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'NFL: San Francisco 49ers - 5 Greatest Games'
(Bill Walsh, George Siefert, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Relive some of the 49ers' greatest moments with this San Francisco 49ers 5 Greatest Super Bowl® Victories DVD set. The 5-disc set includes the original network broadcast of each Super Bowl® that the 49ers won.

DVD Verdict: OK, getting this out the way off the bat, here is what is included in this fantastic box-set: 1. Super Bowl XXIII; 2. Super Bowl XVI; 3. 1987: San Francisco wins 27-26 on a last second touchdown pass after the Bengals can't run out the clock; 4. 1996: Bengals go up 21-0 and then Steve Young leads the Niners back for a 28-21 win; 5. 1990: 49ers beat Bengals 20-17 in Overtime, great game and both teams would make the playoffs that year.

It's good for 49er fans to get a release in this series, but as many reviewers have already noted, limiting the set to the 5 Super Bowl wins is a shame. With the exception of Super Bowl 23, none of the SF Super Bowls really were great games in terms of being close or exciting games, and even SB 23 was pretty dull until the 4th quarter. There are a number of truly great SF games that could have been added to easily fill out a 10 game set (The Catch I and II games, the 1989 Montana comeback win in Philly, and the 2002 playoff comeback vs. the Giants, to name just a few), as NFL Films has done for some other teams.

Perhaps it is just my copy, but the the picture and audio quality of the SB 19 disc is poor. The color is washed out and the sound is muted. The copy of the game that has generally circulated among game traders is superior, and I would recommend that if you have that one already, you may want to retain it. The quality of the other discs are much better, although the color on the SB 24 recording seems to be a little dark.

Also, if you have personal recordings of these games that include pre and/or post games shows that you want to keep, you should hang on to those recordings. The discs do not include any pre or post game materials, not even the well known farewell interview with Bill Walsh after SB 23. Each game has been edited to remove some huddles and insignificant plays so as stay under 2 hours (apparently to fit on a single dvd without further compressing the quality of the recordings).

All in all, as a 49er fan/collector, it's nice to get this set, but it is a lot less than it could have been - It doesn't seem like NFL Films put much effort into it. [JP] This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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