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BOSTON RED SOX: 2007 WORLD SERIES COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Review by Michael Jacobson

Audio:  Dolby Stereo
Video:  Full Frame 1.33:1
Studio:  A&E
Features:  See Review
Length:  1205 Minutes
Release Date:  December 11, 2007

“It’s the most impossible thing to get done, and we got it done.”David Ortiz

Film ***1/2

Once upon a time, there was talk of a curse…the Curse of the Bambino, as it were.  The Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, and history was made for both teams…glorious history for the Yanks, but a dubious one for the Sox.

For 86 years, the bombers from Beantown waited to reclaim a chance to call themselves the best in baseball.  It was, quite literally, a lifetime.  Faces came and went.  There were moments of magic and heartbreak.  And as always, the faithful fans stood by, wondering if that elusive title would ever return to them.

Of course, 2004 put an end to all of that, when the Sox made history, coming back from an unprecedented three games down against the Yankees in the Championship Series, and went on to win it all.  But that’s a story for another time (and another terrific available box set from A&E).  After the curse was officially over, the only question was…could the Bosox do it again?

The answer would be yes, but it took a few years.  In fact, after missing the playoffs in 2006, fans couldn’t be blamed for wondering if the dream had passed too quickly.  But 2007 was another story.  The Boston Red Sox 2007 World Series Collector’s Edition set chronicles the team’s return to glory as the best baseball had to offer.

This amazing eight disc set starts with the impressive comeback in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians.  Games 5, 6 and 7 are all included, as the Sox battled tooth and nail with the great Cleveland club for a chance to reclaim history.  As in 2004, the Championship Series was actually the jolt of adrenaline fans were most looking for.  Once the Sox made it to the World Series against the up and coming Colorado Rockies, it was more like a denouement. 

Those quick four games are also included…with the great pitching of the Sox, the heralded offence of the Rockies never had a chance.  It was a long, rocky road to the finish, but once Boston had the end in sight, they knew exactly what to do.

I’m making it sound like a cakewalk, but the World Series had some truly defining moments, including the battle of Game 3 that lasted a record 4 hours and 19 minutes.  But Sox fans will remember other moments as well, including Josh Beckett’s staggering 9 strikeouts in the first game.  Manager Terry Francona became only the second Red Sox manager in history to lead the Boston team to the top two times.

Victory is sweet, but the second time around is even sweeter.  For fans, that second time can become as many times as they can handle, thanks to this set from A&E.  There’s enough here to keep their appetites in check for months…long enough for spring training to roll around, at least. 

Video ***

Good presentations all around…taped media translated to DVD can sometimes be iffy, but A&E does a nice job bringing all the colors, images and action to life for this set.

Audio ***

A cool aspect of the audio is that it allows you to watch the games with your choice of announcers, including the Red Sox and Rockies’ own radio crews.  Plenty of cheers to give it dynamic range, so you’ll hear everything, unless you happen to be cheering right along from your own living room!

Features ***1/2

The extras include the clubhouse celebration, the presentation of the World Series Trophy and MVP award (to Mike Lowell), series clinching highlights including Manny Ramirez’ walk-off home run in game 2 of the Division Series, interviews, and highlights from the Sox’ season, including Clay Buchholz’ no-hitter and the four consecutive home runs hit against the Yankees.

Summary:

A&E is the true friend of the baseball fan, and thanks to their wonderful and comprehensive sets, the Fall Classic can be relived year round, and baseball never has to have an off season.  The Boston Red Sox proved themselves the best in the game not once, but twice.  All the evidence is right here in these eight discs.

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