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Black Magic

4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Samuel L. Jackson and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis narrate this look at America's tumultuous civil rights movement through the lens of basketball and the lives and challenges of its African-African players, including Avery Johnson, Ben Wallace, Pee Wee Kirkland, and many others. This ESPN production offers a unique approach to and an uncommonly large scope on one the most important eras in America's history.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Espn
  • Directors: Dan Klores
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDFY5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My husband & I saw the first part of this film when it aired on TV back in March. It was the same night the John Adams series began & which we were planning to watch. We were so sucked into Black Magic, we totally forgot about John Adams. This is an absolutely amazing, remarkable film, on the same high quality level as a Ken Burns-type documentary. The stories are unforgettable...incredibly moving and touching. As a child of the 80s/90s, I learned so much - it's mind-boggling to me that a person would be passed over or banned because of the color of their skin. I'm a huge NBA fan, and couldn't believe the Detroit Pistons passed up Earl Monroe because he went to a smaller black college! For basketball fans, the classic NBA footage is out of this world - early film of Earl Monroe, Wilt Chamberlain, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson & so many more - this is a must own for any basketball fan!! I can't wait to get my copy & can't recommend it enough!
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I recently saw this ESPN production via video tape that I received from a friend of mine. This film recounts the history of small, black college basketball. Let me first say that I am a white middle aged conservative from the south and I would say anyone who is a college basketball and/or a history fan would be absolutely thrilled w/ this film. All the familiar names are there, Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Charles Oakley, etc that fans may know came from these type of schools but the best parts are the names and stories of guys we've never heard of. They are truly uplifting and at times tragic stories. I was raised in Durham, NC and am (I thought) very knowledgeable of area basketball history but had never heard of John McClendon, arguably one of the leading pioneers in the game. The film also examines a lot of the social and political problems of the 40's,50's and beyond in regards to race and discrimination. This is, in a word, wonderful television. I would highly recommend this purchase.
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I lived those vital years of segregation and the NBA. I am a big basketball purist and fan. I also enjoy being enlightned by history, if interesting to me.
If you are reading this, and, considering whether it's worth a couple of dollars. It's worth a couple of dollars. I loved it, and, so will you!
I have been an Earl "The Pearl" Monroe fan since 8th grade. The DVD is worth it for that alone. Enjoy.
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I recently purchased this DVD and its worth every penny I paid for it.
Its full of facts that I would have never know without the research that was put into this DVD. I loved it so much I purchased one for a friend as well because I know how much he would enjoy seeing the LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL and how much they contributed to the game. Excellent item !!!
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We tried to find it at several stores in Traverse City with no luck.
Thank you for making diversity available!
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I got turned on to Dan Klores' work through the excellent ESPN Films 30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller Vs. The New York Knicks. Klores is a high-powered NYC PR professional who doubles as a documentary producer of the first order...and as a mad hoops fan. His '30 for 30' piece oozes basketball credibility. Indeed, one of the most enjoyable parts of the Miller/NYK production are the interludes with Klores describing - in his rich, authentic Brooklyn patois - his presence at and remembrance of those games.

But it was 'Black Magic' that got Klores invited to the '30 for 30' table. This 224-minute ESPN Films production first appeared on cable in 2008. To be clear, 'Black Magic' focuses on role of traditional black colleges in the advancement of African-American opportunity and equality. Yes, that opportunity is ostensibly about basketball. But Klores juxtaposes his basketball arc with the civil rights progress of the 50s and 60s. In that regard, Klores' pioneer is Coach John McLendon, a man that brought credibility and respect to the programs he headed and launched the careers of proteges such as Clarence 'Bighouse' Gaines and Ben Jobe. McLendon's teachings and dedication to an up-tempo style literally changed the face of the game. To prove that point, Klores includes some jaw-dropping footage of what basketball looked like before the influence of McLendon and his successors. Answer: an unrecognizable - almost comical - game. Thank god for these pioneers.

Of the various protagonists around to tell their tales to the camera, there are three standouts. First, there is Coach Ben Jobe. He's the living connection to McLendon. He's overflowing with authenticity...
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This is a must see documentary I'm very glad I chose to buy this. It will leave you with a sense of how things really wee back in the early days of college and pro basketball. I will show this to my sons when they are old enough to understand history. This needs to be shown in schools during the month of February.
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This is terrific DVD about the history of small negro college basketball.
Shows a lot of early history of black basketball and how it spilled over into the larger colleges and the NBA.
Every black athlete should read this and realize the hardships the pioneers endured so they could have what they have today.
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