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NFL Greatest Games Series: Denver Broncos Greatest Games
NFL Greatest Games Series: Denver Broncos Greatest Games
DVD ~ Mike Shanahan
Price: $16.45
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Time Machine Back to 1977 "Broncomania", August 28, 2008
This DVD set contains the 1977 AFC title game, Super Bowl 32 ,and Super Bowl 33.

The two Super Bowl wins have already been replayed a few times on the NFL Network. But not the 1977 classic. So, like many Broncos fans, I bought the set primarily to relive the 1/1/1978 AFC Championship against Denver's biggest rival, the Oakland Raiders.

At first, I was disappointed in the quality of the Raiders game. The entire 1st quarter looks like somebody's old VHS video tape that has been watched one too many times. It is OK, but the colors are a bit washed out, and there is a definite lack of sharpness. There are a few VHS-type flickers on the screen, etc. But then early in the 2nd quarter - right before a Raiders field goal clangs off the right goalpost - there is suddenly a seamless "merge" to a much, much better footage. After this switch, the footage is better and sharper, with vibrant colors and no defects. The game looked fantastic from this point onwards, and I definitely felt like I had been taken back to Mile High Stadium on that bitter cold New Year's Day in 1978. It was great to visit "Broncomania" in its early days - this was the Broncos' first winning season, their first visit to the NFL Playoffs, and (of course) their first AFC title.

Little did Broncos fans know that after the 1977 breakout year, they would wait 20 more seasons to finally get a Super Bowl victory. The set contains both Super Bowls at the end of the Elway era - the memorable January 1998 win against the Packers (in which the Broncos were huge underdogs), and the blowout win against the Falcons in January 1999 to give Denver "back-to-back" supremacy.

Pros of this DVD set: Great quality video (for the most part). 2 of the 3 games are nailbiters filled with tension - NFL/Broncos playoff football at its best. Great to see the original TV broadcasts available for purchase - in their entirety - instead of boring and recycled NFL Films footage.

Cons of this DVD set: No pre-game for any of these games - they simply start right before the opening kickoff. The entire 1st quarter of the Raiders game just looks like OK VHS video. The games are slightly edited - some huddles and dead action are removed. The edits are done in a way that you might not notice the cuts if you weren`t watching carefully, but they are there and there are a lot of them. Finally, this set doesn't include the "Drive," the "Fumble," or other classic Broncos playoff and regular season games. Maybe those and other Broncos classics will be the subject of a future release?

Despite these issues, if you are a die-hard Broncos fans, this set is a "no-brainer" - you will not be disappointed.
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The Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Collector's Edition
The Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Collector's Edition
DVD ~ Curt Schilling
Price: $45.68
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76 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Games, Poor Quality/Editing, August 9, 2005
Aside from the Fox/NY logo that shows up on every game -- couldn't they have rendered this set from a network master, and not a copy owned by some Fox affiliate? -- there are definite quality issues...

ALCS Games 4 & 5 have been squeezed onto 1 DVD each. A 4+ hour game on 1 DVD? Terrible. By definition, this means that the team that made these DVD's had to compress the video, thereby lowering the overall quality. That is a disservice to anyone buying this set - especially since these 2 games are among the most likely to be watched by happy Sox fans.

Interestingly, A&E/MLB seems to have acknowledged this in a unique way. Take a look at the first 8.5 innings of Game 4. Fuzzy, murky, dark picture quality with lots of digital artifacts. Then take a look at the bottom on the 9th inning, with Boston's comeback. Suddenly the video is nice. Sharper, clearer and brighter.

What does this mean? It means that A&E/MLB decided to use different quality settings WITHIN a single game. Poor quality for the first 8.5 innings of Game 4 (to squeeze the full game onto the disc), then suddenly nice quality for those innings most likely to be watched, such as the bottom of the ninth.

I find this incredibly annoying. I feel that each game should have the same high quality throughout. If some games were too long to have consistent high quality - put the darn game on 2 discs! It is not that hard to figure out.

Aside from the inconsistent video quality within single discs, nearly all of the games are missing the Fox intro. The lone exception is World Series Game 1, where they have kept the Fox intro showing the return of the World Series to New England.

All of the other games literally start with the first batter (after hearing about the game's commercial sponsors).

I find this extremely disappointing. I think the network introduction adds some context to each game. I feel like there is something missing without seeing the opening video.

Why no games from the Angels series? Maybe there were rights issues. The Angels games were aired by ESPN. All of the ALCS and World Series games were aired by Fox. And, all of the video used for this set came from a New York Fox affiliate. Maybe it was a hassle for A&E/MLB to figure out how to do the Angels games. Who knows.

Since this box set is the only (official) way to obtain these games, we have to live with them. Well worth the price if you have no other source. However, I wish that A&E/MLB could have put a little more effort and forethought into this set. Nice set, but it could have been spectacular with the right quality and editing.

Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, Book 10)
Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, Book 10)
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.15
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough is Enough!!!, February 20, 2003
I can't believe that even a few people would write a 4 or 5 star review for this book.
If you take the time read the positive reviews carefully, they're giving this book the "benefit of the doubt" simply because the first several volumes were good. And most of the 4 or 5 star reviews acknowledge that Crossroads of Twilight is insufferably boring, repetitive, sluggish and incredibly annoying!
Please, let's be HONEST here. This is hands-down the worst fantasy book you'll ever shell out [$$] for. As a reader of all the previous Wheel of Time volumes, I can say for sure that this one is pure drivel, and it is quite disgusting the way loyal Wheel of Time readers are being treated by this author. I can't imagine what Mr. Jordan (or whatever his true name is) is doing for two years to turn out this quality of product.
This current state of affairs is due to the author's greediness ("hmmm...I have a great idea, let's lengthen this series for cash and some more New York Times # 1 rankings"), or ego/pride ("forget my critics and the petty impatience of my readers, I'm going to do this my way or no way, even if it takes another 40 years!").
Personally, I feel like I have been conned. I would hope that the current situation will change with the next volume but I won't hold my breath. Count me among those WoT fans who will not buy the next hardcover. Furthermore, I will be sure to read the review first before purchasing the next volume, even from the bargain bin in paperback!

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