Although I grew up in Ohio, I became a huge Celtics fan back in the '80's. To this day, the Celtics are the only NBA team that I have cheered for and Bird is still my favorite player of all time. As a Celtics fan, it was pretty much my duty to hate Magic and the Lakers. But as the years have gone by, not only do I miss those Celtics teams from 30 plus years ago, I also miss watching those Magic-led Lakers teams. I originally saw this documentary on HBO and I knew that I would absolutely have to have the DVD for my collection. HBO does an awesome job of putting together sports documentaries and this is one of the best I have seen. As others have said in their reviews, Magic & Bird isn't as much about basketball as it is about the relationship between these two great players over the years. I would recommend this DVD to anybody.
Of all the videos about Bird and Magic that have come out through the years, this is by far the best. IT IS NOT A HIGHLIGHT REEL. This is about how they are forever linked in so many ways. They are linked in a lot of ways by being polar opposites from each other on some things. Black and white, East and West, charismatic and awkwardly quiet, Boston and LA, among about a million other comparisons. I saw this twice on HBO and I plan on buying it as soon as it comes out.
Their story is pretty much storybook type material. No two players in NBA history have ever been forever linked as Larry Bird and Earvin Johnson. Only a few rivalries in sports history compare. As I said before, this is not a highlight reel. This is as indepth life and career overview that has been made about these two men. Being too that it is made by HBO, it gives it much more credibility than any other previous biographies about them.
If you are a fan of sports in general I think you will enjoy this selection. If you are basketball fan, then this is a must have for your collection. Anyone will love Magic's infectious attitude about life and how emotional he is about himself and his friends and Bird's emotionless facial expressions as well as dry, ironic sense of humor that will have you rolling in the floor. Both of these men are equally likable but totally different personality wise. They were once bitter enemies and now are great friends that have a special connection and understanding only they can grasp.
I wrote HBO to release this on DVD and they finally have and I'm so excited! I think anyone that watches this will see why after they view this gem!
I could see how if someone didn't see them play it wouldn't be tremendously enjoyable, although it would still be good. That era was the time that I grew to love basketball because of the Lakers - Celtics rivalry. If just watching them play seemed to tell a story... it is impressive to see in depth what the story really was. Although a big Laker fan, I think I enjoyed listening to Larry Bird more in this DVD. The reason is most likely because Magic has been giving so many interviews over the years, not the case with Larry. I was surprised to hear the things that he had gone through. I've watched it several times and enjoy it each time. Brings back memories too.
If you believe that basketball replicates life offering lessons in competition, friendship, generosity, self discipline, honor and all sorts of other values and learning experiences, then Magic and Bird is a virtual Bible. There is a beauty in this intertwining of lives at which you can only marvel. At moments only "awesome" (that overused expression many use to describe a favorite ice cream) can approximate how Magic and Bird came to the game at the same time from such diverse backgrounds, how they were selected by rival teams, how they played the game with so much love and respect, and how as their time in the game came to an end their rivalry bred friendship. This film (and there is a book) is a teaching moment. Don't miss it.
This may go down as my favorite documentary EVER. I'm not even a basketball fan! I saw this originally on HBO years ago and their relationship just drew me in. The two are so adorable together...it always brings a smile to my face when they talk abut each other. It truly is a relationship of mutual respect and understanding. If you're a fan of basketball for sure give this a try...I would say if you are a fan of documentaries in general give this a try! I'm glad I did.
This was very well done, better than expected. Strongly recommend it to not just the die hard Bird/Magic fan but to anybody that's never picked up a basketball in their life. It's the story of friendship. The story of Bird and Magic... the two most important players in NBA history (imo). A must own.
I watched this with my boyfriend after he'd already seen it. I have never been a big basketball fan but I have admiration for the old greats of any sport. This documentary was amazing. I came home and raved about it to my dad who then told me all about how big a fan he was of Larry Bird and how he never missed a game between the two. So I decided to buy a copy so I could watch with him.
More than a sports story, although that's there too. Great story of intense rivalry, earned respect and close friendship. Follows two life stories and how they meet on their journey to NBA stardom and competition and beyond. Quite fascinating.