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Botham's Ashes - The Miracle Of Headingley 81 [1981] [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002FR05G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,773 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Highlights from the 1981 Cornhill Test Series, where Ian Botham turned the series on its head displaying heroics with bat and ball. England cricket fans will quote this series as the best ever - especially as it was an Ashes series.


The summer of '81 saw cricketer Ian Botham set the Ashes alight at Headingley when he played one of the most memorable innings of modern times. England were teetering on the brink of defeat in the Third Test against the Australians when Botham came through with a spectacular visit to the crease which sent the high-spirited crowds roaring. Spurred on by the enthusiasm of their supporters, Botham and England followed on to win the

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I approached this DVD with much sceptisism, having read all the bad reviews that were circulating around. However, being a massive fan of cricket, I decided to buy it anyway as I like watching footage of old cricket.
And was I pleased? You bet I was! Loads of footage of the English greats such as Ian Botham, Graham Dilley and Bob Willis as well as the Australian legends Dennis Lillee, Geoff Lawson and Terry Alderman. The picture quality is absolutely superb and has barely aged in the twenty-five years since the test took place. You could be forgiven for thinking that the match was only a few years old.
All the highlights are here: all the fours, sixes and dismissals as well as interviews of the key players at the end and much more. This is all nicely complimented by a great, thoughtful and insightful introduction by Ian Botham.
Now for the extras. As well as career stats for all the players, English and Australian, you also get a fascinating interview with Ian Botham as he travels back to that memorable summer in 1981 and gives us an insight as to how everyone was feeling leading up to the match, during the match and its aftermath. This interview is quite lengthy and provides many fascinating stories.
There is also an opportunity to watch ball-by-ball coverage of Ian's match-saving 149, some of which is not included in the main feature as there is simply not enough time. (Yay, deleted footage!)
So all in all, if you love cricket today and want to see how much (or how little, depending on your point of view) the game has changed in a qaurter of a century or if you wish to see the men who have since become legends of this sport, pick this DVD up and give it a watch. I promise you will not be disappointed.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read the Label carefully.... 1 Aug 2005
....I didn't and I was a bit disappointed. When I saw the title I thought it was Botham's Ashes which had been released on VHS in the 80's finally released on DVD. That version showed highlights from the whole '81 Ashes series. This release just focuses on the Headingley test. Having said that, its a great piece of history. Kids today would think its pure fiction! The action is fantastically nostalgic but slow in places. This was the BBC at its cutting edge best back then. Channel 4 and Sky have really spoilt us! You get to see a supporting cast of an athletic Boycott, Gatting without need for widescreen and a bearded support cast that includes current umpire Peter Willey. Oh, and you have to see Bob Willis being interviewed at the end by Peter West. If you think he's dull now..................
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is that it 5 Dec 2010
To call this 'Botham's Ashes' would make most people think that the whole series is included rather than just the Headingley test. I remember so much of this series as it was so compelling and the 3rd, 4th and 5th tests were dominated in such a way by Botham that Flintoff's series in 2005 do not even come close to the achievements of 'Beefy'. So much happened in the Edgbaston test in the last hour that it was almost too much to think a second miracle win was on the cards as the game seemed to meander along to an inevitable Australian victory. The 4th test at Old Trafford saw Australia bowled out in about 30 overs which seems hard to fathom. Next year it will be 30 years since this series was played and that would seem a good reason for someone at the BBC to get out the tapes and do a 3 disc special as we had for the 2005 and 2009 series. There are not that many quality cricket dvd's on the market compared to the number of football ones that contain everything a fan could want. If I had the knowledge and the permission, I would gladly sit and edit the hours of footage for free just so the cricket fans of today who were not around in 1981, could see this great series properly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood factor 10 30 Sep 2010
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This is drama to match any sporting contest ever, anywhere. I went along with my dad on the final day certainly not expecting any surprises. The England team was down and virtually out (500-1 against with the bookies) but it was nice weather and we hoped Botham, having played a brilliant back-against-the-wall century after England followed on, might knock a few more. He quickly ran out of partners, leaving the Aussies with just 130 to win. What happened over the next couple of hours defied belief: Gatting racing forward to take an impossible catch, Dilley edging back and back to hold perfectly on the boundary rope, Chris Old not appealing when he knew his ball had caught Lillee's shoulder (how different to now!...), new captain Mike Brearley (facing utter humiliation) jogging to and fro in the field like a master chessman arranging the pieces, and Bob Willis charging down his own private tunnel towards the impossible goal. Little wonder he stood on the balcony after his 8-43 wicket haul glaring like a man possessed into empty space. For any England cricket fan this is unmissable, the greatest miracle ever. And it was nice to see me and my dad fixed in time at 1.26 with (another miracle) a lot more hair...The quality of the DVD is not great, but nor were the TV pictures back then, but you soon adapt and focus on the drama. At least one Aussie finished the match 'happy', wicket keeper Rod Marsh who had put 1 on England to win at 500-1..!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good trip down menory lane
It tends to be remembered as Botham's Ashes, but it's great to see the performances of Graham Dilley and the mighty Bob Willis, too - the sight of his mane of hair bouncing towards... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mr. S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars will buy more
as an avid cricket fan my husband had slowly been replacing old tapes and buying dvds this is the perfect site for him
Published 15 days ago by Mrs. F. Hainsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Beefy Botham
Ian Botham is a hero of mine and I remember watching the '81 Test Series and how England went from having no chance to being turned by Mike Brearley returning to the team as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Highlander67
Published 5 months ago by pedro
5.0 out of 5 stars My hero Botham
Sir Ian Botham is one of my cricket heroes. and to see old pictures from him is a delight.
He was not only a talented cricketer but he also is a great character.
Published 7 months ago by Gijs Hoope
5.0 out of 5 stars Botham & Willis`s test. Don`t forget Bob Willis - Superb as well
I love this particular test which I recored year ago DHS which I cannot play, however being at that particular test and watching every ball Ian Botham receivedit was like going... Read more
Published 7 months ago by michael ian swallow
5.0 out of 5 stars When cricketers were men and England stood proud above the rest of the...
Just covers the one pivotal test match of the series but the BBC theme music is enough to get you going on its own.
Published 9 months ago by John Goodfellow
5.0 out of 5 stars Botham at is best....
Well what more can you say about Englands best ever cricketer. This CD brings back memories of that great test match at Headingley in the summer of 81. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Graham Stephen Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This DVD is good but it doesn't play very well right at the end. I bought on behalf of someone else and although I offered to return it, they said it was "okay as it was... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket fan
Brilliant gift for a cricket mad son. Arrived safely packaged and in good condition. Will be played over and over.
Published 13 months ago by Jilly
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