'American Hercules: Babe Ruth'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: 'American Hercules: Babe Ruth' is a brand-new documentary that chronicles the slugger's rise to fame and the impact of his career and life.
DVD Verdict: Babe Ruth once said, "As soon as I got out there I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher's mound. It was as if I'd been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy." Understatement of the year, for sure, but 'American Hercules: Babe Ruth' goes further than just showing us an incredible sportsman in action.
The film, narrated by Emmy Award-winner Martin Sheen, documents Ruth's rise from an orphanage in Baltimore to all but revolutionizing the game of baseball. The documentary features rare archival material and fresh historical takes on the many baseball feats performed by Ruth between the lines, and it attempts to put his societal impact into perspective.
Born in Baltimore in 1895, Ruth was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. He died in 1948. Ruth played from 1914-35 and finished his career with 714 home runs, a record that stood for 39 years, and he still holds the Major League record for the best slugging percentage (.690).
From 1914 to 1919, The Babe played for the Boston Red Sox, with whom he appeared on three World's Championship teams. Sold to the New York Yankees by Red Sox owner and theatrical impresario Harry Frazee, he led the-then crownless American League franchise in Gotham to seven A.L. pennants and four World Series titles from 1920-1934. He played out his string with the Boston Braves in 1935; even a washed-up Babe was still able to pole three circuit clouts in one game before calling it quits after 28 games and six dingers in that last season. The following year, he was one the inaugural inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yes, the Babe was mighty, and he did prevail (more often than naught) except over one opponent: Father Time.
The Babe ended his 22 years in the Big Leagues with 2,873 hits good for a career batting average of .342, 2,217 R.B.I.s, and 2,174 runs scored in 2,503 games. 'American Hercules: Babe Ruth' tells us all the stats, and more and is one of the most compelling works of documentary art on the great man that you will ever witness. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of Over 30 Minutes of Archival Footage Featuring The Great Bambino's Achievements On and Off The Field.