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Jed Tuminaro
Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays
Writing Credits:
Aaron Cohen

Documentary overview of 2020 World Series.

Rated NR

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 85 min.
Price: $26.98
Release Date: 12/8/2020

• “How They Got There” Featurette
• “Season Highlights” Featurette
• “Clinching Moments” Featurette
• “World Series Postgame Interviews” Featurette
• DVD Copy


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2020 World Series [Blu-Ray] (2020)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (December 15, 2020)

On May 23, 2019, the Washington Nationals’ record stood at 19-31, a .380 winning percentage that left them with the second-worst record in the National League. Any chances they’d reach the playoffs seemed non-existent.

However, the Nats went 74-38 the rest of the way – a .661 clip – and made the playoffs via the Wild Card. The Nats went on to earn the World Series trophy in seven games, each one of which they won on the road, the first time a home team won zero games in a World Series.

Why do I mention this in a review of 2020 World Series? Because I’m a Nats fan – one who attended Game Five at no insubstantial financial expense – and since Shout! never sent me a review copy of 2019 World Series, I need to get that off my chest!

Back to your regularly scheduled review. More than three decades after their last championship, the Los Angeles Dodgers won their seventh World Series. We review this event in a documentary called 2020 World Series.

The program mixes ballgame footage and interviews. In the latter vein, we hear from managers Dave Roberts and Kevin Cash and players Brandon Lowe, Will Smith, Clayton Kershaw, Charlie Morton, Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Mookie Betts, Blake Snell, Brett Phillips, Hunter Renfroe, Willy Adames, Kevin Kiermaier, Max Muncy, and Kike Hernandez.

After a little less than seven minutes about the COVID-shortened regular season, Series leaps straight to the start of the Fall Classic. It goes into details for all six games that led to the Dodgers’ victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

In general, athletes tend to be less than enthralling interview subjects. Some exceptions exist, of course, but the Bull Durham model holds true, so players often rely on banalities.

That becomes the case here, as the various athletes and managers don’t give us much perspective about the events. Oh, they toss out some observations about the games, but they keep things fairly superficial, so we don’t feel like we gain true insight.

Instead, Series attempts to goose the excitement level with a relentlessly urgent presentation. The documentary occasionally gives the viewer a breather, but it usually tosses elements out like the climax of an action movie.

This gets tiresome before long, especially because the 2020 didn’t offer one of MLB’s most compelling Series. While competitive enough to go to six games, it just never turned as exciting as the best Series – especially after the craziness of 2019.

That said, the documentary amps up the excitement to artificial levels, and this makes it something of a chore to watch. It doesn’t become a fatal flaw, but it lends an annoying air to the show.

At its best, 2020 World Series gives us a competent summary of the games, and it’s nice to get narration from legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. However, it lacks the depth to become much more than a collection of highlights, one damaged by an overly dramatic presentation. It’s not a bad show but it could’ve been better.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio C+/ Bonus C-

2020 World Series appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The program came with mainly good visuals.

Sharpness seemed fine for the most part. Some softness crept in at times – in both interviews and game elements – but the program largely gave us appropriate delineation.

No notable issues with jaggies appeared, and I saw no edge haloes, but some shimmering occurred, mainly when the camera panned empty stadium seats. Source flaws didn’t become a factor.

Series emphasized a natural palette, and the colors seemed largely full and true. Blacks were also fairly deep, and low-light shots demonstrated appropriate clarity. This wasn’t a great presentation, but it felt more than competent.

As for the program’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it offered an erratic soundfield. Interview comments stayed appropriately centered, but effects and music showed a blobby presentation.

This meant that those elements lacked good localization and spread across the front and rear speakers without logic. Because the track’s scope remained modest, this didn’t become a real problem, but it seemed odd and a little off-putting.

Audio quality worked fine, with natural, concise speech. Music appeared vivid and dynamic, while effects felt accurate. The soundtrack lacked much oomph but it seemed competent.

Four featurettes appear here, and these start with How They Got There, we locate a five-minute, nine-second overview that looks at the important cogs in the Dodgers’ rise. It acts as little more than a superficial summary that feels like a glorified music video.

During the eight-minute, 12-second Season Highlights, we see a collection of game clips. These show events like Opening Day of the season and Mookie Betts’ three-home run game. It becomes a decent compilation.

Clinching Moments goes for nine minutes, 16 seconds and shows the Dodgers’ division championship win as well as other prominent 2020 postseason moments. This turns into another watchable batch of segments.

Finally, we find World Series Postgame Interviews. This takes up 14 minutes, two seconds and displays comments from players Mookie Betts, Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler.

Most of this stuff is good to have for archival reasons, but the comments remain banal. Kershaw and Buehler appear together and make their segment more fun than the rest, though.

A second disc offers a DVD copy of Series. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.

After a season that almost didn’t occur due to the COVID pandemic, 2020 World Series documents the Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory. It offers a warm hug for LA fans but doesn’t become an especially enlightening view of the Series. The Blu-ray brings generally good picture with erratic audio and minor supplements. This becomes a passable overview but it lacks a lot of substance.

Note that a multi-disc release delivers the ability to watch each and every World Series 2020 game. Though expensive, it becomes the more fun option for fans.

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