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The 2016 World Series is one of the most important fall classic series that Major League Baseball and its fans have seen in over a century. It was through this year’s World Series that “next year” became “this year” and “it can happen” became “it did happen.” Next Tuesday, Cubs loyalists and baseball fans alike will be able to own the complete 2016 World Series for themselves thanks to MLB Productions and Shout! Factory in the form of the 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs. This piece is a must have both for Cubs loyalists and for MLB fans in general. That is due in no small part to the 8-disc set’s overall audio and video presentation. That will be discussed shortly. The companion booklet included in the set is just as important to note in examining the set’s presentation as its overall presentation. Last but hardly least of note here is the set’s bonus disc. Each element is key in its own right to the box set’s presentation. All things considered, this box is the year’s top new sports box set, the year’s top new family box set, and one of the year’s top new overall DVD/BD box sets.
Shout! Factory and MLB Productions’ 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs takes three swings and hits it out of the park all three times. This set is the year’s top new sports box set, the year’s top new family box set and one of the year’s top new DVD/BD box sets. That is due in no small part to the overall presentation of the 7-game series in the set’s main feature. Presented in the set’s main feature is the 2016 World Series in its entirety from the first pitch to the last out. All seven games are here just as they were originally presented on FOX. The commercial breaks are even included in each game, just without any commercials. So that speeds things up at least a little bit, making the overall viewing experience even better. If that isn’t enough for fans, MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have offered fans the option to experience the game with standalone radio broadcasts from the teams’ home radio stations in place of the TV call and even in Spanish. On the surface that might not seem like much, but in the bigger picture of the series’ presentation here, it is very important to note. Some people prefer radio broadcasts to the TV call whether in English or another language. Others prefer the TV call to radio. So what MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have done here is honor all of the game’s fans. They are to be highly commended for paying such attention to even this detail. Of course, those familiar with MLB Productions’ past World Series know this is nothing new for those productions. That makes MLB Productions even more deserving of applause here. It shows that MLB Productions has lived up to its reputation once more in this box set. Keeping that in mind, it’s just one way in which MLB Productions has impressed yet again with this set. The companion booklet included in the set adds just as much enjoyment to the set’s presentation.
The full, diverse TV and radio presentation of the 2016 World Series in the 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs is in itself a hugely important piece of the set’s presentation. It allows audiences to re-live the 7-game series in its entirety not just on TV but on radio while still getting to see it on TV. What’s more, Shout! Factory and MLB Productions have allowed fans here to experience it simultaneously on radio and TV both in English and Spanish. This is a huge statement of the dedication to the game’s fans across the board. In and of itself, it makes this element a hugely important piece of the set’s presentation. It is only one important piece of the set’s presentation, too. The companion booklet that is included with the set lives up to MLB Productions’ reputation just as much as the presentation of the game on disc. Once again, MLB Productions has included a complete box score for each game. That means it presents the numbers not just for the Cubs but for the Indians, too in each game. Audiences even get some interesting trivia with each game to enhance the viewing experience. Just one of the interesting pieces of that trivia that is included in the set’s companion booklet comes in the outline of Game 7. The booklet notes with this game;s information, :The Cubs are the first team to come back from a 3 – 1 deficit and win World Series Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pirates.” Audiences also learn of the Indians in the notes for Game 3, “The Indians’ Game 3 shutout was their fifth in the 2016 postseason, establishing a Major League record for a single postseason.” As an added note, fans also learn here that the Indians’ game three World Series win meant the team won all eight postseason games when it scored first. These are just some of the interesting tidbits that are shared through the series’ companion booklet. There is far more that audiences will enjoy when they purchase the set for themselves or that special MLB fan. Each game even includes a note of the temperature at the start of each game, the games’ attendance and much more. The booklet gets that specific with each game’s outline and then some. When this is all taken into consideration, it becomes even more clear why the collection’s companion booklet is just as important to its presentation as its overall presentation. It is just one more piece of the set’s presentation that stands out. The inclusion of the Cubs’ NLCS Game 6 win over the Dodgers rounds out the set’s most important elements.
The overall TV and radio presentation of the 2016 World Series in the 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs and the set’s companion booklet are both key components of the set’s presentation. The overall TV and radio presentation of the series and its presentation of the series in its entirety gives audiences a full viewing experience in the utmost sense of the term. The set’s companion booklet adds even more depth and enjoyment to the set’s presentation with its bonus trivia and fully in-depth box scores. Both elements are key by themselves and together. However, they aren’t the set’s only important elements to note. The bonus NLCS Game 6 presentation included in the set rounds out the set’s most important elements. MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have included in this set, the Cubs’ 5 – 0 shutout of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS as a bonus for audiences here. For those who might not know, the NLCS was just as interesting as the World Series. The Cubs opened the series with a solid 8 – 4 win over Los Angeles, But then, Chicago fell behind 2 games to 1 in games 2 and 3, only to come back and win the next 3 games and take the series. Thanks, again, to MLB Productions and Shout! Factory, audiences get to see the Cubs’ dominating NLCS Game 6 in its entirety. It was that game that catapulted the Cubs into the World Series. So audiences get to see that pivotal game and the World Series in whole, and even follow along at their own pace through the set’s companion booklet while learning some interesting facts along the way, too. Clearly, all three elements play their own huge part in the set’s presentation. All things considered, they show that MLB Productions has lived up to its reputation once again as has Shout! Factory, the leading name in home entertainment (at least in this critic’s view). They make this set in itself yet another home run for Cubs fans and MLB fans alike. When all of this is combined with the equally impressive 2016 World Series Film, which was released Dec. 6, the whole of both sets is a grand slam for any MLB fan and any Cubs fan.
2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs is yet another home run for MLB Productions and Shout! Factory. That is evident through an overall TV/radio broadcast that once again lives up to fans’ expectations of MLB Productions’ titles. The same can be said of the set’s companion booklet. Once again, MLB Productions has added so much depth to another presentation through its fully in-depth booklet, complete with game-specific trivia. The bonus NLCS Game 6 disc included in the set rounds out its most important elements. Audiences get to see that game in its entirety just as each of the World Series’ seven games. Each element is clearly important in its own right to the game’s presentation. All things considered, they make this set yet another home run for MLB fans and Cubs loyalists alike. When the set is joined with the newly released 2016 World Series Film, the two together make for a grand slam for all involved. The 2016 World Series Film is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store. The 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs will be available next Tuesday, Dec. 13. It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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