TROUBLE CITY

DVD REVIEW: BALTIMORE ORIOLES LEGENDS - CAL RIPKEN, JR

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STUDIO: A&E
MSRP: $59.98
RATED:
Unrated
RUNNING TIME: 912 Minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Highlights from game #3,121 postgame ceremony
  • 2001 All Star MVP Award Presentation
  • Rare interviews
  • Special Cal Ripken Jr. game footage
  • Interactive menus

The Pitch

Cal Ripken, Jr. is an immortal baseball player to many. Here's a gigantic masturbatory boxed set devoted to the man and his many achievements.

The Humans

Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken. Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Sr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Brady Anderson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Rafael Palmiero, Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Albert Belle, Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr.

If Cal Ripken, Jr. needed any ego stroking. He's covered until the Mayan Doomsday.


"Before I overemphasize every Latin name, allow me to ask myself an important question and that question is, 'Mr. Miller, why would you copy Chris Berman's ass hairstyle?'."

The Nutshell

The Cubs won back to back World Series titles. You think the fans would find that fulfilling enough to shut their flaps, but since those titles were in 1907 and 1908 it appears they may be a little restless. It's been 99 years since they won the World Series. The Florida Marlins have won twice already and they've been around only a couple of decades. That's why baseball has such a nice tapestry to it. It's the mixture of superstition and odd statistics that make the sport so fun. Is there a "Billy Goat" curse on the Cubbies? Did Steve Bartman scuttle the chances for an entire season [which led to Marlins title #2]? Is Alfonso Soriano the latest in a long line of big moves that led to nothing?

The fun thing about the Cubs, a romanticism that affects zero other clubs... is that it's not only acceptable with the fans that they flounder, but it's a security blanket they finally have all to themselves after the Red Sox popped corks in 2004. This set isn't devoted to failure, but rather a snippet of shining moments in the recent past for the team. That said, the cynic in me wants to think that this set is a concession. There's joy in here but a lot of it is seriously tainted.


BJ Surhoff is confused, but not nearly as much as the folks who chose him #1 in the draft.

The Lowdown

Let's look at what these eight discs focus on and see if I'm right about the tainted nature of this collection:


"Here's yet another award Cal. How is your brother Fuckface doing?"

The thing that sucks is that the Cubs are lovable losers. I'd have liked to have seen the Bartman game or the one where they found the cork in Sosa's bat. Or some other gem from the annals of history. Instead, I get to see some Cubs I love [Grace, Maddux], and one I truly despise [Sosa, don't get me started on that egotistical vacuum of intellect] in a setting that seems to be missing something.

Then again it may just be the trophy that's missing. With the Cubs though, the void is what makes them whole.


NOT OFF SMOLTZ YOU IDIOT!

These games are good ones, though for the most part they're not as dreamy as the ones in many of the sets which have already seen the light of day, aside from the somewhat spotty ones devoted to one year's World Series [the Chicago and St. Louis one scome to mind as well as the non-Yankees games in the Boston set]. Those box sets are about world titles, so a few bum games are part of the deal. When hammering out definitive and seminal Cubs games, it seems that there were a lot of better choices out there. I mean, I like the idea of them honoring individual Cubs. It makes sense, especially in that city where legends are made. I just think that perhaps the desire to appease Cubs fans became more important than delivering a box set that would appeal to people who just love the game.


The Package

These are the best layouts in the entire world of DVD. One look, unmodified. Every square inch of space is used and there's no inserts, instead relying on the sleeves and transparent holders to convey all the pertinent info. It's glorious.

I don't like the lack of a "Bonus" disc here, because it makes it harder to find all the special features scattered around. That said, the quality of these packages is unmistakable.

My suggestions for the next set:

Duh.

6.0 out of 10