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Also, it looks like a cheaply done transfer, almost like a remaster of a VHS to DVD.
This retrospective's creators concentrate on a drug-addicted jockey who committed suicide, an accident-prone motorcycle stuntman, a now-disgraced steroid-using bicycle racer, a lengthy segment on NASCAR, '90s Little League World Series, the Kentucky Derby, women's soccer (gimme a break!), figure skating and the biggest damn ego in sports, a swollen headed blowhard who spoke of himself in the third person: "Golf is Tiger Woods and Tiger Woods is golf." feh
We devotees of Wide World's early years tuned in for "the constant variety of sport" that WAS this great program. Sure we loved the glamor events, but also the little ones, many of which you might see just miles from your own home on a weekend afternoon. Sadly, there's no mention or clips of demolition derbies (my absolute favorite), log roleo contests, Telstar relays of European slalom skiing, soapbox derbies, rodeos and the near weekly boxing matches that were often broadcast live.
Early narration contains a glaring historical error, placing the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961. I guess no one at ABC did any fact-checking.
As this tedious clip parade went on and on and I struggled to "stay tuned," I kept checking remaining time, thinking, well the last segment will surely be on boxing. Nope. The thing ends with a whimper. "40 Years of Glory" may be the worst sports documentary to ever be released on home video. Avoid it!
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It was very outdated and not very capturing for my students. I thought it'd be a good movie to have on hand for entertainment- but instead is in the back of my drawer collecting... Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by HealthTeach
I grew up on Wide World of Sports every Saturday or Sunday and her was the best host for that program. He will be missed. L.D. BrownPublished on December 22, 2012 by Lurlene D. Brown
I had excellent service for sure! Thank you. The only negative was the content of the film, too much about Ali.Published on June 16, 2011 by John