Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Bronx Is Burning: ESPN Miniseries Starts July 9

A new ESPN miniseries documents the late seventies in New York City. The miniseries is set to air on Mondays, beginning July 9, at 10:00 p.m. 1977 is the year that Reggie Jackson came through for the Yankees in the World Series. Son of Sam killer Richard Berkowitz was prowling the neighborhoods of New York City with a .44 Caliber handgun and killing people at random. The big sound of the Seventies was disco so many people who are not baseball fans may find some nostalgic plateau of enjoyment in the soundtrack for the eight-part miniseries.

The miniseries is based on a 2005 book of the same name (The Bronx is Burning) by Jonathan Mahler. Apparently, the director was concerned about the “look” of the documentary series. Since much of the series is based on archival video footage, ESPN was faced with the problem of how to seamlessly intercut modern actors and scenes with the low-definition clips of old video. The Wall Street Journal online video clip ( 1 min; 15 secs) tells us how to “de-res” the new footage:

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