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'NFL: New York Giants - 10 Greatest Games'
(Bill Parcells, Phil Simms, et al / 10-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Relive iconic performances in New York Giants history with this New York Giants 10 Greatest Games DVD set. View the games in their original broadcast format to experience them just the way you remember them. The 10-disc set will give you instant access to all of the amazing moments in Giants history.

DVD Verdict: OK, getting this out the way off the bat, here is what is included in this fantastic box-set: 1986 Giants 49 49ers 3 in the playoffs; 1986 Giants 17 Redskins 0 in the NFC Championship; 1986 Giants 39 Broncos 20 in Super Bowl XXI; 1990 Giants 31 Bears 3 in the playoffs; 1990 Giants 15 49ers 13 in the NFC Championship; 1990 Giants 20 Bills 19 in Super Bowl XXV; 2000 Giants 20 Eagles 10 in the playoffs; 2000 Giants 41 Vikings 0 in NFC Championship; 2006 Giants 30 Eagles 24 - Eli Manning's epic comeback; 2007 Giants 17 Patriots 14 in Super Bowl XLII.

And, to clear up another thing right off the bat, the case itself states it's 1000 minutes for all 10 games, so that's an average of under 2 hours per game. Cut out from the footage is the usual stuff... there is no pregame, halftime, or postgame. There are also some edited huddles, but the majority of time edited out are where the commercial breaks used to be as well as change of possessions. The edits are pretty seemless, and it appears that what they cut out wasn't all that significant because they also show plenty of footage in between plays (Madden and Summerall analysis, replays, etc).

The advantage to owning this set is that the video quality of these games from '86 are MUCH better than my VHS tapes or even DVDs that can be found in trading circles. So I'll watch these when I get a sudden craving for watching one particular game, and I'll use the original airing DVDs when I'm looking for the full experience (like if I'm watching the full season from start to finish, or when I want to see the games as well as other footage as a reminder to what everyone was saying about the teams as the playoffs progressed).

Now for the packaging... it's both good and bad. It's great that they've managed to get 10 discs into such a small box. The package is the same size as many double disc movies. On the bad side, and it's really bad, is that the hubs that hold the discs in place are so tough and inflexible that you have to bend the disc severely in order to get it out of the case. And since there are two discs on each "page", you end up bending two discs at the same time. I've certainly seen this before with movies I've purchased, and I just wish that the companies releasing these things would get a clue in that regard.

In closing, I'm not an expert on Giants history, so the other "Greatest Games" will be up for debate! But, that said, it includes all the games I want to see until I'm reminded of something that's missing! This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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