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Magic Johnson: Always Showtime (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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See Earvin as he earns the nickname 'Magic,' leading Michigan's Everett High School to the State Championship. Relive his memorable march to Final Four glory at Michigan State and then watch Magic bring 'showtime' and five NBA titles to the LA Lakers. Included are exclusive in-depth interviews with Magic as well as exciting highlights of his high school, college and NBA career. Narrated by Danny Glover ('Lethal Weapon,' 'Grand Canyon'). Includes 3 of his greatest games in their entirety and his jersey retirement ceremony.

Special Features

  • Includes Magic's three greatest games: 10/12/79 - Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Diego Clippers, Magic's 1st NBA Game (Kareem hits a game-winner, and Magic goes crazy with excitement); 1980 NBA Finals Game 6 - Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Magic starts at center for injured Kareem and scores 42 to lead team to NBA Championship); 1992 NBA All-Star Game (Magic wins his second NBA All-Star Game MVP Award)
  • Magic's number retirement ceremony

Product Details

  • Actors: Magic Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 418 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHQU26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on October 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have this one since 1994, and I watch it from time to time and I always get the same good feeling. An outstanding video for all the fans and no-necessarily-fans of the NBA and Magic. Extremely well filmed and narrated -voice of Danny Glover-, this is much much more than just a sports video. I have it on "my golden shelf". If you are a lover of the game or just curious about it or about him, you can't miss this one.
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Earvin "Magic" Johnson is without a doubt one of basketball's greatest players and one of the greatest winners of his era! This video has some of Magic Johnson's greatest plays and achievements. Follow Magic Johnson as he wins a high school, NCAA, and NBA championship in a four year span, including his legendary performance as a rookie in game 6 of the '80 NBA finals. Follow him in his first historic meeting with Larry Bird in the '79 NCAA championship! Watch Magic run the fast break in showtime fashion from his days with the Lakers making spectacular passes like he can only make! From 1980-1991 (eleven years) Magic has been to the NBA finals nine times and won the championship five times. See how Magic helped revitalize a once dying NBA into one of the most successful franchises it is today. If you are a basketball fan, then this is the film for you!
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Magic Johnson was the best point guard ever to play the game of basketball. He was a leader and champion at all levels of the sport, winning titles in high school, college, and the NBA. "Always Showtime" is narrated by Danny Glover and looks back at Magic's career, starting in childhood and high school and then moving on to his years at Michigan State and with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The included footage of Johnson's career is stellar, and interspersed throughout the story are comments by family members, coaches, teammates, and rivals. Also included is Johnson's February 1992 jersey retirement ceremony at The Forum.

This DVD set contains three full-length games. No games from the peak of Magic's career in the mid-to-late Eighties are included, but all three are memorable--Johnson's first game as a pro in October 1979; Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals, in which Magic led the Lakers to their first of five titles in the decade; and the 1992 NBA All-Star game, which Johnson played three months after he announced he was HIV-positive. Viewers of the 1980 game will be surprised at how much running and fast breaking was done in a Finals game back then, and the '92 All-Star game was memorable for the three 3-pointers Magic hit at the end of the game.

The set would be a solid addition to any DVD collection of NBA history.
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Disc 1 contains the main documentary (1 hr 3 min) and also the number retirement ceremony (25 min) from the Great Western Forum in the early 90's that also had Larry Bird in attendance. The main body of the documentary was made in the 80's and feels a bit dated but still does a decent job of exploring his early life growing up in Lansing and then onto his high school/college days and finally his NBA career filled with championships and amazing fast-break plays.

Tacked on at the end of the documentary is a brief glimpse of his time on the Dream Team in the Summer of 1992 and also his return to the NBA in early 1996. Overall the documentary feels a bit short and rushed at just over an hour for someone who had such an amazing career. Certain events were just glossed over(such as his return). and others weren't even covered(his brief time coaching the Lakers). Disc 2 contains 3 full games(Lakers @ Clippers in San Diego 1979, Lakers @ 76er's Game 6 NBA Finals 1980, 1992 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando).

The game in San Diego was Magic's 1st game ever in the NBA. Game 6 in Philly is where Magic took over at center without Kareem and took the NBA crown as a rookie with the Lakers. And the 92 All-Star game was supposed to be Magic's last game(at the time). Overall this is a nice collection especially with the jersey retirement ceremony and the three full games.
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I bought this only for special price at the time for $5.99. Well worth it even if you have the original VHS copy. The All Star game is worth watching over and over again showing the other great Hall of Famers!
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The actual DVD itself is the same old showtime it has always been, which was a bit of a shame. They really could have done with some more and better footage of Magic's return to the game. There really wasn't anything ): However the full games that come with this new version are priceless for any Magic fan especially the All Star game filled with the games greatest players(Minus Larry Bird who was injured) all having a last shot at him and then paying tribute by stopping the game. Truly a fitting tribute to end a Magic career.
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The Lakers’ “Showtime” era (1979-1991) truly blurred the distinction between sports and entertainment. Although Showtime was the brainchild of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and a team performance by all the Lakers, Magic Johnson was the undisputed director. This DVD captures many of the spectacular full-court sprints, no-look passes and above-the-rim acrobatics that made Magic’s Showtime “as devastating as it was dazzling.”

This DVD also shows another aspect of Magic that helped make Showtime so special: his personality. Despite his uber-competitiveness, he had a warmth and enthusiasm that charmed even some of his opponents. And even though many star athletes treat the media with fear and loathing, Magic embraced it. From the time Brent Musburger introduced him to an NBA audience by asking him to show his smile, Magic took on a celebrity persona that was powerful enough to win him his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. People were visiting Hollywood to see movie stars, but the stars were at the Forum watching Magic.

The two-disc DVD set consists of five features:
(1) An hour-long documentary, “Always Showtime,” that follows Magic’s rise from childhood to three-time MVP. It includes footage from his family; an entertaining mix of clips from his high school, college and professional basketball championships; and interviews of many principals, such as Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Michael Cooper, Julius Erving and Magic himself.
(2) Magic’s number retirement ceremony in 1992. Magic’s thank-you speech shows his poise and charisma when speaking to large crowds.
(3) The full Lakers vs. Clippers game on 10-12-1979.
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