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NBA Ultimate Player

review by Zach B.

Studio: USA

Running Time: 58 minutes


Retail Price: $19.95

Features: Bonus Footage from NBA All-Star Weekend 2001, Profiles on NBA Legends DVD-ROM: Photo Gallery, Play Animations, Build NBA Player, weblink

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

What is an NBA "ultimate player"? You can now find out in yet another basketball DVD which showcases some more NBA talent. This program, which lasts nearly an hour, takes a good look at special physical characteristics of NBA players. You have mouth and hair, heart, head, legs, feet, eyes, arms and feet. Like all the other NBA discs I've reviewed, there's stuff here to satisify hardcore basketball fans and stuff here that casual fans will be able to get into. It's mainstream marketing program.

You have a bunch of interviews, and the narrator, Will Lyman. Lyman sort of makes it a lot more serious with his deep voice, I guess he brings some more depth to the program in total. The narration makes it sound sort of inspirational and shows how important the characteristics they go into are. A lot of more noteable players are on this disc, some true legends. You have Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Isiah Thomas and even Michael Jordan himself. The whole disc basically goes into the talents and what the players hold, and basically, when you add all of what these players have into one, you'd have the "ultimate player" Too bad nobody's perfect. Basically, if you enjoyed the other NBA DVDs and the profilic nature of them, you'll eat this one up too.

"NBA Ultimate Player" features various footage of NBA games over the year, so the quality varies. And like other NBA discs, some shots are in non-anamorphic widescreen, but a majority of what's here is in full frame. Some clips and shots looks incredibly sharp while others are old footage or videotape and show their age. Still, it's all really decent and I don't think anyone is really going to be disappointed with the quality of video here. But you don't buy a disc like this to show off your home theater, right?

The 5.1 Dolby Digital is pretty nice and gets you into everything. The music has some nice build-up and captures the feeling of what the feature is going for, while sounds like crowds cheering and basket slams make it all the nicer. However, somtimes the music overpowers what's being said. Fidelity is pretty high, and things are pretty clear for the most part, though there's a little bit of distortion I noticed here and there. Good for what it is. A 2.0 English track is also included.

There's some nice special features, as the footage here adds up to a solid forty-five minutes. You're treated to some nice profiles of Karl Malone, Rick Barry, James Worthy, Connie Hawkins, Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins and Jerry West. Like the other NBA discs, this stuff could fit well within the actual feature. Each profile highlights the players backgrounds and special talents. There's also some stuff on 2001 All-Star Saturday and 2001 All-Star Sunday. In the DVD-ROM section, you can create your own ultimate player, go to, check out some animations and look at some cool photos.

A decent presentation with some nice supplements that even are almost the length of the main feature. A decent price too, so if you like these NBA discs, it'll be an "ultimate" purchase for your collection.

(3.5/5 - NOT included in final score)




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