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NFL: History of the San Diego Chargers

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Celebrate a half-century of Chargers football as NFL Films chronicles the first fifty years of this storied football franchise. From their hardscrabble early days in the fledgling American Football League to the explosive teams of the 21st century, relive all the great games, the best players and most memorable moments that helped create the "Legend of the Lightning Bolt." San Diego Chargers: The Complete History begins with the high-octane 1960s teams that dominated the AFL, led by innovative coach Sid Gillman and superstars Lance Alworth, Paul Lowe, Ron Mix and Ernie Ladd. In the 70s and early 80s it was the magic of "Air Coryell," powered by Hall of Famers Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner, and one of the most ferocious front-four units in NFL history. Relive the excitement of San Diego's first Super Bowl season with such Charger greats as Junior Seau, Stan Humphries and Natrone Means. Then enjoy the finest moments and best games of contemporary stars LaDainian Tomlinson, Shawne Merriman and Philip Rivers. Drawing upon dozens of interviews, sideline sound, player and coaches wires and vintage radio accounts, San Diego Chargers: The Complete History gives you a 50-yard-line seat for 50 years of hurrahs as well as heartbreaks, along with hours of bonus features highlighting the best players and games from the men in blue and gold.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Birdsall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NFL
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AS461O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Legg on October 12, 2009
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On 9/9/09 a San Diego theater premiered the ~80 minute feature,
complete with Charger Girls and numerous Charger greats.
Watching this great film on the big screen with hundred of Bolt-heads
was awesome. It's brilliantly edited, with plenty for newer fans, but LOTS for
those of us whose #21 jersey has "HADL" on the back (still love ya, LT!).

So, I was delighted when I saw that Amazon's write-up said that
this item was 240 minutes. That means a great bonus feature on
the 1981 team, and lots of shorter extras on Lance, Dickie, Junior,
Charlie and more.

If you're a Charger fan (and have read this far) then you know that
we've suffered a lot over the years. Yes, repeated heartbreaks,
zero Lombardi trophies, and only one Super Bowl appearance, which,
is not even a happy memory. But one of the best things that this
package does, is remind (or for the newer fans, teach) one just how
much Charger football has contributed to the NFL. Sure, we don't
have any championships (unless you count '63, pre-merger)
but there is A LOT to be proud of. Between Sid Gillman and Don Coryell,
San Diego virtually taught the modern NFL how to throw the ball.
Dan Fouts may not have a ring, but breaking the all-time passing record
3 years in a row is a phenomenal achievement. Anyone who could watch
this film and not demand that Don Coryell be in the Hall of Fame, is nuts.

There are also great interviews...new ones, that will surprise you.

So, yes, an absolute must have. Long, long overdue.

My only complaint is that I was really hoping for a blu-ray version.
Admittedly, much of the film--from the '60s & '70s...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alienfan95610 on October 2, 2009
Being a life long San Diego Chargers fan, I've been waiting forever for this release. It does not disappoint. The main program "The Complete History of the San Diego Chargers" logs in at one hour and forty minutes. The first part of the program covers the team in it's earliest days in L.A. to the move to San Diego. It covers all the great Chargers players during this era and covers our one lone championship title- the 1963/64 AFL Championship. The program then moves into the glorious 1970's and the birth of "Air Coryell" era. This part covers all the greats- Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner, John Jefferson, Wes Chandler, Chuck Muncie, all the great offensive and defensive linemen of the era, and the great Rolf Benirschke. All the classic games of this era are covered, including the classic 1981 playoff game against Miami. Classic NFL stuff, to say the least. We then move into the 1990's and the failed Superbowl season. The program covers this era pretty quickly and, in my opinion, could have spent a few more minutes covering the team of that era. Junior Seau and Stan Humphries get the most coverage with a tiny portion on Natrone Means. Then we move into the present day team and how it was put together starting with the drafting of LaDainian Tomlinson. The rest of the program covers the modern day team up to last years playoff loss in Pittsburgh. All in all, it's a great program that covers most of everything and even manages to throw in lots of humor along the way.

The second main program (on disc 2) is "America's Game- 1981 San Diego Chargers". This 45 minute program covers the 1981 season in full detail. This is a GREAT program worth the cost of the DVD alone.

There are lots of bonus features on both discs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Canuck in WA on January 2, 2013
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Myself, I bought this DVD hoping that it wouldn't contain footage that I had seen before on my old VHS tape "Legend of the Lightning Bolt." Needless to say, I was not disappointed. VERY good mix of old footage that was all new to me, and the best bonus of all in this set was the "NFL Missing Rings" story of the 1981 season. I truly wish that NFL films would do an entire series of all of the Super Bowl teams that DIDN'T win the big one, because their stories seem to be much more compelling than those teams who ultimately attained victory (The 1969 Minnesota Vikings story on the "Missing Rings" set is my absolute fave). Granted, the Chargers didn't make the Super Bowl that year, but what they went through the previous seasons leading up to 1981 is engaging to say the least. I have always admired Dan Fouts as a QB, but after watching that piece, I really like him as a person now (Especially him telling the story of his hat that read "MFIC" . .but you'll have to see the DVD to find out that bit of info, as I won't divulge it in this review) because of the competitive nature of his that came out in that show.

If you want to know what the DVD contains after 1990, you'll have to read some of the other submissions, because on my end, I live in the past with regards to the NFL. So anything I say regarding that would definitely have a negative slant to it. But if you're looking for great 60's, 70's & 80's footage from the Chargers, you may want to buy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Thomas on April 29, 2013
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This DVD does a superb job of capturing and presenting the excellence and excitement of the San Diego Chargers from their inception the the very near present. Excellent footage of the Chargers under Don Coryell, with great footage of his receiving core of John Jefferson, Wes Chandler, Charlie Joiner and tight end Kellen Winslow.

The defensive prowess was not overlooked either, and the great play of Fred Dean, Rodney Harrison and others is not highlighted as well.

The special features are good with extra time given to Lance Allworth, John Jefferson and Don Coryell among others. There is also a long and thorough feature of the entire 1981 season culminating in the epic playoff win against the the Miami Dolphins.

Great buy for the money.
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