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Astros 50th Anniversary: Collector’s Edition DVD Review

The “Astros 50th Anniversary: Collector’s Edition” DVD set will certainly please fans of the club.

With the Astros currently below .500 in the 2012 season, it seems as good a time as any to remember the good ol’ days of the club. With this newly released DVD set, Astros fans can enjoy the best moments of the club’s 50 year existence.

First up in the set is a game against the Dodgers way back on September 26, 1981. This game is notable for a commanding pitching performance by Nolan Ryan. This is the game where he threw his fifth no-hitter. It’s always great to relive a performance by Nolan Ryan who is undoubtedly one of the all-time greats.

Next up, we jump ahead 5 years to 1986 (September 25th to be exact). In this game against the SF Giants, Cy Young winning pitcher Mike Scott not only pitches a no-hitter, but managed to clinch the division with this win as well. Since I was but a wee lad at this time, I wasn’t too familiar with Scott so it was nice to get a chance to see his pitching style (which really blew me away).

For the third game on this set, we jump forward to the Astros most successful year (2005) where the club went to the World Series for the first and only time. This particular game was game 4 of the NLDS playoffs (Oct. 9th) where they beat the Braves to move onto the NLCS and eventually the World Series. This game is notable for being the longest playoff game. It went a whopping 18 innings. Aside from the length, this is a pretty intense and dramatic game that features great homers by Lance Berkman, Adam LaRoche and Chris Burke. You also get to see Roger Clemens appear as a reliever because the Astros ran out of pitchers.

The last game here is a regular season contest against the Colorado Rockies on June 28, 2007. The game itself is an exciting 11 inning regular season affair that features a walk-off grand slam by Carlos Lee. However, that’s not the reason this game is included here. The highlight of this game is legendary second baseman Craig Biggio getting his 3,000 hit. Going into the game, he was 3 shy of the mark. By the time the game was over, he wound up with 5 hits. Yes, you read that right. This is baseball at its best right here.

A bonus disc is also included on this set with a documentary titled “Astros Memories.” This 76 minute docu touches on the Colt .45s, the Astrodome, Nolan Ryan, Minute Maid Park, their epic 2005 year, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and the memorable years of the franchise (1980, 1986, 1997, 1998 1999, 2004). Interviews with past Astros staff and players are included.

Video/Audio:

As you’d expect, the games differ in picture quality. Aside from the 2007 game (which is in the best shape), expect to see lots of faded colors, video errors, and flickers in the rest of the games. There’s nothing too bad though.

The Dolby Digital Stereo audio tracks are solid. The announcers and crowd sound as sharp as can possibly be.

Extras:
* Post-game interviews on all of the games except the 2005 one.
* Bob Watson chats about the Colt. 45s and the Astros.

*”Nolan Ryan In The Gym”- A look at Ryan’s gym routine.
* “Astros No-Hitters Under The Dome”- Title says it all.
* “Dierker’s Diary: What Might Have Been”- A look at the tragedies in the Astros history.
* “Bob Aspromonte Home Run Story”- Bob tells a touching story.
* “Craig Biggio’s Biggest Night”- Obviously, this is about Biggio’s 3,000 hit.
* “Dierker’s Diary: The All-Time Astros Team”- Dierker picks his dream team.
* “Houston Midsummer Classics”- A look at the 68, 86 and 2004 all-star games.

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May 15, 2012 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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