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The Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Collector's Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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From the moment the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates first took the field, until they battled back to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 World Series, "the Buccos" demanded attention and respect. The optimism of manager Chuck Tanner provided the perfect guidance to a team already led by the universally-respected Willie Stargell and ferocious hitting of Dave Parker. Galvanized by a family spirit, a crowd-pleasing song, and the shared fire to win, this team was marked by character, confidence, and a flair for dramatic victories.

Down three games to one, the Pirates provided a sudden plot change and stormed back to claim the 1979 World Series championship. Every game of this remarkable Fall Classic, every pitch, clutch hit, stellar pitching performance, and infectious smile of the Pirates is digitally preserved in this one-of-a-kind collectible.

Your viewing of these historic games is intensified with SleeveStats: the perfect companion to the ultimate baseball DVD experience, offering official stats, trivia, and game summaries right on each DVD's package


Special Features

  • 1979 NLCS Pennant Clincher: Final Inning and Celebration
  • 1979 World Series Celebration
  • Official Trophy Presentation
  • Presentation of World Series MVP Award to Willie Stargell
  • Dave Parker Highlights from 1979 All-Star Game
  • Rare Player Interviews: Willie Stargell, Bill Robinson, Tim Foli, Bruce Kison, Don Robinson
  • Interactive Menus
  • Inning Selection

Product Details

  • Actors: Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Phil Garner, Bill Madlock, Tim Foli
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 1168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRR3CY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I can honestly say that for about 15 years I've wanted to own this series. Now that I own it, I have not been disappointed in the least. If you are a Pirates fan, especially of the late 70's era, you will be in heaven! This edition comes complete with a separate casing for each DVD (7 in all), and liner stats included for each game (with inning by inning pbp). You can watch each game in its entirety, or skip to any half-inning.

Here are some notes to be aware of:

- The announcers from the original broadcast are included, making you feel like you've gone back in time.

- The games vary in quality, and I'm guessing that there might have been more than one original source when A&E tracked each game down. With that said, however, they are ALL better than I expected and easily watchable. Game 3 is the best quality, and Game 5 the worst.

- As someone said earlier, many of the graphics from games 2, 3, and 4 are simply missing. I believe these three games were taken from a different source as the others, as their screen quality is slightly superior.

- All the "extras" are placed on the last DVD with game 7. I especially liked Don Robinson's interviews. He sounded very sentimental. Dave Parker's 2 bullets (assists) during the '79 All-Star game are priceless.

- Every Pirate on the roster played at least once except pitcher Joe Coleman. Thus, you get a live look at nearly every player. Even Matt Alexander, who basically only pinch ran throughout the season, played in game 2 and spent an inning in the outfield.

- This is Parker's last great season with the Pirates ('80 was good, but not great - he would reemerge later with the Reds). Ironically, this is Stargell's last great season as well.
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The past 14 baseball seasons have put this Pittsburgh Pirates fan into a funky malaise, as year after year my Buccos rack up more loses than victories, and continue to stock their team with raw green youths and stop-gap, over the hill rent-a-players. So finding the 1979 World Series in this nicely packaged DVD format was just the remedy I needed to pull me out of my perennial baseball blues. What better way to escape from the melancholy gloom that is the Pirates present than to immerse oneself in their glorious past?

Watching this great World Series was like a wonderful family reunion. Everyone was there - Pops, Cobra, Teke, Scrap Iron, Mad Dog, Otter, Antelope, Candy Man, Sangy, Crazy Horse, Hammer, Rook, and on and on - the whole family. To once again see Willie Stargell windmill his bat and hit a majestic home run, or Kent Tekulve use that goofy side arm delivery to retire batters, erased for a moment the pain of the present and took me back to the days of my youth when the Pirates used "lumber and lightning" to dominate baseball, and their driving disco theme song "We Are Fam-a-lee" became a joyous anthem that lifted the hearts of every Pirates fan.

Even after putting aside my partisan preference, the 1979 World Series was a gem. It matched up two expert and colorful managers in Chuck Tanner and the cunning Earl Weaver, as well as the two powerful teams that included three future Hall of Famers (Willie Stargell, Eddie Murray, and Jim Palmer). The Pirates came back from being down three games to one to win the series on the power of an outstanding performance by Willie Stargell, who not only was named MVP of the series, but won baseball's MVP award that year in his final great season. Two games really stand out in my mind.
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By bucsforlife on September 28, 2006
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This set is absolutely incredible! Every single pitch of the '79 World Series is here. I was 12 when I last saw these games, and viewing them again has brought back so many memories. From Stargell's dingers and Teke's funky deliver, to that weird rainbow head guy behind the plate in Baltimore. It all came back to me the instant I saw it again. Unlike today, all the players seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, even when they were playing hurt. And the comradarie between the two teams is refreshingly evident. If you're interested in baseball (even a little bit), I highly recommend this. If you're like Howard Cosell, who seemed more interested in arguing with Drysdale and checking out the player's wives, you won't be disappointed either. These DVD's will get me through at least 2 or 3 more sub .500 Pirates seasons.
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I didn't expect to like this one the most, let alone at all, I bought it on a fluke, but wow.

This is the greatest comeback, probably in WS history, winning the final three games, the final two on the road, w/o the benefit of bad umpiring decisions. They came back the old fashioned way.

Besides these points, the series offers an interesting view of life in the major leagues in this era. Baseball lives on the crumbs that football leaves behind, playing in football arenas in Pitt, and in a chewed up field in Balt. The uniforms, particularly the Bucs, are raucous. Never was there so much color (unless perhaps the Astros).

Nevertheless, the field feels natural in Balt. It isn't an over manicured garden. It feels like a day at the park.

The announcers have an interesting rapport, Drysdale's dry wit, Cosell's sometimes prescient calls, and Al Michaels in the middle. There's more conversation than there is these days w Joe Buck's son (who sounds grim).

So in closing, I don't think a baseball fan can go wrong w this series. A great series, great players. I wish they'd release more from the 70s, such as 78, 73, 70....
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