Incredible World Series, weak DVD
Joseph Boone | Irvine, CA United States | 10/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD contains two separate documentaries showcasing highlights from culled from both the 1987 and 1991 World Series. The 1987 series (Twins vs. Cardinals) is narrated by Al Michaels who was also the play-by-play voice and is joined by analysts Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer on the calls. Ernie Harwell narrates the 1991 series (Twins vs. Braves) with Jack Buck and McCarver as the broadcast team in the highlights. In addition to the highlights, there are also brief interview clips that were obviously conducted shortly after the games were played.
While this volume will obviously be of interest to Twins fans, the truth is that any baseball fan would do well to check it out. The 1991 series was truly incredible and is arguably the greatest of all time. I'm not a fan of either team and I bought this solely because I remembered how suspenseful and dramatic it was. The highlights could have been a bit longer for the 1991 series but for the most part they did a decent job of capturing the sense of what happened. The 1987 series was certainly entertaining and contained interesting story lines but it's definitely the lesser light here.
The worse aspect of the DVD is the basic quality of the audio/video. The sound comes out a bit harsh and the music soundtrack sounds like it was composed and recorded entirely on a PC. To call it low budget really doesn't cover it. The picture quality is equally bad and a real disappointment. In addition to looking like a poor quality videotape, the focus is extremely soft and at times there is even a mild ghosting effect that really detracts from the viewing experience. If this DVD were sold for half its current price, this might be more forgivable but as it is, this is really inexcusable.
In the final analysis, I recommend this product but definitely with reservations. I hope that MLB will someday see fit to release a highlight DVD of the 1991 World Series that truly does it justice. But, at the moment, this is the only option available to baseball fans. So despite the relatively high price and weak production values I would recommend any true fan to pick up a copy and enjoy one of the great match-ups of all time."
Love the Twins. Hate the DVDs.
Jeremiah L. Graves | Boston, MA | 02/10/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so I thought I was getting a helluva deal when I purchased this item. It had vintage World Series footage from both 1987 and 1991...as a huge Twins fan that seemed like a great deal.
Unfortunately, it's basically just the exact footage--undoctored, unrestored, etc--from back in the day. The same corny announcers. The same crappy quality. Although they did add a bunch of really, really, REALLY lame music to "spice things up" a bit.
I thought I was getting a far more modern, sleek updated video package chronicling the Twins two improbable World Series runs, instead I received a compilation video I could have made myself.