2011 World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals [Blu-ray]
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They believed. They wanted it. They overcame a 10.5-game deficit in late August and claimed a playoff berth on the final day of the regular season. They then conquered the Philadelphia Phillies, and prevailed against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Facing off next against the Texas Rangers the St. Louis Cardinals fell behind 3-2 in the Fall Classic despite the record-setting performance of Albert Pujols. But back at Busch Stadium, a Game 6 for the ages unfolded as the Redbirds who were twice down to their last strike, rallied in both the ninth and 10th innings, when hometown hero David Freese crushed an all-time walk-off home run in the 11th inning to force a Game 7. In the deciding game, ace Chris Carpenter’s steely performance and a two-run double from World Series MVP Freese delivered the franchise’s 11th World Series Championship.
This official Blu-Ray from Major League Baseball Productions provides comprehensive highlights, exclusive access and interviews, plus breath-taking footage that captures the thrilling story of this St. Louis Fall Classic triumph.
- This Week in Baseball
- Tony LaRussa Segment
- Postseason Highlights
- World Series Highlights & Celebration
- World Series Parade
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There is also a bonus disc featuring Game Five of the NLDS against the Phillies - possibly the gutsiest Chris Carpenter performance ever - in its entirety.
I also liked the fact that most of the game audio was taken from Mike Shannon and John Rooney on KMOX. Much better than hearing those sniveling Yankee and Red Sox appologists on FOX.
I loved how each game was encapsulated, especially the dramatic fashion in which the stage was set for Games Six and Seven.
One thing I had a problem with was the narration. While I do think that Jon Hamm did a good job, I would much rather that Billy Bob Thornton (who narrated the 2006 Official World Series Film) had been the narrator.
I think captions would have been a plus, but, otherwise, in terms of content, it blows the 2006 World Series Film away.
The length of the first disc is about an hour. The editing is poor, jumping around in time, sometimes in flashes, making it confusing to watch. If you don't pay attention, you could lose your place. And be ready with the pause button, because if any text appears on the screen (a record being broken for example), you won't have time to read it. I got a much better feel for what it was trying to do after going thru it a second time.
Bonus features included the following:
This Week in Baseball: Lance Berkman
Prime 9: Tony LaRussa
NL Wild Card Clinch (Short snip of locker room celebration, no interviews)
Game 5 NLDS: Last out
Game 6 NLCS: Last out
Game 3 World Series: Pujols' 3 home runs
Game 6 World Series: Freese's triple to tie
Game 6 World Series: Berkman's single to tie
Game 6 World Series: Berkman/Freese press conference
Game 6 World Series: Freese's Walk off home run.
Game 7 World Series: Freese's double to tie
Game 7 World Series: Last out.
Sound options are:
5.1 Surround sound (not Dolby)
There is, I'm afraid, no closed captioning option.Read more ›
Certainly, the historical significance of what the Cardinals accomplished in 2011 is astounding - from the wild finish to the regular season which got them the Wild Card berth in Game 162 - to the shocking five game triumph over the Phillies in the NLDS (Carpenter's Game Five masterpiece is included as a bonus) - to the incredible offensive display in the six game whipping of the Brewers in the NLCS - and finally, to the thrilling showdown against Texas which culminated in the Cardinals' eleventh World Series championship, overall.
This was indeed a magical championship run for the Redbirds; here's a great way to relive the magic, with the St Louis Cardinals 2011 Official World Series Championship Film. It's a definite winner!
This DVD showed so many things than in the "heat of the moment" a lot of us Cardinals fans didn't see in real time. The camera angles are the best I have ever seen. At one point you could actually see the expression on Yadi's face moments before he threw out a runner. Amazing. The interviews were great. This DVD also showed many parts of the stadium that an average fan doesn't see. Kudos to all of those who worked so hard to get this out in such a short length of time. It was a great look back at one of the most amazing finishes in baseball history. Well done.
The Blu-Ray set is 1 disc, but on the disc is the entire Game 5 from the NLDS. This is the main draw of this disc for the serious fans. This essentially contains the entire TBS broadcast, minus the commercials. The picture quality is better than the TBS HD broadcast, but not at the level of watching a good film on Blu-Ray. Despite the sound track technically being a stereo track, it is essentially a dual mono track. The exact same sound comes from both of the front speakers. If you have ProLogic II enabled on your receiver, all sound comes from the center channel. There is only one audio track, so it is definitely a missed opportunity. I would have loved to have a choice of the radio announcers (like on the World Series set). There are chapter stops at each half inning. The total running time of the game is 2 hours and 1 minute. After watching this, I absolutely think full length baseball games and Blu-Ray are a good fit. If they did surround sound and included the radio tracks, it would be flawless.
The bonus features are each under 5 minutes. There are short clips about LaRussa, Berkman, etc.Read more ›
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A must have for the Cardinals fan! I was able to relive the 2011 WS without the emotional roller coaster that I endured when I was watching the series live on television. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lab Mom
Help to relive great memories for my home town team's 2011 championship run.Published 15 months ago by Aaron Doss
Big Cardinal fan. Was great to watch this over, and over, and over, and....Published 16 months ago by Thomas E. Doggett
HD QUALITY VIDEO.GREAT GAME!WHY NOT A COMPLETE ALL STAR GAME ON BLU RAY?OR MORE COMPLETE PLAYOFF GAMES ON BLU RAY?GREAT DEAL!Published 16 months ago by Maria A. Garcia