Warner Bros. // 2005 // 155 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ryan Keefer (Retired) // January 13th, 2006
Journey through history.
Presumably as part of their huge publicity blitz that leads towards Super Bowl 40 (or Super Bowl XL for those of you who are more inclined to use roman numerals), the National Football League has produced this compilation video, with the able cooperation of Warner Brothers.
Entitled Greatest Super Bowl Moments, this feature is designed to look at the previous 39 greatest football games on earth. The problem with this look is that it's simply too short. The main feature runs about 100 minutes, and in trying to cover all of the games, each Super Bowl has about three minutes devoted to each game's highlights. And the recent Super Bowl (where New England repeated as champions, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles) is given the final 20 minutes of airplay.
Assuming that this is supposed to serve as an entry level purchase to the larger, more detailed Super Bowl videos produced by the NFL, this does the job. The time focused on the other games is entirely too short and does no justice to the memorable moments of each game. Moreover, some of the characters involved in some games aren't even discussed. Granted, some of the more infamous moments of each game get shown, but I don't recall if Joe Namath's Super Bowl III prediction of victory was covered here.
The flip side of this feature is that the special produced by the NFL Network and entitled In Their Own Words features fond recollections by those who helped shape the more unique moments of Super Bowl lore. A fascinating look at some of those who have played through injury provides some insight from those who have played through broken arms, legs and yes, even viral pneumonia, in order to fulfill the "there is no tomorrow" philosophy and to play through the pain. A nice look at both sides of winning and losing the game follows, along with a look at the symbol for each team's excellence, the excessively heavy, diamond-soaked paperweight of a Super Bowl ring, that makes winning all the better.
At the end of the day, if you're looking for Super Bowl retrospective videos for a cheap price, this may do the trick for the football fan in your family, but he or she will probably look to the marathon retrospectives provided by the NFL Network, as well as ESPN. At its basic level, it does help one look forward to the big game every February, so they get credit for that.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 155 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* "In Their Own Words -- The Super Bowl"
* Super Bowl XL Commercials
* Official Super Bowl Site
* NFL Official Site