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Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend, 25th Anniversary Edition

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The complete DVD guide to Bird watching. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Larry Bird stepping foot on the parquet floors of Boston Garden with this 2-disc special edition DVD set that chronicles the "Cinderella" journey of one of sport's greatest heroes. Amazing bonus features include Larry Bird's top 3 greatest game performances in their entirety.

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  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 5.4 ounces
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  • ASIN: B0002V7U1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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By V. Pinette on November 8, 2004
New to the release is 3 of Bird's greatest games in entirity:

Celtics vs. Hawks '85 regular season game (Bird scores career high 60 points)

Celtics vs. Hawks '88 East. Conf. Semis Game 7 (Bird/Dominique duel)

Celtics vs. Trailblazers '92 regular season game (Bird scores 47 in double OT win)
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The Bird Documentary included is actually from about 10 years ago. It has some nice highlights and last about an hour or so.

The three games included are in their entirety, as originally broadcast. I remember watching the game where he scored 60 against Atlanta, and it was great to watch it again. By the end of the game, as Bird continued to drain impossible three-pointers, the players on the Atlanta bench were giving each other high-fives!

And the game featuring the duel against Dominique (after Bird guaranteed victory) is probably the greatest example of two super-stars going head to head...ever. And it was a game seven, no less!

The set contains two double sided discs. So, you have to flip the discs to watch all the games. The packaging doesn't tell you that.

I love the idea of putting classic games on DVD (an idea I had a long, long time ago), but how about an new introduction or player commentary? I get the feeling the NBA didn't put too much effort or money into the packaging. All they did was put an old documentary and some old games onto discs. Still, the content is good, but I would like to see even more of Bird's greatest games (especially from the playoffs). I guess I can buy the "Celtics Dynasty" DVD for that.
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I am a great Celtics fan from Eastern Europe. This was a great chance for me to see some of all-time games in full (also bought Boston Dynasty pack).

I was bitterly disappointed when I realized that this was edition was relised in 1991 and that there are just few interview footage inserted in almost 15 years old material.

Documentary ends somewhere in 1988 and there is nothing about back injury, Olympic games 1992 and the Dream Team, coaching of Indiana and the Coach of the Year Award.

I have bought by Amazon two of Larry's autobiographies and red them. In the film there is nothing about Larry's personal life, about his first marriage and daughter Carry and nothonh about his second wife.

OK there are 3 full games in this package what make this deal well worth of buying.
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I've been a great fan of the NBA for a number of years and I guess this period in time, the 1980s, will always hold a special place in my heart as it was during this time that I first got introduced to and hooked on the sport. I became acquainted with the NBA when one of its more storied rivalries was in full bloom i.e. the Magic vrs Bird era.

I really liked the way both the Lakers and the Celtics played ball but I especially liked the way Bird led his team. Here was a guy who was not even remotely close to having the athleticism of most of the players on the court and yet didn't need it because he could always invent his shot to fit the situation; he was the ultimate thinking-man's player. Later on, I became very impressed by his work ethic and how badly he wanted to win every game which showed whenever he played.

These 2 dvds showcase all these qualities very well and although the picture quality isn't quite what you'd expect from a dvd in some spots, the reason is because they were taken from slightly deteriorated master tape sources. Still, what makes this a great set to get is the second disc that contains 3 of Bird's best games.

His 60-point game to break the all-time single game points total for a Celtic against the Hawks and this fifty-plus effort against the Blazers who actually reached the NBA Finals that year losing to the Jordan-led Bulls are my favourites. Overall, this is a great dvd collection to get if you want to remember the great Bird.

Recommended.
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I was never a fan of the Boston Celtics. I respected them, sure, but I could never see myself rooting for them.

That all changed when I first bought an NBA video entitled "Larry Bird, A Basketball Legend" way back in 1991. I had just bought the Magic Johnson one, and wanted to see his greatest rival. While I am slightly disappointed with the flow of the story and am somewhat uncomfortable with the monotonous narration of Daniel Stern (hence the 4 star rating), I can safely say that the video did what I did not think possible: turn me into a Larry Bird fan.

That was then. Fast forward to recent history. When I saw in Amazon that LBABL was being re-issued in DVD form, I jumped at the chance to get it. Of course, it helped a lot to have classic Larry games included!

The Pros: Nice game selection. The video itself was moving.

The Cons: Where was Game 5 of the 1991 Eastern First Round against Indiana? I think no game defined Larry more than that one. Also, remember the comments I made earlier...
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Larry Bird was the greatest forward ever to play the game of basketball. His shooting, passing, and court savvy thrilled both basketball purists and the casual NBA fan. His 13-year pro career was storied, with three world titles and three league MVP awards. I was very glad to see the retrospective on his career, "A Basketball Legend," released on DVD--both to see it again and to replace the VHS copy I got for Christmas in 1991.

This program traces Bird's career from high school in French Lick, Indiana, where he had some tough times growing up, to Indiana State University and his team's appearance in the 1979 NCAA title game. There is extensive footage of great shots, moves, and passes by Bird in his pro career with the Boston Celtics, with comments by Red Auerbach, other Celtics legends, teammates, coaches, and rivals. The Celtics had plenty of playoff success during the 1980s, and key playoff series against the 76ers, Lakers, Pistons, and Hawks are recalled.

The 1984 season was the highlight of Bird's career, with Bird winning his first NBA MVP award and then facing Magic Johnson and the Lakers in the NBA Finals--the Celtics came back from the near-dead during the series to pull out the franchise's fifteenth championship. The portion of the program that covers that season is simply exquisitely done--footage, background music, suspense, drama, triumph, everything. I can remember watching that ten minutes or so a few times a week for the first several months I had it on VHS back when the earth cooled--it's. simply. that. good.

The set also contains three games from Bird's career.
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