouGehrig's boyhood dreams come true when he signs on with the New York Yankees and takes the field alongside his idol, Babe Ruth. In fact, Lou considers himself 'the luckiest man in the world until unthinkable misfortune strikes, and he must summon all his courage to face his toughest battle yet.

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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan, Dan Duryea
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Writers: Casey Robinson, Damon Runyon, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Jo Swerling, Paul Gallico
  • Producers: Samuel Goldwyn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YSD9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pride of the Yankees (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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I'm sure you've already noticed that the 2002 and 2007 releases of "The Pride of the Yankees" were exactly the same except for the cover art. Collectors of classic films do not double dip on account of cover art. This was a very shameful treatment of a great film and a great performance by Gary Cooper, probably among his very best. The film focused on Gehrig the man and his wife, Eleanor, played by Teresa Wright. Also many of the Yankees appeared in the film playing themselves including Babe Ruth. In both previous releases of this film, the DVD contained no extra features. This is being resolved with this latest release. Although it has no commentary track, this new release will contain numerous featurettes and looks to be a good buy. The extra features are:

The Making of Pride Of The Yankees featurette
The Man Behind The Iron Horse featurette - Discusses the real Lou Gehrig
What He Left Behind featurette - A look at the Lou Gehrig memorabilia currently housed at the Baseball Hall of Fame
Always featurette - A look at the hit song that came from the film
Lou Gehrig's Disease: The Search For A Cure featurette - An interview with baseball great Curt Schilling discussing Lou Gehrig's Disease and the latest developments in fighting it.
Curt Schilling: A Legend on a Legend - Baseball star Curt Schilling discusses Lou Gehrig
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This was probably my introduction, and for millions of others, to the legend that is Lou Gehrig. And for so many years, I had Gehrig and Gary Cooper completely confused in my mind--they seemed inseparable. But there's good reason for it: the role of the Iron Horse seemed to be made for Cooper. Gehrig was a low-key, almost self-effacing athlete and person, which was just the type of character that Cooper built his career on. Their sizes were just about the same. Cooper nailed down Lou Gehrig's voice, especially for the famous "luckiest man" farewell speech. Hell, Gary Cooper LOOKS like Lou Gehrig! Maybe my confusion is justified, at least on this subject.
PRIDE OF THE YANKEES is the grand-daddy of all baseball movies. Cooper's performance, as I can't help but keep mentioning, is stellar. Teresa Wright as his wife helps keep the hankies moist but she is also very spunky and strong. Walter Brennan (who also played opposite Cooper in MEET JOHN DOE where John Doe is a semi-pro pitcher) is in a supporting role here but provides desperately needed comic relief.
And perhaps I'm wrong to categorize PRIDE OF THE YANKESS as merely a baseball film. It is about human potential, human frailty, and above all human strength during times of crisis. Lou Gehrig's tragedy occurred during a time of extreme crisis in America, and, I believe, his strong steady public appearances helped the nation through it. PRIDE OF THE YANKEES could easily have been named "Strength of America" in my mind. It's that important a film.
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There are all sorts of little imperfections in the 1943 film "The Pride of the Yankees." The screenwriters rearranged Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium so that the best line, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," becomes his exit line (it was the second line in his speech with his actual last line being, "So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for"). Gary Cooper had enough problems batting right-handed let alone left-handed like Gehrig, so the actor wore a uniform with "KROY WEN" on the front, ran to third base when he managed to hit the ball, and then they reversed the print. Gehrig is shown wearing his famous number 4 when the Yankees play the World Series, but that happened in 1926 and 1928 while the Bronx Bombers did not start wearing uniform numbers until 1929 (Gehrig batted cleanup and was 4, Babe Ruth batted in front of him and was therefore 3). The film talks about how Gehrig won the Triple Crown on the day he was married but Gehrig won the Triple Crown in the 1934 season, the year after Lou and Eleanor were married in 1933.
But none of that really matters because "The Pride of the Yankees" remains the standard by which all sports biopics, whether of baseball players or anyone else, are judged. Even those who were not weaned and raised on baseball know that the title character is going to die of Lou Gehrig's disease and the film takes full advantage of that foreshadowing: when Gehrig gets into his first game and refuses to come out after being hit in the head by a thrown ball, manager Miller Huggins asks, "What do we have to do to get you out of the game? Kill you?
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Gary Cooper plays Lou Gehrig, one of the greatest players ever to wear a uniform in any sport.

In one movie, we are given a hero who lives out his dream, a celebrity who did more off-camera than on, a husband who loves his wife, parents who sacrifice so their son may have a better life, a man who also loves his parents and in-laws, and a sports star who never cheated in the game or on his wife.

It could be a perfect family movie.

Lou is born to immigrant parents who believe in traditional America. His parent's hopes are set on Lou becoming like his Uncle Otto, a successful engineer. Baseball means nothing to them but trouble until Lou shows he is the best.

Lou falls in love with Miss Twitchell. She soon becomes Mrs. Gehrig, played by Teresa Wright, his doting wife, reminiscent of Donna Reed's character in "It's a Wonderful Life." A storybook life follows, and Lou outshines his childhood hero the Sultan of Swat, played by Babe Ruth himself.

You know how it ends. Lou contracts what is now known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He not only must end his Iron Horse record of playing 2,130 straight games, but knows his life is ending. He retires and America swoons in grief. His retirement speech is full of dignity and power, and nothing like it has ever been seen since. The actual speech is barely edited in the movie.

Impressive is not just the life of Lou Gehrig. It is also the respect of his teammates, especially Babe Ruth. Ruth was in his last years of playing when Gehrig showed up. However, as he saw how Ruth really lived as an undisciplined show-off, some rifts between them followed. When push came to shove, both on the field and during Ruth's retirement, they respected each other's abilities. Ruth did not need to be in the movie.
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