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Living With Lions The Complete Story Collector's Edition [DVD] [2009]

Fred Rees , Duncan Humphreys    Exempt   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Fred Rees, Duncan Humphreys
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 255 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00237KRS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A three hour video documenting the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in the summer of 1997. The unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the team shows the preparations, the training, the fun, the team selection, the 'earthy' language, the bonding, the awesome task of playing and some shocking footage of injuries.

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Living With Lions


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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds to the Original 20 July 2009
Having seen the original many years ago, I'll admit that I got this for the original film and not for the extras. However, the new footage of the week after the decisive 2nd test is fascinating and really adds to the first film. The criticism of the forwards in particular from Jim Telfer is scathing and very interesting to see them rise to that in the 3rd test, even though they lost.
The players meeting is also worth seeing just for the aura of the players really struggling to get motivated for the third test.
The other real bonus is the extras of Mcgeechans training sessions on attack especially.
Definately worth getting, even now the euphoria of the 2009 tour is over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with the Lions 7 July 2009
Very good fly on the wall documentary. It shows the highs and lows of the British lions Squad Tour of South Africa in 1997, from the initial squad sessions to the the final Test. Has some gritty hard talking sessions, from both the players and the management. The lighter moments are provided by the Playercams of Messers Weir, Wainwright and Bently.

A excellent package showing the Lions on Tour
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Edition 4 July 2009
By Niall
Living with Lions Anniversary Collector's Edition [DVD] [2009]

Absolutely cracking entertainment, very, very funny and very, very interesting. The only problem is I can't really see how this is a collector's edition. The DVD is as basic as you can get, no extras, not even subtitles!

Having said that, I'm glad that I've got Living with Lions but I would say you'd be as well off with the non-collector's edition DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Henry V meets Platoon with odd shaped balls 15 May 2013
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This is amongst the best non-fiction films I've ever seen. Even if you aren't the biggest Rugby fan then there is still lots (enough for 5 stars) here for you.

Rugby is a tough, physical and frankly dangerous game. At this level, and especially in South Africa, it as close to simulated war as modern sport gets. Much of this documentary takes you straight to the moments before the "battle" begins in a pure, visceral way that really is something special. I think the lack of a standard documentary voice-over and the willingness to linger on faces of the players and staff seem to connect you to the emotions and characters of the individuals in a very direct way.

Highlights of the on-field action actually are not the most memorable parts of this film, even for the Rugby fan, though some elements like Dawson's dummy or Bentley's try are truly stunning.

For me the highs are:

Jim Telfer's Everest speech giving Shakespeare's "Once more..." a run for its money,
Ian MacGeechan's tense body language before the matches showing precisely how much it means to him and yet how helpless he feels in those moments, and
Irish prop Keith Wood telling a very young-looking English Scrum-Half Matt Dawson "let them kick me not you," in a moment that sums up a awful lot of what the Lions is about.

But perhaps the most memorable/affecting bits are the tough-to-watch lows:

Will Greenwood's Mum yelling "William, William. What have you done?" as her unconscious son is carried off the pitch apparently close to death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top behind the scenes sport dvd 1 Mar 2010
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i strongly recommend this dvd ..it shows the highs and lows ( mostly highs ) of an international touring side...................i nearly cried at a couple of scenes with the emotion being shown both by the management and players

i really enjoyed this and for the price this is top entertainment . i cannot see that you will be dissapointed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD ever made 10 Mar 2013
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As the title suggests, I want to marry this DVD and have lots of DVD babies with it. We'd then grow old together until one of us dies and the other then mopes about waiting for Godot... Seriously, the best tour video ever made in my humble opinion. Was bought as a replacement for my old VHS copy and sets the standard that all future Lions tour DVD's will be measured by. Superb stuff from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with Lions- The best tour 7 Feb 2011
By OC158
I bought this DVD as I had the video when it first came out and no longer possess a video player, I had to have this documentary on DVD as I'd watched a few clips on Youtube which whetted my appetite.
If you've never watched a sport documentary before and you have the chance to own only one in your life, this is the one to get. The rollercoaster ride of emotions from absolute hilarity to complete despair drags the viewer along so fast you don't really feel like it's almost three hours for the first DVD until you look at a clock. With the edition of the second DVD you get both editions, which were sepeprate on video, in one box. .

Absolutely amazing
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special 6 July 2009
By 10
Quite simply the best sporting documentary I've ever seen. Anyone who doesn't understand what a Lions tour is all about, needs only to watch this DVD. Jim Telfer is an absolute legend.....!!!Ken - Dublin
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sports documentary... period
If you want to get an insight into the mindset and mentality of a professional sportsman watch this documentary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julian + Ronda Skeels
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible
THE sporting docufilm of all time, it will never be beaten. An incredible film from start to finish. Every rugby fan, regardless of nationallity has to see this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peter Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Seeing greats of the rugby world being themselves and not giving more media soundbites is an amazing experience really lets you delve into the emotional trip this is and the utter... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter Walpole
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I watched this on tv years ago and loved it. Great to see players from the four Home nations coming together as a team to beat South Africa. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miner
5.0 out of 5 stars lions say no more
excellent production which arrived before the series just finished so I've watched two lions tour series wins in a matter of days it has loads of game time and some of the extra... Read more
Published 13 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic
The first and best fly on the wall rugby documentary. Passion, emotion, elation and dispair all rolled into one DVD. A must own piece of history for all rugby fans.
Published 14 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Here comes the Judge...
What can I say, an amazing documentary into the 1997 Lions Tour. I first saw this on VHS when I bought it for my dad back some 15 years ago and as a female rugby fan, I found it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by NickiE
4.0 out of 5 stars Agree with many of the other reviewers
Whether this is the greatest sporting documentary ever is not a judgement I am qualified to make, but I can be sure that it is an incredible watch. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Patch
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sporting DVDs around!
An awesome, behind-the-scenes account of the Lions 1997 tour of South Africa.

All British Lions fans should own a copy!
Published 20 months ago by AGW
5.0 out of 5 stars no guts, no glory
A fantastic account of the British Lions tour of South Africa.
The fly on the wall camera work rams home just how important coaches can be,
with Jim Telfer's direct style... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by T. Graham
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