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Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010)

Magic Johnson , Larry Bird , Ezra Edelman  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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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 (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UPPO1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made me wish i could have been there. September 1, 2010
By buttons
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
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Bird OR Magic Fan! July 21, 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done January 15, 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivalry at its best 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
5.0 out of 5 stars One word describes this documentary: Perfect 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended... especially if you saw them play. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! The absolute best of it's genre. September 13, 2011
By Oscar
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie
Published 2 days ago by L. Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars for the ultimate fan
This was a gift for my dad. He is a huge Magic fan as well as Bird. I saw this story on t.v it is very moving and puts a whole new light on both NBA stars...
Published 2 months ago by diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Eric Abbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice story.
bring back memories. Very nice story.
Published 3 months ago by Kelvin Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved viewing this DVD. It gives a good insight of Magic and Bird's relationship.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE DVD
I enjoyed the dvd. The program was awesome. As a fan you think back and relive the 80s. Laker and Celtic fans will enjoy this dvd.
Published 4 months ago by Jay Kunze
5.0 out of 5 stars it was all i thought would be
It told a story of respect and honor, helped me to understand the relationship between two men who were friend and foe
Published 5 months ago by Keith P. Nicoson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sports documentary I've ever seen!
This is a great story of the rivalry and eventual friendship between two extraordinary athletes. The history of their relationship is portrayed accurately and interestingly... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars NBA at it's finest
Went in with no expectations but HBO did a great job of reminding just how dominant these 2 were. Would recommend adding When The Game Was Ours book to any order and watching NBA... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J P Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd disc in the future???
This is a great dvd. Their story from high school to the NBA is an excellent one.
The only thing missing here is a few of their games. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Ferrigno
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