NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers - Road to XLIII
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The Pittsburgh Steelers looked great throughout their 2008 championship run. Now, they look even better. For the first time on Blu-Ray, the original television broadcasts of four Steelers victories are available to own in high-definition in Road to Super Bowl XLIII. In this unforgettable set, relive the Steelers pursuit of their NFL-record sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy. Follow Pittsburgh from their exciting Week-15 clash against Baltimore – the game that decided the AFC North title – through their playoff victories over San Diego and Baltimore again, to their breathtaking victory over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII. Over four games, the Pittsburgh Steelers became super once again. Now, those games are yours to own on Blu-Ray.
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The first disc has Game 15 of the regular season-a hard-fought Steelers-Ravens game for the AFC North title in Baltimore as well as the Divisional Playoff game where the Steelers face off against the Chargers. The second disc has the absolutely brutal defensive fight for the AFC Championship-a grudge match of the Steelers vs. Ravens, followed by arguably the best superbowl, the Steelers vs. the Cardinals in Superbowl XLIII. The under-respected and unexpectedly great Cardinals fight tooth & claw against the Steelers from start to stop. The Steelers show why they are the #1 defense - watching Harrison's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown NEVER gets old. The Pittsburgh offense puts together the most memorable finish (maybe the Giants from the year before could lay claim to an equally-impressive run) as they move from deep in their own territory to make a huge last minute drive ending with a Roethlisburger-Holmes reception in the corner of the endzone.
There aren't too many extras (in fact there's only two) but I was really excited to to see that they have an alternate audio track for the Superbowl featuring the WDVE broadcast. So if you've ever enjoyed listening to the Pittsburgh guys calling the games, it might just warm your heart a little to hear the game called by the unashamedly partisan WDVE crew. The only other special feature is a trivia track that pops up during the superbowl. Watching these games in high-def is definitely an improvement and the Steelers look better and better each time I see these games.
Again, the biggest difference for me was the picture quality. I should add, though, that tv size makes a huge difference. DVDs look good on smaller tvs & it'd be hard to discern the difference between a DVD & a Blu-Ray. However on larger tvs, DVDs look like s***, even when "upscaled," which barely does anything, at least with the PS3 & a few other "upscaling" players I tried out before returning back to the store in the past. I watched the XL DVD on a 65" Samsung using a Sony Blu-Ray player & HDMI. Looked very grainy & dated, even with the upconvert feature. Watched the XLIII Blu-Ray on a 60" Sharp Aquos off a PS3 w/ HDMI, picture was phenomenal!!! I was very, very happy with just how good & sharp the picture quality was. Looked awesome!
& I was kinda shocked how good the CBS & NBC computer graphics were that they use to display the score, time remaining, etc. in the upper corner of the screen. If you've ever watched old baseball game footage or old NFL footage & you happen to catch a glimpse of the capability/ limits of the computer generated graphics they had back then, you'd instantly notice it & laugh. I was pretty impressed considering these games were from December 2008 & January 2009 - about 4 years ago. I felt like I was watching a live NFL game on tv. I guess little progress has been made with those types of things, but don't get me wrong, they look super-sharp & smooth. Guess we'll just have to wait & see what they come up with once the whole 4Kp thing gets rolling.
Who cares about the Pittsburgh radio guys not being on the audio... I actually prefer the original tv commentary from the actual games with Phil Sims, Jim Nantz, John Madden, & Al Michaels. I heard the Pittsburgh guys on the XL set, gotta say that I really enjoyed hearing them. I'm not from Pittsburgh, so I've never heard them before. But for this set, I like the CBS & NBC guys. I dunno, Jim Nantz & Phil Sims just have those classic NFL on CBS voices, legendary for me. THAT'S what I remember. & had I been living in Pittsburgh at the times of both the XL & XLIII eras, I still would've heard the CBS & NBC commentators on TV. IMO, the original game commentary is the best. The ultimate would've been if the sets included BOTH the original + the local Pittsburgh guys on a secondary audio track.
Whoever said this set is a waste of money is crazy! I got a pretty good deal on it & would've gladly paid double. Plus, a huge bonus of this set vs. the XL set is that these are ALL home games + the Tampa XLIII whereas the XL is 3 road games + the Detroit XL. There's nothing like being able to rewatch 3 games in Pittsburgh in HD in that psychotic madhouse. I like both sets, but the picture quality was just SOOO much better & HD caliber on this set & the fact that they're all home games - I have to give this one the nod.
Definitely a must-have for any Steelers fan & a 5/5, regardless of the absence of 5.1 sound & how they have to cut out a lot of the time in between plays, huddles, etc.
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The main issues are lack of features and the quality. While the quality is good it is kind of lacking a bit. The image quality could be improved a bit but I won't complain since I only paid $20 for the set and for that price, the quality is good enough.
There is something though that reviewers have not yet cleared up....the Aspect Ratio for the DVD version of this set. On this site it shows the set is in Full Screen with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. That means people with Widescreen TV's will have black bars on the side of the screen. Even on the actual DVD case it says Standard Version.
Both this site and the DVD case are wrong. I have seen the first two discs so far and the games do in fact fill my entire 16:9 Widescreen TV. Which means the games are actually probably in the 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio which will fill an entire Widescreen TV without black bars or loss of picture.
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