- Actors: Various
- Directors: Various
- Format: DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
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- Studio: HBO
- Release Date: Nov. 22 2011
- Run Time: 180 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004QRUN8M
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,494 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
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This HBO documentary is based on a highly original idea: tell the story of baseball from the Great Depression era through the late 1950s using footage from home-movie cameras shot by fans and players. The result is a marvelous look at baseball in America as seen from the ground--the culture of stadiums, the ritual of afternoon games, the spiritually sustaining rivalries. Among the truly unexpected sights is color footage of the 1938 World Series, not only from inside the stadium walls but from the street as traffic cops, crowds, and vehicles amassed. It also covers World War II's impact on the game, and, of course, the heroes, often caught in relaxed, unselfconscious moments.
Arguably more defined and even more lyrical than its predecessor, When It Was a Game 2 moves from a general celebration of baseball culture in America to a specific focus on various facets of the game's history, including the special relationship between game announcers and fans and the farm-team system during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Brooklyn's assimilation of the Dodgers into their community identity is covered quite winningly as is the heartbreak of the team's desertion to California. Last, the film takes us on a tour of some of the game's legends and presents a touching tribute to the extraordinary Babe Ruth. --Tom Keogh
When It Was a Game 3 focuses on the 1960s, a time of change for all of America. Through sharp, incredibly clear color footage of players and fans, the film shows how Major League Baseball slowly but surely evolved from pure sport to moneymaking entertainment. Covering the mighty Yankees, the western expansion of both leagues, the increasing inclusion of black players, and the rise of free agency and increased salaries, the film shows the growth of baseball from adolescence to adulthood. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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