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Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals DVD

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$19.98
For years, the passion they shared for winning made Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird the most bitter of rivals. It also made theirs the most compelling rivalry in sports, driving the NBA to new heights of popularity in the 1980s. This all-new documentary tells the riveting story of two superstars who couldn't have been more different until they forged an unlikely friendship from the superheated rivalry that had always kept them apart.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 90 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: HBO Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Packaging: Eco Amaray Case
  • Audio:
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
    SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Genre: Sports
  • Color: Color
  • Release Date: 2010

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4.9

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (19)
  • Entertaining (18)
  • Original (17)
  • Informative (16)
  • Great cinematography (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (16)
  • Perfect gift (13)
  • Younger viewers (10)
  • Adult viewers (9)
  • Special needs (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual viewer (10), Avid moviegoer (5), Movie buff (3)

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5.0

Commentary on Magic & Bird DVD

By 

from Flagstaff, AZ

About Me Casual Viewer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Informative
  • Original

Cons

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      Comments about this product:

      As an ex-Terre Hautean (as of 1974), an ISU graduate (1962)and an avid NCAA basketball fan, need I say more? This brought it all home. Thanks for a truly magnificent rendering of two truly magnificent people.

       
      5.0

      Excellent documentary

      By 

      from Maumee, Ohio

      About Me Casual Viewer

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Excellent Show
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • Great For 50 And Older

        Comments about this product:

        Great show and information for 50 and older crowd who watched the rivalry since 1979

         
        4.0

        I wanted it to be better

        By 

        from Colorado

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about this product:

        I was really looking forward to getting this in the mail. I wanted to be able to show my kids and grand kids,
        because I feel Larry Bird is one of the greatest players ever to play the game. But I can't, just to much vulgar language, especially by Mr. Gumble.

         
        5.0

        The Best

        By 

        from Winamac In

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original

        Cons

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          • At Home
          • Perfect Gift

          Comments about this product:

          This movie let you into their personal lives. It made us feel like we got closer to them.

           
          4.0

          [@] had same item for half the price.

          By 

          from gardena, CA 92047

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Original

          Cons

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              Comments about this product:

              [@] had same item at half the price.

               
              5.0

              Best Documentary EVER!

              By 

              from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

              About Me Casual Viewer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value
              • Informative
              • Nostalgic
              • Original
              • Thorough

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
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              • Younger Viewers

              Comments about this product:

              I first watched Magic & Bird on HBO with my adult son. It was hands-down the best documentary on ANY subject I have ever seen. Boy, did it bring back memories of when we had watched those two super-star players in person at the Cleveland Coliseum. Yes, we were Cavs fans, but we also loved the Lakers and especially Magic. One April 15th, we attended a Celtics game. We're in the habit of arriving very early. When we went to our seats, NO ONE else was in the entire arena EXCEPT Larry Bird and a ball boy. Bird must have taken 500+ shots (free throws, 3-pointers, jumpers, etc) and my son and I both agree our memories are he missed no more than MAYBE 3. What wonderful memories! Through this whole documentary memories and feelings came flooding back. After watching it, I knew I HAD to own it. Thanks to HBO Online, I was able to purchase one for myself and one for my son. Another great job HBO!

               
              5.0

              I would recommend this to anyone

              By 

              from Falmouth, MA

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              Pros

              • A die-hard fan
              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Love the Celtics
              • Original

              Cons

              • No Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about this product:

              I loved this documentary - Magic and Bird - amazing

               
              5.0

              The way it really was!

              By 

              from Charleston, SC

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Informative
              • Original

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home
                • Perfect Gift
                • Special Needs

                Comments about this product:

                One of the best told stories of a match up and time when basketball was truly in need of heros. Basketball history has never been so inspiringly told or experienced. Very well done and a must see.

                 
                5.0

                The BEST of Basketball Rivalries

                By 

                from Laredo, TX

                About Me Avid Moviegoer

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

                • Not long enough

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                • At Home
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                • Younger Viewers

                Comments about this product:

                I saw the program on HBO and just had to buy it for a friend because we witnessed these two great players come into their own 30 years ago. A phenominal documentary about two of the GREATEST rivalries . . . Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird and how they forever impacted not only the game of basketball, but the NBA

                 
                5.0

                Incredible documentary!

                By 

                from Carolina Beach NC

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Informative

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
                  • Perfect Gift
                  • Younger Viewers

                  Comments about this product:

                  Gave this DVD to a close friend who loves Magic & the Lakers. I watched the documentary three times on HBO and showed it to my kids (ages 22 & 18) as well. Magic & Bird are among the very best BB players ever and made each other even better through their uncanny competitive parallel highways. Magic is an amazing human being and honestly & frankly describes his journey from MI to CA and the transformation from Earvin to "Magic." Bird tells about his family life and his father's example of what it means to "put your boots on and go to work." If you are a BB fan or just a life lessons guru, you need this DVD.

