2003 Monon Bell DVD is On Its Way; Includes 28 "Monon Memories" & Original Ballad Video
December 15, 2003
December 15, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - The limited edition DVD of the 110th Monon Bell Classic, played November 15 at DePauw's Blackstock Stadium, is in the hands of Sony Disc Manufacturing and should be ready to ship by early next week. "Our hope is that we can get the DVD to people by Christmas, but it'll be tight," says Ken Owen, director of media relations and a 1982 graduate of DePauw, who mastered the disc and oversees the project. [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1955 Monon Memory" 1772KB] "I'm confident that fans of DePauw football are going to be very happy with the final product, which includes every play of this year's game, 'Monon Memories' of 28 past battles for the Bell, a photo gallery, DePauw's halftime message, and the original music video for Ballad of the Monon Bell. It's a rich package."
This marks the third consecutive year the Monon Bell Classic, one of college football's great rivalries, is being offered to fans of DePauw University and Wabash College on DVD. The 2003 game was televised nationally by HDNet, and the DVD features an anamorphic widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 televisions) transfer of the contest struck from a digital master. With your remote control, you can immediately jump to key points in the game. "For the players, their parents, and friends of DePauw football, this disc is a great keepsake of Coach Nick Mourouzis' final game," adds director of sports information Bill Wagner. "The inclusion of more than two dozen 'Monon Memories' -- clips highlighting the history of the Bell battle that date back to 1940 -- also make the DVD something alumni will enjoy. [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1996 Monon Memory" 4575KB] When you pop this disc in a player, it's like sitting at the 50-yard-line at Blackstock."
"Monon Memories" for the years 1940, 1942, 1953, 1955, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980-87, 1989, 1991-93, 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2002 are included as bonus materials on the disc, along with the photo gallery and the original Ballad video. The song was a collaboration between composer Nancy Ford Charles '57 and Jim Ibbotson '69, a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "See The Ballad of the Monon Bell" 9364KB] [DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Hear The Ballad of the Monon Bell" 2900KB] "I uncovered the master tape over the summer, and this is the best-quality version of the video I've ever seen," Owen noted. "I think people will enjoy owning it."
Copies of the 2003 Monon Bell Classic are available for $15 each by clicking here. Football lovers can also grab remaining copies of the 2002 and 2001 Monon Bell DVDs at a special price of $10.
[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1942 Monon Memory" 1967KB] The DVDs are co-produced by Owen and Jim Amidon, director of public affairs and marketing at Wabash College, and replicated by Sony Disc Manufacturing.
The 8,000 tickets for this year's Monon Bell Classic sold out in a record two days. To learn more about the annual rivalry between DePauw and Wabash College, click here. To see video highlights of this year's game, click here.Back