The 2012 Major League Baseball season is in the books, and the champs have officially been crowned. But fear not baseball fans. The 2013 season is right around the corner. December’s nearly over. With the end of the year, baseball fans will start hearing more news as teams start prepping for the first pitch of Spring training 2013. As fans await that first pitch, A&E Home Video and MLB Productions have partnered once again for what is truly a “giant” of a release both for fans of the World Series champs and of baseball in general. The release in question is the San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series Collector’s Edition.
The San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series Collector’s Edition is offered both on DVD and Blu-ray format, so as to not leave out anyone. This is a bonus right off the top for all baseball fans. Now there are those who have had their say about this new set, complaining about one game being omitted from the set, but what those people need to understand is that the inclusion of Game 5 of the team’s NLDS and NLCS were included in the set as each was the pivotal game in each series on the way to the team’s incredible sweep of the Tigers in the World Series. Keeping this in mind, both MLB Productions and A&E have done the right thing in assembling the set in its present setup. The inclusion of those two games makes for a nice setup to the team’s sweep of Detroit, which is profiled in its entirety in the set’s first four discs. And as has been the case with every previous MLB Productions release this year, these four games are just as exceptional as previous releases.
The collection of games included in this brand new set is exceptional in that complaints from others aside, both the World Series games and the NLDS and NLCS games are presented with the same standard set by both companies with previous releases. The games are contained within their own slimcases inside a larger box. Each slimcase contains all the information needed to easily follow the game. It is a program in itself for all intensive purposes. The inning by inning rundown is on the front of each game, while the inside of each case offers a full box score unlike anything that any newspaper or even sports broadcast could offer. True baseball fans will appreciate that the companies have maintained this standard.
That MLB Productions and A&E have maintained the high level of product quality is just one part of what makes its latest release so impressive for fans. Also making this set impressive for fans is the inclusion of the previously released single disc presentation of the team’s inclusion into the Baseball’s Greatest Games series in the form of its “First Perfect Game” presentation. Maybe someone already owns this on DVD. That’s fine. Having it in duplicate is just as good. That’s because God forbid something happens to one copy, having this in duplicate means that fans will have a backup copy of it. And for those who don’t already own this landmark game, then it’s all the more of a bonus to an already impressive baseball box set.
The bonus Baseball’s Greatest Games disc included in this set is just one of the bonuses that put the set over the top. It also includes a bonus disc with some of the team’s best moments. It includes highlights of some team members’ twenty-game hit streaks, and the moment in which it claimed this year’s NL West title, just to name a few highlights. Even presented in standard definition, it looks good. For those who own HDTV’s and Blu-ray players, it looks even better as the Blu-ray player will automatically up-convert this stand-alone DVD. Yet again, audiences are presented with a disc that’s more than just another disc. It is in its own way, one more true bonus to a set that’s already well worth the price. And combined with the remaining seven discs, it makes the entire eight-disc set one big out of the park home run to finish off the year for both MLB Productions and A&E Home Video and A&E Entertainment.
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