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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Italy - starts poorly but gets better towards the end!, 30 Nov 2006
This review is from: Fifa: The 2006 Fifa World Cup Film - The Grand Finale [DVD] (DVD)
If you're after a comprehensive overview of the 2006 world cup this isn't it, but rather it follows in the footsteps of those very 80s world cup films that became popular since Spain 82.

The bad points first. It starts logically with the opening match, but then featues only a handful of 1st round and 2nd round matches - in a completely random order. Also the content isn't always great, eg. when they show the Argentina v Serbia group match they only show the 24-pass goal - great though it was, they don't show anything else from that match.

And they show every booking and sending-off from that crazy 2nd round match between Portugal and Holland, but we don't get to see Maniche's goal. A bit frustrating...

Where this DVD does excel is in the matches it shows in detail (England-Portugal and Germany-Argentina quarter finals, both semis and the final). The movie-like quality of the matches involved, the close action shots, the heightened sound-effects...it's like you're actually there. It even makes the France-Portugal semi-final, which was utterly boring, seem genuinely thrilling. And of course it does justice to THAT other semi-final between Italy and Germany - all the drama and tension of one of the greatest World Cup matches is recreated. You even get a different view of Grosso's wonder goal and celebration...

The narration is good as well, Pierce Brosnan of all people does a competent job of talking us through the action. The only special featues are interviews with the stars of the World Cup but these are quite revealing, especially the talk with the final referee Horacio Elizondo.

Overall this is a solid DVD. I would have preferred to see more 1st and 2nd round matches (especially the Argentina-Mexico 2nd round match with THAT Maxi Rodriguez goal), and the strange order of the early matches is annoying, but the last 5 matches are devoted more time and so you get the drama. Some have criticised the 2006 World Cup for not being very exciting, but watching this DVD may change your mind.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2009 07:18:13 BDT
Marco Busani says:
Pierce Brosnan's narration is competent, surely you jest.
I've never heard a more duller, uninterested, lifeless narration than this, caro amico!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2009 04:12:31 BDT
JUDE says:
I described Brosnan as sounding like he`d taken one sleeping tablet too many! I love the Azzurri and 2006 was the greatest but I have only watched this film once!!
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