Ken Burns' Baseball

Ken Burns' Baseball

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Director: Ken Burns

Cast: Ken Burns

     
 

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Ken Burns' definitive documentary on America's pastime comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. Each episode of the nine-part documentary is presented on its own disc. The episodes are titled "Inning 1: Our Game 1840s-1900, "Inning 2: Something Like a War: 1900-1910, "Inning 3: The Faith ofSee more details below

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Ken Burns' definitive documentary on America's pastime comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. Each episode of the nine-part documentary is presented on its own disc. The episodes are titled "Inning 1: Our Game 1840s-1900, "Inning 2: Something Like a War: 1900-1910, "Inning 3: The Faith of Fifty Million People: 1910-1920, "Inning 4: A National Heirloom: 1920-1930, "Inning 5: Shadow Ball: 1930-1940, "Inning 6: The National Pastime: 1940-1950, "Inning 7: The Capital of Baseball: 1950-1960, "Inning 8: A Whole New Ballgame, and "Inning 9: Home: 1970-1994." Each disc comes loaded with player statistics and trivia quizzes. A bonus disc features ace interviewer Charlie Rose talking to a variety of baseball greats including Yogi Berra and Bob Gibson, as well as baseball aficionados like the director and Ken Burns. This is a spectacular DVD presentation of a sprawling television event.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Charles Salzberg
In 1846, a young reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle named Walt Whitman wrote: "The game of ball is glorious." Whitman might have been among the first to recognize the baseball's intoxicating allure, but he certainly wasn't the last. Following his highly praised PBS-TV series "The Civil War," documentary director/producer/writer Ken Burns gave us "Baseball," a stunning 18-hour programming achievement -- (collected here on nine video tapes), chronicling the history of America's pastime from the mid-19th century through the end of the 20th. Using a vast array of fascinating still photographs and priceless archival film, capturing many of the game's most historic moments, Burns created an entertaining, riveting film, encompassing not only a history of a sport but of America itself. Burns seamlessly weaves his images with masterful narration by the late TV news anchorman John Chancellor; renowned fans such as Billy Crystal, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Bob Costas; and the voices of, among others, Julie Harris, Ossie Davis, and Arthur Miller. Haunting renditions of the National Anthem and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sustain a mood that's both wistful and stirring. Burns has created a glorious paean to our summer's game.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
UPC:
0841887051262
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
23:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 225 trivia questions; Playe stats on over 100 virtual baseball cards; The making of Baseball

