Ken Burns' Baseball

Ken Burns' Baseball

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Cast: Ken Burns, Billy Crystal, John Chancellor, Paul Newman

     
 

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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

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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.

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

Cast & Crew

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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Ken Burns' Baseball 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely a must if you are a Baseball fan. It measures our history and passage of time through Baseball. It ties together generations and truly proves beyond any doubt that Baseball is the American Pastime. Through the years it has been the most popular sport. None of the other sports save Golf have the rich history of Baseball. For those who love Baseball and can't get to Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame, this series of DVD's has it all. It is something I will watch over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best documentary of Baseball as I know it. If you are a true baseball fan, and not some type of a front runner, then this collection is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this film as a student at the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring. It was shown as an optional distraction during our lunch hour and I quickly became hooked on it. The film footage and photographs are amazing and only topped by the commentary and insight offered by several guest speakers/former players. It is the most complete anthology of the game I have ever seen, from its inception, through the dead ball era, the color barrier, and the infamous reserve clause. I learned as much about baseball and how we arrived at its current version, as I did from my month of professional umpiring instruction. This collection is a must for any true student of the game, umpire or former player alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with Ken Burns' series on baseball. I liked many aspects of it -- the early parts, the history, the usual Ken Burns techniques, and especially how much emphasis he put on the race problems in baseball and how he did not ignore the Negro leagues. But unfortunately the series really really misses out by an East coast bias that Burns apparently has. Apparently he doesn't think any decent players played outside of New York or Boston, or did not have a Yankees or Red Sox uniform on. There is scarcely a mention of a Cardinals player, a Cubs player, anyone west of New York! Musial? Aaron? They were scarcely given the attention they deserved. Give me a break!
Tmech More than 1 year ago
For all baseball fans out there, this film is a must have for your offseason video library. The complete history of our beloved game.Filled with facts you thought you knew and a bunch more you didn't
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