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When It Was a Game Blu-ray

United States
The Complete Collection HBO | 1991-2000 | 181 min | Unrated | Jun 07, 2011

When It Was a Game (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Spanish: DTS 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Slipcover in original pressing

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Audio 3.0 of 53.0
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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When It Was a Game

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When It Was a Game Blu-ray offers solid video and decent audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

These are the greats of baseball history, legends in their lifetime legends today. It's baseball as you've never seen it before the way you always imagined the way it was. When It Was A Game is composed entirely of 8 and 16 mm home movie footage taken by fans and the players themselves between 1934 and 1957.

For more about When It Was a Game and the When It Was a Game Blu-ray release, see When It Was a Game Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.



When It Was a Game Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

"The following program consists solely of 8 & 16mm home movie film. It was taken by Major League Baseball players and fans. The color is all original."

True to the opening disclaimer that accompanies its first two entries, When It Was a Game: The Complete Collection's 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation doesn't feature any scenes recorded in recent years, interview or otherwise. Instead, each episode consists of archive footage and archive footage alone, meaning there isn't a single shot that screams "high definition standout." Even the series' first-episode title card looks fittingly worn and weathered; a nod to the HBO series' unwavering devotion to its source materials. And almost all of the imperfections that appear -- color and clarity inconsistencies, poor saturation, muted black levels, specks, scratches, splotches, lines and all manner of print blemishes -- are inherent to the vintage home movies used to create the series, making it difficult to criticize the results. If anything, the results beg the question: why Blu-ray? The answer, though, is simple: because it represents a more proficient presentation than HBO was previously capable of producing for home video release. Comparisons between the new Blu-ray release and its DVD counterpart reveal a number of subtle improvements, nominal or downright negligible as they may be. Ultimately, as long as you're armed with appropriate expectations, When It Was a Game won't disappoint. That said, those who own the DVD edition may find such a modest upgrade isn't worth the cost of admission. Proceed accordingly.


When It Was a Game Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

The same could be said of HBO's DTS-HD Master Audio stereo track. The difference between the Blu-ray edition's lossless mix and the standard DVD's lossy track is marginal at best, and doesn't eliminate the obvious volume and fidelity variances between the interviews, commentaries, anecdotes, literary readings and archive audio recordings that narrate each episode. Sound effects and crowd cheers are merely background noise buried beneath the speakers' voices, the series' music and period songs aren't always prioritized as efficiently as they could be, and normalization discrepancies abound. Even so, I doubt anyone will so much as bat an eye. A lossless track is most appreciated; regardless of how much or how little it improves the experience, Warner can't be accused of shortchanging the series' Blu-ray release. Unless you're expecting a water-into-wine sonic miracle, When It Was a Game's DTS-HD MA track is as commendable as its video transfer, glaring flaws and all. Only a complete overhaul would change matters and, even then, I can't imagine by very much.



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61*, When It Was a Game announced on Blu-ray - March 3, 2011

HBO Home Entertainment, in conjunction with Warner Home Video, has announced two baseball-related titles for Blu-ray release on June 7: the feature 61*, centered on the quest of the New York Yankees' Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle to break Babe Ruth's home run record; ...


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