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  • Actors: Pam Shriver, Maria Bueno, John Newcombe, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, Ken Rosewall
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Prism Leisure Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2003
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NDVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Introduced by Tim Henman and narrated by Robert Lindsay, this four-part series tells the complete history of the world's most famous tennis tournament. Drawing on newsreel footage from as early as 1900, as well as the BBC's extensive coverage, the series follows all the major developments in the game and features exclusive interviews with many Wimbledon champions, including Sidney Wood and Pete Sampras. The episodes included are: 'Dare to Dream', 'The Glory Years', 'Coming of Age', and 'More Than a Game'.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Dockrell on 31 Mar. 2003
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This dvd is a missed opportunity - essentialy it comprises four episodes that were screened on the BBC during Wimbledon fortnight two years ago or so. I would have liked more concentration on great matches and rare archive material. Some of the archive material was pretty good and some rare material was discovered but there should have been more. The picture quality is superb. The narration I feel is a bit simplistic and appears to be aimed at the third form, rather than at adults. I would have liked more analysis about the playing styles of the great champions, what made them so great and what their playing weaknesses were.
The extras were a huge let down and frankly not worth having as the video clips therein were a simple repetition of material already on the dvd. The four episode format also led to some repetition and a lack of chronological continuity at times.
All in all worth having for but only as an introduction to the history of Wimbledon. A definitive dvd has yet to be made.
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I had expected good things from this video collection. I assumed it would be chronological and I note from the other comments so did someone else. "A History of the Championships" implies that to me.

It's definitely worth having if you are interested in the past at Wimbledon - but it's decidedly flawed.

However, what it turns out to be is 4 themed videos. The first is reasonably chronological and mostly deals with the Championships up to 1953. I was disappointed that it ended the year before Drobny, one of my tennis heroes, finally won Wimbledon after several finals, but of course I assumed he'd be the first subject of the next video. Imagine my frustration as he didn't appear again until Video 4 and then only a brief screenshot of him when he'd just beaten Rosewall in 1954. The concentration of that section of the videos was on Rosewall, and the angle of that final was "The first of Rosewall's attempts to win Wimbledon, this one thwarted by some guy called Drobny, but we aren't interested in Drobny, are we........" Now Drobns WON Wimbledon after several finals and he became British not long after, so in my view he is in some ways "our" winner after Perry" and certainly in the view of so many Brits he was "our hero" and we loved him, so in my view, no matter the great Rosewall's amazing career, Drobs deserved better than to be dismissed as some guy unfortunately getting in Rosewall's way in a Wimbledon final.

I also hunted for my other tennis hero pre Federer, Ilie Nastase. It was continually said that the Wimbledon officials detested Nastase. Well I can only conclude this carries through to these videos as I cannot recall I ever managed to find Nastase on the DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. M. Baillie on 2 Sept. 2009
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I'm a tennis nut anyway and I love these kind of programmes - a summing up, a going back to the oldies and remembering them - totally enjoyed it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matthew David Harris on 11 Mar. 2002
Every tennis fan should see this, history, nostalgia, emotion, a superb collection of footage that will whisk you away to another world! 4 hours of this stunning insight into the greatest championships of them all will make you want to watch it again and again. The background music is hauntingly apt at taking you back and forward thrugh time to savour the extraordinary feats of some of the worlds greatest athletes. A must for any tennis fan, great value for money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Beaty on 11 Aug. 2009
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Truly excellent a must for all tennis nuts. Would be good to have a more up to date version. Also excellent value for money and delivery was more than first class!! It was delivered the next day.
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