Warner Bros. // 2007 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ian Visser (Retired) // September 20th, 2007
Are you ready for some foot-BAAAAWWWWLLL?!?
I watch exactly one football game each year. Here's a hint: it takes place in early February and its name ends in roman numerals. Aside from that particular event, professional football (and college ball, for that matter) is essentially persona non grata in my life. I do catch some peripheral information from time to time (I hear the Patriots are going to do well this year), but that's about it.
But die-hard fans of the NFL revel in their sport. They spend hours driving to "away" games, attending tail-gate parties is mandatory, and fantasy leagues consume as much of their lives as the real thing. They watch ESPN until their eyes bleed and scour the internet for rumors and injury reports. They also bet billions of dollars each year on games. This is a sport with some serious pride at stake; heaven help anyone who bad-mouth's another man's team.
But this is still just a big, loud game. Huge men smash together, fans dress like crazed clowns, and coaches go red in the face screaming about bad calls. Add in a flying pigskin, packs of cheerleaders, and copious amounts of beer (for the fans) and wackiness is inevitably. Luckily for us, it all gets captured on tape.
NFL Films now presents NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3, the latest volume in their on-going series. You might think that the two previous editions covered all the mishaps one could expect to see, but it seems that the vaults of the NFL know no end when it comes to the matter of on-field hilarity. NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3 is actually two programs, both of which originally aired on television. The first segment is "Legends of the Follies," the second is "Follies: The Next Generation." Each is divided into seven chapters, focusing on topics such as tailgating parties, referee antics, mascot mishaps, and post-touchdown celebrations.
Despite my expectations, NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3 isn't really a blooper film. Sure, there are plenty of missed catches and fumbled hand-offs, but the scope here is larger than mere on-field disasters. Rather, NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3 takes an all-encompassing look at ridiculousness in the NFL, from the sidelines and parking lot to the playing field and the locker room. Plenty of embarrassing material is on display, from Peyton Manning singing along to Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On" to a retrospective of misspelled fan signs. NFL cameras really do seem to catch all of the action, so much so that if I was a player I'd be sitting on the bench with my arms folded and trying not to speak for the entire game.
Unfortunately, NFL Films seems to believe that their audience is afflicted with a serious case of ADD. As a result, the makers of NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3 have laid on an over-abundance of sound-effects and irritating music to accompany the action. Hearing a "boing!" sound effect on almost every play for ninety minutes wears thin quickly, and the NFL seems to consider it's own take-off on Benny Hill's "yakety-sax" tune to be worthy of every scene. A couple of the segments also run too long; a mock game between a pee-wee team and a squad of mascots takes the "Behind the Glory" route but soon wears out it's welcome, as does a segment demonstrating the inability of players to spell their teammates names, which is as dull as it sounds.
The visual quality of NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3 is beyond reproach. All the footage appears to be from the past couple of seasons, and is so sharp that it made me sit up and notice. Whatever technology the NFL is using to capture its games (I suspect it is top-notch HD) certainly pays off; this offering is flawless. Audio is a solid 2.0 Dolby Digital mix that conveys the music and dialogue without issue. NFL Films has also included English and Spanish sub-titles for each segment.
Casual fans probably won't find much use for NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3, but the NFL die-hard in your life will enjoy going behind the scenes and seeing players and coaches in their less-guarded moments. Provided one isn't looking for a serious look into the sport, NFL Greatest Follies, Vol. 3 will provide fans with plenty of laughs.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Official NFL site