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NBA Dynasty Series - Boston Celtics - The Complete History

Larry Bird , Kevin McHale    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Over the past 50 years the Celtics have won an unprecedented 16 World Championships including 8 in a row from 1959-1966, making them the the most storied franchise in NBA history. This 5-disc special edition collector's set features the complete Boston Celtics history including year-end compilation programs highlighting the Championship seasons. Plus for the first time ever on DVD, the team's most memorable games in franchise history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth all the parquet in the world June 11 2008
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
Here's the deal with box sets, they are overwhelming to watch let alone review. So, first off, Discs 1 and 2 are basically the former NBA championship videos converted to DVD. Great stuff, especially to see a bunch of the other teams (enjoyed brief glimpses of the KC-Omaha Kings or the Cavs with some serious yellow going on back then) and also to see those classic interview clips. One moot point is the music on the "Home of the Brave: 86/7 season" is so beyond Miami Vice cheesy, but it's about the only thing flawed in the whole setup. Seeing Kevin McHale hanging with Nils Lofgren in his hotel room is beyond bizarro, too. Don't ask...just watch the clip when it shows up.

You also have to see John Havlicek and Don Nelson dribbling through a Boston sporting goods store in a TV ad for the same in one of the '70s sections. The old clips of the '50s thru '70s were the best, and the quality is not bad given the technology of the time.

Discs 3 thru 5 are full games bar the 1969 Finals Game 7 which is just the 4th quarter of Celtics-Lakers, but who cares? Just to see Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain (and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor!) for even a 12-minute quarter was enough to satisfy. The choice of games is almost spot on. They don't just pick games from the Finals nor always the deciding game so you had someone who knows the right games to pick.

Having said that, the Rockets-Celtics Game 4 from the 1986 Finals was a kind of nothing game. They really needed to replace that with the famous Dominique Wilkins vs. Larry Bird mano a mano in the 1988 East SF, game 7 as after all there is never going to be an Atlanta Hawks box set...then again, who knew the Spurs would become a dynasty?

Anyway, for any basketball fan (bar maybe Lakers fans), this has plenty to keep you occupied for hours on end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any Celtic fan!! Nov. 4 2004
By V. Pinette - Published on Amazon.com
The 5 disc set is well done with (6) great Celtic games in their entirity. Good to see two Celtic-Laker games from the '84 Finals, which was the greatest Finals series ever. Disc 1 has a good overview of the teams and championships from the 50 & 60's and 70's along with a segment on the Celtic-Laker rivalry in the '80's. Disc 2 has season ending compilations programs for the '81, '84 and '86 championship years.

Included:
'69 Finals Game 7 Celtics-Lakers (4th Qtr only)
'76 Finals Game 5 Celtics-Suns (greatest game ever played)
'81 East Conf Final-Game 7 Celtics-Sixers (Celts come back to win after being down 3-1)
'84 Finals Game 4 Celtics-Lakers
'84 Finals Game 7 Celtics-Lakers
'86 Finals Game 4 Celtics-Rockets
'87 East Conf. Finals Game 5 Celtics-Pistons (Bird steals the ball from an Isiah Thomas inbounds)
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of crap NBA of today? This fills the void. Jan. 22 2005
By Jerry Graff - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been waiting for this DVD set with baited breath, and it was well worth the wait.

To be able to pop in a DVD of some of the greatest basketball ever played is a refreshing treat from watching the boring, slow, selfish basketball of today. Watching these games again, it just blows me away how little today's awful, me-me-me players learned from legends like Bird, Magic, McHale, Worthy, etc. This is basketball as its finest.

Celtics-Lakers '84 probably was the best Finals series ever played, and I say that not just because the C's won. It was high intensity, brilliantly played basketball on both sides (Worthy's stolen pass by Henderson notwithstanding). Watching the '81 Celtics-Sixers Game 7 again literally brings chills to me. I was a 16 year old kid at the time, and was literally too nervous to watch the final few minutes. The Sixers led the whole game, and I was getting too discouraged to keep watching. I went into a barn next to our house, which had a converted hoop inside it, and started shooting baskets in nervous energy, imagining every shot to be a comeback by the C's. When I quickly turned the game on the radio, I heard the cigarette-stained voice of Johnny Most gloriously saying the Celtics had just scored nine of the game's last 10 points and had pulled it out, 91-90. Incredible. My gambit worked. I was on Cloud Nine.

Speaking of Most - the most objective, truth-telling play-by-play man of all time ("The gutless way they do things here" - circa Detroit, late '80s), I attended the Johnny Most Basketball Camp in 1977, in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Some of the unforgettable memories include:

-Johnny yelling at his son, Les, to "pick 'em up and lay 'em down" on the court during the many scrimmages of camp.

- Johnny telling us wide-eyed kids of the time "Havlicek Stole the Ball."

-Us asking Johnny what he'd do if we took away all of his cigarettes (he smoked at least two packs of Kool cigarettes per day)? He said he'd "go right back out to my trunk and get another carton."

