This collection is a reissue of six of the NFL's popular "Follies" films consisting of bloopers, the antics of both players and fans, and plays that have gone so very wrong dating back to 1959, as far as I can tell from watching the earliest video. There's a lot of entertainment per dollar on this DVD set, and I consider it a worthy purchase. Here's what you get:
The Football Follies (1968) 20 minutes.
A documentary-style film typical of 1960's vintage NFL films. What seems odd is that nobody ever identifies the players involved. They were just considered the workhorses of the league back then, not supermen with the rock star status they enjoy today.
The Son of Football Follies (1976) 23 minutes
A clip show with John Facenda narrating using his trademark NFL films broadcast voice and Mel Blanc narrating using the voices of Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny, and the other characters for which he is famous.
NFL Follies Go Hollywood (1983) 25 minutes
Made immediately after VCRs became so popular, this entry has a documentary structure. It contains trailers, a comedy short entitled "Keystone Korterbacks", and fake newsreels just like the movies of yesteryear.
NFL's 100 Greatest Follies (1994) 45 minutes
Starting with this film, the Follies get much longer, and there is much overlap with the first three. The big difference is this time the players involved are named. We have now entered the age of the football player as rock star.
Talkin' Follies (1997) 45 minutes
Consists of voiceovers for the dialogue between players and coaches, coaches and officials, even some good shots of what a couple of owners could be saying. Thanks to wireless devices, we also have a good amount of actual on-field dialogue. Its style appears to be capitalizing on the popularity of Mystery Science 3000.
21st Century Follies (2000) 45 minutes
The sixth and final Follies feature included is oddly named since the 21st century had just started. Like the 1997 film, there are more actual conversations due to wireless helmet devices, plus some interesting end-zone dances, out-takes from actual NFL Films interviews, a receiver running into a kicking net, and other such antics. The wireless devices are a double-edged sword here: You have a lot of humorous on-field spontaneity, but there is also quite a bit of bad language.
There are no extras included. This is a great treat for any football fan, especially during this long off-season when we suffer through the rest of the NBA season, the beginning of baseball season, and wait for that first pre-season game. Highly recommended.