This is a must-buy for any admirer of Ryan Giggs - and it says a lot about the player that this could possibly extend beyond Manchester United fans.
Unusually for a sports DVD it is a high quality piece of work: it could almost stand up to be being broadcast as a TV documentary. The production values are high and although indulgent at times, it is mostly well paced and engrossing.
The most rewarding material - perhaps surprisingly - is of the young Ryan Giggs, or Ryan Wilson as he then was. It is unusual for there to be so much good quality footage of a teenager, and it reveals a blisteringly fast, impossibly well-balanced rake of a winger turning junior defences inside out. You wouldn't have to be a professional football scout to spot that any top club should try and gobble him up. Astonishingly however Manchester City declined to offer him schoolboy forms. So United pounced - and the story of Alex Ferguson turning up at the family home is well told.
There is a strong cast-list of interviewees, but the best interview material relates almost entirely to the early part of his career, with his family and friends appearing to good effect. The later clips are mostly a repetitive sequence of high profile testimonals to what a great guy he is. The interview material with Giggs himself is consistently good however. He is honest and modest - and gives enjoyable insights into famous moments such as his turn in the penalty shoot out in the Champion's League Final of 2008.
The star section is the whole DVD chapter given to THAT goal against Arsenal. Lee Dixon and Alex Ferguson deconstruct the moment; we see it from every conceivable angle; and it only seems to get better and better.
The extras include footage of every United goal he scored, season by season. That's more than a hundred now of course. Two things become evident when you watch them one after another. First, he scored very few scruffy goals: most are stunning, many seem impossible, all appear to have incredible composure - and it begs the question why he didn't score more. The second is just how many he scored from acute angles. It feels like around half, though in reality it is no doubt fewer. The effect is to give a new spin on THAT goal. Whereas hitherto one has always asked 'how, after that blistering 70 yard run did he manage to smash the ball past Seaman from that angle'; now one observes 'once he made made his run and beaten four defenders (most more than once) and got into that position, he was bound to score...!'.