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Reviews » Blu-ray Reviews » Major League Baseball: 2017 World Series Film: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Blu-ray)
Major League Baseball: 2017 World Series Film: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Blu-ray)
Shout Factory // Unrated // December 5, 2017 // Region A
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Review by Ryan Keefer | posted January 5, 2018 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

A few weeks back when I was watching the Houston Astros' Collector's Edition set that chronicled their first ever championship, I grumbled about the lack of a separate film to accompany the ‘stros rise to prominence. And lo and behold, it's here now!

The film showed the Astros' rise through the postseason, dispatching the Boston Red Sox 3 games to 1 in a Best of Five AL Division Series, and the New York Yankees were up next. After winning the first two at Minute Maid Park before dropping the following 3 in Yankee Stadium, the Astros routed the Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 and Morton shut out the Yankees for five innings in Game 7 and the bullpen held the lead and continuing the shut out in a 4-0 win.

The Astros' series opponent Los Angeles Dodgers had tons of talent both in pitching and hitting. LA's Clayton Kershaw gave the Dodgers Game 1 and a wild extra innings affair (the Astros taking the lead before the Dodgers tying in the 10th) led to a 7-6 Astros win in 11 innings in Game 2. The teams split Games 3 & 4 as well before a 5 hour Game 5 that saw the Astros come back from a three-run deficit and eventually tie the game 7-7 with the Dodgers in the fifth inning. The Astros surged ahead before giving up their lead, and a walk off single game them a 13-12 win in 10 innings. Game 6 saw Justin Verlander outdueled in Houston, and Game 7 had Yu Darvish for LA against Charlie Morton in LA. And Darvish was hit, early and often, with the Astros' 5 runs in the first two innings being enough for a 5-1 win and the title.

Along with Houston's on-field accomplishments, we see quieter moments at home or before games, like Altuve's time with his family, or jocular conversations in the batting cage, many candid moments that are part of the off-field side of players. Also, because of the Astros' place in current events, some mention of Hurricane Harvey is mentioned as well. It all makes for a powerful story that seeing it over a broader timeline brings a slight emotional poignancy to.

There may be similar stories told with creative flair or boldness, but the Houston Astros' World Series run of 2017 was one of quiet determination and resolve, a symbol of the fans that see them, and their similar characteristics in the face of adversity. It's not flashy but doesn't have to be, and is a solid film.

The Blu-ray:
The Video:

1.78:1 widescreen and looks good in high definition. The game footage looks dead on from the initial broadcasts and the footage away from games looks fine as well. The blues and oranges in Houston's uniforms look good and flesh tones are accurate without being oversaturated, image detail is natural and generally is avoid of any inherent flaws or softness. All in all natural looking and not really worth griping over (a standard definition disc accompanies the package).

The Sound:

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround which was perfectly adequate considering the source material, which was replaying broadcasts and its own interview footage. There's a warm layer of crowd noise during the games that is clean as can be and the dialogue is well-balanced and consistent through the listening experience. Another good presentation by Shout!

Extras:

Similar to past films, you have footage from the moments where the team clinched pennants, playoff berths, etc. (13:19) and a self-explanatory piece called "How They Got There" (2:48). "Regular Season Highlights" (4:54) covers first home runs, wins and other special moments during the regular season, and "Houston Strong" (4:23) shows the damage to the city from Harvey. Footage of the victory parade (2:26) rounds things out.

Final Thoughts:

It's nice to revisit the Houston Astros' World Series win, and the film on the series dispenses with any frills and tells the story and allows the viewer to glean the effective narrative and emotional moments. Technically the disc is good and the bonus materials are fine (though are things we've seen before). Fans of the Astros shouldn't hesitate about grabbing both Blu-ray releases if so inclined.

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