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Baseball Great Ripken and Movie Icon Levinson Spotlighted at HERE

10 Sep, 2004 By: Kurt Indvik

With Major League Baseball (MLB) in the heat of division races on the way to pennant battles and the World Series, show organizers of the upcoming Home Entertainment Retail Expo, Sept. 20-22, in Baltimore, are highlighting a couple of Baltimore's baseball greats during a special evening at the show.

Show attendees will have a chance to meet Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. during the opening night party Sept. 21, held inside the city's famous Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Ripken, who was revered throughout MLB for playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games between 1982 and 1998, was also an American League MVP and All-Star MVP, and held batting and fielding titles.

Ripken's appearance is courtesy of sponsor Hart Sharp Video, which will be announcing a new home video business relationship with the baseball great at the event.

Earlier that same day, producers of “Homicide: Life on the Street,” the award-winning 1990s TV series, will participate in a “live DVD commentary” about the series and the impact DVD has had for the show's fans and creators during the business session.

Producers Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and James Yoshimura will talk about their experiences writing for and producing the series, which was shot on location in Baltimore and garnered numerous Emmy, Director's Guild and Writers Guild awards as well as a Peabody award.

“I can't think of a more compelling or prestigious program than a creative discussion among the people responsible for this extraordinary series,” said VSDA president Bo Andersen.

The series was known for its gritty portrayal of life on a city police force and its edgy camera work and editing.

The fifth season of “Homicide: Life on the Street” is being released by A&E Home Video Sept. 28.

Levinson, a director, producer and writer, will also receive the VSDA's Career Achievement Award at the business session “Celebrating Baltimore's Gold.” Levinson's films include Diner, Rain Man, Avalon, Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Wag the Dog and many others.

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