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ESPN 30 for 30 Collector's Set [Blu-ray] (2011)

Wayne Gretzky , Muhammad Ali , ESPN Films  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Jimmy The Greek, Reggie Miller
  • Directors: ESPN Films
  • Format: Full Screen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 1813 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JTTYBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

ESPN Films 30 for 30 Limited Edition Collector Set, includes the complete collection of films from the ESPN award-winning 30 for 30 series. Featuring a remarkable group of directors from Academy Award-winners Barry Levinson and Barbara Kopple to Academy Award-nominees John Singleton, Steve James, Ron Shelton, as well as two-time MVP Steve Nash and legendary rapper Ice Cube, each filmmaker provides their unique perspective to some of the most extraordinary sports stories in the last 30 years. Time Magazine applauds this thrilling collection and The Los Angeles Times calls them some of the best films of 2010. Several films were official selections by the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals. The 12-disc set includes all 30 films from the series: Kings Ransom, The Band That Wouldnt Die, Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?, Muhammad & Larry, Without Bias, The Legend of Jimmy The Greek, The U, Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, Guru of Go, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Silly Little Game, Run Ricky Run, The 16th Man, Straight Outta L.A., June 17th, 1994, The Two Escobars, The Birth of Big Air, Jordan Rides The Bus, Little Big Men, One Night in Vegas, Unmatched, The House of Steinbrenner, Into The Wind, Four Days in October, Once Brothers, Tim Richmond: To The Limit, Fernando Nation, Marion Jones: Press Pause, The Best That Never Was and Pony Excess.

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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every sports fan should own this collection June 6, 2011
Format:DVD
I purchased this box set after catching a few of these films on TV on ESPN and was taken back by how great these documentaries were. It tells 30 of the most compelling, controversial and tragic stories in all of sports. I've seen about 4 on TV and I'm excited to catch the other 26. This is a perfect gift to give any and all sports fans and for more than 30 hours of great sports history the price is great. A must have.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, The Hat Is Nice! June 22, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Alright, just a quick bit of background as to why I purchased this. Long story short: I was seeking the perfect Father's Day gift. This was it! Actually, I had been eyeing this set for quite some time, but then when I discovered it came packaged with a hat, it was a "no brainer." For those of you wondering, yes, the hat is of nice quality and it is comprised of a rich black color, with the "ESPN" logo in vibrant red color. It is excellent to wear around at sporting events, bars, or anywhere to be quite honest.

As for the documentaries offered in the set, both volumes are included here (films 1-30) and packaged quite nicely I might add. Naturally I haven't been able to watch them all yet, but my father and I have sat down and looked at a good deal of them, and all I have to say is that each-and-every film is extremely well done. Now, I might add, I hadn't seen any of these when they aired on television before purchasing this, but I knew of them, and many of my friends swore they were amazing. Well they were absolutely right, because these videos are filled to the brim with both entertainment and informative learning. There were many times where I found myself stunned at just how much unseen and/or rare footage was used within a great deal of the films (and I still have plenty more to look through). Also, for the older generation, a sense of nostalgia or "I remember when that happened," can definitely be felt when viewing these. It's nice to know that one can easily tell some form of "thought" was put into the production, research, and presentation of these documentaries, and because of that, they truly stand out.

Let's say you were on the fence about purchasing this set though due to consideration of the Blu-Ray set (like I was).
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! May 19, 2011
By Brad
Format:DVD
This was a birthday gift from my girlfriend. I have watched most of the movies but missed a couple. I am excited to sit down and watch the ones I missed. So far my favorite is probably "The Two Escobars". I am still amazed with some of the footage and interviews ESPN was able to get for some of these films. Looks like I have about 30 things to do this summer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have in any sports fan's library June 14, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've caught a couple of these when they aired and just purchased the full set. These in-depth stories are "required reading" for big sports buffs and I can't wait to catch the ones I missed. A perfect gift for the sports lover in your family or for yourself, you can't go wrong with these.

