My husband really enjoyed his gift of the 10 Greatest Games of the Dallas Cowboys. The only thing we found frustrating, is that the disks are mislabeled. So none of the games are properly labeled. We would put the Superbowl disk in and it would be some other game. Very frustrating.
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As Voted By The Fans!Oct. 27 2008
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Since the early reviews have blasted Warner Home Video for the games they chose as the Dallas Cowboys' "10 Greatest Games," I thought it was important to point out that THE FANS THEMSELVES helped choose five of these ten games!
Obviously, five of the ten games were going to be the Cowboys' Super Bowl triumphs. To determine the five remaining games, fans were asked on the Cowboys' official website to vote for their favorites. They were, however, given only nine choices:
1975 Playoffs - Cowboys vs. Vikings - The "Hail Mary" from Staubach to Pearson...
1977 NFC Championship Game - Cowboys vs. Vikings
1980 Playoffs - Cowboys vs. Falcons - The Danny White-led come from behind win...
1983 Cowboys at Vikings - Tony Dorsett's 99 yard TD run...
1992 NFC Championship Game - Cowboys vs. 49ers
1993 NFC Championship Game - Cowboys vs. 49ers
1995 NFC Championship Game - Cowboys vs. Packers
2002 Cowboys vs. Seahawks - Emmitt Smith breaks the all-time rushing record...
2006 Cowboys vs. Buccaneers - Tony Romo throws five touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day...
Now, who chose those nine games and why they chose those nine games, I couldn't tell you. But, given such limited choices, it does look like the fans got it right -- the Hail Mary game, the Atlanta playoff comeback, and the three NFC Championship games of the 90s. Maybe it would have been nicer to see the 75 NFC Championship game or the Dorsett game (which the Cowboys lost, by the way), but it's hard to argue with the results -- again, given such limited choices.
Certainly, the biggest omission is the 1979 season-ending shootout win over the Redskins. That is, without question, one of the greatest games in Dallas Cowboys history, if not THE greatest. Maybe Warner couldn't get the original network broadcast of the game. I don't know. But Warner did include a lengthy recap and highlight reel of that game as a bonus feature on Disc 1 of the first "Complete History of the Dallas Cowboys" DVD. They described it as "the greatest game of the NFL's greatest rivalry" and yet, it didn't make the Cowboys' Top 10. Go figure.
But it is what it is. It's hard to argue with the inclusion of the five Super Bowl victories, the Hail Mary game, or the Atlanta playoff comeback and certainly the NFC Championship games over the 49ers and Packers are AMONG the greatest in Cowboys history. This may not be a definitive collection, but it is nice to be able to watch the original network broadcasts of some of the greatest moments in the rich history of America's Team.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Need more Staubach!!!!Aug. 31 2008
Michael S. Ford
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Here are the 10 games to be included on the set according to another dvd site: Super Bowl VI - Cowboys vs. ... Full DescriptionDolphins - 1/16/72; The Hail Mary Game - Cowboys vs. Vikings - 12/28/75; Super Bowl XII - Cowboys vs. Broncos - 1/15/78; The Atlanta Comeback - Cowboys vs. Falcons - 1/4/81; 1992 NFC Championship Game - Cowboys vs. 49ers - 1/17/93; Super Bowl XXVII - Cowboys vs. Bills - 1/31/93; 1993 NFC Championship Game - Cowboys vs. 49ERS - 1/23/94; Super Bowl XXVIII - Cowboys vs. Bills - 1/30/94; 1995 NFC Championship Game - Cowboys vs. PACKERS - 1/14/96; and Super Bowl XXX - Cowboys vs. Steelers - 1/28/96. Where is the last regular season game by Staubach vs. the Redskins?
