Simply amazing series. I bought this because I teach at a small alternative high school & have a Team Sports class full of kids who'd rather do almost anything but PE and so we watch an episode once a week or so. We're running about 80% super positive on all the episodes so far -- and trust me with these kids, that's amazing. Some GREAT social issues come out from some episodes. **CAUTION, there is some language issues with a few episodes but nothing the kids haven't heard a million times. I just prep them before to understand why it's in there. Try to find it on sale and you'll be even happier.
Even though this was a bit hefty on price.... I'm very glad to own it. This truly is the only sports programming I can get my fiancee to watch and she actually has enjoyed every program I've shown her and is interested in seeing more. I started her off with "The Book of Manning" which is just a great story of an amazing man and family. One of the things I love about this series is the fact they touch on sports I love that aren't just the big ones... we get films on Track and Field athletes, Tennis, Little league baseball,soccer, and bike racing.... and the films usually find a unique way of entering the worlds they cover. We don't get the typical career history of Wayne Gretzky , we get the turmoil of his trade to the Kings, We get Jimmy Connors US Open swan song instead of the big early years stuff, the only American to ever win the Tour De France , Greg Lemond and his amazing story and back stabbing by the French superstar. Sadly, some brand new films like the interesting story of Brian Bosworth are not included , which means this very expensive and expansive set is out of date the date it was released.... but that is my only gripe. I'm a very happy owner and these are films I don't mind watching over and over. Almost all the films have bonus footage as well.
The "30 for 30" series is to sports documentaries as Ken Burns is to American History documentaries. Top notch all the way. One in particular that really stood out was from Disc 20 which contains the ESPN shorts - it's called "Irrelevant Giant". Former NY Giants coach, Bill Parcells, tells the story of John Tuggle - the last pick in the '83 draft. He beat the odds by not only making the team but becoming a key member. The following season he is diagnosed with cancer and the story continues from there. That particular "short" is only 11 minutes, but it is as powerful as any full-length documentary.
Anyone who follows sports during the 80's and 90's, and is generally a fan of all sports will enjoy this set. The stories behind the stars, the game, the leagues the life style. Especially for those who wagered on games, you will finally get the real dope you needed to place that bet back then. Holy sh!t, I really enjoyed the story of the Big East and Roberto Duran. I cried and cried with the Jim Valvano NC State story, was angry at the death of the USFL, amazed with the myth of Bo Jackson and inspired with University of Miami football. You will not be disappointed.
I got this for my husband's Christmas gift and he loved it! I'm not really a sports fan but these documentaries are really good and you don't need to be a fan to enjoy them. I'm sure it will take a year to make it through all of the videos but no matter. Will also be good background viewing for when you have family over and nothing is on tv.
I'm no film critic, but what I can say is that these are excellent stories. They're sports-based, so any sports fan will love them, but they're much more than just sports stories. They're about tragedy and suffering and victory and loss and redemption, among other things. Because of that even people who aren't sports fans will enjoy them.
This will take some time to view all the films if ever. The packaging and value of this is worth every penny. I am still in amazement of the entire presentation. A must for every family, you will treasure all that this package offers.