Appellate Judge Dave Ryan throws the tightest Nerf football spiral you'll ever see.
"The most hard-hitting sport in the world is now the funniest game in town."
From humble beginnings, NFL Films has grown into one of the better documentary film houses in the world, albeit a very specialized one. The application of their trademark style—lots of slow-motion action footage, crisp editing, killer music cues, the soothing tones of legendary narrator (and Philly's own) John Facenda, and occasionally poetic commentary ("the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field")—can make even a ho-hum 42-3 blowout look like the most dramatic game in the history of organized sports. Led for most of its history by the father-son team of Ed and Steve Sabol, NFL Films has gathered a stunning amount of archival footage over the years, most of which has gone unseen and unused.
Well, the NFL has recently taken steps to correct that, teaming with Warner Bros. on a series of NFL Films-produced DVD releases. Many of these releases, e.g. the "Complete Histories" of the Giants, Eagles, and Raiders, or the elaborate Super Bowl packages, dig deep into the NFL Films vault for their material, unearthing things that fans have never seen before. They're all unprecedented in the world of sports video, given their scope and quality.
This isn't one of those packages, though. This collection is a DVD repackaging of six titles previously released on video. But don't let that lead you to believe that this is just a money grab by Warner Bros. and the NFL—because these are six of the NFL's popular "Follies" films; collections of bloopers, bad plays, silly fans, and nutty players that have been entertaining fans since 1968. Even though there's nothing new here, there is still a lot of content on this two-disc set, and at an attractive price to boot. Assuming you don't have these on VHS already, the package is definitely a good buy for football fans.
As mentioned, six of the Follies are compiled on this two-disc collection:
• The Football Follies
• The Son of Football Follies
• NFL Follies Go Hollywood
• NFL's 100 Greatest Follies
• Talkin' Follies
• 21st Century Follies
The first three Follies features run about 25 minutes each; the second trio are roughly 45 minutes long each. Each Folly, with the exception of the first, seems structured for possible TV broadcasting, which would explain those choices of run time. (They'd fit perfectly in half-hour or hour slots, with commercials.) Picture quality on the set varies with the source material, but there's no significant reason to complain about the full screen transfer here. Audio is a serviceable stereo mix. There are no extras.
But for the slightly strong language in the last two Follies, this would be a perfect all-ages package for football fans. As is, it's still a good package for adult fans, and most kids should like it as well. It's not the absolute height of comedy in the universe; it's just good football-themed fun.
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