Update: Now that I've watched more of the series, it's amazing how far in-depth some of the stories go. As a Baltimore Ravens fan I knew the story of the Colts leaving in the middle of the night and the band, but exactly how the band was able to keep their uniforms and the details of the story are amazing. Also seeing some of the raw emotion that still lingers is just amazing. Hands down, these are the best documentaries I've ever watched.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 27 for 30? August 25, 2012
Not quite the entire season - would really like to see the Jimmy the Greek episode - why are 3 shows missing??
3 stars in memory of the fallen ;)
Otherwise - tremendous stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for sports fans April 8, 2012
By LarryO
Format:Blu-ray
First, let me say that I'm a guy that doesn't really like sports. I mean I almost never sit down and watch any kind of game on TV, or go to a sporting event, or know what other guys are talking about when the subject of baseball, football, or basketball comes up. I could name a couple of players in every sport, the ones that everyone else knows, but that is it. So that said, I think this set is nothing short of great. I love documentaries that are well made and take you into a world that you don't know about in a way that makes it fascinating. I've watched documentaries on scrabble, spelling bees, or competitive crossword puzzles and loved them. Most stories have taken an aspect of some sport and told a story that has drawn me in almost immediately. Usually it is an interesting part of a much larger picture. For instance, I know who Wayne Gretzky, the hockey player, is and I have a vague recollection of him coming to the US, but I never knew the story of how it affected the people of Edmonton and all of the drama behind it. Also very interesting to hear him talk about it now. So in summary, I would recommend this set to anyone, man or woman, in the knowledge that they would enjoy it as much as me once they got started. If you are any kind of a real sports fan, you should already have this.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESPN 30 x 30 Is Solid Entertainment June 8, 2011
Format:DVD
These represent the BEST sports documentaries since "Hoop Dreams." The one on high school phenom Marcus Dupree is outstanding, heartbreaking American stuff. Watch these and you will learn about America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer quality June 22, 2011
By Michael
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'd been waiting for what seemed like an age for this series to come to dvd and this boxset is exactly what I was after. The series covers a wide range of moments spanning multiple sports in a set that's sure to suck you in. I don't think even being a die hard sports fan is necessary because the way the moments are presented they're a story in themselves. I can't recommend the series or this set highly enough. Do yourself a favor and check it out, you'll be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
I saw Marcus speak which made me want to see the 30/30. It was well done . I enjoyed it.
Published 13 hours ago by Angela J. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 for 30
These films are fantastic! If you've never seen one, check one out. They play them frequently on TV. I wanted to make sure we got to see them all, so I bought the whole set. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Connie M
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative.
I really enjoy ESPN's approach to these programs. It provides insight into topics that I have not found anywhere else.
Published 3 days ago by The Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Shining the light on important and interesting stories
30 for 30 helps put what you see on the court or on the field into context. You have the opportunity to understand what certain players went through to get where they were at. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joe Sorensen
5.0 out of 5 stars passion for the game
Informative , very emotional piece, really tales you back to that defining moment of Hank Gathers. It is going back in time with great detail and emotion.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic in every way
Reality is freshly and professionally presented
KUDOS to production and editing crews
Can not wait to finish all the episodes when time permits
Published 11 days ago by RICHARD MAYNERT
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Could have been summed up in 30 minutes. Interesting but did not need an hour to cover this topic from history.
Published 18 days ago by Gizmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it anytime
Addicting I couldn't stop watching it, what made it better was that it taught me so many things I didn't know
Published 19 days ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable intensity of focus!
Incredible! More than words can express. The skateboarder and the Pacers' player were each remarkable for their descriptions of the uniqueness of the human spirit in extremis.
Published 21 days ago by George Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars espn films 30 for 30 film favorites collection
I am happy with my recent purchase of the espn films 30 for 30 film favorites collection dvd set, it contains 6 cd's of a lot of great stories and athletes over the years. Read more
Published 22 days ago by anthony harris
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Difference in this version?
There have been more than 30 films, since they decided to continue the series (plus now they have the "Nine for IX" series about women's sports), but I'm pretty sure that these sets only include the original 30. Unguarded might be more recent.
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I also am having this problem...I think it's the disks...
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