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New York Giants Road To XLVI Post-Season Collector’s Edition (2012/Super Bowl/Vivendi Blu-ray Set)/The Yankles (2011/Magnolia Blu-ray)


Picture: B-/C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D/C     Main Programs: B-/C



Sports titles continue to hold steady in release, including these Blu-rays…



The New York Giants Road To XLVI Post-Season Collector’s Edition is the second title on the subject of the great football team winning the latest Super Bowl from Vivendi and follows a previous, different Championship disc on the same subject on Blu-ray and in a DVD version we reviewed at this link:





This is a set that offers much of what the first might not have, but only has four games: NFC Wild Card Playoffs vs. the Atlanta Falcons, NFC Division Playoffs vs. the Green Bay Packers, NFC Championship Game vs. the San Francisco 49ers and the Bowl game annihilating the New England Patriots.  It makes for a fine companion to the other release and makes fans happy, though this is one of the most expensive list price Blu-rays for any sport release I have seen to date.  There are no extras.



Now for a comedy spoof, David R. Brooks’ The Yankles (2011) is a somewhat politically incorrect but not bad, telling the tale of how a group of Hassidic Jewish men become a baseball team and usually lite ethnic jokes and humor that also includes other cultures.  The mostly unknown cast is not great and has little energy or chemistry, but then the script is only so good and unless you really enjoy its angle, you could see why.  The one exception is Don Most from the old hit TV sitcom Happy Days, who has the energy, comic timing and acting talent to steal every scene he is in, as if he was in his own better project.  He is the widow father of one of the Jewish players.


See it at your own risk, but unless you are part of its narrow audience, expect to be mostly bored.  Extras include virtual Baseball Cards, Deleted Scenes, Extended Musical Sequences (though this is not a Musical). Trailer, Behind The Scenes piece and a feature length audio commentary track by Brooks and Co-Writer/Producer Zev Brooks.



The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on Giants looks good for an HD sports shoot, better than the DVD we covered before that has overlapping footage and is pretty consistent despite some flaws.  Oddly, the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Yankles is poorer with too much stylized choices, noise and degraded detail for reasons unknown.


The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo on Giants and 5.1 lossless mix on Yankles are about even, with the sports recording really rich and pretty good throughout, while the latter narrative comedy which is joke and dialogue driven, has a limited soundfield and some recorded moments are weak and show the low budget.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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