'72 Complete: 1972 Summit Series
Ultimate Collector's Edition, Collector's Edition
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(Nov 02, 2010)
Ultimate Collector's Edition
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'72 Complete Celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the USSR, one of the most memorable and iconic events in hockey history. This 8-Disc Collector's edition features over 25 hours of hockey, including all eight games and an original documentary feature film on the series.
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I like the additional games and features too. I wish they included what I think was the best commercial during the series: The old Toronto Dominion Bank "Where people make the difference" ad, sung in Russian!. The video quality of the games is remarkably good given the technology of the time, but aside from the opening ceremonies and national anthems at each venue, you only get play by play coverage; that is, no intermission interviews (so in Game 1, for example, they had an interview with Bobby Orr, which was not included).
Just my personal beef with the series and not a criticism of this product, but even 40 years ago I wish they used other play by play commentators and not just Foster Hewitt. His pronunciation of names was terrible at times (Tret-tri-ak? Corn-NOY-yer?), and often he would miss a lot of the play or simply get it wrong; if this were a radio broadcast, you would have missed at least 25% of the action just listening to him. Danny Gallivan would have been great! But that's the way it was.
The intensity is electrifying, the level of play generally exceedingly high - seeing the best Soviet players then, versus the top NHL skaters - what more could a true hockey fan desire? (I wish I had been there...
It's also illuminating to see the change in (many) Canadians' consciousness: from presuming their fellas would wipe up the Soviets, to (after losing 7-3 in Game 1), realising that the Soviet players were outstanding athletes, and particularly, a great team.