Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Detroit Red Wings - NHL Stanley Cup Champions 2007-2008|
Actor: John C. McGinley
Genres: Kids & Family, Sports
Own the most watched NHL event of the year. Complete with highlights from the regular season, playoffs and the final series. Watch as your team fights for, and eventually hoist the Cup! The 2007-2008 release will contain f... more »
A Cookie-Cutter Approach to Highlight Video
E. J. Smith | Bloomfield, MI USA | 07/11/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The corks on the bottles of champagne in the Red Wings' locker room were yet to be popped before I hit the "Send Order" button at NHL.Com for my copy of the Red Wings' Championship video. Despite my alleged maturity I'll confess to being a memorabilia geek when it comes to one of my hometown teams winning a championship. I'll buy the hat, I may get the shirt. But one thing that I'll definitely buy is the video. I'll admit to having most of the Detroit Lions season recap videos from back in the 90s when the NFL still produced them.
Owning a championship video is part of the rite of being a sports fan. There's nothing like sitting down on the couch in our living room on a slow television night and recapturing the emotion and glory of a championship campaign condensed into a one-hour DVD or video. To this day watching Vladimir Konstantinov's open ice hits and Steve Yzerman hoisting the Cup after the Wings vanquished the Flyers in 1997 still brings tears to my eyes. Despite being almost twenty years removed, watching Isiah Thomas kiss the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Detroit Pistons at long lost reached the summit of professional basketball excellence rekindles the same emotions that I felt that evening.
The accomplishments in themselves were memorable. However, it was the production value that went into the championship videos that preserved in perpetuity the emotions and memories associated with each championship. For example, the 1997 Red Wings Championship video brilliantly captured everything that Red Wings fans experienced that season following classic dramatic form.
There's the exposition beginning the the Wings' humiliation at the hands of Claude Lemiuex and the Avalanche the season before. The rising action and climax that recalls the acquisition of Brendan Shanahan, The Fight, through the Wings' playoff campaign. Finally there's the resolution culminating in the Wings' ultimate triumph.
So after unwrapping the 2008 Red Wings' Championship video from its hyper-protective plastic wrap cover, finally convincing our three year son to go to bed, placing the DVD in the player, my wife and I sat together on our couch anxiously awaiting the unfolding of yet another championship campaign with a `Made In Detroit' stamp.
The disappointment began at the inception when the video began with advertisements for NHL Films and NHL.Com that couldn't be skipped. After sitting through those, the Menu Screen comes up with little fanfare.
I won't get into a blow-by-blow analysis of the video as viewers can come to their own conclusion. However, the fact that my wife (who actually wanted to watch the video) lost interest about half-way through is indicative of how formulaic this video was approached by the NHL.
I'll concede that we're talking about a sports highlight video here and not the latest Coppolla offering. While the video was about the Red Wings undoubtedly, coupled with a nod to Michigan's current economic plight, I walked away from the experience feeling as though this video could have been about any team, playing any sport, during any season. In the end, it was a cut-and-paste job that fell far short of recapturing with any true meaning what the Red Wings accomplished in 2008. Gone is the uniqueness that accompanied the `97, `98 and 2002 Wings' videos.
Die-hard Wings fans will rush out to buy their copy because that's what die-hard fans do. However, I almost hope that the Red Wings organization takes a close look at the production and decides that their fans deserve more than this obviously half-hearted League effort. The 2008 Detroit Red Wings were special. You wouldn't know it by this video."
Red Wings, Stanley Cup, enough said.
Brian Finn | Hockeytown, MI USA | 02/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the 4th in my collection, and no true Wings fan should be without. Great viewing!!"
Stanley Cup DVD
RNCop | So Cal | 08/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big Red Wings fan and I enjoyed the DVD. I wish there had been more footage of actual play-off games, but over-all the DVD was good."