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The Essential Games Of The Seattle Mariners (2010/MLB/A&E DVD Set)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Main Program: B



You don’t have to be a fan of baseball or The Seattle Mariners to appreciate A&E’s new The Essential Games Of The Seattle Mariners new DVD box set, though fans of rival teams may disagree.  However, this new 4-DVD set is loaded with extras and once again, statistics are on the back of the slender cases.  The games are (1) the 1995 AL West Division One – Game Playoff vs. California Angels, (2) “The Double” – ALDS Game 5 vs. The New York Yankees, (3) Home Sweep Home: 2000 AL Division Series vs. Chicago White Sox and (4) Record-Setting Season, Division Champions vs. Anaheim Angels.


A good team, the fans certainly have something to celebrate (like they are not in the rut the Pittsburgh Pirates are in, thanks in part to bad management) and it shows that the city is not just a great for its arts and innovations, but one of the great cities of the world.  KIRO Radio play-by-play is also included on all games.  Once again, A&E and MLB have issued another collectible DVD set and it is pretty decent, except for the picture.


That 1.33 X 1 image on all the games come from what looks like harsh digital copies of analog tapes of the games, along with other footage that is harsh and shrill throughout, featuring analog videotape flaws that include video noise, video banding, tape scratching, cross color, faded color and tape damage.  Major League Baseball needs to start a massive restoration program of all their video archives (unlike the NFL, they do not film their games since videotape arrived, but then this is a league that existed since the dawn of film) to put the original archive video through restoration processes, including better NTSC decoding.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is simple stereo at best including the games, but some other audio portions are absolutely monophonic.  Extras include the radio audio already noted, 13 featurettes about favorite players & events and a Mariners Archive commercial.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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