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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YQAN34
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,310 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 x 60:00 min On Feb 6 1958 a plane carrying a Manchester United team, on the point of ruling European football, crashed on a runway in Munich killing 22 people including 7 players. Duncan Edwards, perhaps their greatest player, became the 8th player to die of his injuries fifteen days later in a German hospital. This DVD tells the full story of the Busby Babes, the death of the team and the birth of a legend, and the journey they took over the next ten years, still managed by Matt Busby, to finally become the best team in Europe. This unique documentary features extensive coverage of the 1948, 57, 58 and 1963 Cup Finals and the 1968 European Cup with action from legends Bill Foulkes, Tommy Taylor and Duncan Edwards, and the holy trinity of Charlton, Best and Law.

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Sir Matt Busby became manager of Manchester United at the end of the second world war and along with assistant Jimmy Murphy, built three successful sides during his quarter-of-a-century at the helm; this was the era which made the club legendary and the story of success and tragedy is recounted faithfully herein. This dvd includes footage which I had not seen previously and other than the narration by Dean Lennox Kelly includes no commentary, just 95 minutes of football played the Matt Busby way.

The story begins during Busby's playing career with Manchester City before the second world war, before chronicling how he put together the team which won the FA Cup in 1948 and the League title in 1952, including Johnny Carey, Jack Rowley, Stan Pearson, Charlie Mitten, Jimmy Delaney and others. By the time the club became League Champions, the team was ageing and Busby revolutionised football forever, rebuilding the team by putting his faith in youth.

In 1995, after the opening day of the Premier League season saw Manchester United defeated at Villa Park, Alan Hansen said, somewhat infamously, that "You can't win anything with kids"; United's team that day included "Fergie's Fledglings" Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt & David Beckham and the club would win the double of League and FA Cup at the end of that season. With a sense of history, Hansen might have thought twice about such a comment, as it echoed Busby's pioneering philosophy which led to the "Busby Babes" winning the League in 1956 & 1957. The team was built around the captaincy of Roger Byrne (sole remaining member of the 1952 team) and the awesome talent of Duncan Edwards, still a teenager when he won his first championship medal.
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I did not expect to find much that I hadn't seen before on this DVD, so content wise, it was much as expected.

What annoyed and let it down was the voice over commentary, which had several silly errors. Any United fan knows that Eddie Colman was not a winger; to state that Shay Brennan scored 3 against Sheffield Wednesday in the first game after Munich, when later the Pathe News reporter states correctly that he scored 2 is just stupid.

Early on, when discussing the 1948 team, Stan Pearson's picture is shown, not once but twice when talking about Charlie Mitten.

I also found it odd, and a little tiresome, that footage of Spurs in Europe should feature on a DVD of United! Padding?

Overall, it needed editing by someone who knew a little about United. Clearly this didn't happen.
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Born in the middle of Busby' reign and one year after Munich. I was 8 when Utd won the European Cup so it was completely enthralling to have ten years of fuzzy memories enhanced. But to then have an incite into the ten years of work before Munich was particularly riveting. Now I understand why Sir Matt was so revered and loved, not just by Utd fans.
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Bought this as a present for my Dad, he watched this on Christmas Day, stated that it started from the beginning of his life right through, the DVD lasted well over an 1/12 hours, he thoroughly enjoyed this then passed it on to his son and grandson to watch. well worth buying, for anyone who is an avid fan
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A very good DVD. It makes you laugh , it makes you cry, it makes you remember why you support the greatest team in the world. Some brilliant old footage included, it's a must see for every red
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I bought this as a present for a Manchester United fan and he was more than delighted with the gift.
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Great footage of some of the best players not only England but the world has ever seen. They are all here, marshalled by one of the best managers of all time. A must for Manchester United fans.
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An interesting DVD with early footage of the early Busby Babe years. A rare trip down memory lane recalling forgotten highlights for Man United followers of the period, well worth a viewing.
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