Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|WRIGLEY FIELD Beyond the Ivy|
Actor: Narrator: William Petersen
Director: David Levenson
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Sports, Documentary
Grand Slam Video!
Michael J Neumeister | Tonawanda, New York United States | 11/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the most entertaining, humorous, insightful, and off-beat films that I've ever seen! This video has something for everyone, including people who don't even care all that much about baseball. I liked it as much for the things that it isn't as much as the things that it is. Finally, someone has done a baseball-related movie that doesn't include scratchy film footage of great plays from long ago; or interviews with self-important millionaire ballplayers; or cliche-ridden pontification from journalists about the beauty of the game. Instead, the filmmakers have crafted a film about fans, fanaticism, obsession, and the atmosphere and excitement that is part of attending a ball game in one of the last remaining classic ballparks. "Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy" relegates the game and players to the background, and puts everyday people like you and me in starring roles.We bought the video this summer as a souvenier of our visit to Chicago, where we attended our first Cubs game. And what a great reminder it continues to be about the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark. We catch new things everytime we watch. I crack-up with laughter every time I watch the part about the ticket scalper. My wife was moved to tears the first time she saw the section about the janitor who lives across the street from Wrigley. My son loves the comedy section with the poor fellow who can't find a place to park. And my daughter loves any time that William Peterson (from "CSI"), the host of the film, is on screen.Anybody who has ever spent time in the Wrigley Field neighborhood, or who wants a lasting visual remnder of the beauty of the ballpark (afterall, it's not going yo be there forever) or who is a "people-watcher" should absolutely own this video. They will not be disappointed!"
A time-capsule and timeless too!
susan m o'connell | Brookfield, IL | 10/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every American deserves a few wild summers at the ballpark. My heyday as a grandstand "annie" was in the 1980's, when bleacher seats were still sold day-of-game. My friends and I would camp out overnight on Sheffield Avenue to get the front row on weekend afternoons. What I liked best - and what most Cub fans understand - is that the players, who come and go, really take second to the stories that unfold in the stands at every turn. This movie captures those stories the way the Greeks captured Troy - by sneaking up on them. Some of the characters it depicts, I've actually bumped into at Wrigley. Others I've heard the rumors about. I have been that parking maniac! I have yelled out at those ball-hawks in the left-field bleachers. I have been that Clark Street sot (for a nite or two). I have scored seats off that ticket scalper! As for "Woo-Woo", the unauthorized Cubs mascot who screams like no one else: I have hearing loss from that guy! These, along with others in "Beyond the Ivy", are the people who make Wrigley Field into a living thing. The ball game becomes almost an alibi!Of course I wished the Cubs would make it all the way this season. But I also knew that if they did, it would change the society of Wrigley, maybe forever. This movie gets inside our little society (of which I'm an alumna with frequent homecomings) through the stories of people who started going to the games about when I did, and never left. If the Cubs ever do win a World Series, this movie will be a time-travelog to remember the way it was.And if losing does build character, then Cub fans have the strongest, strangest character or all sports fans. This movie proves it! I hope there is a place like Wrigley Field in every city. (Each place like that should have its own movie.) If they haven't, they're welcome to visit ours, either in person or through "Beyond the Ivy". A nice-but-naughty valentine to our magical spot and its everloving goofball fans!"
Really bad Film
Brian | Portland, OR United States | 11/14/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I did not like this film. I wanted to learn the history of Wrigley Field and was very disappointed. It did not say anything about Wrigley Field, just about people who attended the games. I didnot like the films format and style."
Not for a Cub fan, or anyone wanting the Wrigley Field exper
BobbyT | Chicago, IL USA | 04/05/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Bad. I kept looking at the clock hoping that the DVD was almost over. A few inside chuckles IF you know Wrigleyville. No insight. Do these producers understand how much the Cub fans dislike Woo-Woo. More to Wrigley Field than the scalpers and ball hawks. Spend the money on an afternoon at Wrigley Field."