Image Entertainment // 2011 // 70 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 30th, 2011
Question: Is there a sweeter elixir in the world than the tears of Miami Heat fans? Answer: No.
In 2006, the Dallas Mavericks blew a 2-0 NBA Finals series lead to the upstart Miami Heat. Led by the young explosive Dwyane Wade and an aging-yet-effective Shaq, the favored Mavs lost in six games, dropping four games in a row and beginning a string of painful playoff defeats, which led to their branding as premium post-season choke artists. They hit their nadir when, a few years later, the eight-seeded Golden State Warriors bounced them from the first round, a shocking rarity in the NBA.
But the Mavericks were always contenders, sporting a premiere superstar in Dirk Nowitzki, veteran leadership up and down the roster and the deepest bench in the league. In 2010-2011 they won games and impressed early on in the playoffs, yet they took a back seat in the hype departments to teams like the Celtic, Lakers, Thunder and, of course, the Heat.
They continued to make noise, shocking the basketball world with a commanding sweep of the defending champion Lakers, wiping out the upstart Thunder and, ultimately, earning their hardware with a series win against the star-laden Miami Heat. I'm a die-hard Knicks fan, but I have to admit: it was good to see the Mavericks win, especially against the Evil Trinity in Miami.
Here now is the requisite championship DVD, a summation of Dallas's run to the top. Like similar championship DVDs in other sports, the formula is essentially the same: a synopsis of the teams history, some regular season highlights and then deeper and deeper looks at the postseason, with successive series receiving the most attention, culminating in a detailed examination of the glorious schadenfreude of the Heat's loss.
Mixed in are interviews with the players (both former and current), coaches and assorted personalities connected with the team's triumph. While not quite as epic or sweeping as something you'd find from NHL Films or NFL Films, the treatment is still stirring, thanks in no small part to the genuinely thrilling manner in which the team achieved its victories (Game 2's epic comeback receives its just due).
The feature looks solid in its 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, supported by a 2.0 stereo mix. Extras: brief featurettes on a handful of the Mavs stars, and game footage of the final five minutes of Game 2.
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Studio: Image Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 70 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Game Footage
* Dallas Mavericks