When it Was a Game: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
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For the first time in the full three-part HBO® series on Blu-ray, the greatest legends of baseball history are vividly brought to life through never-before-seen home movie footage and memorable storytelling from fans and players alike. See Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Sandy Koufax. Relive precious lost moments from teams like the "Gas House Gang" Cardinals, the New York Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers. Experience epic ballparks like Ebbets Field, Briggs Stadium, and Crosley Field. Marvel at the remarkable, changing face of baseball through the years - spearheaded by Jackie Robinson in 1947. Also featuring insightful narration, interviews, and remembrances from celebrities, stars, writers, and sportscasters, When It Was A Game: The Complete Collection captures the full magic of America's National Pastime as you've always imagined - the way it really was.
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Because my three-year assignment ultimately turned into a six-year stint, I never saw “When It Was a Game” again, and never knew that two sequels were made in the ensuing years.
Last week I discovered “When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection” on Blu-ray disc at Amazon.com. This single disc contains all three parts to this wonderful series. Naturally I ordered a copy of it.
When I watched Part I, I was able to rediscover the depth of feeling I had the first (and only} time I saw it. I had never seen Parts II and III, so these were new experiences for me. Part II is every bit as good as its predecessor; it contains all new color home movie footage from the mid-1920s through the mid-1950s, and carries forward the history of the game in that era with new detail. Part III is perhaps the best of all. Originally broadcast in 2000, this part features color footage of the players, managers, owners and fans in the decade of the 1960s, when baseball experienced some of the most important and radical changes in the sport’s history.
Video and audio quality in this set are spectacular. Video has been remastered in 1080p high definition. Images are sharp and colors are vivid. Audio is DTS-HD Master Multi-channel and is warm, rich, and full.
I would term “When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection” a kind of spiritual paean to the game of baseball during its golden age. It doesn’t provide the same chronological history of the game like Ken Burns’ documentary “Baseball” does. Neither does it shy away from baseball’s ugly side. It is quite frank in its discussions of racism, the players’ fight against the reserve clause, and the growing problem of substance abuse within the game.
“When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection" is a must-own for baseball fans and those who love the history of the game. Highly recommended.
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