: Judge Ryan Keefer was a fan of electric football growing up, but the hardest part was trying to get the power cord into the pigskin...
The grandest stage.
Warner Brothers has put together another compilation highlight reel of Super Bowl moments, which is very similar to their Greatest Super Bowl Moments from previous years, the only difference is that the recent Super Bowl between Seattle and Pittsburgh is included in the final mix of highlights.
For those who aren't too familiar with the layout of these videos, they are, in a nutshell, quick highlight glimpses of each of the previous Super Bowls. They are not the official films of the games, as those films are each about 20-30 minutes in length, and those films are readily available as part of larger boxed sets for purchase as is. So each game can be seen in quick three to five minute hits, with the more recent games getting a bit more film footage than the older ones (hell, Super Bowl XXXIX between New England and Philadelphia even has a brief clip of the highlight show, for goodness sakes). Things culminate with Super Bowl XL being the star of the remainder of the show, as the Seahawks-Steelers highlights account for the last fifteen of the feature's one hundred five minutes. And like the Eagles-Patriots game, there is a lot of footage of players and coaches with microphones on them to capture as much of the feeling and emotion as possible. For those who remember XL and wonder if Ben Roethlisberger's touchdown was legitimate or not, even "Big Ben" seemed to have doubts about it at the time of the play. So for those Seahawk fans that have carried that doubt for awhile, it may be validated to some degree, even if the result of the game isn't in dispute anymore. Oh, and for those of you who enjoy trivia, Tommy Maddox might be the first of the XFL alumni to be on a Super Bowl winning team.
There seems to be an overall lack of enthusiasm for this disc. Last year's was a mix of Super Bowl highlights and anticipatory hype for the 40th rendition of the game that was named for a rubber ball that the late Kansas City Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt saw his daughter playing with. And sure, Hunt's recent death came after the release of this disc, but if this is in fact going to be an annual release by the NFL and Warner Brothers, they should make it a little bit more worthwhile for the sports video buyer. Last year's version wasn't too bad and was almost a bit of a keeper, but now that Super Bowl XL is done, what little bonus footage that was on the last one is gone, and the post-XL footage seems like an obligatory inclusion. If I had access to the type of stuff that the NFL Films guys have, I'd try to put together something with the game highlights that shed some light on some previous unknown aspects of the Super Bowl itself, either the people who have helped put it together, or for the people who have propelled it into the lexicon of events in American culture. Either that or not put this together year after year as part of some sort of cash grab.
Overall, if you haven't seen this or bought the boxed sets that include a lot more footage, than this version of the Greatest Super Bowl Moments may be the thing for you. Otherwise, hold onto the versions you have until the 50th or other significant game, so you get as much bang for your buck as possible.
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Scales of Justice
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