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: Our Game, 1840s - 1900
1. Top of the First [23:03]
2. Elysian Fields [1:44]
3. A People's Game [:10]
4. Division of Feeling [5:49]
5. Baseball Is Business Now [9:08]
6. The National League [4:11]
7. I Am Dumb, Harry [:10]
8. Bottom of the First [1:16]
9. The Wahoos [8:26]
10. The Baseball Messiah [4:32]
11. Heroes [4:26]
12. My Skin Is Against Me [:39]
13. Dog Eat Dog [4:45]
14. The Toughest of the Tough [1:56]
15. The Little Boy's Game [:12]
Disc #2 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns - Something Like a War, 1900 - 1910
1. Top of the Second [7:13]
2. Something Like a War [2:22]
3. The American League [:11]
4. 'Nuf Ced [1:26]
5. The Look of Eagles [4:25]
6. The Christian Gentleman [8:20]
7. Free and Equal [1:09]
8. Hitless Wonders [:11]
9. Bottom of the Second [4:59]
10. Rube [2:02]
11. A True Jewel [:12]
12. Ty [3:25]
13. Organize Your Team [6:27]
14. The Merkle Boner [2:08]
15. I Have to Be First [:14]
Disc #3 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: The Faith of Fifty Million People, 1910 - 1920
1. Top of the Third [8:34]
2. The Faith of Fifty Million People [:57]
3. The Black Mark [:15]
4. Damn [:54]
5. The Wolf Pack [:17]
6. Tears [2:21]
7. Pigtown [5:28]
8. Bottom of the Third [3:54]
9. Free Agents [5:31]
10. Hard to Know [:20]
11. The Carmine-Hosed Warriors [3:11]
12. An Awful Thing to Do [8:36]
13. The Law [:17]
Disc #4 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: A National Heirloom, 1920 - 1930
1. Top of the Fourth [6:01]
2. A National Heirloom [2:03]
3. That Big Son of a Bitch [:08]
4. Beethoven and Cezanne [:05]
5. I Fear Nobody [:16]
6. An Everest in Kansas [:55]
7. House of David [7:38]
8. Bottom of the Fourth [1:11]
9. A Tough Epoch for Kings [:16]
10. Some Ball Yard [10:29]
11. Their Greatest Asset [7:42]
12. A Dollar Sign on the Muscle [13:04]
13. I Can See Him Yet [4:43]
14. Murderers Row [:41]
15. Rueful Memories [6:30]
Disc #5 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: Shadow Ball, 1930 - 1940
1. Top of the Fifth [7:31]
2. Shadow Ball [5:29]
3. Like We Invented the Game [5:20]
4. The National Tonic [1:42]
5. Midnight Rider [:17]
6. You Lucky Bum [:17]
7. Josh [:13]
8. The Daffiness Boys [:02]
9. Carrying the News [:15]
10. The Gashouse Gang [:04]
11. Plain Prejudice [:14]
12. Bottom of the Fifth [3:07]
13. Goodbye, Baseball [1:07]
14. Heroes [:19]
15. Rhubarb [8:36]
16. I Ain't Sorry [5:55]
17. For the Good of the Team [:34]
18. The Best [:20]
Disc #6 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: The National Pastime, 1940 - 1950
1. Top of the Sixth [5:28]
2. The National Pastime [2:55]
3. A Summer of Heroes [:14]
4. The Joy Zone [1:14]
5. Hilda Is Here [3:19]
6. War [:12]
7. The Answer Is No [12:13]
8. Bottom of the Sixth [9:43]
9. This I Know [1:35]
10. The Race Man [:15]
11. Heartbroken [9:28]
12. Big League Material [1:53]
13. He's Coming [:10]
14. April 15, 1947 [3:38]
15. Up in the Race [:17]
16. The Family of Baseball [8:13]
17. So Would the Babe [4:12]
Disc #7 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: The Capital of Baseball, 1950 - 1960
1. Top of the Seventh [6:53]
2. The Capital of Baseball [4:24]
3. Ol' Professer [:04]
4. My Man [:00]
5. Fiction Is Dead [:04]
6. Mr. Mantle [:00]
7. Child of God [:06]
8. Low and Away [:06]
9. The Catch [13:08]
10. 7th Inning Stretch [1:20]
11. Bottom of the Seventh [:14]
12. The Absolutely Unthinkable [3:50]
13. Perfect [1:52]
14. A Death in the Family [:02]
15. 80/20 [:00]
Disc #8 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: A Whole New Ballgame, 1960 - 1970
1. Top of the Eighth [7:14]
2. A Whole New Ballgame [1:09]
3. The World's Lousy [:08]
4. A Tough Year for the Babe [:11]
5. The Jewish Kid [:11]
6. ¡Yo La Tengo! [4:48]
7. The Man [7:26]
8. In the Course of Time [:44]
9. Bottom of the Eighth [:09]
10. The Plantation [:04]
11. The Question Is Why [:14]
12. Yaz [6:42]
13. Pondering Inaction [:36]
14. We Do This Every Day [:13]
15. The Greatest Game of Them All [5:08]
16. I Am a Man [6:52]
Disc #9 -- Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns: Home, 1970 - 1994
1. Top of the Ninth [8:02]
2. Home [4:00]
3. A Higher League [:22]
4. Deaf Ears [:06]
5. Safe At Home [:01]
6. The Sun Don't Shine [:09]
7. Dear Hank Aaron [:54]
8. Some Kind of a Game [:13]
9. This Man Miller [5:40]
10. George III [4:56]
11. Pops [7:57]
12. Bottom of the Ninth [2:54]
13. Break Your Heart [:04]
14. The Curse [:00]
15. Collusion [:03]
16. B-Movie [:01]
17. Good At Life [:02]
18. Extra Innings [:02]

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