A Guide to the Phillies DVDs
With the holiday season upon us, stores are stocked with official Phillies merchandise. There's no better way to tell a friend, "Here, I hope somebody else didn't already get this for you" than with a special Phillies collector's-edition DVD (or DVD set).
The first DVD celebration of the Phillies to hit the market--they didn't have time to title it, clearly--the 90-minute movie focuses mainly on the playoffs and offers interviews with almost every player. Although it's certainly a Phillies movie, it has the feel of a formulaic, out-of-town production.
Narrated by: Terrence Howard.
Surreal moment: The movie opens with the Phillies players reading Phil Sheridan's column from the Inquirer the day after the World Series. (If you love local sportswriters, there are a ton in this movie.)
Best bonus feature: A tour of Shane Victorino's condo from This Week in Baseball.
This is the official Phillies-made DVD, and so with it comes the spoils: great footage not available elsewhere, and ridiculous homerism.
Narrated by: Phillies closer Brad Lidge.
Surreal moment: Lidge references the crumbling stock market as a counter to the good news of the Phillies.
Best bonus feature: Ballgirls.
This is every single pitch and at-bat of the World Series from Fox's coverage, with the final two games against the Dodgers thrown in for good measure. A final bonus DVD--there are eight in all--features season highlights.
Announced by: The Fox play-by-play man and color commentator Tim McCarver.
Surreal moment: Any of McCarver's "Keys to the Game" segments. Game 5, Rays: "Rise from the ashes." Clearly, he confused the Rays with the mythical Phoenix.
Best bonus feature: Full radio coverage from the Phillies' broadcast team.