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November 04, 2007

The Bronx is Burning DVD Set

I've been meaning to share this for a while now. I recently had a chance to watch the The Bronx is Burning on DVD. When the series was on ESPN, I never really got into it - probably because of when they were airing it. Still, I was happy to see if come out on DVD - because the 1977 Yankees interest me.

On the whole, I truly enjoyed The Bronx is Burning DVD set. I can testify that this series, on certain things, was dead-on with the facts. The forces behind the production must have gone to great lengths to make sure they mirrored exactly how things happened.

Sure, there were some parts of the story that I would be willing to bang heads on...the role of Fran Healy being one. The series made Healy out to be one of the clubhouse leaders on the team. That's not something that I recall happening back in 1977. But, then again, Healy was one of the "consultants" to the series, so, that could have something to do with it.

Also, certain players had large roles in the series - as you would expect. And, other players had smaller roles. But, Roy White was just about completely MIA. And, there was no mention whatsoever of Dave Kingman being on the team - and, that was a story, somewhat, in 1977 (because of his Mets connection).

Of all the acting performances, I was most impressed with Oliver Platt as Big Stein - and, I came into this one with reservations on that casting. But, having now watched his performance, I thought Platt nailed it - and I will think of his performance, now, and probably forever, when I think of George Steinbrenner.

The DVD set also comes with bonus extended interviews with Reggie, Stein, and Billy Martin Jr., which are insightful.

Having now watched it, I would recommend The Bronx is Burning DVD set for Yankees fans. I enjoyed it. And, I'll probably watch it again over the winter for a baseball fix (at some point).

Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 4, 2007 10:49 PM


Those 24 ABs Kingman got in 8 games probably didn't warrant much of a mention.

Posted by: Ben K. [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2007 10:39 AM

FWIW, the Yankees wanted to add Kingman to the post-season roster, IIRC, and were denied by the AL. There was a story there.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2007 11:51 AM