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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ......1, 2, 3, Freddie's coming for you......
After losing the first Lords test, no one expected England to come out fighting against an impressive Australian side and regain the Ashes so convincingly. Man of the Series Andrew Flintoff reflected on the 2 - 1 scoreline whilst giving an interview months later, and said that the series was closer than people make out. However, even though the final scoreline may...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor
What a great series, and what an appalling DVD. The same production team seem to have been responsible for the 2009 package which is equally unwatchable for me. Why? They commit the cardinal sin of sports coverage and commentate on pre-edited hightlights rather than live. So all the commentators know the outcome before the balls are bowled and we get the rediculous...
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5.0 out of 5 stars ......1, 2, 3, Freddie's coming for you......, 6 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Ashes 2005: The Greatest Series [DVD] (DVD)
After losing the first Lords test, no one expected England to come out fighting against an impressive Australian side and regain the Ashes so convincingly. Man of the Series Andrew Flintoff reflected on the 2 - 1 scoreline whilst giving an interview months later, and said that the series was closer than people make out. However, even though the final scoreline may suggest that, England played the better cricket session by session in the last four test matches. This proves England's dominance and that the victory was well deserved.

The Edgbaston test is worth the entry fee alone. It will go down as the tensest of matches, and one in which small, key spells of cricket changed the game. Flintoff bowls the greatest over in the greatest test of the one of the greatest test series! England's comprehensive victory at Trent Bridge proved that they were the side in control, and the standards of reverse swing (a key factor in winning the Ashes) from England's elite was a joy to witness. Shane Warne's wonder-ball to Strauss and KP's hat trick of debut fifties and his century at Oval are also worthy of a mention.

The first noticeable factor on the DVD itself is the wonderful transfer. The imagery is sharp and adds to a pleasant viewing experience. There is something different about watching cricket, albeit highlights on DVD than live on TV.

The highlights cut to the action straight away, ensuring that we see the best bits and remain entertained. The commentary is also top-notch. Geoffrey Boycott, Tony Greig, Richie Benaud and the suave Mark Nicholas are the perfect combination.

Mark Nicholas's coverage on the events in and around the series is excellent. It was a good touch to initially reflect on the one day series between the two sides before the main event. There are also newspaper reactions and key player interviews after a days play.

The bonus features on the third disc are not up to scratch. The DVD lacks any post Ashes interviews on player reflections, especially Andrew Flintoff who had a whirlwind series. There is no fan perspective and no reports on how it affected the nation as a whole. There is no behind the scene imagery of any Ashes celebrations either. The Richie Benaud goodbye is the final eight minuites of his live commentary. As someone who was looking forward to this particular part of the bonus features, I find it surprising that there is no tribute to Richie in the form of a documentary, showing his earlier broadcasting and cricketing career.

The bonus features are filled with mere statistics. Although Simon Hughes analysis is good, the extras seem to be rushed and this spoils what is overall a good coverage of the series.

The Ashes urn is dubbed as the greatest prize in test cricket. This statement will presumably raise a few eyebrows from other test playing nations. What is clear is that it's the greatest prize for any English or Australian cricketer, and other nations will have their own views on what series they deem to be more important for them, than anyone else. However, from a neutrals point of view the Test Championship is the biggest prize and this is followed by the 50 over a side World Cup tournament. Granted that test cricket is more important, but to win a World Cup tournament against potentially every international side, and under such pressure, is daunting as well as challenging.

Nonetheless, the Ashes still remains the only five match test series in world cricket today and has a massive influence on the popularity of test cricket as a whole. 2005 has been one of the greatest test series of all time, and the sheer quality of its contents has also made it into one of the all time greatest events in world sport, and not just cricket.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know you have to have it !!!!, 2 July 2011
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This review is from: The Ashes 2005: The Greatest Series [DVD] (DVD)
Well it doesnt get any better than this.It was truly wonderful to be watching much of this when it happened. Somehow its even better when you know the ending. Get a small beer, some pistachios and relax watching a great Aussie team JUST going down to us poms. Somehow of course the closeness makes it all the better. So if you are stressed get this quickly. Laughter is after all the best medicine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories, 4 Jun 2013
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Excellent package of the best Ashes series I can remember. Only 1981 comes close. Let's do it again this summer guys!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 4 Dec 2013
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Nothing really in the way of extras, and a really annoying way of showing highlights of highlights!
But it's good to have a record of a terrific series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money, 12 Aug 2013
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The coverage and commentary are good. The only reason it did not get 5 stars was because we lost one of the games!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2005 ASHES, 14 Dec 2010
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Simply fantastic for all English cricket fans. I have watched it over and over again. Mark nicholas presentation is a dream, and takes us back to that fantastic summer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor, 6 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Ashes 2005: The Greatest Series [DVD] (DVD)
What a great series, and what an appalling DVD. The same production team seem to have been responsible for the 2009 package which is equally unwatchable for me. Why? They commit the cardinal sin of sports coverage and commentate on pre-edited hightlights rather than live. So all the commentators know the outcome before the balls are bowled and we get the rediculous attempts of the likes of Boycott trying to sound excited when a wicket goes down or a four is scored, he is fooling no one. A huge part of the excitment of watching cricket on TV is getting the real time reactions of the commentators and this DVD robs us of that. In short if you can bear to watch the current channel 5 highlights this DVD will be OK for you, if like me you can't stand it don't buy this.
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