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Boys From Brazil: The Official History of the Brazilian World Cup Team 1930-1986 [DVD]

Niall Sloane    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Niall Sloane
  • Writers: John Motson
  • Producers: Penny Mills
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain / BBC
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3T8ZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Widely regarded as the best team in world soccer, Brazil have always mixed flair with aggression and tactical supremacy. This video showcases their undoubted talents.

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Brazil is the most famous footballing nation in the world: they have won more World Cups that any other country; featured the greatest stars in Pele, Rivelino, Zico and others and even have their own incomparable style - samba soccer. This is the story of how one country combined audacious skill and scintillating tactics to create "the beautiful game". This DVD features some of Brazil's most enthralling games, including the sparkling World Cup Finals of 1958 and 1970 and two of the most dramatic matches ever played - their second phase game with Italy in 1982 and their quarter final against France in 1986. Featured too are all the dazzling individuals who have adorned the games down the years; the pre-war skill of Leonidas, the talent of Ademir in 1950, and, of course, the intoxicating period of Pele who incomparable genius rubbed off on Garrincha, Gerson and Rivelino, and later inspired Zico and Socrates.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So the BBC's got all the good stuff, eh? 18 April 2007
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The best original footage, the best original crowd sound (no dubbing as occurs too many times on football compilations) the best original commentary and thus the best atmosphere of the games.

Much of the glorious material is only viewable on this DVD as the BBC clearly had the best coverage it seems of any TV stations of the times.

This is Motty's babe and he does a lovely job.

Enjoy some of the fascinating friendlies including John Barnes doing a Pelé in the Maracana.

Weep at the way in which Portugal kicked Pelé out of 1966, a most unfair recompense for his generally excellent Goodison exhibition.

Worship at the altar of the peerless beauty of Zagallo's fabulous "jogo lindo" of 1970: the ultimate highlight? Pelé's last minute miss against Uruguay in the semi final.

Marvel at the stunning power and skill of the 1982 and 1986 teams then gasp as they throw it all away with their arrogance and complacency.

Lobby Motty to make another DVD and bring the story up to date.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 15 Jun 2006
By Jim Jam
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Despite its age, the quality and content of this documentary put it way above anything else.

The skill and beauty displayed on this film took my breath away and made me smile with joy - The Brasilian teams featured were incredible entertainers who combined audacious ability with incredible enthusiasm and raw talent. They rightly deserve all the accolades heaped upon them. Having the redoubtable Motty commentating completes the perfect package.

Football at its best.

Running time is just under one and a half hours.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Football's finest deserve better 2 July 2006
What you get with this DVD is a very quick and perfunctory set of clips of Brazil's World Cup outings from 1930 - 1966. From thereon, the clips or highlights become more extensive. Therefore, it's clearly aimed at an audience who don't particularly care about how Brazil's football developed or its history. All they want to see is modern footage of goals. And on that level, this DVD certainly delivers.

So, my problem with this DVD is firstly a paucity of pre-'66 footage. There is plenty of material available and particularly depressing is how little of this DVD is spent on Garrincha, whom many Brazilians feel was their finest player of all time. Additionally the 1958 World Cup is simply brushed over quickly without dwelling on the iconic quality of Brazil's performance. It was the first time that the world got to see the trademark style of their play and the first three minuites of their final group match against the USSR is widely believed to have been the greatest three minuites in Brazilian footballing history. And where is it on this DVD? Nowhere.

The post-1966 material fares better but even then, it's edited and presented in such a mediocre fashion that after a while you just become numb watching goal after goal after goal with very little context attached to them. You don't really get a sense of how incredible the 1970 victory was and what a pivotal moment in international football history it was. Likewise the 1982 team, a team comprable to the 1970 one. When you watch this DVD, Zico and the boys are simply presented as just another Brazilian side.

Still, the goals are wonderful as are the touches of indivdual skill that once characterised Brazilian football. But don't be misled by the title. This is quite definitely NOT the history of Brazilian World Cup football. It is merely a collection of clips of goals, nothing more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 19 May 2012
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If you like, nay love football and maybe even not football mad but like the world cup, you should love this!

It's about the most skillful, flamboyant team that has ever graced our screens, pitches and goal mouths, Brazil, The Selecao!

Pele, Garrincha, Tostao, Didi, Santos, Torres, Jairzinho, Rivelino and Gerson to Socarates, Zico, Falcao, Bebeto, Pereria and not forgetting the goalies Leao and Gilmar amongst others too numerous to mention. They're all here in all their attack minded goal scoring glory. As soon as you see that canary yellow kit you automatically sit up and wait for the magic.

Great commentary, stunning football, sublime skills and great goals! What more can a footy fan ask for?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beautiful Game 10 April 2006
This is the best footage of the worlds greatest ever footballers, its taken BBC a long time to release this on DVD as the tape edition has been out for years. This shows years of footballing excellence showing the way that the game should be played. A glowing tribute to the worlds best footballing nation that is Brazil. Also shows great footage of the undoubted best player ever Pele!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's now 2006 - please Motty update It 25 May 2006
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This is - like John Motson describes some of the goals - "absolutely brilliant!" I didn't appreciate the gloriousness of the 1970 side until I got to see some of the highlights included in this DVD - Pele and co just blew the opposition off the park. Also included are highlights of England friendlies against Brazil and action from Brazilian club league games as a background to the World Cup action. They should have picked up the trophy in 78 and 82 - but football, like life, can sometimes be unfair.

The only thing I'm a bit gutted about - and I knew because the cover says it - is that it only goes up to 1986. Can we have a part two covering 86 to 2006? Motty if you don't fancy it ask Barry Davies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Enjoyed the Brazilian flair
Published 11 hours ago by David M.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a thrilling and exhilarating journey through Brazil world cup...
Do you enjoy great sporting theater? The sort of thing that gets the hairs on the back of your neck...the Baa Baas vs All Blacks in 1973? This is the football equivalent. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dr G
5.0 out of 5 stars Will make a non football fan, a fan.
Fantastic footage from the BBC archives of the Brazilian national team in its absolute hey dey. The goals are stunning, and if a non football fan has heard about how great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars a Great history of Brazilian football at its best
A brilliant history of Brazillian Football, brought to life by John Motson's commentary, An era of sportsmanship lost forever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Cumberpatch
4.0 out of 5 stars Boys from Brazil
I got this DVD for a friend overseas having said that i have had the V tape for many years now i can say its one of best foot ball tapes the 1970 world cup final best i have... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anthonyfmjames
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember!
I had this on VHS and used to watch it religiously when I was growing up. For some reason it never occurred to me that it may be on DVD. Read more
Published 11 months ago by dOrrrr
4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain from Brazil
Having grown up watching the constant failure of so many great players on the world stage, it's no wonder that continue to look back and enjoy the 'golden' eras of the World Cup;... Read more
Published on 25 May 2012 by Picard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brazil DVD
What more can be said...this is a DVD about the greatest footballing nation ever ! didn't really need the disc to watch it; more of a collector's item for me, but I guess i should... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by Waylon Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the samba...........
Boys from Brazil is a BBC football documentary narrated by John Motson. It reviews Brazil's World Cup campaigns from the inaugural tournament of 1930 through to 1986. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2010 by Current Account
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A must for all lovers of the game. Even if you weren't born during this era you will still marvel at the football
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Mr. P. Haddon-baker
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