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The Ashes 3 Disc Box Set - England V Australia 2005 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Shane Warne, Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan, Mark Nicholas
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AOX7EM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Action-packed box set containing extended highlights from all five test matches in the historic 2005 Ashes series. The series started badly for the England team at Lord's as they suffered an emphatic defeat at Australia's hands, and particularly the hand of legendary Aussie fast-bowler Glenn McGrath. But as the series progressed England found their feet, and this confident young team started playing their best cricket, particularly impressing with the quality of their bowling. At Edgbaston England survived a last ditch Australian fightback to complete a thrilling two-run victory to bring the series level. Then it was up to Old Trafford for more high drama as Brett Lee and Ricky Ponting stoically batted out the day to deny England another victory. Then on to Trent Bridge where England out-scored the Australians yet again in the first innings and made them follow on for the first time in 16 years. Set just 129 runs to win after bowling Australia out for 387, England struggled to score the low total. Shane Warne and Brett Lee bowled out of their skins to provide yet another heart-wrenching finale. At the start of the final test at The Oval, the series hung in the balance with England 2-1 ahead, despite some of the best bowling of Shane Warne's long test career. A mixture of bad light, Kevin Pietersen's batting and Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff's impressive display of character and determination managed to wrest the Ashes from Australia's grasp for the first time since 1987 and the atmosphere at the ground and around the country was euphoric. The 2005 Ashes Series will be remembered not just as a series in which a young England team came of age, but also as the point at which the game of cricket returned to the nation's conciousness after some years in the wilderness.

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The 2005 Ashes Series turned out to be the most compelling, exciting and unpredictable cricket contest since Ian Botham almost single-handedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in 1981. Twenty-four years on, and we have a new all-rounder to take the lion's share of the glory: Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, whose fast-bowling undid the tourists throughout the series. Needless to say, however, it was not entirely a solo performance, with the series seeing sterling contributions from bowlers Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison, and some absolutely top notch batting from Andrew Strauss and a rampant Kevin Pietersen, who sealed Australia's fate in the final contest at The Oval with a masterful century.

The series started less well for the England team at Lord's as they faced a sound thumping at Australia's hands, and particularly the bowling arm of legendary Aussie fast-bowler Glenn McGrath. But as the series progressed England found their feet, and this confident young team started playing their best cricket, particularly impressing with the quality of their bowling. At the start of the final test at The Oval, the series hung in the balance with England 2-1 ahead, despite some of the best bowling of Shane Warne's long test career. A mixture of bad light, Pietersen's batting and Flintoff's impressive display of character and determination managed to wrest the Ashes from Australia's grasp for the first time in sixteen years and the atmosphere at the ground -- and indeed nationwide -- was euphoric. The 2005 Ashes Series will be remembered not just as a series in which a young England team came of age, but also as the the point at which the game of cricket returned to the nation's conciousness after some years in the wilderness. --Duncan Thomson

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There are some differing views on this DVD, from the guys who celebrate the achievements of the English this summer, to the review questioning the validity of this as the “greatest series” ever or from those who like to point out that England have only an 11.1% success rate in the past 18 years. Neither of the latter points I am going to discuss, suffice to say I do believe this is the greatest series I have ever seen and thoroughly recommend this DVD to any cricket fans out there.
The DVD is split into 3 discs with 2 games on each (a heap of extras with the 5th test on the 3rd disc – although you do get the feeling this extras were a bit rushed as they could have been better). This volume of footage feels about right for someone who isn’t looking to watch every ball of the series but instead is looking recall with glee the activity of the summer. It has brilliant commentary from Mark Nicholas who is ably supported by Richie Benauld, Michael Slater, Geoff Boycott et al. The latter coming up with the gem of a line “even a blind man would have given that out”. Priceless.
The cricket on show is simply stunning. Not wishing to belie the hype but this may go down as Freddie’s ashes but lest we forget the performance of Simon Jones, Kevin Pieterson, Marcus Trescothick and a whole host of other top class English players. Lets also not forgot the Aussies in this equation – a friend of mine who attended the 5th day of the Oval test regaled to me a tale of the chant that the crowd directed at Shane Warne, one moment they bowed to his undeniable great achievements during the game (and the series), then pelted him with “Warney’s dropped the ashes”. This really is the spirit in which the game was played and the DVD manages to capture this spirit and passion.
A truly magnificent test series, and a magnificent DVD that captures the action brilliantly.
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Wow!!! I received my copy this morning, 15/10/2005 and I am now avidly watching the footage. The box is huge and I can't quite understand why three dvds have been put into such a large package. You get three dvd boxes with one dvd in each box and the dvd boxes are housed together in a card sleeve. If you look at the edge of the dvd boxes you will see that it makes a picture of the Ashes Urn - nice touch. The first dvd has the first two tests on it, the second dvd has the third and forth dvd and the final dvd has the fifth test along with the extras. The coverage of the games comes from the Channel 4 coverage and it is very well done and they have nice quality. With Christmas coming I reckon that these dvds are going to fly off the shelves. Just watching the games brings back lots of memories and forever and a day I will rewatch these dvds - great memories or a wonderful summer's cricket!
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Absolutely fantastic memory of a fantastic summer of cricket. Over eight hours of footage for fifteen quid - what a bargain! Ignore the sad anti-Englishness of a small number of reviewers this is sport as it should be, both sides acknowledging the abilities of the other, the partisan crowd applauding the opposition as well as their own heroes, the commentary team being fair to all. This is a DVD that should be in any sports fan's collection!
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Superb cricket DVD-box, the extra features alone are worth buying it !