                   
                  5.0

                  The Best Ever

                  By 

                  from Hinsdale, IL

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • High Production Value
                  • Informative
                  • Original

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift

                    Comments about this product:

                    Of all the major sports, basketball is not high on my watch list. However this is the best documentary of any sport I have ever watched, not only focusing on the sport, but also on the human relationships which can develop between rivals in the least expected way. It will be hard to make a better documentary of any kind.

                     
                    5.0

                    A MUST SEE

                    By 

                    from Boston, Ma

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                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Great Cinematography
                    • High Production Value
                    • Informative
                    • Original

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Viewers
                      • At Home
                      • Perfect Gift
                      • Travel
                      • Younger Viewers

                      Comments about this product:

                      Great not only for a Laker or Celtics fan but just a basketball fan in general. Their lives, and how their stories come together, just amazing, I cried, I laughed, and I got a better understanding of the rivalry as a Celtics fan I have always been apart of.

                       
                      5.0

                      Nostalgic for Showtime

                      By 

                      from Portland, OR

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • High Production Value
                      • Informative
                      • Original

                      Cons

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                        • At Home
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                        Comments about this product:

                        Awesome to watch and relive the greatest rivalry in basketball from 2 of the main players.

                         
                        5.0

                        A hard find but worth the wait.

                        By 

                        from Lynbrook, NY

                        About Me Movie Buff

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                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • High Production Value
                        • Informative
                        • Original

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • At Home

                          Comments about this product:

                          Missed the Tv broadcasted special. My son in law was in heaven when I gave it to him. A college basketball player and lifelong Byrd fan.

                           
                          5.0

                          LA v Boston

                          By 

                          from Stow MA

                          Pros

                          • Engaging Characters
                          • Entertaining
                          • Original

                          Cons

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                            • Younger Viewers

                            Comments about this product:

                            If you are a Lakers or Celtics fan, this is a must, but if you are true sports fan you will appreciate this rivary.
                            Best bball documentary.

                             
                            5.0

                            ...Greatest Documentary...

                            By 

                            from Reseda, CA

                            About Me Casual Viewer

                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Great Cinematography
                            • Informative
                            • Original

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Adult Viewers
                              • At Home
                              • Perfect Gift
                              • Younger Viewers

                              Comments about this product:

                              ...Wow This Is The BEST NBA Documentary Ever Filmed... I'm Huge LAKER Fan & I HATE ANYTHING FROM boston.... But After Seeing This, I Give the Ultimate Respect to Larry Bird, Yes A boston celtic Player & Best All Around Player To Compete vs "MAGIC" in the 80's... It Brought A Tear To Me & Showed Me That Respect Can Be Earned To The True Men That Larry Bird & Ervin "Magic" Johnson Are In Person & Not On The NBA Court... Must Show To Everyone....

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Two Grestest Players OF All Time

                              By 

                              from Cali

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                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining
                              • Great Cinematography
                              • High Production Value
                              • Informative
                              • Original

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Adult Viewers
                                • At Home
                                • In The Car
                                • Perfect Gift
                                • Special Needs
                                • Travel
                                • Younger Viewers

                                Comments about this product:

                                I saw this documentary on HBO it is (THE BEST EVER )IT MAKES U REALIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT THESE TWO PLAYERS ARE & HOW MUCH THEY DID FOR THE NBA. EVERY PLAYER WHO HAS PLAYED SINCE THEN OWES THEM ALL OF THE RESPECT THEY CAN GIVE THEM & MORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE HUMBLE & RESPECTFUL ABOUT WERE THEY COME FROM & (THEY APPRECIATE) THERE FELLOW PLAYERS,ON & OFF THE COURT. THESE TWO GREAT MEN HAVE SUCH CLASS & DIGNITY IT MAKES YOU HAS A PERSON TRULY GRATEFUL FOR EVERY THING THEY DID. iT ALSO MAKES YOU REALIZE THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER TWO LIKE THEM EVER AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. THE NBA OWES THEM EVERY GRATITUDE BECAUSE THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY NBA IF LARRY & MAGIC HAD NOT JOINED THE LEAGUE WHEN THEY DID. THE NBA AT THAT TIME WAS A MESS !!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYONE FROM SPORTS JOURNALIST TO TV JUMPED ON THE MAGIC & LARRY SHOW.IF YOU DIDNT WATCH BASKETBALL BEFORE THEY JOINED YOU SURE AS WELL DID AFTER, THEY MADE IT, EXCITING & THRILLING & AWE INSPIRING & MORE.THEY MADE EVERY ONE AROUND THEM BETTER BUT THEY DIDNT SHOW OFF & THEY WERE NOT DISRESPECTFULL TO THERE FELLOW PLAYERS, THEY NEW THAT IT TAKES 5 PEOPLE TO RALLY TOGETHER TO WORK AS A TEAM TO WIN. WHEN I WATCHED THE MOVIE IT MADE ME LONG FOR THOSE HEAVY WEIGHT MATCHES BETWEEN THE LAKERS & THE CELTICS IF IT WASNT THEM PLAYING IN THE FINALS IT WASNT WORTH WATCHING. I WATCHED EVERYONE OF THEM !!!!!!!!!!!! I LEARNED ALOT ABOUT BOTH MEN WHILE WATCING THIS FILM IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY & LAUGH & WANT TO KEEP WATCHING IT OVER & OVER & OVER AGAIN I GUARANTEE IT BECAUSE IF YOU WATCH IT & YOU DONT LIKE IT U ARE NOT A TRUE BASKETBALL FAN AT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                THE TWO GREATEST THAT EVER PLAYED

