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When It Was a Game

19 June 2011 8:09 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

A short time ago, I reviewed the documentary mini-series Apocalypse: World War II, a World War II documentary almost entirely made up of home videos, wartime filmmakers, and other found footage. I really enjoyed it because the footage had been beautifully restored, and the film's directors created a clear narrative throughout the whole series. Like Apocalypse: World War II, HBO's baseball mini-series When It Was a Game is entirely made up of real footage of baseball's greats including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Jackie Robinson. Both documentaries are made in the same style, but When It Was a Game proves that having the right director at the helm is key. Where Apocalypse: World War II was a documentary with a clear purpose, When It Was a Game devolves into a rosy love letter to the old days of baseball, double-dipped in sentimentality with a soundtrack carefully calculated for maximum nostalgia potential. »

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Blu Monday: June 7, 2011

5 June 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 Barry Pepper & Thomas Jane portray baseball legends in Billy Crystals’ 61* (2001) The Adventure Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert (1994) The comedian’s life is documented in American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009) Ian McKellen & Brad Renfro star in Bryan Singer’s chilling Apt Pupil (1998) Sasha Jackson & Elizabeth Mathis star in Blue Crush 2 - Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2011) David Lean’s Academy Award-winning war epic The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) Adam Sandler & Damon Wayans star in Bulletproof (1996) Andrea Bianchi’s Italian horror Burial Ground: The Nights Of Terror (1981) Clint & Clyde – Double Feature: Every Which Way But Loose / Any Which Way You Can Nathan Fillion voices Green Lantern: Emerald Knights – Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2011) John Savage & Treat Williams star in Hair (1979) Adam Sandler stars in Happy Gilmore (1996) G.I. Clint – Double Feature: Firefox / Heartbreak Ridge Jackie plays himself in Jackie Chan Kung »

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