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Magic Johnson: Always Showtime (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2006)

Magic Johnson  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Magic Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 418 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHQU26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Includes Magic's three greatest games: 10/12/79 - Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Diego Clippers, Magic's 1st NBA Game (Kareem hits a game-winner, and Magic goes crazy with excitement); 1980 NBA Finals Game 6 - Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Magic starts at center for injured Kareem and scores 42 to lead team to NBA Championship); 1992 NBA All-Star Game (Magic wins his second NBA All-Star Game MVP Award)
  • Magic's number retirement ceremony

Editorial Reviews

See Earvin as he earns the nickname 'Magic,' leading Michigan's Everett High School to the State Championship. Relive his memorable march to Final Four glory at Michigan State and then watch Magic bring 'showtime' and five NBA titles to the LA Lakers. Included are exclusive in-depth interviews with Magic as well as exciting highlights of his high school, college and NBA career. Narrated by Danny Glover ('Lethal Weapon,' 'Grand Canyon'). Includes 3 of his greatest games in their entirety and his jersey retirement ceremony.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still showtime... October 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have this one since 1994, and I watch it from time to time and I always get the same good feeling. An outstanding video for all the fans and no-necessarily-fans of the NBA and Magic. Extremely well filmed and narrated -voice of Danny Glover-, this is much much more than just a sports video. I have it on "my golden shelf". If you are a lover of the game or just curious about it or about him, you can't miss this one.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Showtime! April 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Earvin "Magic" Johnson is without a doubt one of basketball's greatest players and one of the greatest winners of his era! This video has some of Magic Johnson's greatest plays and achievements. Follow Magic Johnson as he wins a high school, NCAA, and NBA championship in a four year span, including his legendary performance as a rookie in game 6 of the '80 NBA finals. Follow him in his first historic meeting with Larry Bird in the '79 NCAA championship! Watch Magic run the fast break in showtime fashion from his days with the Lakers making spectacular passes like he can only make! From 1980-1991 (eleven years) Magic has been to the NBA finals nine times and won the championship five times. See how Magic helped revitalize a once dying NBA into one of the most successful franchises it is today. If you are a basketball fan, then this is the film for you!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Johnson Always Showtime DVD vs. VHS June 24, 2005
By Karl Ma
This review is for those who are deciding whether to upgrade from the videotape version to the DVD version. It's not worth it. That was the reason I bought the DVD, I already had the videotape, but was intrigued by the additional footage of Magic's comeback to the NBA in 1996. The only difference between the two is the additional 10 minutes at the end of the DVD. The rest of the program preceding the end of the DVD is the same. The extra scenes on the DVD version goes as followed: Magic announcing his retirement from the NBA in 1991 due to HIV; his 1992 All-Star Game performance in Orlando, Florida; the 1992 Dream Team in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain; Magic's work within the community with his Magic's Theatres; Magic's comeback to the NBA in 1996; the end. That sounds like a lot of material, but each segment was shown in minimal time, giving only a brief description of each event. I bought this DVD with the intention of watching additional footage of Magic's comeback to the NBA in 1996, but all I saw was a minute or two of interviews and game footage, too short for this DVD to worth buying to replace the videotape. The additional footage on the DVD are too short to enjoy, I felt cheated. It's almost as if NBA Entertainment put together that part at the last minute before release and didn't give enough thought and time into it. If you already own the videotape version, I wouldn't bother buying the DVD version because you are not really missing anything.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra footage is worth the price. January 3, 2007
The actual DVD itself is the same old showtime it has always been, which was a bit of a shame. They really could have done with some more and better footage of Magic's return to the game. There really wasn't anything ): However the full games that come with this new version are priceless for any Magic fan especially the All Star game filled with the games greatest players(Minus Larry Bird who was injured) all having a last shot at him and then paying tribute by stopping the game. Truly a fitting tribute to end a Magic career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Retrospective of a Magic Career February 9, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Magic Johnson was the best point guard ever to play the game of basketball. He was a leader and champion at all levels of the sport, winning titles in high school, college, and the NBA. "Always Showtime" is narrated by Danny Glover and looks back at Magic's career, starting in childhood and high school and then moving on to his years at Michigan State and with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The included footage of Johnson's career is stellar, and interspersed throughout the story are comments by family members, coaches, teammates, and rivals. Also included is Johnson's February 1992 jersey retirement ceremony at The Forum.

This DVD set contains three full-length games. No games from the peak of Magic's career in the mid-to-late Eighties are included, but all three are memorable--Johnson's first game as a pro in October 1979; Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals, in which Magic led the Lakers to their first of five titles in the decade; and the 1992 NBA All-Star game, which Johnson played three months after he announced he was HIV-positive. Viewers of the 1980 game will be surprised at how much running and fast breaking was done in a Finals game back then, and the '92 All-Star game was memorable for the three 3-pointers Magic hit at the end of the game.

The set would be a solid addition to any DVD collection of NBA history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His last all-star game MVP March 23, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this only for special price at the time for $5.99. Well worth it even if you have the original VHS copy. The All Star game is worth watching over and over again showing the other great Hall of Famers!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magic is Magic, but DVD is not August 22, 2005
This DVD follows the career of the great Magic Johnson. There are highlights, lowlights, college and NBA battles and championship rings. This is one of the NBA greats at his best. In similar format to Sir Charles and Hakeem the Dream and in similar length, the DVD offers good value, but is a little short in length.

It would have been great to have an additional DVD like Larry Bird's or Ultimate Michael with actual games of the great man, not just highlights. While a good addition, not essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars was very pleased.
Was a gift and the recipient, my son, was very pleased.
Published 1 day ago by Linda B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie
Published 5 days ago by L. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars He loved it.
Purchased as a Christmas gift for my grandson-in-law last year. He loved it.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. Rosalie M. Hoffbefrg
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Published 1 month ago by Monalisa morales
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrreat
Action, Sound, Camera--great footage, this is a series of events that no one will ever repeat, it is history at this point and a great item for anyones collection and viewing.
Published 14 months ago by ralph mc fadden
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for historic legend
Great! everything came in mint condition. My boyfriend and I enjoyed this very much. We both highly recommend for sure.
Published 14 months ago by Bunebarbiedoll85
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome
Outstanding videos. The likes of this man will never be seen again in any lifetime. simply the most fun to watch ever.
Published 15 months ago by Prema1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
This is a must have for any Magic fan or Lakers fan. Lots of great clips from the Showtime days.
Published 15 months ago by NTO
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Showtime
And that's what it is - an awesome and captivating viewing.
It met more than my expectations - a must see.
Published 17 months ago by Suzanne Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Magic
I live on the East Coast, nearly 3,000 miles away from Showtime, so I didn't get an opportunity to watch many of Magic Johnson's games. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David R. Tolson
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