2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs Blu-ray

An excellent 8-disc Blu-ray collection which shows every pitch of the 2016 World Series. 5 Stars

Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball have teamed up to release 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs on Blu-ray, a collection which will thrill baseball fans in general and Chicago Cubs fans in particular.

Disc Information
Studio: Shout! Factory
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 1080I/AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HDMA, Other
Subtitles: None
Rating: Not Rated
Run Time: 20 Hrs.
Package Includes: Blu-ray, Other
Case Type: Flipper Blu-ray Case
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: All
Release Date: 12/13/2016
MSRP: $79.97

The Production: 5/5

Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball have teamed up to release 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs on Blu-ray, a collection which will thrill baseball fans in general and Chicago Cubs fans in particular.

This will be a short review, because anyone who watched the 2016 World Series knows exactly what to expect. The Chicago Cubs, a team which hadn’t won a Fall Classic since 1908 and hadn’t played in one since 1945, came back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the championship, culminating with a riveting Game 7 that went into extra innings.

The Fox broadcasts of each game are shown in their entirety (commercial-free), one game per disc. Also included on its own disc is the Fox broadcast of the Cub’s pennant-winning victory in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

I have always had a soft spot for the Cubs because my father was an avid Cubs fan, notwithstanding the fact that he was born in New York City in 1912 and was raised in Astoria, Queens. I once asked him why he rooted for the Cubs, and he explained that when he was a boy his group of friends decided that it would be fun if they each rooted for a different Major League baseball team. At the time there were only 16 teams, and my father and his friends drew the team names out of a hat. I don’t know if he ever even set foot in Chicago, but he never got to see them win a World Series.

The only annoyance with this set is that each game is preceded by promos for the MLB Network, the MLB app, the MLB Shop, and PLAYBALL.org. However, you can skip through them.

The main menu allows the viewer to select any inning, either the top or the bottom. There also are multiple audio options which are discussed below.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

The crystal-clear video is presented in 1080i, which is how the Fox broadcasts were aired, and the picture is properly framed at 1.78:1.

I recorded Game 7 on my DVR, and a direct comparison shows no discernible difference between the Blu-ray and the original broadcast.

Audio: 5/5

The Fox television broadcasts are presented in 2.0 stereo DTS-HD MA. Each game provides the opportunity to substitute either team’s radio broadcast or a Spanish-language broadcast, which also are in stereo. This is a very nice touch, as I enjoyed listening to both the Chicago and Cleveland radio broadcasts during the 9th inning of Game 7.

All of the audio options are flawless.

Special Features: 2/5

This Blu-ray release includes the Fox post-game show for each game.

An enclosed color booklet contains the box scores for each game, as well as historical notes, statistics, and World Series trivia.

Overall: 4.5/5

The historical significance of the World Series victory by the long-suffering Chicago Cubs cannot be disputed, and Major League Baseball has done a fine job of preserving the telecasts of all seven games, as well as Game 6 of the NLCS.

Note: This set does not include the official World Series highlight film, which is available on a Blu-ray release that will be the subject of a separate review.

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Richard Gallagher

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11 Comments

  1. Not that it matters a whit, but another review states that the video on the discs is actually 720p, not 1080i as stated on the package, and this is most likely true considering that the Fox network broadcasts only in 720p. I've always wondered why the 720p spec wasn't used more on Blu-rays considering that it uses a lot less space and would be ideal for TV broadcast material.

  2. As one of those long suffering Cubs fans I already have the World Series highlight film (recommend it for any Cubs fan) and I’ll be adding this to my collection also. I’ll probably throw way Games 1, 3 and 4. 🙂 Just kidding.

    Now if I could only get recordings of the Cubs radio broadcasts of the games my collection would be complete.

  3. As one of those long suffering Cubs fans I already have the World Series highlight film (recommend it for any Cubs fan) and I'll be adding this to my collection also. I'll probably throw way Games 1, 3 and 4. 🙂  Just kidding.

    Now if I could only get recordings of the Cubs radio broadcasts of the games my collection would be complete.

    The eight disc set has the WGN audio.  There are four options Fox tv, Chicago radio, Cleveland radio, and Spanish.

  4. Not that it matters a whit, but another review states that the video on the discs is actually 720p, not 1080i as stated on the package, and this is most likely true considering that the Fox network broadcasts only in 720p. I've always wondered why the 720p spec wasn't used more on Blu-rays considering that it uses a lot less space and would be ideal for TV broadcast material.

    Exactly. FOX broadcasts in 720p so why would it be converted to 1080i for blu-ray? It certainly wouldn't be the first time that the packaging was wrong for any blu-ray specs.

    The eight disc set has the WGN audio.  There are four options Fox tv, Chicago radio, Cleveland radio, and Spanish.

    The audio is actually from 670 The Score since as of 2014 WGN 720 does not broadcast the Cubs on Chicago radio anymore.

    Also, why isn't the FOX audio in 5.1 as originally broadcast? Was it in 2.0 and had a 5.1 tag? I thought all sporting events on the major networks were broadcast in native 5.1 the last 10 years or so?

    And, why call this a Collector's Edition yet not include the highlight film? Would throwing a ninth disc into the set have been so prohibitive? Can you call it a Collector's Edition while making customers buy a separate product to have everything associated with the 2016 World Series?

    These are rhetorical questions only Shout Factory knows the answers to but they are a couple of my complaints with this set.

  5. I just picked this up the Blu-ray of this on sale at Barnes & Noble for $47.99. ($52.55 w/tax) Free shipping, won’t get it until after Christmas but it’s a pretty good deal.

  6. Radio broadcasts as alternate audio has been standard on the World Series releases since 2007.   The two team local broadcasts and the Spanish broadcasts are always included.     However, the ESPN Radio national broadcast is never included (unfortunate in more recent years since I like the pairing of Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone).

  7. A program can be shot and recorded in one resolution and broadcast live in another, just as when I shoot and record live events in 4K, stream them live for broadcast at 1080p, and the final airing is in 480i. There is absolutely no reason to think that just because the World Series was broadcast in 720p that it was also recorded that way.

  8. And, why call this a Collector's Edition yet not include the highlight film? Would throwing a ninth disc into the set have been so prohibitive? Can you call it a Collector's Edition while making customers buy a separate product to have everything associated with the 2016 World Series?

     

    It's a Collector's Edition because you're collecting the entirety of each game of the entire World Series, rather than a heavily edited "highlight reel".

  9. It's a Collector's Edition because you're collecting the entirety of each game of the entire World Series, rather than a heavily edited "highlight reel".

    And hence why you're paying more for the 8-disc set rather than the single highlighted set, due to more footage and options available on said set.

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