NFL Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers Champions DVD
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Unfortunately, I feel NFL Films fell short with this DVD and that they rushed this into production. They missed the mark somewhere and made the season seem somewhat dull. (Something we all know was NOT the case!)
SPOILER ALERT: The 2 minute clip viewable on Amazon is not even in the DVD . . .odd.
Of course, this review is not meant to deter any of you from purchasing this DVD. Nor, is it meant to downplay the amazing season the Steelers played. The bonus material is enjoyable to watch and any fan will be happy to add this to their collection. But once again, a bit of a disappointment in comparison to the Super Bowl XL DVD.
As a reminder, this DVD does NOT contain the Super Bowl XLIII game. This is merely a collection of clips from the 2008/2009 season.
My problem with the DVD is that unlike many of the NFL's productions this one has no heart, no stortelling, no reason to care, presented in the program. This DVD gives you a striaght-up prestantion of the games with all the wit and charm of a statistician. If you want to see great sports storytelling and human drama played out on the gridiron, check out the NFL Super Bowl XL - Pittsburgh Steelers Championship DVD. It starts off just right with the emotionally honest speech by Hines Ward regarding the possible retirement of Jerome Bettis. Great stuff. The closest this program gets is the exchange between Ward and Limas Sweed on the sidelines - good stuff but there were MANY great storylines that are completely ignored.
Here's jsut a few that jump to mind!
The injury to longtime backup Charlie Batch that led to Byron Leftwich stepping up to help play strong.
The emphasis on discipline in training camp that got Casey "Big Snack" Hampton some press before the season started.
The long road and perseverance of James Harrison who made Defensive player of the Year (a fact BARELY mentioned on the DVD).Read more ›
It's important to know that this is not the actual Superbowl, but rather the highlights of the Steelers journey there, ending up with that historic Superbowl win.
If you're a fan, it's a great treat to relive the fantastic season capped off with one of the greatest catches in the history of the game.
The Blu-Ray looks awesome, and is a visible difference over the standard definition version.
The extras are:
The entire 4th quarter (in HD) of the Cowboys/Steelers week 14 game.
Post-game Superbowl highlights
Media day highlights
Willie Parker profile
Ben Roethlisberger: Captain Comeback
Mike Tomlin profile
Dick Lebeau profile
There isn't a replay of the Super Bowl game itself. If you want that you'll need to buy a copy of Pittsburgh Steelers: Road to Super Bowl XLIII, which has replays of the December photo finish game against the Ravens (in Baltimore), plus replays of both playoff victories and the Super Bowl itself. But it's still a good buy. I'm glad I have it in my collection.
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hated that the dvd didn't have actual superbowl game on itPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it! If you are part of the Steeler Nation, as I am, then this is a must have video. Love the Rooney Family, love Mike Tomlin, love the Steelers.Published 17 months ago by Book Diva