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ESPN Films 30 for 30, Volume 1 DVD Review

/ Dec 20th, 2010 No Comments

What if I were to tell you that 30 of the greatest sports documentaries were all going to be a part of the same DVD collection?  Well, that’s what I am going to tell you with this DVD Volume 1 Collection of ESPN Films 30 for 30 series.

Format: DVD, Widescreen
Number of Discs: 6
Run Time: 1,161 minutes


ESPN Films has been putting together the greatest sports stories of the last 30 years and matching them with some of the best filmmakers today to create a series of films called 30 For 30.  Some of these filmmakers include industry icons like Barry Levinson and Peter Berg while others like Ice Cube bring a fresh and unique take on stories we simply never saw from a certain perspective.  For many sports fans, every new 30 For 30 film is a must-watch and this Volume 1 DVD set captures the first 15 of the films in the series.

ESPN 30 For 30 DVD Set Review

ESPN 30 For 30 DVD Set

Films in Volume 1:

Kings Ransom, The Band That Wouldnt Die, Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?, Muhammad & Larry, Without Bias, The Legend of Jimmy The Greek, The U, Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, Guru of Go, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Silly Little Game, Run Ricky Run, The 16th Man, Straight Outta L.A. and June 17th, 1994

ESPN 30 For 30 DVD Set Screenshot

30 For 30 - Menu Shot

Bonus Features:

Every single film has its own sub-menu in the DVD screen and within there has unique Bonus Features.  The bonuses are really great, with usually the director of the film giving a little extra insight into what it took to make the film.   Occasionally there are also some deleted scenes that help extend the story beyond the 50-53 minute film.

30 For 30 Special Bonus Features

30 For 30 Special Bonus Features


For sports fans, this is a must-buy and if you need a gift that they’ll absolutely love and cherish, this couldn’t come more highly recommended.  Each one of the films in this Volume 1 collection is a stunning masterpiece of sports history that even fans of pop culture will enjoy because so many of the stories transcended sports.  Many of the films are extremely humanistic and show perspectives and truths behind stories that even the most ardent fans will find fresh and insightful.  Simply put, this is without question the finest collection of sports films ever made.

Audio & Video Quality:

The filmmakers have done a wonderful job cutting in the latest technologies for “modern day” interviews or shots and mixing in nostalgic pieces of footage that will take you back to the era in which it belonged. Although there are no high tech special effect masterpieces here, there didn’t need to be and for a DVD release, it looks absolutely amazing.  The audio quality is also extremely impressive for a DVD making the entire A/V experience a positive one.

Overall Impression:

As a lifelong sports fan, I was hooked from the first 30 For 30 release, “Kings Ransom” which chronicled my favorite all-time athlete in Wayne Gretzky.  From there every film released since then has been insightful, compelling and fulfilling to watch.  This Volume 1 DVD set is by all means a must-own for any sports fan and something that you can sit down and watch even with non-sports fans who enjoy truthful stories that don’t always have a happy ending.  Bravo to ESPN Films for one of the most important pieces of work ever done in the sports industry.

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entertainment factor 10 out of 10 for entertainment
extra features rating 9 out of 10 rating
audio and video rating 9 out of 10 rating
overall score final score 93%
Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

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