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Fastpitch [DVD] [2000]

Release Date:06/26/2001
This documentary, which looks at one of the less-examined corners of American professional sports, gets a tidy presentation for its DVD release. Fastpitch has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The interviews and narration are in English, with no multiple-language options included. As a bonus, this release includes an essay on the origins of fast-pitch softball, as well as trailers of coming attractions.

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    Special Features

    • Section describing the origins of fastpitch softball
    • Docurama previews
    • Interactive menu
    • Scene selection


    Jeremy Spear is a noted sculptor and conceptual artist who has developed an estimable reputation on New York's downtown art scene. Spear is also an avid sports enthusiast who played shortstop on Yale's baseball team as they made the NCAA finals in the early 1980s. In the late 1990s, a friend asked Spear if he was interested in playing fast-pitch softball on a semi-pro team in Ohio, and soon he was introduced to what he calls "America's last barnstorming sport," which is far removed from both the casual amateur play of slow-pitch softball and the big money and glamour of major league baseball. Fastpitch is a documentary Spear made during his season with the Abbott Labs team, based in Ashland, OH (most American fast-pitch teams are sponsored by businesses), and takes a look at the colorful characters (would-be pro baseballers, Maori immigrants from New Zealand, Native American activists, and eccentric Southern millionaires) who populate a sport where, in an age of multimillion-dollar big league contracts, no one makes much money and the legends of the sport are all but unknown. Fastpitch was named Best Feature Documentary at the 2000 Nashville Independent Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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