Own One of The Greatest Championship Game in the History of College Football January 4, 2006. Before 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and half of a nation watching on television, Vince Young carried the Texas Longh... more »orns on his back and broke Southern California's 34-game winning streak en route to claiming their fourth National Championship and first in over 35 years. This DVD contains the complete 2006 Rose Bowl Game, presented by Citi Bank, with coverage from ABC Sports, without commercial interruption, presented in full screen (1.33:1) digital video. Chapter points on the DVD allow you to jump directly to the action, quarter by quarter. With this DVD, you are in control of every frame of video and every replay of this incredible BCS Championship game where the Texas Longhorns became 2006 National Champions. Exclusive Bonus Features Include a Vince Young: Pre-Rose Bowl Interview, a Rose Bowl Interviews & Post Game Celebration, Vince Young's Offensive Linemen, Texas Defense: Preparing for the Rose Bowl, Texas vs. Ohio State Condensed Game Highlights and Texas vs. Oklahoma Condensed Game Highlights. Officially licensed by NCAA.« less
"After waiting 5+ weeks for this dvd after I ordered it, and 3+ months after the game itself, I am saddened to report that the picture quality on this dvd horrible. I bought this dvd because I failed to record the game on my dvr (through user error). I assumed that an officially licensed dvd of the game would be better quality than I could have recorded, but I was wrong. I can record and burn dvds of better quality than this on my dvr. The picture on this dvd looks like VHS. This is, by far, the worst dvd picture I have ever seen. Shame on ABC/ESPN for ever licensing this bootleg-quality product. This is the greatest game of the year, and one of the greatest of all time. It deserves better. If there is another dvd available, buy it instead of this one. If you can get a copy from a friend who recorded it on his dvr at home, get that one instead of this. Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!"
IT WAS A PRIVILEGE JUST TO SEE THIS GAME!
Steven Travers | CALIFORNIA | 04/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us who were eyewitnesses of this game, this DVD is a must. I am a USC alum, but this was still probably the greatest game in college football history. It reminded me of what Pete Rose said after losing game six of the 1975 World Series: "It was a privilege just to play in this game."
Well, being at the Rose Bowl on January 4, 2006 was a privilege, win or lose. I experienced it with my daughter, and it was a treasured memory, never to be forgotten. . . again, even in defeat!
That said, the DVD does what watching the game in person does not: reveal USC's many miscalculations, mistakes, mental errors, decisions gone awry, and agonizingly, barely-by-inches calls and plays that cost them. . . any one of which would have assured victory instead of losing that 12-point lead with five minutes left.
This DVD does definitely bring back the sights, sounds and smells of that perfect, sunny winter day in the Arroyo Seco, the pre-game festivities, hours of hob-nobbing with old and new friends, and of course magical performances by Matt Leinart and Vince Young. This will go down with the 1979 Indiana State-Michigan State Final Four game between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as a groundbreaking, seminal sports event. Young, Leinart, Reggie Bush and others will battle each other over the next decade for NFL supremacy, and this game will mark the beginning of the rivalry! Pete Carroll always said a team would have to play great to end his winning streak, and indeed I can only think of one other college performance to rival Young's: Joe Montana, bringing Notre Dame back vs. USC in a 1978 loss at the Coliseum. Young was greatness personified, just like Joe.
We will never see another team like USC. They were the greatest team of all time, which is just a way of expresing admiration that the only team that could have beaten them was the 2005 Longhorns with Young at QB.
One last note: It was a bitter loss for USC, but assuaged by the wonderful sportsmanship of the Texas faithful. They were loud and boisterous, but polite, respectful, and knew the traditions of not just Texas but USC, too. It was a pleasure to speak with them, and if we had to lose they were better than some of the foul-mouths who often express jealousy at Trojan greatness. Their women were beautiful, their children respectful, even in celebration. Hook 'em Horns!
STEVEN TRAVERS, author of THE USC TROJANS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S ALL-TIME GREATEST DYNASTY BARRY BONDS: BASEBALL'S SUPERMAN
Great game, but disappointed in DVD quality
raleighhorn | Raleigh, NC | 03/27/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I got this as soon as I could from Amazon, but I'm disappointed to report that this was a poor recording of the 2006 Rose Bowl game.
First of all, it's in 4:3 fullscreen standard definition, which was hugely disappointing since I originally saw it in beautiful HD. I can't believe ABC couldn't spend enough to record this in widescreen.
Even worse, it's a flaky standard definition recording. There are several instances of snow and blurry patches in the playback.
Overall, I'm hugely disappointed that the game didn't get the first class DVD treatment it deserved."
Great Game, Poorly Presented....
Low-Ranking Reviewer | US of A | 03/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the greatest games that i missed, 3 quarters anyway. I only saw the 4th qtr and wished i had seen the entire game. Now i can see this entertainingly high-scoring, last-minute affair with many future NFL stars on this dvd. As a previous reviewer stated though, the video/image quality is somewhat poor(the audio isn't great either). During some replays or image transitions, you can see some pixellated images. The closer you are to the screen, the more noticeable the flaws will be of course and overall it's definitely not up to quality dvd standards. Having said that, it still is watchable and the visuals are usually good enough for the most part as the color is vivid and if you watch it in its natural 4:3 mode, it looks really good and sharp at times. (note: i was watching the dvd on a 52" rca hdtv-compatible big-screen and a philips 60" hd-built in tv. it looks better if you view it in fullscreen mode, but i like to watch it in panoramic/16:9 view on my big-screen, which unfortunately stretches the images a little and hence the extra pixellation).
As for the content, it delivers in this area. * A handful of brief featurettes concerning the University of Texas football team, with an emphasis on Vince Young. * The game in its entirety, including a pre-game bit with Will Ferrel/USC vs Matt McCounaghy(sp)/Texas. * AND GET THIS...two condensed, bonus highlights of the great game between Texas and Ohio State, and the blowout between Texas and OU! I was not expecting this and was pleasantly surprised they were on there(esp the classic with THE Ohio State). (note: these highlights have terrible bootleg-looking image quality, but still watchable)
This is how i would rate this release: 5 stars, if you loved the game or love college football, you've got to have it in your collection. 5 stars, if you're a Texas fan. A national championship you won, plus bonus features including 2 other game highlights. 3 stars, if you loved the game or the Texas Longhorns and demand only the best picture quality available because of it. This dvd will let you down in that case.
Personally, i thought the game was great enough to offset the the not-so-great image quality(which is still very watchable imo and comparable to other releases of this type). Overall, highly recommended; but i do wish they would do a better job putting these dvd's together concerning quality control."
Great Game, Mediocre Picture Quality, Horrible Commentary
Marjorie A. Hair | Irvine, CA USA | 08/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was probably the greatest game of all time, with the greatest individual preformance of all time. However that wasn't enough to keep them from presenting it with low-quality picture. Also, if you're a USC fan the commentary should seem just fine. But, if you're a Texas Fan or indifferent, get ready for the most biased broadcast I have ever seen or heard. The same biased anouncer constantly makes the wrong calls of whats happening on the field and his co-anouncer carries him through the game. However this was not the makers of the DVD's fault, just the wrong choice of anouncer by ABC."