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Branca's Pitch [Import USA Zone 1]


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  • Format : Noir et blanc, Cinémascope, NTSC, Import
  • Audio : Anglais
  • Région : Région 1 (USA et Canada). Ce DVD ne pourra probablement pas être visualisé en Europe. Plus d'informations sur les formats DVD/Blu-ray.
  • Nombre de disques : 1
  • Studio : Strand Home Video
  • Date de sortie du DVD : 1 octobre 2013
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  • ASIN: B00E49KVD4
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a8e9990) étoiles sur 5 7 commentaires
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HASH(0x8a5420f0) étoiles sur 5 Part story of classic 1950s baseball player; part story of a celebrity "ghost writer" 28 septembre 2013
Par Steve Ramm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD
My fellow Amazon "Top 60 Reviewer", K Harris, has already posted a lengthy review about the film so I will not repeat much of what he wrote but, rather, embellish on it, hoping to provide additional info.

As K says the film, on the surface, appears to be only for baseball fans - particularly those over 55 or 60 who may remember the famous 1951 game. (Me? I was 7 at the time and a Philles fan.) . But it is more than that. Early on it becomes almost as equally a documentary on "ghost writer" David Ritz who has "co-authored over 100 autobiographies. As you will see, he normally completes a book in 60 days. I've reviewed "Ritz" books in the past but had never seen or heard him till now. With two heavily tattooed arms and various piercings - along with a shaved head - he could easily fit in with a heavy metal band. And I actually found Ritz's story more interesting than Branca's.

There is a third major character in the film: Wall Street Journal reporter Joshua Prager. Prager is not mentioned on the package or - surprisingly - in the press release, but he is included in interviews in the film. Without Prager, there would be no reason for the film, except to promote the Branca/Ritz book. It was Prager who, in 2008, broke the story of the "stolen signs" (you'll understand when you see the film) in an article and in a follow-up book. Prager supported his research and Branca write it off. Ritz, as K Harris points out, didn't care about facts. He just wanted to move on to his next co-write.

I don't think that K pointed out that the film is in BLACK & WHITE to blend in with the old newsreel footage used. This didn't bother me much and actually shows Branca's features more (he was 85 at time of filming). Direct Andrew Muscato - whose previous film "Ballplayer: Pelotero" impressed me (see my Amazon review) uses some strange filming techniques which broke up the parts that were becoming boring for me (repetitive stories), but his use of mostly gospel music as a soundtrack often distracted me from the story. For that reason alone, I deducted one star.

The DVD has no special features. Just a series of four "trailers" for other Strand Releasing DVDs.

Yes, I can recommend this to anyone interested classic baseball with a partial recommendation to those interested in how celebrities have their bio co-written). Well worth a watching.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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HASH(0x8a5420cc) étoiles sur 5 A Baseball Documentary That Examines The Very Nature Of Truth Versus Perspective 21 septembre 2013
Par K. Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Being someone who watches documentaries about every conceivable subject, I like to speculate about how much cross-over appeal a movie might have. Some documentaries strike such a universal chord, they can be embraced by a diverse array of viewers. Others may have a more specialized allure. "Branca's Pitch," at first glance, seems like a title that would primarily be of interest to those with a fascination for baseball, especially from a historical perspective. That's a big "duh," right? As the movie progresses, however, its simple structure reveals something a little more complex. In many ways, the documentary debates the nature of truth and how we each construct a personal version of events over the years. The notion of biography is not about absolutes but about perspective and bias. And this examination, done very subtly, lends an unexpected element to "Branca's Pitch" that I found quite intriguing.

On the surface, Andrew J. Muscato's film covers a period of time in which infamous Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca enlists the aid of ghostwriter David Ritz to pen a biographical treatment of his life. Branca is most associated for the so-called "Shot Heard 'Round The World," a pitch that lost the 1951 National League Pennant to the Giants in the most amazing come-back story in sport's history. Branca was vilified by the press and public, and this one moment has defined much of his life. As "Branca's Pitch" opens, we meet the elderly Branca. He's a nice guy who insists that he's made peace with the events of his youth. And truthfully, there's no reason to suspect otherwise. The beginning of the movie is as much about the book writing process as it is about baseball, and Ritz is just as central throughout.

Eventually, though, we get to Branca's recounting of events. As Branca lays out the scenario, once again I took his statements at face value. But what is truth? What is perspective? Even Ritz isn't concerned with literal facts if the essence of a story is maintained. As more of the truth unfolds, however, you start to realize that the narrator is somewhat unreliable. Not only does the shocking story behind the Giants' win come into focus, so does the multi-layered persona behind Branca unfold. You're left, in many ways, to piece things together for yourself. And while I may not be describing it very effectively, it was an absolutely fascinating experience. In the end, I felt I came much closer to knowing Branca and the dynamics of how one moment can affect a life. He may not always reveal the full story (intentionally or not, I suspect not), but the movie does. An interesting approach that grows more meaningful as the film progresses. KGHarris, 9/13.
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HASH(0x8a54772c) étoiles sur 5 Branca's Gem 4 octobre 2013
Par James Montemurro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
Insightful and heart warming. Producer and director, Andrew Muscato, has given us a gem of a documentary, not just about baseball, but morals, faith, and the true meaning of life. "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" has been chronicled in many ways but this film brings the story to another level, touching your soul. See this movie today.
HASH(0x8a547714) étoiles sur 5 Good stuff for baseball fans 30 septembre 2015
Par Jim Hickey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Achat vérifié
Great stuff for baseball fans. Real inside look at what may have been baseball's most dramatic moment.
HASH(0x8a547bdc) étoiles sur 5 Historical 28 décembre 2015
Par Helen Troy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
Historical story of interest to baseball followers.
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