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NFL Pittsburgh Steelers: Road to XLIII
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Road to XLIII
Actors: James Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes, Mike Tomlin
Genres: Sports
NR     2009     7hr 28min

Nothing is easy when the season is on the line. Four times during the 2008 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers? fate ?season? repeats; change to ?fate??hung in the balance. Each time they withstood the challenge. The result: ...  more »

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Actors: James Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes, Mike Tomlin
Genres: Sports
Sub-Genres: Football (American)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/02/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 7hr 28min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Pittsburgh Steelers Road to XLIII DVD
Albert Travis | 06/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a long time Steeler fan, and an owner of the Road to XL dvd set, I was looking forward to getting this set. The quality of the dvd's is great. The video and sound is fantastic. If all you want is the same old, tired commentary of Al Micheals and John Madden, then by all means, buy this set. However, if you have a dvd recorder, you could have done just as well, except for editing of commercials, of course, but I kinda like them
If, however, you are like me, and were looking forward to hearing the Steelers radio announcers, as in the Road to XL set, you will be VERY DISAPPOINTED, as I am. While the quality, as I said earlier, is great, the decision to include NO BONUS MATERIAL...NONE!!!, is a MAJOR disappointment. If you didn't record the games, these are worth having, if you did record them, save your money.
I hope the NFL corrects this mistake soon and releases another set of discs soon. I am sending them a request, and my opinion of this set, tonight."
Not as good
Ian Daemon | Natrona Heights, PA USA | 06/06/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I'm disappointed with this "Super Bowl XLIII" DVD set. Sure, it contains four football games as advertised, but that's about all the good I can say about it. In almost every way this set is inferior to the "Pittsburgh Steelers - Road to Super Bowl XL (Post-Season Collector's Edition)" DVD box set.

The video quality is quite similar and almost exact. However, the video presentation seems quite rushed on the XLIII set, as if the on-field action was cut even shorter than the XL set. (The DVD menus are "flashier" this time around, although you look at them for about three seconds.)

The XLIII audio track features the inferior television commentary as opposed to the superior radio commentary used for the XL set. The XLIII set also uses an audio track that seems to have been mixed in a studio with a four-year-old child constantly pushing buttons. The audio track is very uneven and distractingly so. (The crowd noise keeps rising and falling although nothing is happening on-screen and it occurs too often to be replays on the "Jumbotron".) BOTH sets, XL and XLIII, feature English-only subtitles. (But considering the target audience, I'm not surprised.)

The XLIII set is without any extras. NO extras. None. Zilch. Zip. Nada. This is a major disappointment. The XL set had one documentary per disc.

The packaging is different and less eco-friendly. However, I personally prefer the hard plastic XLIII packaging to the cardboard XL packaging for long-lasting presentation.

Here's the short version:

Super Bowl XL (40) set
AUDIO - Radio commentary
EXTRA - One documentary per disc
PACKG - Cardboard

Super Bowl XLIII (43) set
AUDIO - TV commentary
EXTRA - None
PACKG - Plastic

While I believe that the video quality of the XLIII set "MAY" be better due to the fact that a Blu-Ray version was produced, it's imperceptible on DVD. I also believe the extras were cut to make room on the discs for this imaginary "improved video quality". The audio commentary difference is one purely of preference and is obviously inferior to me. The omitted extras are a disappointment.

Aside from having four more football games on DVD, this set is almost a WASTE OF MONEY. (A DVR-version would be better, at least then I'd have the commercials.) The XL set is far superior. Buy that. (Pittsburgh Steelers - Road to Super Bowl XL (Post-Season Collector's Edition))"
Delivers Game 15, the Post-season and the Superbowl in Style
Peter J. Ward | Lewisburg, WV. USA | 06/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first disc the NFL produced for this season teased us a little, but now we can watch the whole post-season + a great Baltimore-Pittsburgh late-season battle in high-definition. Hopefully the NFL will be putting out their "America's Game" for Superbowl XLIII and that will be when the players tell more of the story of the whole season, these discs only have the games, but what FANTASTIC games they are!

The first disc has Game 15 of the regular season-a hard-fought Steelers-Ravens game for the AFC North title in Baltimore as well as the Divisional Playoff game where the Steelers face off against the Chargers. The second disc has the absolutely brutal defensive fight for the AFC Championship-a grudge match of the Steelers vs. Ravens, followed by arguably the best superbowl, the Steelers vs. the Cardinals in Superbowl XLIII. The under-respected and unexpectedly great Cardinals fight tooth & claw against the Steelers from start to stop. The Steelers show why they are the #1 defense - watching Harrison's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown NEVER gets old. The Pittsburgh offense puts together the most memorable finish (maybe the Giants from the year before could lay claim to an equally-impressive run) as they move from deep in their own territory to make a huge last minute drive ending with a Roethlisburger-Holmes reception in the corner of the endzone.

There aren't too many extras (in fact there's only two) but I was really excited to to see that they have an alternate audio track for the Superbowl featuring the WDVE broadcast. So if you've ever enjoyed listening to the Pittsburgh guys calling the games, it might just warm your heart a little to hear the game called by the unashamedly partisan WDVE crew. The only other special feature is a trivia track that pops up during the superbowl. Watching these games in high-def is definitely an improvement and the Steelers look better and better each time I see these games."
Road To Near Perfection...A Must for Steeler-Nation
K. Golik | 06/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a diehard Steelers fan through and through. For any Steeler fan this is a must have to your collection of Steeler DVDs. I went to the Steelers Sideline Stores which have it priced the same as Amazon for it. The DVD consists of....

Week 15 vs. Baltimore - Steelers clinch division
AFC Divisional Playoff - vs. San Diego
AFC Championship Playoff - vs. Baltimore
Super Bowl XLIII - vs. Arizona

This collection is a near perfect collection...what I don't like is

*You have 2/3 of the classic matchups with Baltimore this past season. EACH game was a classic. Why did they omit the Monday Night thriller against Baltimore? This series has done this before. For the Giants Road to XLII DVD which I have they added the Week 17 loss to the Patriots and the 4 playoff games so the 5th disc has happened and I would have added that game

*You have minor hesistations in the presentation of the Super Bowl and some minor skips in the other games but they are not big enough to complain about but you will notice them (esp. SB XLIII) but it should not disappoint

*There are no special features...which is terrible...what I loved about the Road to XL DVD was the featurettes about the Steelers, the Giants Road to XLII DVD for the Super Bowl had an option of Michael Strahan doing his commentary on the game..there are no Special Features on this DVD

What I like about this....

*Those Steeler fans that bought Road to XL remember the Steelers Radio Team of Bill Hillgrove, Tunch Ilkin, and Craig Wofley do the play by play well its not the case, you get the TV annoucers so you get John Madden's last game as an analyst, historic there. NFL Films started this with the Colts Road to XLI dvd

*These are the actual games...not NFL Films cutting material or NFL Films tapes like the "Road to XXXIX - Patriots"

Overall - If you love the Steelers, if you love football, if you love John Madden this is an absolute must and for $25 - $30 you get to relive in my eyes 2 great games with the Week 15 Baltimore and Super Bowl, and two ok games in the AFC Championship (which you can relive the Troy Polamalu touchdown return) and San Diego game.