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The World Cup Final 1966 [VHS]

4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063KHH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,811 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The most complete version available of the BBC coverage of England's World Cup victory at Wembley Stadium on 30th June 1966. The well-told story shows England coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead which they held until West Germany scored in the last minute of ordinary time. The extra thirty minutes were packed with action and controversy as Geoff Hurst scored a somewhat dubious third for England, and then completed his hat-trick. The commentary comes from Kenneth Wolstenholme who uttered the famous phrase 'They think it's all over...it is now!'

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The 1966 World Cup Final is arguably the most revered sporting achievement in English history, certainly English football's most frequently eulogised match, but have you actually ever seen it? If not this enhanced DVD release is nothing short of essential. Featuring the original black and white BBC coverage of the match, with Kenneth Wolstenholme at the commentator's mike, this is an opportunity for even those familiar with the big moments--five goals and "they think it's all over"--to watch the action in its entirety. It's an experience rather similar to people's descriptions of meeting TV stars--everyone's shorter, taller, fatter, thinner, balder than you expect--but even simply viewed as a game of football this is something of a classic, with disputed goals, clattering tackles, last-minute equalisers and dodgy officials, putting the achievement of Moore and co into its proper context.

On the DVD: The 1966 World Cup Final comes to DVD with a sparkling slew of extras. The choicest feature is the alternative match commentary provided, live, by five of the England team themselves--Jack Charlton, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, George Cohen and Gordon Banks. It's a frequently hilarious, sometimes touching additional perspective, delivered in an entertainingly chaotic style by five men who may share a common bond, but clearly see the task in hand somewhat differently.

Aside from text-only profiles of the England 11 (no subs in those days), and a gallery of stills from the match and build-up, there are three additional mini-programmes. Exclusive interviews with Tina Moore (wife of late England captain Bobby Moore), and with the late commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, tear down some of the media-generated nonsense that has grown to obscure the match and its key participants, with their personal reflections on the event and its resonance. John Motson narrates an entertaining documentary on "The Summer of 66", featuring archive and contemporary interviews with players and fans. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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I'm not old enough to remember the 1966 World Cup Final but sure I've heard about it but I never saw the match full. So I got this DVD and, although it doesn't have the entire match (40 minutes or so is missing), it does show you what a great day that day was.
The entire programme is digitally remastered and it looks as if it could have been watching the programmes first ever airing, it is so clear, the picture.
The extra are good though not always the best. The audio commentary is amazing as Jack Charlton amongst others explain what was happening during the match and their experiences of it. The documentary gives some good insight in the 1966 World Cup and the interviews, with the late Kenneth Wolstenholme and Bobby Moore's wife, are interesting. Maybe a list of all the scores from the tournament would have been nice or maybe some more photos for the gallery.
But this DVD is a very special DVD, it recollects back the memories of that afternoon and is a special DVD to have in your collection
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A reminder of a great day for English football. This DVD has a running time of 114 minutes whereas the match lasted for 120 minutes. It states that it is 'dead ball edited for the first 90 minutes'. It is certainly more complete than the BBC DVD which I had previously bought from Amazon. (But bearing in mind that the BBC produced a 1991 VHS with a running time of 130 minutes, containing the complete match, I am surprised that nobody has simply converted that version onto DVD.)
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This is just amazing - first because I realised it was the first time I had seen the game since I saw it live on the telly, but also to see how terrible some of the 'greats' actually were: Charlton shooting from everywhere even when there were several of his mates unmarked in much better positions; Beckenbauer losing the ball endlessly; every player seemingly required to dribble their way up the pitch even Wilson who lost the ball most times. A totally weird and wonderful experience - every modern footballer should be compelled to watch it to compare it to the constant pressure put on the players every minute of the game these days - it used to actually be fun!
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Due to the consistent failure of England teams to recapture that glory, the World Cup Final of 1966 remains the only day on which England regained the game it had given to the rest of the world. Let us not forget, though, that it was a great game of football. Geoff Hurst became the first and only player to date to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final ( remarkable, really, from a player who many believed should have been dropped in favour of Jimmy Greaves ). Hurst's second goal may not have clearly crossed the line ( the Germans certainly didn't think it should have counted ) but that could take nothing away from an England team that kept battling and, overall, were the better team on the day. Sadly, the late Bobby Moore remains the only England captain in history to hold the premier trophy of the game his country gave to the world.
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I was age 11 when this first aired back on 30th July 1966. I'm from Newcastle upon Tyne and was stopping with my relatives in Chester for my summer holidays. I also watched the game originally in black and white as very few people had coloured TV's back then and this brought back lots of happy memories of us all crowded around their little TV set. We might have rose tinted glasses on when we think of England being World Champions and the players were obviously great players during that era but would they have lived with today’s modern footballers / athletes? Watching this video I have my doubts. Even if you've seen this before (many times in my case) it’s worth having your own record of that wonderful football occasion. Wembley's majestic twin towers and what was that horrible railing that ran along-outside the pitch? The Queen was there in all her glory 50 years ago. Plus, where was all the advertising in those days? Hearing Kenneth Wolstenholme's fantastic commentary makes you appreciate just how bad some of the present day TV football commentators really are. The one presently on BT has got to be the worst ever. (You probably know who I mean) There are subtitles for the hearing impaired and the whole DVD is just a polished gem. 50 Years since we last won a major trophy at international level and this is a great reminder of when England’s footballers were great. They think it's all over.........it is now.
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A great match but I was disappointed that this DVD does not contain the full match (about 35-40 minutes is missing). The whole match is/was available on VHS and a version with only about six minutes missing is available on DVD. Personally I would not recommend this version: I would recommend buying one of the more complete versions.
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I received this DVD this morning (Friday July 15th 2016) and I am happy to see 98% of the match. The picture quality was clear, and subtitles were available for the match. Being too young to properly remember the match (I was born in 1961), I was grateful to at last have a copy. The match is in Black and White- there was no such thing as Colour Television in Britain in 1966!

There are two interviews- one with Tina Moore(wife of the late Bobby Moore) and also the late Kenneth Wolstenholme. They are both in colour. Unfortunately, there are no subtitles for the interviews. This is a shame, as I got the impression that Tina was very nervous when she was doing the interview, and she tended to speak fast and gabble. No such problem with Kenneth-well he was a commentator!

There is also commentary by the old players, which one can have on as well as the subtitles. Personally, I found that distracting!

For all it's faults, this is a good DVD, and a massive piece of history which I don't think (I hope I am wrong) will ever be surpassed.

Tina Moore says that everybody worked for each other and for the team. Perhaps the England team would like to take note?
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