                                By 

                                from CALIFORNIA

                                About Me Movie Buff

                                Pros

                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining
                                • Great Cinematography
                                • High Production Value
                                • Informative
                                • Original

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Adult Viewers
                                  • At Home
                                  • In The Car
                                  • Perfect Gift
                                  • Special Needs
                                  • Travel
                                  • Younger Viewers

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  I saw this documentary on HBO it is (THE BEST EVER )IT MAKES U REALIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT THESE TWO PLAYERS ARE & HOW MUCH THEY DID FOR THE NBA. EVERY PLAYER WHO HAS PLAYED SINCE THEN OWES THEM ALL OF THE RESPECT THEY CAN GIVE THEM & MORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE HUMBLE & RESPECTFUL ABOUT WERE THEY COME FROM & (THEY APPRECIATE) THERE FELLOW PLAYERS,ON & OFF THE COURT. THESE TWO GREAT MEN HAVE SUCH CLASS & DIGNITY IT MAKES YOU HAS A PERSON TRULY GRATEFUL FOR EVERY THING THEY DID. iT ALSO MAKES YOU REALIZE THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER TWO LIKE THEM EVER AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. THE NBA OWES THEM EVERY GRATITUDE BECAUSE THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY NBA IF LARRY & MAGIC HAD NOT JOINED THE LEAGUE WHEN THEY DID. THE NBA AT THAT TIME WAS A MESS !!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYONE FROM SPORTS JOURNALIST TO TV JUMPED ON THE MAGIC & LARRY SHOW.IF YOU DIDNT WATCH BASKETBALL BEFORE THEY JOINED YOU SURE AS HELL DID AFTER, THEY MADE IT, EXCITING & THRILLING & AWE INSPIRING & MORE.THEY MADE EVERY ONE AROUND THEM BETTER BUT THEY DIDNT SHOW OFF & THEY WERE NOT DISRESPECTFULL TO THERE FELLOW PLAYERS, THEY NEW THAT IT TAKES 5 PEOPLE TO RALLY TOGETHER TO WORK AS A TEAM TO WIN. WHEN I WATCHED THE MOVIE IT MADE ME LONG FOR THOSE HEAVY WEIGHT MATCHES BETWEEN THE LAKERS & THE CELTICS IF IT WASNT THEM PLAYING IN THE FINALS IT WASNT WORTH WATCHING. I WATCHED EVERYONE OF THEM !!!!!!!!!!!! I LEARNED ALOT ABOUT BOTH MEN WHILE WATCING THIS FILM IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY & LAUGH & WANT TO KEEP WATCHING IT OVER & OVER & OVER AGAIN I GUARANTEE IT BECAUSE IF YOU WATCH IT & YOU DONT LIKE IT U ARE NOT A TRUE BASKETBALL FAN AT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  bird vs. magic

                                  By 

                                  from houston,tx

                                  About Me Casual Viewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Engaging Characters
                                  • Entertaining
                                  • Great Cinematography
                                  • High Production Value
                                  • Informative

                                  Cons

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                                    Comments about this product:

                                    it gives you the real feel of the rivaly and friendship of bird and magic ,how its more than just basketball

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Magic & Bird

                                    By 

                                    from indianapolis, IN

                                    About Me Avid Moviegoer

                                    Pros

                                    • Engaging Characters
                                    • Entertaining
                                    • Great Cinematography
                                    • High Production Value
                                    • Informative
                                    • Original

                                    Cons

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                                      Comments about this product:

                                      Superb documentary. Just when I though I knew everything possible about these two superstars, this film illuminated a relationship with depth and breadth untold or unseen in any other TV report or sport story. Simply outstanding, start to finish.

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