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The Bronx Is Burning

4.8 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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In the summer of 1977, New York was a city in crisis. Paralyzed by a citywide blackout, political strife and the Son of Sam killing spree, the Big Apple was burning. Rising out of this troubled urban landscape to bring hope and inspiration came one of baseball s most storied franchises, The New York Yankees. Emmy® Award-winner John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Oliver Platt ("The West Wing") and Daniel Sunjata ("Rescue Me") star in The Bronx is Burning, an ESPN Original Entertainment presentation of the amazing-but-true story of how the New York Yankees single-handedly helped raise the spirits of a city in a time of darkness and uncertainty.

Bonus Features:
Outtakes, Deleted & Extended Scenes
Stories of 77 Featurettes
- The Fenway Brawl
- The Straw That Stirs the Drink
The Bronx is Burning Webisodes
On the Set Featurette
Extended Interviews
- Reggie Jackson
- George Steinbrenner
- Billy Martin Jr.
- John Turturro
Complete Stats for the 1977 Yankees Including ALCS and World Series Box Scores


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Turturro, Oliver Platt, Daniel Sunjata
  • Directors: Jeremiah Chechik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Espn
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7HY46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bronx Is Burning" on IMDb

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One Saturday afternoon with nothing on TV, I flipped to a channel that was having a marathon of this show. Three hours later my husband came home, said, "What are we watching?" and sat down beside me. Three hours after that, we only managed to tear ourselves away because a storm was coming and we had to unplug the TV. It was that good!

The series portrays the Yankees' tumultuous 1977 season against the background of the events in NYC that summer. Although the Yankees were loaded with colorful, over-the-top characters, the main focus is on the "relationship" between George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) and Billy Martin (John Turturro). In a better world, George and Billy would've gone to couples counseling and learned to compromise for the good of the team, but in reality they crashed like a baseball-themed Hindenburg--repeatedly, and spectacularly. At the same time, the Son of Sam was terrorizing the city, an ungodly heat wave had everyone sweltering, a mayoral campaign was heating up, and a thunderstorm elsewhere on the power grid caused a blackout of the city. All the events seem to mirror each other, and all are recreated with authenticity. It's obvious that the producers researched the events and people well, and original news footage is mixed in to give a "you are there" feel.

As far as the acting, everyone does a good job, but Turturro and Platt especially stand out. Turturro seems to have a knack for taking abrasive characters and making them sympathetic--he did the same thing with Howard Cosell in "Monday Night Mayhem." And Platt is hilarious as Steinbrenner; he has the voice and mannerisms down pat. Daniel Sunjata makes a good Reggie Jackson, even though he doesn't really look or sound that much like the real Reggie. The rest of the cast also works well.
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This was one of the best series I have seen in a long long time. I am NOT a yankees fan at all (its the mets for me), however, i was very impressed with the history of the team portrayed in this mini-series. The acting was excellent; the mingling of the "real-life" footage with the tv show made this show even more credible. You can actually get chills watching the scenes of the baseball games when they go back & forth with the real games and the acted ones - Besides loving the show, I looked forward each week to the "back-story" even more. Although I do love baseball, what makes this series so interesting, is all the other stories going on, other than baseball. I hope this series gets nominated for an emmy and certainly the actors deserve nominations as well! I only wish it wasn't over! Excellent, excellent, excellent!
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It's going, it's going, it is OUTTA HERE! The Bronx Is Burning turns its attention on a very specific time in New York City history and the result is a major league hit. There are even moments of (Forrest Gump/Zelig)-esque wizardry where documentary footage is kluged with new footage - it's never convincing enough to pass for real, but it's fun. Even without this techno-trickery the series succeeds in transporting viewers to a turbulent time in NYC history when a lot of things were going wrong all at once. The long overdue resurgence of baseball's legendary franchise, The Yankees, was just what the doctor ordered to help an ailing city feel better about itself.

The only missteps arise from sections devoted to Son of Sam and the Mayoral race; we're never quite certain how relevant these dramas are, or their relationship to the central story. The actual interviews of participants, by contrast, work very well. Interviews with Yankee players - including Jackson, sports writers, and Steinbrenner himself, add authority to the story and give a visceral sense of the sustained dysfunction that characterized the team that year. Only Martin is missing from these interviews - even in history he is trivialized.

The drama here arises from a tough drive to the World Series, but the action, and the fun, come from an ongoing battle between three myopic egos that never manage to put their differences aside. It is a battle of titans and they share the blame equally - indeed - given the situation it's a miracle the team made the playoffs. Steinbrenner - the owner - is a grandiose, bombastic micro-manager. Martin - a brilliant player and manager - demonstrates levels of passive aggression and self-destruction so profound they could be record setting.
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Just finished watching the two-DVD set of THE BRONX IS BURNING (2007) and enjoyed it so much I'm doing an immediate rerun while writing this.

I was a Yankee fan from childhood. My memories go back to a 1960 season that ended with Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski's World Series winning home run. My love affair with the Bronx Bombers included all those lean years between 1962 and '77, when my team finally reclaimed the World's Champ title. I stayed with them afterwards, but only until beloved Thurman Munson's neck was snapped in an Aug. '79 small plane crash, then I emotionally walked away from the game. Seeing this miniseries was a golden chance to relive those last sweet days of my Yankee obsession.

'77 was a magic year for the NY tri-state area, with one of our ballteams finally on the ascendence, but it was also a crazy time of discos, punk rock, freaky fashions, sex clubs like Plato's Retreat and on the down side, unexpected violence. What makes this eight-part ESPN minseries so unique is yes, the actors who bring to life all those great Yankee characters, but also the story's digressions to reflect on such events as a daring young fellow who successfully scaled one corner of a World Trade Center tower, the Big Apple's Democratic mayoral race between several candidates, and a partial Con Ed blackout that led to tragedy on a hot summer night. Yes there were some heroics from volunteer citizens that powerless dark night but alas, the surfacing of arsonists and looters who broke into stores for what they deemed "Christmas in July" reflected the despicable side of human nature.
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