Phillies Celebrate World Series Win on DVD8 Nov, 2008 By: John Latchem
Philadelphia Phillies fans will be able to relive their team’s five-game 2008 World Series win with official home video keepsakes sanctioned by Major League Baseball.
Shout! Factory for the first time will offer the annual official World Series highlight film on Blu-ray Disc. The 2008 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Tampa Bay Rays home video, chronicling the Phillies capturing their first championship since 1980, streets Nov. 25 on DVD at $19.99 and Dec. 16 on Blu-ray at $29.99. Prebook for both is Nov. 14.
The Rays captured the franchise’s first American League pennant after 10 consecutive losing seasons since the team began play in 1998. But they were no match for the seasoned Phillies, led by Series MVP Cole Hamels, who won the championship in five games. Due to inclement weather, the game-five clincher was delayed halfway through and took three days to complete.
The official Major League Productions footage on the highlight film takes fans behind-the-scenes with intimate interviews with players and coaches and peeks into the clubhouse. Extras include footage from Phillies playoff clinchers, a remix of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a tour of player Shane Victorino’s home, the World Series trophy presentation and more.
A Shout! Factory spokesperson said the film will be narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard, who lives in the Philadelphia area.
Meanwhile, A&E Dec. 9 (prebook Nov. 18) will release the eight-DVD Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Collector’s Edition boxed set at $79.95. The collection includes the complete broadcasts of all five games of the World Series, games four and five of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a bonus disc featuring locker room celebrations, trophy presentations, highlights from the season and footage from the victory parade.
Each World Series game offers four different audio tracks, allowing Phillies fans to watch the Fox TV broadcast while listening to radio announcers Harry Kalas, Larry Anderson, Scott Fianzke and Chris Wheeler.