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He was football's first rock and roll star - a handsome, charismatic Belfast boy who could thrill and excite the crowds with every turn of the ball. But George Best was also the lead in his own Shakespearean tragedy, a flawed genius, brought down by drink, temptation and depression. Director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough, The Fall) recounts the tale of this beloved but be-devilled superstar with riveting, evocative footage and testimony by those who knew him at his best - and worst.
There's a lot of ground to cover in Best's short life - from his electrifying debut with Manchester United at the tender age of 17, through the glory years that United won the 1968 European Cup, his adventures in the North American Soccer League, not to mention his time spent romancing the world's most beautiful, intoxicating women. But Gordon tells Best's story with a skill worthy of the man himself. The film draws you into the drama that surrounded Best and makes you understand just why an estimated quarter of a million people lined the route of his funeral cortege to mourn his tragic passing.
HOME Manchester premiere Q&A with director Daniel Gordon
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I have all the books, VHS/videos and previous DVD's.
I thought I had seen all the available footage about this superb footballer; I was wrong.
This DVD is magnificent and, clearly a lot of thought has gone into the production - there are rare archive interviews with George, Mike Summerbee, Pat Crerand, Matt Busby and friends of George.
I never tire of watching him grace the football arena; for me, he was the best footballer ever; the only person on a par would have been Johann Cruyff.
One could argue that he has since been surpassed by Messi, Ronaldo etc. Yes, they are fabulous players, playing on "carpets", no-one is allowed to tackle them, and the balls are so hi tech that they can fly around like an exocet from a free kick.
George had to contend with quagmires of pitches, week in week out, some of the toughest defenders who "took no prisoners": Hunter, Harris, Mackay, Simpson, Smith/Yeats and, George never shirked a challenge or dived like Tom Daley, unlike some of today's prima donas.
This - along with the recent Brian Clough release - is the greatest football DVD I have ever seen and, it's much more than that with rare insights into his private life.
Glorious stuff !
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