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NBA Ultimate Player
review by Zach B.
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, nba.com 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 nba.com, 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
(3.5/5, NOT an average)