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Detroit Red Wings: A Celebration of Champions - NHL Original Six Series

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This four disc set contains a brief history of the Detroit Red Wings, wrapped around the three most recent Championship highlights (97,98,02) and for the first time ever, the five greatest games in Red Wings history, in their entirety, as voted on by the fans.

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  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B0002WZRUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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You really have to love the DVD format. It has shown us the real meaning of special editions when talking about movies, has given us our favorite TV shows in complete seasons and now it has gone a step further and given us sports fans something very special. The best part about this set of DVD's are not the highlights and the behind the scenes interviews but the 5 full games that are included. These 5 games are without a doubt the 5 best games in recent Red Wing history. The fans who voted for these 5 games knew what they were talking about. I myself had these games taped onto VHS and have wathced them many times but the quality was pretty pathetic. Having these games on DVD is just about the greatest thing a Red Wing fan could ask for. I still get goosebumps when I watch these games and again this is a set that any Red Wing Fan must have.

In total you get 5 full games (the best 5 in recent history) + tons of extras including interviews & behind the scenes footage. I would have easily paid $100.00 for this set (20.00 per game) and the price is only around $40.00 which really is an amazing price for what you get. If your a Red Wing fan and your into DVD's then this one is a no brainer. Lets hope this trend continues as I would like to get a set like this for the Detroit Pistons as well. Anyways, enjoy this set - I know I will.
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This DVD contains 16 hours of highlights (to include 5 full-length games) from one of the premier franchises in the history of sports: The Detroit Red Wings.

The first disc begins with the story of the return of Lord's Stanley's Cup to its rightful place after over a 4 decade absence. The narrator tells the story of how the team had to literally have an "extreme makeover;" starting with the acquisition of forward Brendon Shannahan, in order to even think about toppling their mortal rivals the Colorado Avalanche.

Disc one sets the tone for the rest of the collection as you see the Red Wings quickly evolve into a physical, take-no-prisoners team with the legendary Steve Yzerman as their captain. The build-up toward their quest for their first Cup in 42 years will keep you on the edge of your seat. Action footage is punctuated with interviews w/players and Hall-of-Fame Coach Scotty Bowman in a way that makes you want to watch all 16 hours in one sitting. My 13 year-old son and I started watching at 10:00 one evening. It was very difficult to limit ourselves to just this one disc, and to finish the set in the coming days. The highlight selection and the editing at first rate.

This 4-disc set is destined to be a collectors item. It is my sincere hope that the powers-that-be at the NHL produce a set for all of the "Original 6."
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By Stiefn on December 27, 2008
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Disc 1, side A: Hockeytown (1996 - 1997); Side B: Return to Hockeytown (1997 - 1998)
Disc 2, Side A: Hockeytown 3 (2001 - 2002); Side B: "Moments of Magic" (1997)
Disc 3, Side A: 5.16.96: Game 7 conf. semi-finals vs. Blues (OT)
Disc 3, Side B: 6.8.02: Finals Game 3 vs. Hurricanes (2-1, Wings)
Disc 4, Side A: 5.31.02: Game 7 Conf. Finals Avalanche at Wings (7-0, Wings)
Disc 4, also Side A: 6.7.97: Finals Game 4 vs. Flyers (2-1, Wings)
Disc 4, Side B: 3.26.97: Avalanche at Wings (6-5 in OT, Wings)

This is an incredible set. How about that 3.26.97 game that ended 6-5? This game is a brawl-fest; less than a minute into OT Shanahan passes to McCarty for a 6-5 win. This is one of the classic games in Wings history, certainly recent history, because it proved that Detroit could not only beat Colorado, but really overpower them. The game really powered them after underachieving through the middle '90s.

The Flyers game is a must; McCarty's highlight reel goal on Hextall with 6:58 to go in the 2nd is one to rewind and watch a few times. Amazing. This game completed a 4-game sweep and a return of the Cup to Detroit.

5.31.02: Pat Roy is pulled short of halfway through the 2nd as the Red Wings pile up a 6-0 lead and cruise to a 7-0 final. A laugher.

The documentaries are good, although not award-winning material; basically, the highlight reels from '97, '98, and '02. The "Moments of Magic" documentary is about an hour and is a brief history of the Wings from 1930s - 1950s, and then considerable time is spent discussing the Ilitch purchase, the drafting of Yzerman, and the '97 championship team. There is a brief blurb about the Octopus as well. Very touching to see Yzerman hand the Cup to a wheelchair bound Konstantinov. Wow.
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I've owned this collection for some time but have never reviewed it. There is a lot to like about this collection. It's great to have the broadcast of the 1997 Cup clinching game, for instance. The other games are a selection of various games in the 90's and early 2000's of some relevance. Good to see them, but I'd have rather had Game 4 of 1998 (when Vladdie gets wheeled onto the ice) as well as Game 5 of 2002 (Cup clincher) as opposed to 2002's Game 3 or the 1996 Game 7 against the Blues (great game, but it's really only memorable for Yzerman's double OT goal).

The documentary portion really suffers from terrible narration which give them an amaturist presentation. It's really a shame, since this could have been a tremendous collection if the documentaries had a "Sports Century" or "America's Game" feel to them. The soundtrack that is used is quite annoying, and most times drowns out the conversation with the players being interviewed.

I guess it's not a bad collection for a true Red Wing fan, but it would have been great if they had concentrated on back stories such as Mike Ilitch's purchase of the team, Steve Yzerman's drafting after Pat LaFontaine (whom he Wings coveted due to his Michigan roots), Yzerman's relationship with Scotty Bowman (i.e. how Bowman wanted to trade him against Ilitch's wishes), the Russian Five, Shannahan's arrival, the Grind Line, etc, etc, etc.

NHL Productions needs to take a page from NFL Films and really think about a series similar to their "America's Game", even if they stick to francises vs. actual seasons.
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