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Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros
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Complete broadcasts of all six 2021 World Series games between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros.

Rated NR.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 2.0 (TV)
English DTS-HD MA 2.0 (Radio)
Spanish DTS-HD MA 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 1016 min.
Price: $59.98
Release Date: 12/14/2021

• NLCS Game 6 Broadcast
• “World Series 2021” Documentary
• Booklet


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2021 World Series Champions Atlanta Braves: Collector's Edition [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 26, 2022)

Though the Atlanta Braves dominated Major League Baseball in the 1990s, they only earned one World Series title to show for it. 2021 brought them back to the Fall Classic and gave them their first championship in 26 years.

We relive this event in a massive package called 2021 World Series Champions: Atlanta Braves. This follows their triumph over the Houston Astros.

A smaller set entitled World Series 2021 offered a documentary overview of the season and the Braves’ path to their fourth MLB championship, their first since 1996. This set gives us every game of the 2021 World Series in its entirety.

Each disc details a game, and by “detail”, I mean that Champions offers complete Fox broadcasts. Or mostly complete – we don’t get pre-game material and the games tend to start somewhat abruptly, as we get no title cards or introductions.

Instead, we enter the broadcasts right as the first batter comes to the plate. This isn’t a major issue, but it seems more abrupt than it should be – the package’s producers surely could’ve found a smoother way to launch the games. We do find post-game summaries from MLB Network analysts, though.

Transitions between half-innings can also be awkward. Sometimes the games cut to/from commercials in a smooth manner, but on other occasions, the games fade in/out in a strangely sudden way.

These “complaints” remain minor, though, as Champions does what it needs to do 99 percent of the time. The Blu-rays give us all the game action as we would’ve seen it on TV, and that’s a fun way to re-experience the contests.

If you’re a big fan, that is. Let’s face it: even most of the Atlanta faithful aren’t going to sit down and watch more than almost 17 hours of old baseball games, so Champions comes with limited appeal.

That said, I really like the concept. Sure, a highlight package or a documentary offer a more efficient capsule, but those feel less “honest”. Here we can experience every pitch and swing in real time and not be subject to choices made by others.

Champions offers a cool option that expands its versatility: multiple audio tracks. In addition to the default Fox TV announcers, we can listen to the local Atlanta or Houston radio broadcasters.

While they comment on the same action, they offer differing perspectives and stories, so this audio addition boosts the package’s value. The 2020 World Series set dropped the “losing team” radio option, so I’m happy to see it return here.

As for the games themselves, they varied in terms of competition, as Games One, Two, Five and Six offered blowouts. Actually, despite the lopsided 9-5 Houston victory in Game Five, it remained competitive until the fifth inning, but the other three were over early.

At least Games Three and Four provided tighter affairs, though the “narrative” would seem stronger if Games Five and Six became the close ones. Game Three went to Atlanta 2-0, while Game Four saw the Braves win 3-2.

Personally, I don’t’ think the 2021 World Series offered a great event, especially since it came only two years after the insanity of the 2019 Washington Nationals/Astros battle.

That won’t matter to Braves fans, as they’ll enjoy the chance to relive their 26-years-in-the-making championship. Despite some minor quibbles, this package becomes a fun way to rewatch all six games.

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

2021 World Series appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on these Blu-ray Discs. Taken straight from the TV broadcasts, the games consistently looked good.

Overall sharpness seemed strong. Due to the nature of the live production, a few slightly soft shots emerged, but those remained modest. No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects appeared, and I witnessed no edge haloes or source defects.

Colors thrived, as the bright stadium lights meant the various hues showed up well. We got bold tones throughout all the games.

Blacks were deep and dense, and the smattering of shadowy elements came across with good clarity. The Blu-rays reproduced the games well.

I felt less excited about the bland DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio, mainly because it showed little form of soundfield. Crowd noise spread to the side speakers but everything else felt monaural.

Audio quality seemed fine. The announcers offered clear, concise comments without edginess or other issues.

Game sounds – hits, the crowd, etc. – all showed reasonable realism. They lacked great oomph but they worked well.

Occasional splashes of music – usually related to Fox themes – were also lackluster but acceptable. The games came with ordinary soundtracks.

As mentioned in the body of my review, the package also provides radio broadcasts from both the Atlanta and Houston stations. I love the addition of those, and I also feel pleased that for the first time, this set boasts lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio for these soundtracks.

Prior sets went lossy Dolby 2.0 for the radio announcers. Granted, the limited soundscapes mean that the lossless option doesn’t dazzle, but I still feel happy that this release opts for the highest possible quality.

In terms of extras, we find two video bonuses: Game Six of the NLCS (2:54:18) offers the final contest that allowed the Braves to move to the World Series.

The game resides on its own disc and provides the same complete game format found in the main World Series part of the package. The NLCS contest offers a reasonably close 4-2 win for the Braves, so at least it’s not a snoozer, even if the Dodgers put up less of a fight than the final implies.

In the body of my review, I mention the 2021 World Series documentary that can be purchased on its own. This bigger package includes it, which is a nice bonus since prior “Collector’s Edition” releases failed to provide that overview.

World Series 2021 runs one hour, 29 minutes, 20 seconds and offers a decent – if superficial – summary. For more details about that program – and its handful of bonus materials - click here.

The set also contains a booklet. It shows us game recaps and various facts/trivia.

In addition to the six World Series games, it also offers notes about the NLDS and NLCS games found in the set. The booklet finishes the package with some useful info.

One nuisance: the same slew of advertisements opens each of the set’s eight discs. These are tolerable for Disc One but become tiresome when repeated seven more times.

After 26 years, the Atlanta Braves returned to the top of the MLB heap, and 2021 World Series Champions gives fans a chance to re-experience this triumph. With all six games in their entirety, the set offers a cool way to relive the playoffs. The Blu-rays present very good picture with adequate audio and decent supplements. Serious Braves fans will enjoy this package.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3 Stars Number of Votes: 1
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