‘Jackie Robinson’ Blu-ray Review

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on April 21, 2013

Jackie Robinson: My Story
DVD ($14.97 / Shout! Factory)

Robinson, who made history by breaking baseball’s “color barrier” in the late 1940s as the first black player on a MLB team, is profiled in this hour-long documentary, which mixes newsreel footage and vintage photos, “first-person” narration, and interviews with several of his former Brooklyn Dodger teammates. It’s full of facts and pretty no-frills—but an informative way to warm up for the much more dramatic Hollywood treatment Robinson gets “42,” the new movie about the groundbreaking first baseman, who died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in 1972.