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Reel Baseball DVD
Reel Baseball

Reel Baseball

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Reel Baseball is an outstanding collection from Kino of baseball-themed films from the silent era of American cinema. The two-disc set is anchored by an unexpected and enjoyable 1920 feature, "Headin' Home," starring a boyish and slender Babe Ruth in a silly but vibrant piece of fiction about the roots of the legendary player. Portrayed as a hayseed essentially waiting to be discovered, Ruth never looked or performed (as an actor) better than in this expertly paced farce. He re-tools his own legend, playing some version of himself as a rough diamond recruited into playing against his own hometown team and doing well enough to be nearly lynched. The other long production here is the ambitious "The Busher," from 1919, starring Charles Ray as another rural talent fetched up by a visiting team and spat out when he cant get his head in a big league game. Roaming anonymously in the aftermath of his failure, Rays character comes home ragged and beaten, but baseball has a way of extending opportunities for redemption. Elsewhere in the collection are a number of short pieces, some of them fragments or excerpts, others complete. Among the highlights is a wonderful Felix the Cat cartoon, "Felix Saves the Day," a funny, mixed-media work in which the darkly mischievous Felix proves an adept pitcher and hitter in street games, then loses a valuable teammate when the latter is thrown in jail. For all its relative simplicity, there are some surprising and delightful moments, including a hilarious chase scene in whichanimated characters are running amok over real-world buildings somehow excerpted from a photograph. "Kinogram" is a one-minute, undated strip of footage of Ruth in his Yankees uniform. "His Last Game" is an amusing if somewhat tawdry comedy from 1909, abo
Title: Reel Baseball
Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films), Sports-Baseball
Starring: Colleen Moore, Charles Ray, Lucinda Jenney, George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Ruth Taylor, Michael Speero, Mathew Dunne, Babe Ruth, William Sheer, Bonnie Keith
Director: Lawrence C. Windom
Studio: Kino Lorber
Number of Discs: 2
Attributes: Remastered
Release Date: 4/3/2007
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 738329052928
Item #: KOV005292

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