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History Of Football The Beautiful Game [2002] [DVD]

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLWBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,631 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The entire history of the world’s favourite game? It’s an extraordinary challenge that could go have gone horribly wrong, but The History of Football is a class act. It boasts top-drawer production values, including narration by Terence Stamp, access to everybody who has really mattered in the game, ever, plus shed-loads of famous, rare, and never-seen-before footage, with each volume offering a blend of narrative, action and illuminating interviews. This is a polished product: part-celebration, part-commemoration, but always with a sharp investigative sense, digging around the misty-eyed, good ol’ days tradition, to explore in the company of those interviewed the reality behind some of football’s myths and legends.

The breadth of enquiry is naturally impressive, as is the narrative structure, but it’s the deft handling of the sub-plots that really sets this apart, including: analysis of the dominant club sides such as Liverpool, Real Madrid and Milan (Volume 2); the evolution of Brazil (Volume 3); the superstar casualties, like Maradona and Garrincha (Volume 5); football as an agent of social control in Victorian England (Volume 1); the revolution in French football that created the 1998 World Champions (Volume 4); and the failure, so far, of Africa to fulfil Pele’s famous World Cup prediction (Chapter 6). There’s so little material here that isn’t memorable that it’s difficult to pick highlights, but action aside (and it’s hard to think of an historically important game that isn’t featured), an emotional Maradona exposing the "conspiracy" that fixed the 1990 World Cup final (Volume 2) is an unforgettable slice of football culture.

On The DVD: The History of Football on disc comes complete with a heaving platter of extras (between 33 and 54 minutes’ worth per volume) including, across the set, every single goal from every World Cup Final game; extended interviews with the likes of Pele, Maradona, Zidane and Bobby Charlton; loads of "first-ever-recorded-on-film" material including the 1907 England-Scotland game; text-only biographies of the major interviewees; extended tournament highlights of past European Championships, African Nations Cups, World Club Championships, Asian Cups, and of course, World Cup Finals. The picture itself is presented in 16:9 anamorphic aspect ratio, there’s a well-executed menu system, plus an "easter egg" of additional hidden material in every volume.--Alex Hankin.

Product Description

HISTORY OF FOOTBALL THE BEAUTIFUL GAME takes you beyond great goals and incredible match action to examine every aspect of the game. Featuring almost 15 hours of amazing footage, this 7 disc box set is packed full of revealing interviews and fascinating insights and explores just why football generates more excitement, wealth and passion around the world than any other sport!

Through exclusive interviews filmed in over fifty countries, this anthology explores the tremendous influence that football holds over our lives and looks at the factors that have enabled football players to become the cultural icons and global megastars that they are today!

DVD Extras include:

Never before seen footage of the first ever moving pictures of football (1987)

The first ever FA Cup Final on film (Spurs V Sheffield Ultd. 1901)

The first international match on film (Wales V Ireland)

The first England V Scotland game on film (1907)

Rare footage of the first European Cup Final (1927)

Extended interviews with some of football's greats - Pele, Zizinho, Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Sir Bobby Charlton and more

World Cup Final goals including England's triumphant 1966 4-2 victory over Germany

A must-see DVD box set for every true football fan!

