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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2008
First let me say the set is great but it is not complete and unedited. The only reason to watch Game 5 was the fight in which
Ralph Sampson and Jerry Sichting went at it. Unfortuantley it has been
edited out. I know the NBA doesn't want to promote violence but the
fight was a major part of an otherwise unexciting series. It should
have been included. Otherwise the set is great.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2009
How can they possibly say that this is the complete series as broadcast in its entirety? Total garbage that they edited out the fight. It happened NBA so get over it. Absolutely ridiculous.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2012
Presentation of the product: Each game is on one disc, all inside a well presented multidisc case. I would rather have each game on a single disc slim case but this format really saves space on your library.

Game 1: Complete game. Running time: 96 minutes. No pregame or postgame shows. No extras. Good image quality but a bit pixelated (8/10) watching it on a 40" LED TV. The Celtics strike first but the highlight of the game is Akeem Olajuwon exploding for 25 first half points.

Game 2: Complete game with some minor shortcuts (for example, the time between a foul and the free throws is cut off a number of times). Running time: 84 minutes. No pregame or postgame shows. No extras. Image quality remains the same as Game 1, but this one has some audio issues in the 2nd quarter when many times the voice of the commentators turns too low. The day before this contest Larry Bird received his third consecutive MVP trophy and he really showed why in this one, scoring 31 points on 12 of 19 shooting.

Game 3: Complete game. Running time: 112 minutes. 5 minutes of pregame, no postgame. No extras. Image quality a bit worse (7/10), although they have reconstructed the early minutes of the 4th quarter that weren't show originally by CBS because of technical problems. Houston gets back into the series behind a 24 point - 22 rebound effort by Ralph Sampson.

Game 4: Complete game. Running time: 102 minutes. 7 minutes of pregame, 3 minutes of postgame. No extras. Very good image quality (9/10). Keep in mind that this is 1986, so no 16:9 nor HD (don't expect for example to watch cleanly the names on the player's jerseys). NBA Sixth Man of the year Bill Walton hit all five of his shot attempts, the last one to give Boston a decisive lead after the two minute mark.

Game 5: Almost complete game. Running time: 107 minutes. 6 minutes of pregame, 2 minutes of postgame. No extras. Good image quality (8/10). After the 10:00 mark of the 2nd quarter a fight took place between Ralph Sampson and Jerry Sichting. This event has been completely wiped out on this DVD. The Rockets made a basket, Boston went up the court and then the picture suddenly turns black. The next thing you see is Dick Stockton and Tom Heinsohn talking after the timeout. Houston breaks open a close game after Sampson is toss out to decisively win Game 5. Olajuwon puts up 32 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks on the night.

Game 6: Complete game. Running time: 121 minutes. 10 minutes of pregame (including player presentations for the only time), 10 minutes of postgame with the trophy presentation and player interviews. No extras. Again good but not great image quality (8/10). Larry Bird wasn't going to be denied on this one as his triple double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists led the Celtics to their sixteenth NBA title.

Bonus Disc: 56 minute NBA season summary and Finals recap. Very good image quality (9/10).

Recap: As a Celtics fan I give this set 5 stars. A little uptick on the image quality would have been welcomed but at this price is a very good buy for any NBA follower.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2009
I am conflicted because it is great that this footage is even around to watch. The Bird Celtics always have been my favorite team, and with the addition of Bill Walton for this one year, it is possible that this was the best team ever, certainly at least in the discussion.
However, for a DVD the video quality is pretty poor. There are horizontal scan lines that move up the picture pretty much all the time, as if it was recorded from someone's antenna or something. It seems as if the WWF tape library is in better shape than the NBA's.
As someone else noted, the fight in game 5 was unceremoniously cut out of the DVD. Give me a break, people buying this DVD are adults not kids. It's ridiculous.
The bonus features are also predictably lacking. The crummy year in review is not exactly memorable. Would it have been so hard to interview some of the players, especially those like Bird, Ainge, McHale who are still active in the league, as well as everyone's favorite analyst, Bill Walton?
Still this is a great capsule of a bygone era. The beauty of the Celtics was that anyone of the starters could be the star of any given game. And perhaps the best passing team I've ever seen. With the exception of McHale (aka the Black Hole as noted by Tommy Heinsohn), they were all extremely unselfish players on both ends. No disrespect to Kevin, he was put there to post up and shoot the ball!
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2008
I mentioned in an earlier post of the 1985 Lakers DVD that I'd pay $100 for this particular set. Luckily, the set is much less expensive. You can't see it now, but I'm salivating at just the thought of this DVD set.

