World Series 2013 Film - Boston Red Sox - Blu-ray Review
team that once had a perilously long 'losing-streak' and
was often referred to as being a team under a curse made it out from
under the immense
negative chatter and became one of the most successful baseball teams
last several years. There was ultimately three wins by the team for the
prize from the World Series championship, something that stands as a
tactile, and stunning achievement in sports. It all culminated once
the win in 2013, which showcased just how stunning a team the Boston
could be -- it was a team of many players who knew how to work well
accomplish what was necessary with regards to the games -- fulfilling
dreams in the sport of Baseball and brining joy to the enormous fan
cherishes their athletic skills and talent.
by acclaimed director (and actor) Ben Affleck,
himself a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, this
96 minute long documentary features
interviews with all of the members of the team discussing their
together during the season and celebrates their success along the way.
are also some heartfelt discussions about the tragedy within Boston
the '13 world series and it makes the documentary surprisingly moving
unexpected ways that will hopefully serve as a reminder of the power of the human spirit to overcome -- it's one of
the many ways in which this documentary serves to showcase both the
physical skills demonstrated by the Red Sox team as well as other
that make them stand out in a fascinating way.
of the 2013 World Series games and of the Boston Red
Sox (most especially - perhaps unsurprisingly - given who won the
find a lot worth enjoying in this documentary exploring the season and
team. It's not an in-depth profile of
everything that happened, but it's surprisingly effective in
the big highlights into easily digested components that will please
even entice relative newcomers.
a lot to appreciate about this beautifully realized
documentary and I sincerely feel that massive fans of the Boston Red
love the experience it offers. So I hope that it does manage to become
title for those diehard Sox fans so that this quality show can be seen
years down the road. Regardless of
future games played and potential wins this is the perfect celebratory
a wonderful year in the history of the Red Sox team and of the World
Major League Baseball.
presentation of the film is notable for a
documentary production. I was quite impressed by the overall quality of
was presented. Despite being a transfer of a 720p source, this is the
slickly-produced documentary work that beautifully represents the
the team. This is an MPEG-4 AVC encoded transfer preserved in the
1.78:1 widescreen. The imagery is often clean and with good color
and decent depth. While there are some moments of occasional
hiccups that one might notice on a larger HDTV, the bulk of the
smooth, fluid, and successful. Fans of the Boston Red Sox should be
to see such a nice presentation given to this documentary film.
the specifications of the release indicate
a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack but this is mainly inaccurate as
almost nothing at all coming from the surrounds during the film (not
during the clips of the Red Sox winning the game and celebrating their
victory). In other words, this is essentially a 2.0 sound-mix opened up
but without much done to increase the acoustical splendor. It's a
sounding presentation that is great at reproducing dialogue and
narrative of the documentary, but it's certainly not that amazing a
design and it should not be anticipated as such by anyone. It just gets
done efficiently for a documentary and the boost to lossless audio
well in the clarity of vocals presented.
are a number of short
supplemental features included on this release. Each additional bonus
has been encoded in AVC and when the footage was genuine HD there is an
appreciable boost in quality: though some of the material transferred
be from less impressive source material. I found this commendable as I
encounter many Blu-rays containing standard definition material (even
occasionally on more recent releases and productions).
you can find a breakdown of
what has been included on MLB's 2013 World Series Champions Blu-ray
Celebrations (1.32) is a brief
Series Highlights (10:38) focuses in on some
of the biggest highlights of the games in the 2013 World Series.
Series Parade (3:23) has some additional
footage of the Boston Red Sox participation in the parade in Boston.
October: Red Sox (2:32) showcases some
behind-the-scenes moments with players from the Red Sox as they prepare
their day -- by either lifting weights, getting into a massage chair,
to set-up a viewing of another team's big game that they are soon going
against. It's a nice little extra.
Player Poll Pedroia/Ortiz (3:51) is a
highlight featurette about
Pedroia and Ortiz as players.
of Fame - 2013 World Series (1:22) is a brief
clip-show style video in celebration of the Hall of Fame for the '13
Beard Came Here to Party (3:42) is a music
video by Tim Montana and the Shrednecks and featuring Billy F Gibbons .
includes footage of them performing the song mixed in with footage from
Boston Red Sox's bearded season.
Obama Calls John Farrell (:58) is a brief congratulatory
phone-call made by the President to the Boston Red Sox manager.
is also a section entitled "More Official
MLB DVD's" which contains ads for
home media releases made possible by Major League Baseball.
of the Boston Red Sox should be delighted by this
official 2013 World Series film newly available on Blu-ray. It's an
and celebratory documentary for fans of the team about the season and
players who make up the team. It's aimed directly at big fans of the
team and for that audience this will be a wonderful experience. This is
an easy recommendation for those who wish to re-visit highlights from
the 2013 games or for those who may have missed out on
some of it the first go around. This is a quality Blu-ray release with
PQ/AQ, some nice extras, and a superb documentary film that is a
perfect delight for a
diehard Red Sox fan.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.