directed by Sam Wood
USA 1942

 

Eloquently written (by Herman Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling from a story by Paul Gallico), stunningly photographed, and directed with great sensitivity, THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES is the sweet, sentimental, and utterly American story of Lou Gehrig, the "Iron Man" first baseman of the indefatigable New York Yankees of the 1920s and 30s. Gary Cooper is exceptional as Gehrig and Teresa Wright marvelous as his sweetheart (and later wife), Eleanor.


Gehrig leads the Yankees to the World Series, becoming one of the best ever to play the game, until, in 1939, he learns that he has a lethal neurological disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, since known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and has only a short time to live. He retires from baseball and makes a dramatic farewell at Yankee Stadium (perhaps the most famous scene in any sports film), standing at home plate and stating, "Some people say I've had a bad break, but I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

 Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 14th, 1942

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DVD Comparison: 

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM (65th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

MGM

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM (65th Anniversary Edition)

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:08:20 2:08:20

Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate : MGM

Bitrate: MGM (65th Anniversary Edition)

Audio English (Dolby Digital Mono), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono) English (Dolby Digital Mono), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: September 17th, 2002
Keep case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: MGM (65th Anniversary Edition)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• none
 

DVD Release Date: April 7th, 2007
Keep Case inside cardboard box

Chapters 16

 

 

Comments:

These MGM DVD editions are EXACTLY the same. The only difference is that the Anniversary Edition package offers a cardboard sleeve (funnily enough it doesn't even have new text - it is the same spiel written on the keep case insert). And for your trouble the Anniversary Edition is minutely more money ($0.20). In all fairness they should have just called this a re-issue instead of trying to fool the public - this DVD does nothing at all to celebrate the 65th Anniversary.

The transfer that came out in 2002 is not bad at all - progressive and quite acceptable contrast. There are a few blemishes (speckles) but nothing to get riled up about. There are yellow optional subtitles and clear and consistent mono audio. No extras at all where to properly celebrate the 65 Anniversary you would think some video featurette or commentary would be called for. The film certainly deserves at least that.

Wholesome good nostalgic fun that purports the virtues of courage and determination in a story of how one man and his quiet demeanour was able to touch so many with his gift. Yeah, they don't make'm like this anymore.

All we have to say to MGM is 'not on DVDBeaver's watch'. A great reasonably priced DVD but obviously NO reason to double dip (as many would expect) and shame on MGM! 

Gary W. Tooze

 

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Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC

 

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