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Click above to purchase "The NBA'S 100 Greatest Plays" at amazon.com

 

The NBA's 100 Greatest Plays

review by Zach B.

Studio: USA

Running Time: 72 minutes

 

Retail Price: $19.95

Features: Additional Dunks, Assists and Plays Footage

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Frame, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Dolby 2.0, Chapter Search

For all you basketball fans, this is a DVD worth owning. It's basically the 1999 VHS release, but if you didn't pick that up (I sure didn't) now here's your chance. You can now see 100 of the greatest NBA plays of all time, all in the comfort of your own home. If you like basketball and want to check out some truly memorable plays, than this is for you. Personally, I think you'll be watching some of this stuff more than once. If you like history factors or want to recall something truly special, something that stands out during some key games or ordinary games in general, you'll be happy to find a nice amount of stuff here. There's a lot you'll want to watch again and again, just to relive the moment or even see it for the first time. If a sportscaster or a friend makes a comparison to a truly famous great play, and you've never seen it, you will most likely will find it here. Most of the plays here are really incredible There's a great collection of clips that will really amaze you, even if you're not really into sports. Like so many other NBA discs, it offers a mainstream appeal that all audiences can enjoy. Again, this is a DVD that will have some replay value if you're into sports.

The disc is divided into ten catagories: assists, teamwork, hustle, dunks, steals, clutch, buzzer beaters, alley-oops, blocks and moves. Most of the clips are played against music, and some feature some interviews (BOB COSTAS!!!). Everything is counted down (10, 9, 8 etc) and is edited nicely, highlighting all that needs to be. Again, there is a lot of nice stuff here and if you like basketball, you won't be disappointed with what this DVD offers.

The clips span a long period of time, so a lot of the video quality varies. It's presented in 1.33:1 full frame and as far as things go, some clips look pretty sharp while others show their age. There's some shimmering here and there, and the older clips have some distractions like scratches and dirt, but otherwise, it looks really good for what it is.

The 5.1 Dolby Digital some create a nice deal of excitment for the disc. It's nothing really new or will show your system off, but there's some very good surrounds with the music as well as crowds, plus the clips where you wonder "will he make it? will he not?" brings a good amount of tension. The 5.1 Dolby Digital was a lot better than I expected. A 2.0 English track is also included on this release.

This release is actually more than 100 greatest plays, as the special features section highlights Dunks, Assists and Plays. There are about thirty of these, and could have been edited back into the actual feature (and they could have retitled it "130 greatest plays"). So if you liked the main feature and some of the astonishing moves there, you'll love the additional footage.

This is an excellent collection of some excellent plays, all divided up nicely. If you're really into sports, this is a sports disc worth the purchase. There's some really memorable stuff here, and with DVD, you can experience them all again. Fast, slow-mo... your player can be like an instant replay machine. Still, you may want to watch some of what's in here more than once, and show some if to your friends.

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