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Finally, Cowboys on DVDDec 20 2008
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After waiting for years, NFL films is finally releasing old Super Bowl and playoff games in their entirety on dvd. America's team gets the dvd treatment with a 10 disc set that includes all 5 super bowl wins and 5 other great games chosen by the fans. I won't list all games as you can look that up in other reviews. The video quality of these games are pretty good. Since more than half the games are from the nineties, the original broadcast quality is very good on these dvds. Each dvd says at the start that these games are from the original broadcast on the day of the game and that some plays and video footage may be missing. The only game that is lower quality is Super Bowl 6 against the Dolphins which is to be expected as this game dates from 1972. This is the only game in the set that is incomplete as it is missing some plays and scoring field goals, but since the game was one sided, its not that big of a deal. Each dvd has 3 annoying NFL promos at the start up of the disc and you have to skip them each time who want to get to the game. They should have just put them on the first disc and not on all 10. You can select each quater from the menu of every game and other than the 2 Super Bowl wins against the Bills, there are no post game interviews or award ceremonies for the other games. The dvds are placed in separate plastic binders within the large snap case thats about the width of 2 normal size dvd cases. There is no other additonal information or booklet included with the set, so if you want to look up the stats from each game, you should try online. Being a big Cowboys fan, I have to say that I'm very satisfied with this collection. It's nice to finally have whole NFL games on dvd. I just hope that they'll release another Cowboys set in the future that has even more games from the Staubach era and some classic division rival matchups. Until then, I'll keep watching these great games from the past.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good DVD about the 90's CowboysMay 5 2010
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The ten discs DVD set basically covers the 3 90's Dynasty Cowboys Superbowls and 3 NFC Championship victories. The other 4 games are the 2 Superbowl victories from the 70's, The historic 1975 "Hail Mary" playoff game versus the Vikings and the one 1981 Atlanta playoff comeback.
Here is a brief synopsis and critique of each disc:
Disc 1: Superbowl VI: Cowboys vs Dolphins 1972
Anything from the Cowboys of the 70's is appreciated and needed. There is, limited footage of the 70's Cowboys and so many great games. Certainly there could be a 10 game DVD set for the 70's Cowboys alone. Superbowl VI occured in 1972 so the footage isn't exactly digital it's old tape and you can tell. It's too bad this hasn't been restored in its entirety. I guess Steve Sabel and NFL Films doesn't deem the old Superbowls worthy enough to preserve in their entirety. A big mistake I believe on their part. However, I am glad to have the original broadcast. In a way, I think it's better. You get a peephole into the past and how it would have looked on a t.v. set back in 1972. Yes, it's hard to watch, but once you get used to it it's not so bad. Makes me realize how spoiled we are with our HD these days...
The game is pretty uneventful; Dallas wins fairly easily, but seeing Staubach play, any Staubach in its original broadcast is priceless. The three games we get on this set from the 70's make the whole thing worth buying and watching again and again...
Disc 2: The Hail Mary Game: Cowboys vs Vikings 1975
Good to see the greatest Cowboy`s moment; "The Hail Mary Pass," preserved for all eternity. This is the most important of all games and I'm so happy to have it to watch whenever I want!
Disc 3: Superbowl XII: Cowboys Vs Broncos 1977
I really enjoyed watching this game. A treasure. You just have to see it for yourself. It's something special. Staubach, Dorsett, Pearson, Too Tall Jones, Randy White, Harvey Martin etc. all at their best! This is a historic moment in Cowboy's and America's history.
Disc 4: The Atlanta Comeback: Cowboys vs Atlanta 1981
Glad to see Danny White getting in on the glory. Many fans have forgotten just what a great quarterback he was, I'm glad to see one his finer moments on DVD. This actually is my favorite of all the games on the DVD set. The quality is actually pretty good and you get to see The Cowboys at the height of their popularity in the early 80's winning in the last seconds in the playoffs. Dallas gets a lot of respect from the commentators here as well. This is also a good look at what football was like in the early 80's when I first starting watching football. What a great time it was, even though Dallas didn't get to a Superbowl. The last thing you see is Landry walking off the field, stoic and cool as ever.
Disc 5: NFC Championship: Cowboys vs 49ers 1993
This is a good one. The two great Harper catches, Dallas getting revenge from the 1982 Championship loss, Staubach on the sidelines. Aikman becoming the next great Cowboy's quarterback. It's all here, the beginning of the 90's Cowboy's dynasty. The 49ers and their terrible field, (which was partly restored for that game.) A lot of history in this game, I've watched it many times and will watch it many more.
Disc 6: Superbowl XXVII: Cowboys vs Bills 1993
Great to see Dallas win a Superbowl after all those years of being pushed down by the league. I hated the part where in the 3rd quarter Irvin makes a spectacular touchdown catch and right after, all they show is Thurman Thomas pouting on the sidelines for the whole celebration. You hear the crowd screaming and music playing and they cut the whole thing out by showing one player on the opposing team, I felt cheated in a way. At the end, Leon Lett's ruined touchdown by the Bills Bee Bee who swats the ball out of his hand after he crosses the goal line denying Dallas the record for the most points in a Superbowl. It's clear he crosses the goal line and it was petty of the refs to take that touchdown away from Lett.