Customer Reviews

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. And a bargain. 13 Jan 2006
Can't recommend this box set highly enough. Each DVD (seven in total) is split into two 50-minute programmes. Topics for the programmes include European football, South American football, Brazil, the development of club and international football, the media, superstars, developing nations and the future. The series has high production values and features extensive, poignant footage and interviews with all-time greats such as Pele, Maradona, Best, Rinus Michels, Zidane, Zico, Rossi, Klinsmann, Shearer, Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo, Maldini, Charlton, Platini etc etc. The extras are superb, including highlights of every World Cup Final up to 1998 and several European Championship finals, as well as longer interviews with the greats. The series is comprehensive, well made, engaging, informative and respectful. If you love football and appreciate its past, buy this.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Belter 21 Jun 2006
By moo moo
This is an excellent box set, but it is missing the episode that looks at Russian football, and tells the story of the 4 big Moscow teams, Dinamo, Lokomotiv, Spartak and CSKA. The same episode also tells the stories of great Russian playes like Lev Yashin and Eduoard Streltsov. This episode was shown on cable tv's UKTV Documentary along with all the other episodes in the series, but for some unknown reason is not in this box set. Still, it is a cracking watch, and i advise all true football fans to get it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly superb 10 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Lavishly-produced by people who clearly love and understand the appeal of football, this is probably the best sport documentary series ever produced and well worth the asking price. The DVD box set can be broken into two parts, a 13-episode documentary series exploring various aspects of football's development and cultural significance as well as its great moments, and a whole slew of extras featuring *hours* of match highlights, extended interviews, more featurettes, biographies and even some sweet little "atmosphere" easter eggs, little silent documentary films showing various regions' passion for the game. The production values are absolutely right out of the top drawer, with as much care being taken as would be lavished on a big-budget BBC series. The range of interviews (and interviewees) is staggering - lengthy and utterly engrossing chats with the likes of di Stefano, Maradona, Pele, Menotti, Sandro Mazzola and Jurgen Klinsmann to name just a few. Bizarrely, given the anorak-like comprehensiveness of the match footage contained in the extras sections (every World Cup final, every African Nations final, every Asian Cup final, the first film of football ever produced, Real Madrid's finest moments in the European Cup, etc etc) the European Championship final coverage stops after 1976 - but this is only frustrating because the rest of the package is so utterly complete. Absorbing, fascinating, well made and well worth it. Five out of five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Football Feast 10 July 2010
By DazzKK
Ironically, there is so much to see here that I struggle to find the time to watch it! From what I have seen thus far I can tell that i'll be engrossed in every minute of it. I think the football purist will enjoy this video the most; If you're after a quick-fire compilation of tricks and skills then go to Youtube. As for me I am a lover oh history and sagas, seeing what an impact the beautiful game has had on people, and the impact that people have had on the game itself.

Highly recommended for all football fabatics!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 7 April 2007
By Reader
This is absolutely essential viewing. If you love football this gives new depth and you will have renewed respect for the beautiful game. Knowing the history of this game is a must and this boxset is the easiest way to find that history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Engaging - Lacking in little 12 Jun 2002
Other than more comprehensive depth (and what footie nutter doesn't want that, or would ever be satisfied with anything other than seamless virtual immersion actually INTO the matches of their memory), HISTORY OF FOOTBALL is a wonderful, forthright, exploration into the myth and magic of the game. The DVD extras alone make this purchase worth having. As someone who works directly with some of the people interviewed in this work, I found the whole compilation to be extremeluy engaging, and a keepsake on DVD for family members and my own remembrances. Football fans will of course purchase this collection at their earliest convenience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History of football 15 Dec 2013
By alain
Bought for a gift and the recipient has told me that the quality is good and the discs were very enjoyable for football fans everywhere.Plenty of great goals which he is not used to being a West Ham United follower.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good item. 2 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very good set of DVDs if you are a fan of football.

Unfortunately, I had to keep writing until the number of words on the review are met. TURN OFF really
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 days ago by Bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as.....
As a history of the game its fine but for me it was too fragmented and often went off on a tangent. There is much talk about England dominance in Europe in the late 70's and early... Read more
Published 6 months ago by spanish magpie
1.0 out of 5 stars It's Soccer - not Football
It was my mistake as I know overseas soccer is called football but what a drag to receive the wrong sport to give as a Christmas gift. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nancy Sepe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
My boyfriend loved it!!! He has been watching it over and over. Awesome footage of historical matches!! Best gift ever
Published 8 months ago by Angela Botello
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent service....
I haven't watched the dvds as yet but the service and quality of a used set is excellent...will definatley use them again and would not hesitate in recommending others to use... Read more
Published 11 months ago by zappahead
1.0 out of 5 stars missing some important facts
its without a doubt the most complete documentary about football ever made showing all about this great game that is football
but as a benfica fan i just can't believe that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by pedro
3.0 out of 5 stars more action please
Although this is a history DVD and it does indeed give you so much info that you probably didn't know,it would have been nice to see plenty of action on the pitch. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2010 by bearpower
4.0 out of 5 stars Pay attention
When we purchased the item, we thought that it worked on all regions of DVD players. We were wrong. Living in the USA, we had to watch it using our XBox 360 gaming device. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2010 by Jennifer Desmond
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