Extra Features:

The Analyst

Simon Hughes analyses Bowling techniques for each Test

And gives 7 reasons why England won ( great computer drawings )

5 Great Performances with the Bat

Vaughan 166, Ponting 156, Flintoff 102, Strauss 129, Pietersen 158

5 Great Performances with the Ball

McGrath 5-53, Warne 6-64, Jones 6-53, Warne 6-122, Flintoff 5-78

Commentators' Moments of the Summer

A group of 7 cricket commentators talk about their best moment

Scorecards, Stats & facts

Ashes 2005 per test with interesting facts

Richie Benaud's Goodbye

After 42 years (1963-2005) his final 8 minutes of commentary while Pietersen was bowled out by McGrath

The Best of 4sight

Great slow motion images

Philip Corneille BELGIUM-CROATIA
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Basically this dvd constitutes of all Channel 4's Today at the Test highlights programs, one after the other- which is exactly what i was hoping it would be beacuse to change from this format would've been a mistake. You get replays of all flintoff's huge sixes and the commentary comes from Mark Nicholas, Richie Benaud, Tony Greig, Athers, and Slats. The dvd is very well structured with menus allowing you to select which test and even which day you wish to view highlights of. You get over 8 and a half hours play time from this 3-pack dvd which for me represents exceptional value for money. I haven't got as far as the extras yet, but even without them this dvd would be a must for all cricket fans, buy it now.
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Captain Cook, Dame Edna Everage, Don Bradman, Kylie Minogue, Peter Andre, Jason Donovan, Crococile Dundee - Your boys took one hell of a beating! In the sporting pantheon this will series will preside at the highest table. From Flintoff the Colossus, to Pieterson like Beowulf, and Vaughan the virtuoso conductor, this series had it all - and then some. We may not see its like again - and certainly not without paying a satellite subscription - but we will be able to relive it, from the opening morning at Lords, with Harmison unleashed through to Benaud's closing words some 8 weeks later. In a summer that saw the best of British Rugby capitulate in New Zealand, likewise Timid Tim at Wimbledon (honestly, Tony the Tiger would be a better bet) and England's footballers slump to new depths, who would have thought it turn out quite as it did? To have one of the greatest ever tests in a series is fortunate - to have three? The cricketing gods are spoiling us! But let us not forget what made this truly epic - though they slugged it out toe to toe like two great heavyweights, what defined the summer was Lee and Flintoff embraced at Edgbaston like the last two gladiators on the field of battle, the Aussies in sunglasses under the clouds, Warne and Pieterson, and Benaud's 'Its time to say goodbye - its been a lot of fun'. Channel 4 used to run '100 Great Sporting Moments' - this Test series could easily have its own collection. And yet this compilation promises 'previously unseen' footage - there's more? Did a camera team accompany the boys out on the lash Monday night? Will we get to hear what Pieterson said to Blair? - Because he certainly cannot remember. Will we get to see who watered the roses as nature intended at Number 10? And just what did Warne have to say to Ponting in the dressing room at Edgbaston?Read more ›
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