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One third good is good enough
on 15 December 2007
This boxed set is made up of three DVDs which have been made at different times and subsequently brought together in a collection.
The first - Eric the King - is a winner, and worth the price of the whole collection on its own. It was made in 1995 by Director Sophie Manham, who went on to make documentaries for television, and it is a 'proper' film. It is well constructed and directed, with excellent interviews - especially with Sir Alex Ferguson and Cantona himself. It tells the story of Cantona's move to Old Trafford and his first two glorious seasons. It is full of insight, with Cantona speaking eloquently about English football, himself and Manchester United. Although a little overlong at 90 minutes it is utterly compelling, and the football clips are superb - including footage that doesn't just relate to goals.
The second DVD is called Cantona Speaks and picks up the story. It covers his infamous kicking of a fan at Crystal Palace (though oddly for such a definitive collection it doesn't use a clip of the moment), his subsequent ban, and then his return the following season. This film is as poorly made as the first one is good, but the sheer amount of interview with Cantona, plus the football action and its relative brevity at 45 mins, make it ultimately worthwhile.
The third DVD - Au Revoir Cantona - is a shocker. It is a sloppily made canter through all the previous material, plus a little on his final season at the end. At 75 minutes it tests the patience of even a die hard Man U fan like me, and I would advise you to skip to the last 15 minutes, just to watch the action from the final season.
A mixed bag then, but the first DVD alone makes it a must-have not just for Cantona and United fans but for anyone who longs to hear a footballer able to articulate his love of the game.