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NBA Dynasty Series: Los Angeles Lakers - The Complete History (2004)

Shaquille O'Neal , Kobe Bryant , Los Angeles Lakers  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson
  • Directors: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 1338 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z37J0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Contains over 22 hours of highlights, game footage, and interviews including:
  • 1972 NBA Finals Game 5
  • - Wilt Chamberlain leads the Lakers to the title
  • 1980 NBA Finals Game 6
  • - Rookie Magic Johnson plays center for the injured Kareem Abdul Jabbar
  • 1982 NBA Finals Game 1
  • - Lakers start the march to their second title in three years
  • 1985 NBA Finals Game 6
  • - Lakers become the first visiting team to win a championship at the Boston Garden
  • 1987 NBA Finals Game 4
  • - Known as the Magic 'Baby Hook' game
  • 1988 NBA Finals Game 7
  • - Lakers come back from a 3-2 deficit to win the title
  • 2000 NBA Finals Game 4
  • - Lakers win an overtime classic
  • 2001 NBA Finals Game 5
  • - Lakers win back-to-back titles
  • 2002 Western Conference Finals, Game 7
  • - Lakers never say die

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Product Description

Over the past 50 years the Lakers have won an unprecedented 14 championships, making them the best NBA franchise ever. This five-disc special edition collector's set features the complete Lakers history including year-end compilation programs highlighting the Championship seasons from the 1950s through 2002. Plus for the first time ever on DVD, the team's most memorable Finals games including its first championship win in Los Angeles, Magic's "baby hook" game in 1987, and back-to-back title games.

Packing a whopping 22 hours of content on five double-sided discs, Los Angeles Lakers: The Complete History is a treasure trove for fans of the purple and gold. In fact, even the ambitious title doesn't do the set justice, as the opening 2002 documentary traces the franchise to its Minnesota roots and a vintage 1953 feature shows the game's first dominant big man, George Mikan, in action. The glitzier West Coast years--Wilt, West, Magic, Kareem, Shaq, Kobe, et al.--are the primary focus, of course, and this set, one of the first two entries in the NBA Dynasty series (along with the slightly less-substantial Chicago Bulls: The 1990s), collects seven of the highlight videos that were released on VHS (2000 and 2002 were also on DVD), which provide a time-capsule look at each of the championship seasons.

The real joy of the set, however, is nine NBA playoff games presented as they were originally broadcast and almost in their entirety. They last about 90-100 minutes with TV introductions and post-game interviews, but minus halftime, commercials, and some slower moments. The games include such absolute classics as the game in which rookie Magic Johnson started at center in place of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the 1987 "baby hook" game against the Boston Celtics. If you're used to watching current NBA games you might be tempted to just skip to the end, but it's surprisingly rewarding to watch the game develop, to watch the game's superstars strut their stuff (or see a couple of 1972 reserves named Phil Jackson and Pat Riley), and to observe how radically the sport has changed over the years. Variable picture quality and technical glitches are unavoidable (even the 2002 game looks washed out), but this is the first time complete or nearly complete NBA games have been available in the home-video era, and they probably still look better than the VHS tapes you've been saving over the years. Yes, it'd be easy to argue about which games from the Lakers' long history should have been included, and the highlight videos don't have a ton of replay value, but the NBA Dynasty series is a major milestone in archived sports. --David Horiuchi

