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The Wimbledon Collection - The Classic Match - Borg vs. McEnroe 1980 Final (2000)

Bjorn Borg , John McEnroe  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Standing Room Only
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HOEK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

None.

Editorial Reviews

This DVD features some of the most memorable Gentlemen's Singles Final's ever.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the Ages August 1, 2005
By JMadbat
I've been watching and playing tennis for parts of five decades, still active in the 55 and Over USTA tournaments. However, I have found that most of my tennis friends don't have the interest to watch a 5-set men's match, especially given the way the men play the game today.

This match, a classic by any standard, will probably hold the interest of most tennis fans. While tennis in 1980 was played at a slower, less powerful pace due to the use of wood racquets, the shot making was nearly flawless, especially during the epic 34 point tie-breaker at the end of the fourth set. It is tennis the way most of us hackers who grew up watching Laver, Rosewall, Ashe, Borg and McEnroe, remember it. This match highlights the touch and finesse both men owned, as well as allowing the viewer to see points crafted like a chess master might craft a winning attack.

The BBC announcers are always understated, letting the play take center stage. I personally enjoy seeing the mastery of the young McEnroe at the net and the unflappable Borg, looking the same whether he was losing the first set 6-1 or getting ready to win the match at the end of the fifth set.

Re-reading this review, I realize that I'm probably in need of a Tennis Exorcist. Which doesn't diminish the fact that it was a great match.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary tennis September 14, 2007
Considered by many the greatest final ever played at Wimbledon, this goes nuclear in the fourth set, culminating in a twenty minute tiebreaker featuring some of the most dramatic tennis imaginable.

Borg was ending his peak years and Mac beginning his at this point; this match finds both at their best. McEnroe's serve and volley game was made for grass, but Borg's baseline supremacy is paired here with an unusual amount of volleying for the taciturn Swede, a must to counter Mac's amazingly consistent serve.

Mac is rarely bratty here, and as usual CyBorg never blinks, win or lose. This is four hours of A-1 tennis over two dvds for a very decent price; the value is hard to beat, as the whole match is a master class in how to play tennis, and you'll want to watch the tiebreaker over and over, if just to psyche you up for your next match. Dvd tech is perfect or freezing a frame and watching a point in slow motion, to see how footwork and timing lead to great shots. Forget instructional videos; this one has it all.

The BBC commentary is also rather humourous in spots, and thankfully far more understated than American network cheerleading. Not a sponsor or ad in sight, either, which makes this a wonderful rarity.

Highly recommended.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRE MEETS ICE January 23, 2005
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Rarely does a tennis match captivate it's audience like this one does. Two of the biggest personalities the game has ever seen battling over the most coveted prize in tennis. So pour yourself a dish of strawberries and cream, sit back and relax, and enjoy what is arguably the best Wimbledon final ever played!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Match March 27, 2006
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The photography is fine, McEnroe behaves throughout, and neither player seems to say a word during the entire five sets. The spectators, like the players, act like human beings, with no uncontrolled temper fits, and no juvenile behavior among the fans. It is pleasant to watch a tennis match rather than a performance. The significant thing here is that both players display awesome playing throughout this match. Thoroughly enjoyable. And no commercials--just five sets of great tennis with sensible commentary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read the box! May 14, 2006
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Once you start this DVD, it'll be difficult to stop watching until match point. I can't add anything that wasn't mentioned by other customer reviewers, except this -- If you're like most tennis fans, you've probably forgotten who won, which makes the recording all the more exciting. This brings me to my only gripe -- the packaging gives away the outcome. So, when it arrives, don't read, just open the drawer on your DVD player and watch.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Star Wars in its own genre. June 14, 2005
It is one of the rarest of a match play of all time in tennis history. Words can neither describe the match nor can some critiques downplay it. So, just watch it and enjoy a rare execution of one of the highest quality of tennis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Match May 19, 2007
The DVD was of excellent quality and clarity. It was a pleasure to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended November 17, 2009
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As the tennis essentials are probrably well known to all considering this
dvd, I'll simply say this is a wonderfully produced dvd. The understated
bbc commentary provides an interesting contrast to the hyperbolic american
style. Also, with no commercials, the camera catches interesting personality
studies of Borg and McEnroe on the change over breaks. McEnroe's endless relacing
of his sneakers seems almost compulsive; Borg's impassivity strangely haunted.
Great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Ice.... the greatest match ever played in Tennis !!
This match is a classic and a 'must have' for any tennis fan. If you want to watch how classic grass court serve and volley game should be played, look no further than this game. Read more
Published 3 days ago by John Lennon
5.0 out of 5 stars BORG vs McEnroe
Still one of the GREAT matches of all time. BORG was one of a kind - he had so many years ahead of him - still do not understand why he left the game so early in his career. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia A. Luzon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Match between 2 Champions of Tennis
If you like these 2 players you will enjoy. Also great in the library of sport to watch any time of year with friends.
Published 13 months ago by Vivienne Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
This is one of the best $20 purchases of my life - I see it about once every year. As a genuine tennis fan, I had read all about THE tiebreak, of course. Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Murty Challa
3.0 out of 5 stars oh, serve and volley.....
i used to think that i missed the days of serve-and-volley tennis. i grew up enthralled by the days of watching edburg and becker pound and rush, and to me that technique... Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by Daniel Lee Hotard
4.0 out of 5 stars Video quality
There's not anything I can add to how great of a match this was. Just wanted to throw in here that the video quality is GREAT for a video from 1980! Read more
Published on October 12, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Borg vs McEnroe Wimbledon 1980
Received earlier than expected. Great to watch one of the most exciting Wimbledon championship matches. Also fun to see how much has changed over the years.
Published on July 12, 2009 by K. Kaczmarek
3.0 out of 5 stars My How Tennis Has Changed!
Somewhat underwhelming. There were a few good shots back then, but it's amazing how much faster, harder, and more exciting today's tennis is. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by D-Bone
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but frame rate seems a little off.
Borg was my idol when I was beginning to play tennis, so I have enjoyed watching this match. The editing was good, but it seemed that the frame rate was a little off. Read more
Published on June 26, 2008 by Richard J. Jerz
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