MLB Vintage World Series Films - Minnesota Twins 1987 & 1991
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All the glory and classic moments of the Twins 1987 and 1991 Championships are digitally preserved on this one-of-a-kind DVD.
Vintage World Series Films: Minnesota Twins collects the two hour-long films summarizing the highlights of the 1987 and 1991 World Series. But both would be good candidates for a Complete Collector's Edition, especially the 1991 series that is still considered by many as the greatest ever played. The core of both teams was the same: manager Tom Kelly; hitters Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek; and pitchers Frank Viola and Jack Morris, supplemented by the likes of Gary Gaetti, Jeff Reardon, Scott Erickson, and Chuck Knoblauch--and of course the Homer Hanky-wielding fans turning the Metrodome into a house of horrors for opposing teams. After beating the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987, the Twins faced the Atlanta Braves in 1991. They came from behind to win, propelled by Puckett's huge bat and glove in game 6, followed by Morris's 10-inning complete-game shutout in game 7. Both individual performances were among the greatest in World Series history, and whenever a case is made for Morris's entering the Hall of Fame, his 1991 game 7 is always considered Exhibit A. --David HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
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FYI - I also have the complete broadcast of the 1987 World Series, and that DOES have a couple of audio flaws in it. The first 2.5 innings from game 6 are pretty bad and worth complaining about, but this DVD is fine.
While this volume will obviously be of interest to Twins fans, the truth is that any baseball fan would do well to check it out. The 1991 series was truly incredible and is arguably the greatest of all time. I'm not a fan of either team and I bought this solely because I remembered how suspenseful and dramatic it was. The highlights could have been a bit longer for the 1991 series but for the most part they did a decent job of capturing the sense of what happened. The 1987 series was certainly entertaining and contained interesting story lines but it's definitely the lesser light here.
The worse aspect of the DVD is the basic quality of the audio/video. The sound comes out a bit harsh and the music soundtrack sounds like it was composed and recorded entirely on a PC. To call it low budget really doesn't cover it. The picture quality is equally bad and a real disappointment. In addition to looking like a poor quality videotape, the focus is extremely soft and at times there is even a mild ghosting effect that really detracts from the viewing experience. If this DVD were sold for half its current price, this might be more forgivable but as it is, this is really inexcusable.
In the final analysis, I recommend this product but definitely with reservations. I hope that MLB will someday see fit to release a highlight DVD of the 1991 World Series that truly does it justice. But, at the moment, this is the only option available to baseball fans. So despite the relatively high price and weak production values I would recommend any true fan to pick up a copy and enjoy one of the great match-ups of all time.
Unfortunately, it's basically just the exact footage--undoctored, unrestored, etc--from back in the day. The same corny announcers. The same crappy quality. Although they did add a bunch of really, really, REALLY lame music to "spice things up" a bit.
I thought I was getting a far more modern, sleek updated video package chronicling the Twins two improbable World Series runs, instead I received a compilation video I could have made myself.