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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 1200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LPWGGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,035 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NHL New York Islanders 10 Greatest Games

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They are among the greatest dynasties in hockey history. Between 1980 and 1983, the New York Islanders won four consecutive championships, a feat that has not been repeated since. With a history reaching back only 35 years, the Islanders have built a rich tradition of winning that few franchises in any sport have enjoyed. During this time, the Islanders set hockey records that may never be broken, established the strongest of bonds with the local fan base and played in some of the most memorable games of all time. For the first time, the greatest of these Islander clashes will be compiled in a single DVD box set, available in 2009. Only the best of the very best Islander games will be included in this must-have collection for hockey fans.

Games: Game 6 Stanley Cup final vs. Flyers 5/24/80, Game 5 Stanley Cup final vs. North Stars 5/21/81, Game 5 comeback vs. Penguins 4/13/82, Game 4 Stanley Cup final vs. Canucks 5/16/82, Game 4 Stanley Cup final vs. Oilers 5/17/83, Ken Morrow playoff OT winner vs. Rangers 4/10/84, Easter epic vs. Capitals 4/18/87, David Volek OT winner vs. Penguins 5/14/93, Bates penalty shot vs. Leafs 4/24/02, Al Arbour's 1500th game vs. Penguins 11/3/07.

Customer Reviews

I purchased this for my Islander fan husband and he loved it!
K. Goldman
I actually have better copies of some of these games on VHS tape so I wonder why the quality could not have been upgraded on the DVDs.
Yankee Mike
Enjoy the days of hockey with no on ice, or on the boards advertising and some helmetless players!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Mojica on November 22, 2009
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As someone who grew up in New York and has watched the Islanders from almost their first game in 1972, I thought this was a good but not great set with a fair selection of games. Of course disputes are inevitable in any "10 greatest" list, but my objections are:

The Islanders first big playoff push was in 1975, and there should have been at least one game from that year. The preferred games would be game 3 vs. the Rangers or game 7 vs. Pittsburgh. As I have never seen anything but short clips from these game since I saw them (or heard them on the radio) live when they were played, I don't know that they still exist in complete form. They probably don't. I'm pretty sure nothing remains from the Rangers series but a 15 second clip of JP Parise's game 3 OT goal. If they don't, some game from the Philadelphia series should be included. I have seen full game videos from this series and the absence of a 1975 playoff game is the most serious flaw in this set.

The second missing essential game is the winning streak record breaker vs. the Colorado Rockies. I was at that game in person and not only was it historic, it was a thrilling match with a wild finish. It's a crime this game wasn't included. Their winning streak record has since been broken, but when the Islander won their 15th straight, the record they erased went back to 1929 & it was a big deal.

For the more recent selections, I think it was right to include one game from the '02 series vs. Toronto, because that was one of the best, most intense early round playoff series I've ever seen. But they picked the wrong game. Game 6 was the best single playoff game the Islanders have had since their Stanley Cup years.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yankee Mike on February 11, 2009
The ten games that will be on this set are:

1-1980 Cup Final, Game 6. (CBC)
2-1981 Cup Final, Game 5. (CBC)
3-Game 5 of 1982 Division Semi Finals vs Pittsburgh (WOR)
4-1982 Cup Final, Game 4. (CBC)
5-1983 Cup Final, Game 4. (CBC)
6-Morrow's OT goal beats Rangers, 1984 Div. Semi Finals, Game 5. (CBC)
7-The Easter Epic vs Washington, 1987 (CBC)
8-Volek's OT goal in Game 7 beats Pittsburgh, 1993 (CBC)
9-Bates penalty shot game vs Toronto, 4/24/2002 (ESPN2)
10-Al Arbour's 1500th win. (MSG)

There are some problems. With just three exceptions all the games use the (Hockey Night In Canada Feed (CBC). You only get to hear Islanders' announcers Jiggs McDonald and Eddie Westfall in one game. (1982 Game 5 vs Pittsburgh) and the picture quality on that game is terrible.
Picture quality on most of the game is just fair to good. Even the Bates game fromm 2002 is sub par.
I actually have better copies of some of these games on VHS tape so I wonder why the quality could not have been upgraded on the DVDs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2009
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The video on this production is pretty good considering that most of the source material is 25 or so years old. The only criticism is that the feed used for most of the games is NOT the Islanders TV feed. I have my own copies of several of these games with announcing by the Islanders TV crew, including their post-game programming (1983 Islanders Game 4 vs. Oilers and the 1984 Isles vs. Rangers Game 5 among others). If I could have these, surely the producers of this set could have obtained them. Listening to CBC announcers or ESPN announcers is definitely not the same. That aside, it is an enjoyable group of games. Only the Isles vs. Maple Leafs 2002 game is questionable in its inclusion. Enjoy the days of hockey with no on ice, or on the boards advertising and some helmetless players!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Keitz VINE VOICE on April 1, 2009
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I have been a die hard Islanders fan since 1972. In fact, the Isles were the reason I started playing hockey at a time when no one else in my family knew what hockey was. The Isles have brought me great joy and pain since I was 6 years old, and this is a great way to re-live the great times.

I have had many of these games on VHS, but as we all know tape degrades. I can finally have a permanent record of these great moments. I agree with everyone who remarked about the video quality, but please remember that many of these games are pretty old. Just keep in mind that if it was the 10 best Rangers games, most would be radio only!

I'll treasure this collection, both on the DVDs and on my phone (ripped and converted for my Treo).

Bravo!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meria Heller on July 13, 2009
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The first few games are very poor quality film. It would have been nicer to have more "glitz" regarding the pre game and after game. The quality of film gets better eventually, but not until 2000
Watching the Islanders is like traveling to the past and watching the greatest team to ever hit the ice. The Al Albour night game is fabulous and worth the price of the DVD.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Canuck in WA on September 19, 2011
Reason I say this, is at the time when the Islanders were in the midst of their dynasty, I really was too young to appreciate just what kind of character, makeup and class this team truly had. Now that I am in my late 40's and was able to reminisce on some of these games that I saw growing up, I can not only truly appreciate just what kind of team that Bill Torrey and Al Arbour built during this time period, but also, how they handled success in such a classy manner.

For my personal opinion, the two top games that stand out for me are 1) Game 5 between the Islanders & Pens in 1982, where the Isles came SOOOOO close to getting their dynasty derailed. Late in the third period, you honestly feel that there is no way that they will win this thing (suspension of reality), and yet, you are awed at how someone such as John Tonelli continuously comes up big in the clutch. The second game I highly recommend is the Game 5 encounter between the Rangers and Isles in the 84 playoffs. And even though the Isles failed to win a 5th cup that year, this game to me is honestly what hockey is all about from a number of viewpoints. It is fast, hard hitting, nail biting up and down action, no cheap shots, but best of all, CBC does the game, and there is truly something special about hearing Dick Irvin call a game. Don Cherry also provides color commentary, and a again, this is at a time when having Don in the booth was an absolute joy to listen to as he provides so much insight and analysis that means so much during the game. I can honestly say that since purchasing this DVD, I must have watched this game over and over about 5 times now, and never get bored of it.
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games included?
On the Isles website recently, they were asking fans to choose from about 4 or 5 games, which was the favorite. I believe some were:
-Game 6, Opening Round 2003 vs. Maple Leafs (Bates Penalty Shot)
-Al Arbour's 1500th Win vs. Penguins, Nov. 2007
-Game 7, 1993 Patrick Division Final vs Penguins... Read More
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