Actor Gary Busey is shown standing on the Dallas Sideline yucking it up with the Cowboys players. I always knew I liked Gary Busey!
One thing I like about the coverage for this game is they do bring up a lot of Superbowl facts and the commentators talk up the Cowboys a lot, which is good.
Disc 7: NFC Championship: Cowboys vs 49ers 1994
This game is just plain sad for the 49ers who's offense is totally dominated by The Cowboys massive defense. Steve Young is so harrasssed and haggard by the end of the game he looks like he's been drug around by a truck. Aikman gets his famous concussion in this game and Bernie Kozar steps in and throws two touchdowns! Alvin Harper and Michael Irvin are unstoppable! We get a John Madden/Pat Summerall game here. It's the last game ever done by them for CBS. Also this is a last look at the old Texas stadium turf with the red stripes on the 50 and 20 yard lines. You can tell the carpet needs to be changed for there are a lot of wet spots all over the field. So it's historic on many levels.
Disc 8: Superbowl XXVIII: Cowboys vs Bills 1994
This game is fun to watch, Dallas starts out slow but they have the game in hand the whole time. The coverage is better than the previous Superbowls in my opinion. The close ups in the game are really good and the commentary is positive.
Disc 9: NFC Championship Game: Cowboys vs Packers 1996
This is a good game to watch, although I think its my least favorite of the games on the set. Dallas pretty much handles the Packers and a young Brett Favre is shut down from doing much of anything.
Disc 10: Superbowl XXX: Cowboys vs Steelers 1996
The last Cowboys Superbowl. A very magical game and it brings back a lot of memories for me. It was great to see Dallas beat the Pittsburg Steelers. In a way, this is the greatest Superbowl, it undoes the curse and dispels the shadow cast over The Cowboys and its fans by the Steelers Superbowls of the 70's. This was a game that I believe the commentators really wanted to see Pittsburg win. There is even one part where commentator Dick Enberg says something interesting after Dallas going for it on 4th and 1. The Cowboys make it and he states that Dallas "having the biggest offensive line and the biggest fullback (Darrel Johnston) just isn't fair." When I heard that for the first time I laughed out loud. (Funny how when Dallas wins, it isn't "fair.") I think this Superbowl was the beginning of the football media becoming heavily anti-Cowboy and you can tell by listening to the commentators spin on the game. Nevertheless the fans in the stadium are clearly pro Dallas and the cheering is always higher than for the Steelers when Dallas does something like score touchdowns.
I noticed a theme with the three 90's Superbowls; Dallas has their own music play when they score, this is unlike any other team I've ever seen in all the other Superbowls. Although the media may tell you different; those 90's Cowboys were extremely popular thanks in part to what the Cowboys teams did in the past (70's and 80's) and also in part to just how good the 90's Cowboys were. The best team ever assembled in the history of the NFL.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
No Redskin Games?!??Oct. 10 2008
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This is a pretty paltry selection of games. Sure the Superbowl victories were satisfying for Cowboys fans, but they were far from being even decent games. Superbowls X and XIII were superior games, even though Cowboy losses. And where in the world are the Redskins in this collection? How can this be considered a collection of greatest Dallas Cowboys games without, at the very least, Staubach's last comeback in the 1979 home finale or the 1991 game at RFK Stadium when the Cowboys defeated the 11-0 Redskins? Both great Dallas games. Or the 1999 season opener in Washington, when Dallas overcame a 35-14 4th quarter deficit to win in overtime? How about the Emmitt game at Giants Stadium in the 1993 season finale? This collection contains exactly no games against NFC East divisional foes, and that is an absolute travesty. I agree that the Atlanta Comeback and the 1992 and 1995 NFC Championships were great games. As for the rest... No Eagles games. No Giants games. No Redskins games! Ridiculous...
That said, the quality of what is here is pretty good. As these disks are made from the original broadcasts, the quality is about the same as if you watched them on a good television. I miss the little pre-game prologues that Pat Summerall used to narrate, but the games are presented well, with chapter stops at each quarter. The packaging is great. Very easy to negotiate.