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The Lions - Up Close And Personal [2001] [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Lace
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063BMN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The groundbreaking sports documentary - life with the Lions Down Under. This programme provides the most intimate, blow-by-blow account of life on tour ever seen over three incredible hours of footage. Plus extras.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By miss v j sadler on 17 Mar 2003
Format: DVD
A truly extraordinary DVD. This DVD is over 3 hours long and shows all the behind-the-scnes footage of this infamous Lions tour of Australia. This includes extended highlights of the three tests and the other matches on the tour and the repercussions of the fallout from Matt Dawson's article. It also has the lighter moments of training, Austin healy's antics and the boys at leisure. It includes the team talks from Graham Henry, Martin Johnson and Keith Wood, and the joy and pain of the players as they beat Australia only to lose the series.
I absoluely loved this. Perfect for showing all the rugby and all the politics behind it. You get to be a fly-on-the-wall to discussions between Henry and Lineham on who to pick and who to leave out; the players' responses to team selections and strategy and excerpts from the boys training and pre-and post-match responses.
Though this tour was now almost 2 years ago, i only bought it recently and found it not only a fascinating reminder of the tour. It was also very funny and provides an amazing insight into the psyche of some of the current crop. This includes Martin Johnson's extraordinary impact as team leader on the other members of the team (he really is an enduring inspiration to them)and the total inability of the training staff to get jonny wilkinson off the pitch from practicing his kicking.
I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simon Weaver on 23 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Having been as impressed as I was with "Living with Lions" I thought that the internal battles and politics of the 2001 tour would culminate in a fantastic documentary. I had also read the articles written by Matt Dawson and Austin Healey and was fascinated in what might turn up...
Unfortunately I was deeply disappointed by the main documentary. It became very obvious very quickly that the senior members of the party were not interested in being filmed - probably because of the huge rifts forming in the group - and that certain members of the group, namely Austin Healey, were happy to completely hog the camera and spoil what could, ultimately, have been a far more revealing insight into what really happened.
The 2001 Lions were, unquestionably, man for man better than the Australians and it would be a very stupid or very patriotic person that would say otherwise. I was looking forward to the psychology of a team lead by a coach that just wasn’t liked – I mean, how could they lose? - and all I got was Austin Healey behaving like a fool on screen. He wasn’t even a major player on the tour so why use so much footage of him? Possibly just to pad the main programme out to the required length? This was obviously going to be the last Lions tour for some of the modern day greats – Herculean men like Keith Wood and Martin Johnson. Austin Healey? – Give me a break.
The beauty of “Living with Lions” was that the original documentary had been such a masterpiece of television making.
So why not one star? Well there is a great deal of other footage included with the original programme and some of it easily justifies the money. And, at the end of the day, this was an historic event in many more ways than one with some truly classic moments in it.
A shame – this package really could have been up there.
Oh, and Austin Healey is in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Vickers on 24 Sep 2013
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Even though we lost the series, this is a great follow up to the '97 South Africa Living With The Lions. Healy is quality on this tour and Johnno is immense!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noahsway on 27 Mar 2012
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I am absolutely thrilled to have purchased this DVD it was that good. It really was brilliant. A must have for any british isles rugby fan.
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By KMM on 5 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
delivered as advertised and it was good quality dvd, disappointed with how little match play is actually shown, further type of dvds need this i think esp if the series is close or has been won
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Graham Henry needs a punch in the face, there now I've said it... after the euphoria of the '97 tour, the 2001 trip to convictland was a let down. Henry lacked the passion required to lead the tour and worked the team into the ground. The DVD often reflects the mood in camp with fewer group activities and nothing like as much tour fun as we saw in South Africa. I've rated this a 5 because I can't fault the product, the delivery or the price.
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