-Johnny sitting, alone, in the camp's kitchen, watching an episode of "Hawaii 5-O" on a small black and white TV, telling us he couldn't join us yet until he watched the conclusion.

It's all great stuff. I know fans around the country roll their eyes a lot at Boston sports fans, how much they live in the past and think everything of their childhood was the real "glory days", but you simply have no idea unless you were there how special it was to grow up watching this team. In my case, it started with the early '70s era, with Cowens, White, Havlicek, etc., and continued on through the wonderful Bird era. The basketball was incredible, and it will live on forever on this fine DVD.

I would have liked more, of course, including more on the teams that won the '74 and '76 titles - especially the '74 team. That series against Milwaukee for the title, against Kareem, Robertson, etc., was one of the more overlooked Finals ever, in terms of how great it was. Ironically, the best C's team of the '70s was one that didn't win it all. The 1973 Celtics won 68 games, and might have been the best fast-breaking C's team in history. They were a joy to watch, with their passing and teamwork. But Havlicek broke his arm in the playoffs, and the Knicks took advantage with a series win.

Anyway, Celtics fans need to run, not walk, to get this fine set of memories.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HAVLICEK STOLE THE BALL !! July 13 2008
By Alan B. Fecteau - Published on Amazon.com
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The other reviewers have said it all. There's not much to add.

I'd emphasize each disc, of the five in the set, has video on BOTH sides ... so we are talking about LOTS of highlights and full-length copies of games. It takes a whole "rainy day" to watch it.

DISC ONE
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INTRO
VIDEO: "THE CELTICS DYNASTY"
B-
VIDEO: BOSTON CELTICS: "A TRADITION OF GREATNESS"
THE CELTS ARE BACK: 1974 NBA PLAY-OFFS
THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED: 1976 NBA PLAY-OFFS
RIVALRY RENEWED: 1984 NBA PLAY-OFFS

DISC TWO
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DYNASTY RENEWED: 1981 NBA PLAY-OFFS
1983-84 NBA SEASON: "PRIDE AND PASSION"
B-
SWEET SIXTEEN: 1986 NBA PLAY-OFFS
1986-87 NBA SEASON: "HOME OF THE BRAVE"
VIDEO: "SEARCHING FOR NUMBER 17"

DISC THREE
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1969 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. LAKERS (GAME 7)
[4TH QUARTER/POST-GAME ONLY]
1976 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. PHOENIX SUNS (GAME 5)
B-
1981 NBA EAST CONF FINALS: CELTICS V. SIXERS (GAME 7)

DISC FOUR
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1984 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. LAKERS (GAME 4)
B-
1984 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. LAKERS (GAME 7)

DISC FIVE
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1986 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. ROCKETS (GAME 4)
B-
1987 NBA EAST CONF FINALS: CELTICS V. PISTONS (GAME 5)

My favorite segment of the entire series had to have been Game #7, as won by the Celts over the Lakers, in 1969, as Bill Russell and Sam Jones were retiring. You get 4th Quater and post-game only. As a grade-schooler, I was not allowed to stay up late enough, on a Monday night, to watch this game live from Los Angeles. In those days the networks lacked the "juice," to get weekday games from out west slotted into "prime time." That game may have tipped off at 10:30 p.m. EST -- way too late for me, then !! So I love seeing it now.

Pass the word ... the Celts are back !!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lar-ry, Lar-ry, Lar-ry!!!........ Dec 27 2004
By Ryan G. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
I own Larry Bird: Living Legend on DVD and bought this one for my uncle, who is also an avid Celtics fan. Im only 18 so I cant really appreciate as much the Celtics of old...Russel, Cousy, Heinson, Jonses, Cowens, Havlicek, etc., and Im probably too old to give a crap anymore about the "Pierce era," mostly b/c theyve sucked for so long, but it was the Larry era that really did it for me. I dont care who says what, Larry and Magic defined basketball. The 80's and perhaps early 90's was the greatest I've ever seen basketball get. And the '86 Celtics was the best team in NBA history. I personally havent seen the Celtics Dynasty DVDs but being that they include 7 past games, 5 of which are during the 80's, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Like Red said, "I've been blessed to coach some of the greatest that ever played the game. But if I had to start a team today...the greatest player, and the one I'd take would be Larry Bird."
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Aug. 31 2011
By Ryan P. Nedoma - Published on Amazon.com
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I personally think that this Dynasty set is probably the best. I mean from a basketball fanatics standpoint the team in the 80's (The Cheif, Mchale, Bird, Ainge, Johnson) was one of the most selfless team minded basketball teams ever. Granted the Lakers at this same time had the same mentality it was just mesmerizing to see these guys battle it out. Not the fact that it has some old school footage as well. I do wish they put a bit of the Hawks/Celtics playoff games but i understand why they couldnt, it would have been quite alot of footage for one set. But the highlight is truly getting to see the 80's brawls between two of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled. I put this one in front of the Lakers Dynasty set only because it has a bit more valuable footage. A must buy for not only Celtics fans....but mostly for any basketball fan of any kind.
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