FIFA World Cup DVD Collection: 1930 -2006
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The best collection of World Cup history ever on DVD
Got your face paint on? The FIFA World Cup DVD Collection 1930 - 2006 is the ultimate compilation for soccer fans!
See highlights from the first World Cup final in 1930 between Uruguay and Argentina. Even hear from players who were there! Get highlights and films covering the drama and history of every World Cup through 2006; superstar Pelé winning his first Cup in 1958, Germany's intense 1-0 victory over Argentina in 1990, USA's successful tournament in '94. Even go beyond the scenes for the total World Cup experience. Plus, watch 15 bonus documentaries on the world's best players, from Beckham to Pelé to Maradona, and see 150 of the most amazing goals, kicks, headers and much, much more!
15 DVDs featuring 24 hours of World Cup history
15 bonus documentaries highlighting the careers of the world's best players
Highlights from every World Cup final, from 1930-2006
Events leading up to the very first World Cup Historical footage from every tournament
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What you get instead of SportsCenter-inspired stream of highlights, starting with the 1954 World Cup (the 1930, 1934, 1938, and 1950 World Cups are presented in short films), are full-length feature films made by directors hired by FIFA. Each director (and some do it better than others) tries to tell the story of their World Cup through the cinematic conventions of their time. This means that, for example, the film on the World Cup in 1954 will contain music from this era, a narrator from this era, a silly subplot reminiscent of 1950s films and early television programming, etc.
This, admittedly, can be quite annoying for the modern viewer, but from a certain perspective it can fascinating too. For example, besides the game content, you get the following "bonuses":
1954 - a corny story about a very young kid who has World Cup fever and is secretly given money by his mother, enabling him to run away from home to try to make it to the final game by boat, motor scooter, and what can only be described as some very risky hitchhiking
1958 - insights into a few of the countries' base camps (the contrast between the Mexican, the Brazilian, and the German camps is quite large) and clips of the German captain responding to lots and lots of fan mail back in the day when players were supposed to be gentlemen and role models (or at least project that image, because the scene was probably set up by the director)
1962 - revelations that even 50 years ago, FIFA was the master of product placement--there are scenes of people watching Philips televisions in the streets, fans taking a break from the action with ice cold Coca-Colas, and the Chilean national team being visited before their semifinal match with a representative from adidas who had some innovative new shoes for them to try on; also, lots and lots of casual sexism (Sepp Blatter would approve of this film)
1966 - shots of England during the 1960s during all the cultural upheaval, a film with psychedelic-influenced music and crazy 1960s sound effects, a view of the sport when it was played in the "good ol' English manner" with dirty tackles galore, injuries, and incessant fouling
1970 - a reprise of the trite "little kid wants to make it to the final game by any means necessary storyline" that featured so prominently in the 1954 film--it even looks like they hired a very similar child actor who looks much more Swiss (site of the 1954 WC) than Mexican (site of the 1970 WC)
...and so on...
If you can imagine a world where they aren't one-hour preview shows prior to every World Cup game that contain copious shots of the fans, the scenery, technical analysis of the games, extended features on each team's star players, and all that other stuff that borders on the obsessive-compulsive, then I think you'll understand a little better why the majority of the DVDs in the collection contain not only the game highlights, but also the atmosphere surrounding the games and the broader storylines that surrounded each World Cup. These DVDs are made for the common fan in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, who would be lucky to have the chance to watch the game on television and might only get to read about the tournament in the newspapers the next day.
After watching the opening 5 minutes, I have not seen a clear view of any goal! It makes me wonder, what story the director is trying to tell. It is obviously not for me, who want to see all the highlights of each key game including every goal.
I am not asking too much. The [...]'s highlight editing after each game of the 2010 World Cup is the perfect format. Unfortunately, you cannot find them in this series.