The entire history of the worlds favourite game? Its 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 footballs myths and legends.
The breadth of enquiry is naturally impressive, as is the narrative structure, but its 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 Peles famous World Cup prediction (Chapter 6). Theres so little material here that isnt memorable that its difficult to pick highlights, but action aside (and its hard to think of an historically important game that isnt 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, theres a well-executed menu system, plus an "easter egg" of additional hidden material in every volume.--Alex Hankin.
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!