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun compilation, but not a "complete" history July 14, 2004
By J Kirk
This set is certainly desirable for any die hard Lakers fan, and basketball fans who remember how great the game became after Magic and Larry Bird paved the way for unselfish play will surely enjoy it.
The edited games are great. The finals games featured between the Lakers and the Sixers are mindblowing because of how fast paced they were. It's pure fast break basketball at its best. The games between the Lakers and the Celtics are intense and you also realize what an excellent job Dick Stockton did for CBS when he was the play-by-play man. In retrospect, even Stockton's color man partner seems pretty balanced, even though he was a Celtic great and even though he had the incredibly irritating habit of placing the subject of his sentences at the very end, Tom Heinsohn.
No set is going to be perfect, but I think where the box set is a bit of a letdown is in the "history" aspect. It's really just a compilation of all the NBA films that they do at the end of each year for the champion. And while they are all pretty good and I rented them all years ago, they don't really tell the history of the team. They tell the history of the champtionship seasons.
If you're looking for history, Disc 1 is probably the best, with old footage and more recent interviews. But there's no description of the Lakers of the '70s and how they got Kareem and what the team was like before Magic and how the Lakers drew about 11,000 fans per game. I think that is missing from this and I would have liked to have seen more of that. Also too bad someone couldn't dig up more interviews with Elgin Baylor and Jerry West talking about how frustrating it was to lose all those years to the Celtics, although there is a good feature on Rod Hundley and Tommy Hawkins talking about the '85 Lakers win.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a big Lakers fan over the years...was too young to watch Magic in 1980, so was really excited to see this dvd collection, just on that point initially. Boy do I feel Soooooo fortunate to have grown up in the 80's with the Magic show!
But having watched that memorable game (vs. Sixers) and all the subsequent games included, I think that for anyone who loves this game like I do, this is both an exciting trip down memory lane, and (more importantly) a historical lesson in just how much the game has changed and has affected broadcast sports and the players who play it.
I think especially for younger people today, who didn't grow up with Magic and Bird (not to mention a guy named Dr. J), this is especially meaningful. I don't think anyone can underestimate the historical importance of Magic and Bird...but especially Magic, givin his dominance of what we use to call "team basketball".
The real joy is seeing the actual games, from beginning to end. The most important point to this collection is to sit back, watch, and appreciate just how great the Lakers were in the '80's (not to mention the Celtics and Sixers). The Lakers played such incredibly beautiful, orchestrated fast-break basketball.
These days (or even in the 90's) you would be hardpressed to find more than a couple decent fastbreaks in a game that didn't end in a sloppy turnover or mistake. On the other hand, for a real lesson in what the fast-break truely was, sit back and watch the games on these dvds. You just knew when the Magic Johnson fast-break started, something good would happen...either a dunk by Worthy, or an outside shot by Scott...guaranteed 90% of the time. That calculated, harmony and spectacle is extremely rare these days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Info June 10, 2008
* "The Laker Dynasty" (2004) - a 47-minute feature reviewing the history of the franchise that began in Minneapolis with the NBA's first superstar George Mikan, moves through the Jerry West-Elgin Baylor-Wilt Chamberlain 1960s, to the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s, through the Shaq-Kobe dynasty of the new millennium.

* "Meet the Champs" (1954) - Rare, archival black-and-white film featuring the first NBA dynasty, the Minneapolis Lakers, including extensive highlights of the 1954 season, the Western Conference Finals against the Fort Wayne Pistons, and the 1954 NBA Finals against the New York Knickerbockers.

* 1972 NBA Finals Game 5, Knicks at Lakers - Complete Original Broadcast (ABC Sports).

* "That Magic Season" (1980) - Vintage NBA Films presentation reviewing the 1980 Playoffs, and NBA Finals between Dr. J's Sixers and Magic Johnson's Lakers.

* 1980 NBA Finals Game 6, Lakers at Sixers - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports).

* "Something to Prove" (1982) - Vintage NBA Films presentation reviewing the 1982 NBA Finals, a rematch of the 1980 Sixers-Lakers matchup.

* 1982 NBA Finals Game 1, Lakers at Sixers - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports).

* "Return to Glory" (1985) - Vintage NBA Films presentation reviewing the 1985 playoffs, and the 1985 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics.

* 1985 NBA Finals Game 6, Lakers at Celtics - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports)

* "The Drive for Five" (1987) - The story of the 1986-87 Lakers, from opening night through victory over the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

* 1987 NBA Finals Game 4, Lakers at Celtics - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports).
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Published 1 month ago by mou73
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great dvd
Published 3 months ago by Qeasy24
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was awesome...saw highlights and learned things I didn't know
Published 3 months ago by Claudia Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE THE LAKERS' DYNASTY!!!!!
I grew up watching and LOVING the Showtime Lakers lead by Magic. I haven't missed ONE Lakers WCF or Finals game since '88; and can recite when and from what school Nick Van Exel,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G-Unit
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor of everything!
Well I won't go to much in depth cuz everything is pretty straight forward. And I will be honest. The material is cheap. Read more
Published 5 months ago by newlightmx
3.0 out of 5 stars AT LEAST IT PLAYED
It arrived on time. When I opened da box with the dvds one of the pages that holds the dvd fell out because it had become unglued and it was already slightly cracked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by STR8M3X
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition for any laker fan
Sure, some of the videos are quite blurry (i.e think 480p youtube quality) but its still fun to watch the full length games they have. Read more
Published 9 months ago by hector Angulo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lakeshow classics
Greatest of all time great buy thanks! Los Angeles where champions are born kobe shaq Horry magic west Kareem Goats
Published 16 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it a lot
I would recommend this product to any fan of the Laker dynasty.
Footage is great. Quality is as good as it gets.
Published 23 months ago by Quintb123
3.0 out of 5 stars Complete documentaries, Incomplete games
This set is entitled NBA Dynasty Series - Los Angeles Lakers - The Complete History. However it should be called the Incomplete History, because the NBA did not go far enough in... Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by jwde3
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