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Baseball - A Film by Ken Burns

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4.8 out of 5 stars 1,960 customer reviews

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Product Description

Ken Burns tops himself with this epic of American history, told in "nine innings," with a skilled narration by John Chancellor and the voices of Paul Newman, Jason Robards, Billy Crystal, and other stars. The series spans 150 years, starting with the myth-debunking tale of baseball's true beginnings -- when it was a game "one degree above mayhem." Then follow the growth of America's National Pastime through the decades of glory and record-setting achievements, as well as the scandals, the bigotry, and the big money. The series portrays the game as a mirror of America itself -- the passions, prejudices, and ambitions that have shape the country.

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Ken Burns's Baseball works magnificently on DVD, if only for the reason that scene selection in such a massive documentary is essential for viewing and re-viewing your favorite sections. The DVD menus are purely functional, and the timelines and baseball stats will appeal primarily to diehard fans of the game. Clicking on the PBS logo will take you to the stats and bios of players, although the bios are minimal. Each of the first nine discs contains these as well as trivia questions. Get the question right, move on to the next question. Get it wrong and a snippet of the documentary plays, showing you the correct answer. The real appeal of the DVD set (other than, of course, the fabulous documentary itself) is the 10th, "extra inning" disc. This final disc contains the documentary The Making of Baseball, as well as team info (which, again, is pretty basic) and episodes of Charlie Rose's talk show, in which he interviews Ken Burns, Bob Gibson, Yogi Berra, Bob Costas, and Rachel Robinson (the widow of Jackie Robinson). --Jenny Brown


Special features

  • Bonus Documentary The Making of Baseball which includes: Charlie Rose interviews with Ken Burns, Bob Gibson, Yogi Berra, Bob Costas and more
  • Over 25 hours on 10 DVDs
  • Additional Interviews With Renowned Baseball Figures
  • Key Baseball Statistics Through the 1999 Season
  • Historical Baseball Timeline
  • Interactive Trivia Quiz - 225 Trivia Questions

Product details

  • Actors: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling, Studs Terkel
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: PBS Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 1,960 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0780630459
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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