The World Series DVD
I went to the premiere of the World Series DVD Monday night at the Wang Theatre, and it was a good time.
MLB Productions did a great job on the DVD. I think the visual images are even more impressive than 2004, which is probably a sign of technology more than anything else.
Just like in ’04, the regular season is barely covered. There’s nothing about Buchholz’s no-hitter or Dice-K’s first game or Schilling’s near no-no. In a few quick instants, it seems like we are already at the division clinching party on Sept. 28. But NESN — from what I’ve heard — will put out a season DVD much like Faith Rewarded.
The World Series DVD is all about the playoffs. And there are a lot of good interviews with players. Lowell seems to be the Millar of the ’07 film as he is quoted the most. There’s also good, insightful stuff from Henry, Lucchino, Werner, Theo, Tito, John Farrell and just about every key player on the entire team. I never saw Coco Crisp or Manny interviewed. The latter surprised me a little because Manny got to be so vocal with the press starting about midway through the ALCS. But just about every other key member of the team is heard from during the movie.
If I had a critique of the DVD, I think the ALCS comeback from 3-1 was glossed over way too much. They didn’t even show Lofton being held at third in Game 7 and the Okajima DP that followed.
The action shots in all three playoff rounds were great. Josh Beckett on a big screen looks even more filthy than he does from the front row of the press box. There is one World Series
highlight of Pedroia’s key double in Game 3 where you can see in the background Julian Tavarez on the top step of the dugout imitating Pedroia’s swing as it was in progress. That looked pretty cool.
The champagne shots were great from the winning clubhouse at Coors. The on-field celebration after the last out was also pretty cool, as you can hear Schilling wrap up Dice-K and tell him he’s proud of him and you can hear Francona saying "Thanks for everything" to Ortiz as he hugs him. There’s a lot of stuff like that that makes the DVD well worth the watch. In fact, most Sox fans will probably watch it five or six times. At least until the NESN DVD comes out.
Matt Damon did a really good job on the narration. He didn’t over-do it at all. As you’re watching the DVD, he just kind of becomes another narrator and you’re not saying — oh, that’s Will Hunting from Good Will Hunting. All in all, I give the DVD 3 and a half stars. It would have been four if they would have gotten more in depth on the ALCS comeback.
Did anyone else see it yet? Please chime in with any and all thoughts.