Warner Bros. // 2010 // 75 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 7th, 2010
An all-new, groundbreaking visual experience.
NFL Films, the best in-house camera company for any sport anywhere, has another shot of brutal hits and touchdown dances, an anthology of big plays from last season, pulled in nice, close, and slowed downs so you can soak in the acrobatics one frame at a time.
Ultimate NFL highlights big moments throughout the season, starting with the Lions game where Matthew Stafford enamored himself forever to his teammates by returning from a nasty shoulder injury at the end of the game to toss the clinching touchdown. This storyline is surrounded by footage from the other games of the week.
Following a selection of random clips, the feature culminates with the SuperBowl and though I'm pleased as punch that the Saints were able to pull it out, I have officially become over-saturated with Who Dat nation.
The draw of this disc is the camera work. The NFL Films cameras are everywhere, capturing a variety of angles, the microphones absorbing the sounds of the game. The Stafford clip, for example, sports tight close-ups of the QB as he scrambles then eventually gets lit up. His wails of pain and eventual pleas to return to the game are crystal clear.
But the cool stuff happens during the slow-down mode. I don't know what it is, but there's something transfixing about watching giant, athletic freaks destroying each other and leaping into end zone in ultra-slow-mo.
The only downside? The narration is ridiculous. I'm not sure who vomited up this flowery rubbish, but I'm half-convinced he is sitting on a Victorian Poetry degree he deeply regrets.
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen is clean and attractive (psst, this is also available on Blu-ray), the stereo mix adequate, and the one extra -- a lengthy, detailed tour of NFL Films studios -- is pretty freakin' cool.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 75 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated