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Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals


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  • Actors: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Steve Springer, Evelyn Johnson, George Fox
  • Directors: Ezra Edelman
  • Writers: Aaron Cohen, Charles Olivier
  • Producers: Ezra Edelman, Joe Lavine, Rahul Rohatgi, Rick Bernstein, Ross Greenburg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UPPO1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals" on IMDb

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He loves it & has probably watched it 20 times!!
JLP
I would definitely watch it more than once, highly recommended even if you're not necessarily a fan of the sport.
Valerie E. Wilson
This is a great story of the rivalry and eventual friendship between two extraordinary athletes.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By buttons on September 1, 2010
Format: DVD
i happened tocatch this movie on HBO and watched it because my dad was a larry bird fan and would always talk about him and the playoff games of that time. well it was all before my time so i never quite knew how intense the rivalry between the two were. i watched this movie and it was like i was there. all the stories my dad told me were shown to me right before my eyes. the relationship between magic johnson and larry bird was unique and there will never be one like it again. the movie truely made me wish i could have been around earlier to have lived that moment with everyone else. i even cried during the movie. i will buy two copies of this movie. one for me and one for my dad.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jerry C. Lewey on July 21, 2010
Format: DVD
Of all the videos about Bird and Magic that have come out through the years, this is by far the best. IT IS NOT A HIGHLIGHT REEL. This is about how they are forever linked in so many ways. They are linked in a lot of ways by being polar opposites from each other on some things. Black and white, East and West, charismatic and awkwardly quiet, Boston and LA, among about a million other comparisons. I saw this twice on HBO and I plan on buying it as soon as it comes out.

Their story is pretty much storybook type material. No two players in NBA history have ever been forever linked as Larry Bird and Earvin Johnson. Only a few rivalries in sports history compare. As I said before, this is not a highlight reel. This is as indepth life and career overview that has been made about these two men. Being too that it is made by HBO, it gives it much more credibility than any other previous biographies about them.

If you are a fan of sports in general I think you will enjoy this selection. If you are basketball fan, then this is a must have for your collection. Anyone will love Magic's infectious attitude about life and how emotional he is about himself and his friends and Bird's emotionless facial expressions as well as dry, ironic sense of humor that will have you rolling in the floor. Both of these men are equally likable but totally different personality wise. They were once bitter enemies and now are great friends that have a special connection and understanding only they can grasp.

I wrote HBO to release this on DVD and they finally have and I'm so excited! I think anyone that watches this will see why after they view this gem!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Splaine Jr. on January 15, 2011
Format: DVD
What can I say about this that others already haven't? The film provides a good look at how close Bird and Magic have become. They started out as rivals, and over time became close. The two are so different in personality, but share a similar competetiveness. There are not many highlights of their careers here, but mostly interviews detailing how their careers progressed. Good stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon49 on February 5, 2011
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If you believe that basketball replicates life offering lessons in competition, friendship, generosity, self discipline, honor and all sorts of other values and learning experiences, then Magic and Bird is a virtual Bible. There is a beauty in this intertwining of lives at which you can only marvel. At moments only "awesome" (that overused expression many use to describe a favorite ice cream) can approximate how Magic and Bird came to the game at the same time from such diverse backgrounds, how they were selected by rival teams, how they played the game with so much love and respect, and how as their time in the game came to an end their rivalry bred friendship. This film (and there is a book) is a teaching moment. Don't miss it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jedd Weise on December 14, 2011
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When I heard about this documentary I immediately set the TiVo TCD652160 HD Digital Video Recorder to record it. I got around to watching the documentary and was hooked from the start. The film does a great job of focusing on Magic and Bird and then tying their stories together. It is amazing to see how they fueled each other. I truly believe if not for Bird, Magic would not have reached the heights he did and vice versa. These two people are polar opposites and at the same time the best of friends. The awesome aspect of this whole story is that they wanted to hate each other but just couldn't. The film speaks to their character and is a masterfully constructed documentary that dissects two of the most interesting people in basketball history. I challenge anyone to not cry during this film. It is a work of art and will be viewed for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TZP on November 28, 2011
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I could see how if someone didn't see them play it wouldn't be tremendously enjoyable, although it would still be good. That era was the time that I grew to love basketball because of the Lakers - Celtics rivalry. If just watching them play seemed to tell a story... it is impressive to see in depth what the story really was. Although a big Laker fan, I think I enjoyed listening to Larry Bird more in this DVD. The reason is most likely because Magic has been giving so many interviews over the years, not the case with Larry. I was surprised to hear the things that he had gone through. I've watched it several times and enjoy it each time. Brings back memories too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oscar on September 13, 2011
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This was very well done, better than expected. Strongly recommend it to not just the die hard Bird/Magic fan but to anybody that's never picked up a basketball in their life. It's the story of friendship. The story of Bird and Magic... the two most important players in NBA history (imo). A must own.
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