A fantastic buy for NFL fans
Joshua P. Putnam | Tacoma, WA | 04/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you've never seen any of the America's Game episodes then you are missing out. This is by far a very different NFL films product - much less of the frustrating super slow motion footage and more about the actual games themselves.
This particular product is a must-have for any 49ers fan. The 1981 DVD in particular is outstanding, but all 5 DVDs are of very high quality. One of the unique aspects of this set of DVDs is how they each compliment each other, and basically recap the franchise between the years 1979-1994. For example, the 1984 DVD picks up where the 1981 DVD left off, and talks about how the 49ers didn't make the playoffs in 1982 and lost in the NFC Championship game in '83.
The DVD also faithfully re-caps the Quarterback controversy of 1988, which brings me to the only bad thing I can say about this collection; the absence of Joe Montana. NFL films uses enough stock footage of previous Montana interviews to keep fans satisfied, but much like the fantastic Dennis Georgatos book Game Of My Life, Montana's absence is the only noticeable flaw, but a glaring one at that.
Is this enough to recommend against purchase? Of course not!! Even die-hard 49er (and NFL) fans will be reminded of some awesome highs and a few of the lows which they may have forgotten about.
My final example illustrates the in-depth nature of the DVDs: during the 1984 season San Fransisco went 18-1. Their one loss during the season? Week 7 against the Steelers. At the end of the game Pittsburgh was driving for the win, but San Fransisco was able to stop them on downs at the goaline, but on the 4th down play, Ronnie Lott was called for a penalty which, although later shown to be a bad call, gave Pittsburgh a fresh set of downs and helped them win the game. The DVD includes all of this footage, from the actual broadcast, but it doesn't unnecessarily dwell on mundane details. My point is that each DVD is packed with information, but they keep up a good pace to keep the audience entertained."