The 1985-86 Boston Celtics was a team of legend. This team was built to beat the 1985 Lakers and the team responded exceptionally well. The team went 67-15 in a league that was much more competitive than in any season after 1989. This team still holds an NBA record going 40-1 at home during the regular season and with the playoffs, 50-1. If the Celtics didn't get bored so easily, this team would've been the first to win 70 games. Recently ESPN did a poll to rank the 20 greatest single season NBA teams, the 1985-86 Boston Celtics came in at #3 behind the 1971-72 Lakers (very reasonable) and the 1995-96 Bulls (completely ridiculous).

The team had Larry Bird at the peak of his MVP career, Kevin McHale dominating the low post as a now starter, Robert Parish maintaining his presence in the middle, Dennis Johnson (called the greatest player I've ever played with by Larry Bird) at the point, and the up and coming Danny Ainge. In addition, the team had recently acquired Bill Walton who won the Sixth Man of the Year in this season backing up both Parish and McHale. It also had great role players like Scott Wedman and Jerry Sichting. Finally, it had former Celtic great K.C. Jones coaching the team with the just perfect understated coaching style that worked for this particular team.

But it wasn't just the names, it was how they played together. McHale said that the greatest team is not the one with the five best players but rather the five players that play the best together. If the Lakers Showtime offense is like classical music (very precise, very timed), then the Celtics passing game would be considered more like jazz (very improvisational and tactical but in the hands of geniuses, a thing of beauty). This team could beat you in every way possible, inside, outside, a half court game, a running game, a low scoring game, or a shootout.

This set has all 6 uncut NBA Finals games on CBS from 1986 and a documentary on the 1986 season. For Rockets fans, you'll also get to see the 1986 Rockets, a team that had so much future potential but could never capitalize, with future HoF Akeem Olajuwon and potential HoF Ralph Sampson plus many of the great role players that played in the 1981 Finals such as Robert Reid. I'm pretty sure that this 1986 Rockets teams could beat any of the Rockets teams that eventually won the title considering this team beat the Showtime Lakers in 5 games.

However this set is truly for anyone who yearns to see the great teams and competitive spirit of the NBA in the 1980s. It's also for people who want to see a passing game like no other between Bird, McHale, Parish, DJ and Walton. Truly a sight to behold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
Con un Hakeen muy novato y un Samson que se espero mucho los dos llamados las torres gemelas no fue suficiente para que Larry Bird, DJ. Parish y McKale arrasaran a los rockets, es un set de colección una parte de la historia no solo de los Celtics si no que de la NBA, quieres aprender a jugar Basketball como los buenos este es un gran manual. PolarWorks Guatemala 2013
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2010
A terrific (!!!) set/gift for Boston Celtics fans/lovers (mind U, I was rooting for the 'Motor City Bad Boyz' back then!)of one of the truly Great NBA & Celtic teams of all-time. All you loudmouth, die-hard Bulls-fans need to step aside or watch objectively at REAL team-work & unselfish, flawless execution of the half-court offense with crisp passing & patience whose strength lay in an immobile front line...something that NEVER existed in Chicago during the 90's! A pleasure to watch one of the game's truly great clutch performers & all-around players in Larry Bird who put the team first ahead of himself in contrast to Michael Jordan whose self-centered ego & superiority complex puts him in a different category. But that's a discussion for another page/blog.
The only flaw this set has, unfortunately, is the edit of the 'Ralph Sampson cheapshot/fight with Sichting'(Gm5),a deliberate ploy by the manifacturers & Co's involved to conform to PC standards!
To give a better example of the continuity of the Celtics (80's)legacy, perhaps they should have included those CLASSIC Gm7s the Celtics played/hosted/won in this package: 84 vs Knicks & Lakers, 87 vs Bucks & Pistons, 88 vs Hawks)
Still, this is a real entertaining package of games, high quality from the CBS Network MASTERs tapes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
Whether you are a Celtics fan or not, this is high quality basketball and a must for any lover of the game or fledgling player who wants to learn more about how the game can be played.
See a young 7 foot Hakeem Olajuwon just starting to flex his muscles as part of the fearful twin towers (Ralph Sampson 7'4")
See the renown Celtic best front court ever and ball movement - the D in this series is also brilliant (twin towers!!!)
And, above all else... Watch this to witness the greatness that is Larry Bird.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
7 Discs. The main disc is the recap of the Celtics 85-86 season, playoffs and championship run. The other 6 discs each contain 1 game from the Rockets vs. Celtics 1986 NBA Finals. If you can't get enough of Bird/McHale/Parish/DJ/Danny/Walton/Sichting or mid 80's NBA - some of the best years of the league - than this is a perfect addition to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
It was exactly what me and my girlfriend and our kids were looking for. We loved that time and era of basketball thank you
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