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5.0 out of 5 stars Beefy's Ashes!
A fantastic gift for the cricket lover....unless you're from Australia! It brings back great memories of the time and shows the low point of Beefy's career and then the high point....which was smacking Lillie and Alderman out of the ground!
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3.0 out of 5 stars dissappointing
one can never get enough of England beating Australia in the ashes, however having watched this live in the day there is an awful lot more footage available which could have made this great, instead it is just so so. Perhaps the BBC don't wish to release the footage which is a shame for young cricketers of today.
Published 9 months ago by james the cricketer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Beefy's Ashes!, 8 April 2013
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A fantastic gift for the cricket lover....unless you're from Australia! It brings back great memories of the time and shows the low point of Beefy's career and then the high point....which was smacking Lillie and Alderman out of the ground!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the Ashes and Memories of Past Glories, 3 Oct 2012
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A trip down memory lane at a good price! I don't remember the weather being as good, but the cricket is even better than I recall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the Ashes, 17 July 2012
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Interesting documentary style DVD about the 1981 Ashes. If you're interested in cricket and the Ashes contest in particular, this would be a good addition to your DVD collection.

Concentrates mainly on Botham and the captaincy, though not too many interviews or direct comments from the man himself. Also a good amount on Brearley and how he stepped in, including some very interesting interviews with him. Many other players mentioned, with added interviews: Bob Willis, Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh, Kim Hughes.

Good footage which adds to the usual 'stock' footage of Botham blasting the ball all around Headingley. Also provides useful background to that era of social unrest, political change and puts the cricket in context

I enjoyed this DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Aug 2011
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Excellent film of the legendary '81 Ashes victory. Captures the dynamism of the game: a team effort, yet one that can be turned by the efforts of one or two key individuals. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of adversity comes triumph., 9 May 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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From the Ashes is written and directed by James Erskine and narrated by Tom Hardy. It takes a look at the England v Australia Test Cricket Series in 1981.

"I think I'll bring the Gorilla on at the far end"

From the Ashes is essential viewing for cricket fans, whoever they support in the world. It showcases not just the considerable talents of England's greatest all rounder, Ian Botham, but also why the game of cricket is so loved by those who stand proud to be counted as fans. The documentary, however, is not just concerned with the sport of cricket, it's very aware of the impact that a country's sports stars can have on the nation.

Brearley was Botham's Spock to his Kirk.

The 1981 Ashes series was played to the backdrop of social discord as Thatcher's government oversaw strikes, riots and unemployment carnage. Britain was falling to its knees, and as the England cricket team, with their figurehead Botham misfiring and under fire in the press, fell behind to a cock-a-hoop Australia, apathy ruled and the crowds did dwindle. Leeds in mid July and England, the cricket team, were spiralling towards a certain defeat, but cometh the hour, cometh the men (Botham and Bob Willis), out of darkness comes light, the miracle of Headingly not only transformed a sporting series that England would amazingly win, it put the smile back on the faces of a working class Britain that had forgotten to do so.

Full of insightful input by the key Australians of that series (characters supreme they be as well), Erskine is not all about flag waving for Britannia, in fact a post script on the next Ashes series ensures we know about how Australian captain Kim Hughes (a beautiful and correct batsman himself) also came out of that cricket darkness. There's anecdotes, rivalries and revelations aplenty, while a soundtrack boasting the likes of The Clash, Ten Pole Tudour, The Specials, The Police, New Order and Squeeze sets the tone perfectly. The sound mix and editing is top draw as well (love those sound bites of a dramatic cricket incident played to a photographic still that says it all), and Hardy's narration proves he is heir apparent to Brian Blessed's crown!

Many other sports have participants these days that fail to realise just how their efforts can lift a nation, make them feel good in times of struggle, to play for what is on your chest and not what is in your wallet. From the Ashes at its core is about that, it's an ode to being all that you can be, to inspire, even if it happens to be only briefly. 9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aussies trump the English on this nostalgic sporting fest., 13 July 2011
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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Ahhhhh the summer of 1981.Riots as the true meaning of Thatcherism sank in. Me, 17 year old, having finally got a proper job after floundering around on Government schemes for months since leaving school. And the cricket . A swashbuckling miracle. A luminescent ray of blazing light through turbulent sociological clouds. A riveting spellbinding affirmation of the unifying and edifying power of sport when it captures the public imagination . Of course it helps when you are winning .
As this DVD points out we were not definitely not winning under the captaincy of Ian Botham , who was playing like a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders .After an ignominious pair at Lords and leaving the field to deafening silence Botham refused to carry on as captain on a game to game basis and so resigned , ushering the second coming of the messiah Mike Brearley and by proxy the renaissance of the rejuvenated Botham and well ..... the rest is history .....astonishing history too, and anyone not fully aware of the outcome is in for an incredulous treat.
This DVD attempts to put that series in a socio-political context ( the rather shallow up-shot being that everything was really , really s**t but then the cricket came along to cheer us all up ...ohh along with the royal wedding ) and then runs through the series with grainy footage ( rather wasted on a Blu-Ray ) and talking heads including Botham, Bob Willis , Vic Marks, Kim Hughes, Geoff Lawson & Gideon Haigh
This is where the real surprise comes from this release. The English add little to what we already know, even Brearley's erudition fails to come up with anything original or perspicacious . It's left to the Australians , a craggy Marsh and careworn slightly jowly Hughes to lob in the revelatory hand grenades. The rift in the Aussie camp ( the dapper handsome sensitive Hughes undermined by his veteran hard-bitten lieutenants to the extent Lille-sadly missing from the commentary - bowled with more aggression to Hughes in the nets than he did in any test match ) is revealed for all and it's this as much as any English heroics that did for the Australians.
Bit disappointed at some of the omissions. The importance of Borders wicket in both the Headingley match ( bowled by Old ) and Edgbaston test ( caught off a popper from Emburey ) are completely absent and it would have been nice to see a Simon Hughes analyst type in depth summation of the series .
Overall though , this is a nice indulgent trip down memory lane. And here's the real rub. I actually went to the last day of the 1981 Headingley test match ( they reduced the entrance fee so I could afford it....not reduced just for me though ...obviously ) and ended up witnessing one of the most memorable amazing days of test cricket in the history of the sport. And they are right. Bob Willis did seem to be in a trance , and often still seems to be .
Unfortunately I am not on The DVD ,but you can't have everything
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy man, 10 Jan 2014
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I brought this for my son in laws father he said that he is very happy with it so pleased that it got it for him 😄
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the 1981 retold by the players, 29 Dec 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable DVD documentary capturing a moment when English Cricket raised itself from the depths of disaster to the heights thanks to the incomparable cricketing prowess of Ian Botham, a true master of his sport. Also shows how sport can galvanize and bring together a nation during dark times
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3.0 out of 5 stars dissappointing, 17 Sep 2013
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one can never get enough of England beating Australia in the ashes, however having watched this live in the day there is an awful lot more footage available which could have made this great, instead it is just so so. Perhaps the BBC don't wish to release the footage which is a shame for young cricketers of today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relive the summer of '81!, 25 Aug 2013
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Relive the summer of '81, when Botham and Willis took on Australia virtually by themselves!
Superb documentary film for all fans of test cricket.
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