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.