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The Invincibles - The 1974 Lions Rugby Tour of South Africa [DVD]

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TDUZL6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In 1974, the South African apartheid regime was under worldwide condemnation, and the country was banned from the Olympic Games and almost all international sporting events. In defiance of the developing international policy to isolate South Africa, the British and Irish Lions rugby team accepted the invitation to tour the country and play a test series against their ancient rivals, the legendary Springboks. This decision invoked a fierce reaction from the media and public, and the government disowned the team.

The resulting series was one of the most violent the Lions ever played and the 22 matches produced remarkable rugby, including some of the most memorable tries in any series. After winning match after match, their captain christened them 'The Invincibles'.

With footage showing Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid movement and what life under the regime really meant for black South Africans, this film is a celebration of a remarkable rugby team and a poignant reminder of the scale of change in South Africa since that landmark tour.

Product Description

In 1974, the South African apartheid regime was under worldwide condemnation, and the country was banned from the Olympic Games and almost all international sporting events. In defiance of the developing international policy to isolate South Africa, the British and Irish Lions rugby team accepted the invitation to tour the country and play a test series against their ancient rivals, the legendary Springboks. This decision invoked a fierce reaction from the media and public, and the government disowned the team. The resulting series was one of the most violent the Lions ever played and the 22 matches produced remarkable rugby, including some of the most memorable tries in any series. After winning match after match, their captain christened them 'The Invincibles'. With footage showing Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid movement and what life under the regime really meant for black South Africans, this film is a celebration of a remarkable rugby team and a poignant reminder of the scale of change in South Africa since that landmark tour.


Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a good potted history of the '74 Lions tour to South Africa. I was only 5 when the tour took place and couldn't remember watching any of it on TV, so the DVD helps fill in some of the missing gaps for me.

The DVD concentrates on interviews with several of the Lions (mainly Willie John, Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, JJ Williams, JPR Williams, Andy Irvine and Fergus Slattery, together with the South African perspective).

Perhaps my only criticism is that not enough time was spent on the actual rugby, particularly the provincial games, but this may be due to the scarcity of film, rather than anything else!

All in all a good DVD and definately worth watching if you are a Lions fan!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As a South African I enjoyed this DVD, mostly because it was presented in the light of giving the facts of rugby in that era. The Lions defeated South Africa's greatest rivals, the All-Blacks,in 1971 proving that British rugby was on a high. South Africa, in the grip of political turmiol was not a bad side, many of the Springboks playing in the 74 series defeated the All-Blacks in the 1976 series, the Lions was simply better. One mistake as far as I know, is the claim that the 1974 Lions was the first team to defeat South Africa in a series in South Africa since the 1896 British Isles team, the French defeated us in 1958! But overall very enjoyable as a rugby history enthusiast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The 1974 Lions tour of South Africa 4 Oct 2011
By trigger
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was a dissapointing DVD. Based on a previous TV documentary, it was more concerned with showing the reactions to the Apartheid policy than to showing one of the greatest ever rugby teams. The 2nd Test was included on the DVD menu but in fact it was not covered at all. There were a few fleeting glimpses of the play in the other tests and some of the infamous 99 call and ensuing fights. Hardly any of the Provincial Games were shown. There are some interviews with players on a separate menu but a lot is media speak with few insights.

There must be scope for some enterprising producer to make another DVD showing most of the play in ALL the Provincial games and Tests. This would probably sell really well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Invicibles 4 Dec 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fantastic DVD - well worth watching as 74 Lions rugby tour of South Africa was a fantastic tour and one that needs to be watched again and again!
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