Warner Bros. // 2010 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 27th, 2010
The ultimate video yearbook.
The 2009-2010 NFL season was filled with the usual ups and downs; unfortunately, if you're a Patriots fans like me, the downs were significantly more soul-crushing than the ups. In Run for the Championship: 2009 NFL Season in Review, the drama is boiled down to a 70 minute documentary, presented with the skill and intimacy that only NFL films can offer.
Virtually all of the highlights from the season are given at least a small amount of attention: Matt Stafford's gutsy TD, Chris Johnson's 2,000 yard rushing season, the Colts' dominance, Favre's anti-Packer pissing contest, the Bengals' surprising relevance and -- ugh -- 4th and 2.
Let's move on. As the program winds down, the playoffs are given more attention, particularly the final four teams. We get extended time devoted to the AFC and NFC Championship games. There's the fairly suspense-free game between the Colts and the doofus Jets and that white-knuckler in New Orleans, featuring the Choke of Farve's Career, which is no small feat considering the man's pedigree.
Finally, the Superbowl. The last 20 minutes of the documentary are dedicated to the Saints/Colts match-up at Sun Life Stadium. This is a good choice from the feature's producers, devoting so much runtime, because Superbowl XLIV was genuinely exciting from start to finish and features what might qualify as the most amazing play in the entire season: Peyton Manning throwing an interception in crunch time. Man, that almost takes the sting out of 4th and 2. Almost.
Overall, a great program. NFL Films is the best in the officially-licensed sports documentary business. Their microphones pick up everything, the visuals are top-notch and the inside look that Run for the Championship offers on the sidelines is engrossing. Highly recommended for NFL fans.
The disc: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, and a selection of featurettes including shots of the year, players and coaches wired, preseason footage and NFL football as a game of chance.
Who dat? Not Guilty.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated