Posts Tagged ‘World Series’

Houston Astros World Series Collector’s Edition Review: Batter Up

December 5, 2017

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If you’re a Houston Astros fan like me, you saved each World Series game (well, each game the Astros won, at least) on your DVR and have been re-watching them since the Spacemen won it all on Nov. 1. But now you have a better option.

Today (Tuesday, Dec. 5), Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball release the Houston Astros 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition — an eight-disc set on Blu-ray and DVD featuring all seven World Series games against the Los Angeles Dodgers as well as Game 7 of the American League Championship Series versus the New York Yankees.

Also due today from Shout! Factory and MLB is a 90 minute 2017 World Series Film produced by MLB and giving closeups and behind-the-scenes looks at the epic event. For my review of that, please see the preceding link.

As for the new box set with those eight games in their entirety, yes, you’ve seen them already. But now you can see them without commercials and free up space on your DVR. And beyond that, there’s an extra feature which really boosts this set into orbit: alternate audio tracks.

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Houston Astros World Series Video Review: Can-Do Team for a Can-Do City

November 28, 2017

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As a longtime Houstonian, I’ve had my share of suffering with our sports teams. In fact, I’ve had more than my share when it comes to the Astros, who ended one recent 100-plus-loss season on a 15-game losing streak, and who’d come agonizingly close to glory in the years before that.

Yet for many reasons, the team named for our astronaut neighbors at NASA has always been closest to my heart. And when the Astros finally won a World Series on Nov. 1, I did what many people did.

I cried.

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I take pride in it. I cared that much. And my tears of joy made me no different than the team’s soon-to-retire veteran, Carlos Beltran, or Astros President Reid Ryan. They knew what it meant, too.

Since that wonderful night, I’ve clung to such emotions by rewatching some of the games and postgames. I’ve read everything I could find about the team and the experience. I’ve savored photos of the triumph and caught every appearance by Astros players as guests on TV.

And now, I’m watching a preview copy of Major League Baseball’s official World Series video, available Tuesday, Dec. 5, from Shout! Factory on Blu-ray and DVD. (Also due that day is an eight-disc Collector’s Edition box set with all seven World Series games and Game 7 of the ALCS.)

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‘2016 World Series’ Video: Unforgettable

December 5, 2016

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As a journalist and wordsmith, I use words carefully, resisting the common urge to label things the best or the greatest, or to call anything unstoppable or unforgettable.

But with the 2016 World Series, “unforgettable” is fitting, since it had to be among the most dramatic, emotional and meaningful Fall Classics ever, given its two teams’ and their generations of fans’ 176 years of combined frustration, and the remarkable storybook seven-game Series, which no Hollywood script could have topped.

Major League Baseball’s official film The 2016 World Series captures all that with its release from Shout! Factory Tuesday as a DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo, both also with digital copies.

Each also includes these bonus features on the winning Chicago Cubs: Regular Season Highlights (5 minutes); Clinching Moments (3 minutes); World Series Highlights (9 minutes); Parade (2 minutes); and Cubs on David Ross (90 seconds).

Also due Dec. 13 on DVD and Blu-ray is an eight-disc 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition featuring every play of every game.

As for Tuesday’s release, its centerpiece is a feature-length 97-minute chronicle of the Series, which deservedly can be called stirring, enthralling and — yes — unforgettable.

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