'San Francisco 49ers - The Complete History'
(Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Step onto the sidelines and stand with legends such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Bill Walsh as you watch one of the most successful teams in NFL history work its magic. From "The Alley Oop" to "The Catch" ...McElhenny to Montana ..."Joe the Jet" to Flash 80...Bill Walsh to George Seifert, the San Francisco 49ers boast a deep history of brilliant coaches, hard hitting defenses and high powered offenses. Now, here is a DVD collection no true 49ers fan can do without.
DVD Verdict: As a life-long Niner fan who went to his first game 1975, I had high hopes for the DVD set but unfortunately my worst fears came true. Nearly 95% of the DVD dealt with the 1980's and 90s and very little before then. Don't get me wrong, I love the Glory Years of the 80'2 and 90's (I went to so many of those great games). Still, something must be said about the players prior to the 1980s who played so hard during the tough times. BEST PARTS - Bill Walsh's coaching clinic on passing. Having Bill Walsh teach you about passing is like Mozart teaching you how to write an opera. Great, insightful stuff! Another must-see if the 50-minute documentary on Michael Zagaris whose journey took him from taking pictures at Kezar Stadium, working for RKF in '68, hanging out with rock stars to being the 49ers' offical team photograher. WORST PART - They actually have a seperate segment on T.O. and not one on far more worthy subjects like John Brodie, Gene Washington, Cedrick Hardman, Tommy Hart, Paul Hoffer, Bill Ring nor JNimmy Johnson and Dave Wilcox, both memebers of the Hall of Fame. I would rather see classic clips from those who paved the way and paid the price than B.O., I mean, T.O. In short, it is a history of the 49ers, just not the so-called 'complete' history. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
The Complete History
Quarterbacking by Bill Walsh: Lessons from the Master
Charles Haley: One of the Greatest Pass Rushers of All Time
Joe Montana: Profile of a Legend
Jeff Garcia: His Long Journey from Niners Fan to Starting Quarterback
Roy Foster: The Story Behind the Famous Soundbite
Terrell Owens: TO Makes Pass Catching an Art Form
Leo Nomellini: Profile of 49ers Great "Leo the Lion"
Hardy Brown: A Look at One of the Hardest Hitters of All Time
NFL's Greatest Games: 1981 NFC Championship Game
Michael Zagaris: An Inside Look at Camelot
Super Bowl XVI Recap: Niners' First Super Bowl Title
Super Bowl XIX Recap: Montana Tops Marino in Offensive Classic
Super Bowl XXIII Recap: Inside the Ultimate Super Bowl Comeback
Super Bowl XXIV Recap: 49ers Smash Broncos
Super Bowl XXIX Recap: Steve Young's Finest Hour
Kezar Stadium: A Look at the 49ers' Longtime Home