Warner Bros. // 2006 // 108 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 14th, 2006
The Knicks suck.
So, you in the mood to watch gigantic gajillionaires forcefully insert basketballs into rims? Of course you are! Warner Brothers and NBA offers to scratch that itch for you with this third entry into its "NBA Street" series, which doesn't really have much to do with streets per say, but I suppose that's nitpicking.
The program runs a shade north of an hour, and is in essence one super-long highlight reel. Hosted by Chingy, apparently a hip hop musician that I've never heard of, the feature is broken down into segments, focusing on specific highlights: dunking, blocked shots, "ankle-breakers" (mystifying an opponent with deft dribbling skills), passing, all capped by spotlights on individual superstars.
Breaking up the unending stream of plays are inserted bits of commentary with the players, who talk about the importance of the respective skills and, later, how awesome one another is. Also, you'll catch some glimpses of training camp and practices for that dose of candid footage.
For NBA fans, this is a solid disc. The runtime is crammed full of excellent plays, some even incredible, and while the ADHD editing can be a tad irritating -- as well as the out-of-context cuts of cheesy color commentary -- there's really nothing to stand in your way of absorbing some righteous on-court action.
And boy, there are some mind-blowing plays here. Steve Nash confounds his defender for a nasty spin lay-up. Kobe Braynt throws down a wicked reverse dunk. Vince Carter performs a 360 lay-up in traffic. Dwyane Wade splits the defenders with a behind-the-back through-the-legs dribble and caps it with a two-handed dunk (!). Amare Stoudemire throws back shot after shot. Lebron James thunders home a Tomahawk. My man Jamal Crawford improvises an off-the-glass alley-oop to himself. Allen Iverson makes his defender trip over himself trying to keep up. Trevor Ariza hangs in the air for a weekend before throwing one down hard on some dude's head.
The final portion of the DVD takes a closer look at stars like Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce, and others. These guys get extensive screen time, bolstered by their league brethren talking about how super-terrific they are.
A good amount of extras accompany the main program, including the full 2005 slam dunk contest (which has, admittedly, gotten pretty dull), highlights from two other All-Star attractions, the Rookie Challenge and the Skills Challenge, and three nifty top-ten rundowns: Top Ten Dunks of 2005, Top Ten Ankle Breakers of 2005, and Top Ten Blocks from 2005.
Oh, and the Knicks suck.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 108 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* 2005 Slam Dunk Contest
* Highlights from the 2005 Rookie Challenge
* Highlights from the 2005 Skills Challenge
* Top 10 Dunks of 2005
* Top 10 Ankle-breakers of 2005
* Top 10 Blocks of 2005