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4.0 out of 5 stars Gary Bergman's chrome dome is a tad disappointed with this release, Nov. 8 2012
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Brian Maitland (Vancouver, BC, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Canada's Team of the Century: 1972 Canada vs USSR (The Complete 8 Game Series Uncut) (DVD)
It's hard to review the product vs. the actual games. I cannot give the eight-game series other than about ten stars out of five because of the insane drama that it produced and the memories it evokes.

Putting all that aside and looking at this box set in the light of day, it falls a bit short. First of all, some of the interviews that follow the individual games often do not refer to the games in question. (Also, how is it possible they released this mispelling Dennis Hull's first name as Denis? Did they mistake him for a French-Canadian player or maybe they assumed he was Denis Potvin?) Why not just do a new documentary on its own with these new player interviews? Also, where are the actual documentaries I've seen on TV done afterwards? I'd love to have seen them on this especially showing how we Canadians all watched the games at school, living rooms, bars or even in shop windows.

The Montage DVD extras have great pic quality because they are shot on film stock but have no narration at all. The 2002 Return to Luzhniki is nothing other than a Jean Chretien and Vladimir Putin photo op. I was expecting some sort of oldtimers game to be honest.

Included is a team photo and a booklet that has the game summaries so obviously do not open this up, if you wanted to watch the games fresh again without knowing the scores, scorers, etc.

Also, if this is the "complete" story of the 1972 Team Canada journey, throw on the exhibition games in Sweden and Czechoslovakia (actually called "Game 9" on many DVDs out there to signify Stan Mikita's return to his homeland has some meaning). Just a thought as I've seen all these on DVD, and they are just as wild especially the games in Sweden. In fact, pre-tournament I remember the Red and White Team Canada intrasquad games being on TV (most likely on cable not CTV) because the level of interest going in was that high.

To be perfectly blunt, the games are fine, but I have seen better quality transfers to DVD elsewhere. Forget this 2004 one and go for the 2007 box set ('72 Complete - The Ultimate Collector's Edition of the 1972 Summit Series) that has all the games plus one of the exhibition games in Sweden as well as three excellent documentaries on the Summit Series.

Finally, as a kid I had no idea but now I can hear how terrible Foster Hewitt was at play-by-play. OK, he's a Hall of Famer and was the first true pbp guy but it's "Corn-why-eh" not "Cor-noyer" for Yvan Cournoyer and it's also Serge "Sa-vard" not "Sav-ard" and by Game 3 he does correct himself. Sure, I'll cut him lots of slack on the Russian names but from the first game he blows the call on Canada's second goal completely messing up the goalscorer. The guy was 69 years old in 1972. Voice was still good but now I think why wasn't the best play-by-play announcer Danny Gallivan used?

Brian Conacher, though, is excellent on color especially for the times. His international hockey background having played for Canada at the 1964 Olympic team gave us all some real insight and analysis into the Soviet/Russian style of play and really he was a "Meeker" ahead of his time.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff, March 1 2004
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This review is from: Canada's Team of the Century: 1972 Canada vs USSR (The Complete 8 Game Series Uncut) (DVD)
Quite simply the best spectacle of modern sports. And, once again to the gentleman who figures we cheated: I understand you are swedish, and likely don't play the game with much intensity, but the bottom line is, that's hockey. Clark got the penalty he deserved, and that's the end of it. He broke a rule, and took the consequences.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game footage of a great series, Nov. 21 2003
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"beemer_nu" (Örnsköldsvik Sweden) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Canada's Team of the Century: 1972 Canada vs USSR (The Complete 8 Game Series Uncut) (DVD)
This one is actually something as rare as a complete game set of the 8 games summit series from 1972... The games included are considered some of the best ever played featuring the great USSR and Canada. It's really obvious watching this DVD that the Soviet team actually was a bit better than the Canadien who had to cheat; they almost cut Charlamovs fot of to stop him, if the Canadien players would have played fair and by the rulebook they would have lost bigtime. Anyway its a good collection of great hockey.. The only downside is that the footage is very bad althrough entire DVD, and you might get tired watching 19 hours of hockey. If you only want the highlights of every game in great quality buy the Summit series DVD it is +++++++!
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff indeed!, April 3 2004
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mozika (Poughkeepsie, NY) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Canada's Team of the Century: 1972 Canada vs USSR (The Complete 8 Game Series Uncut) (DVD)
Ah, what memories! There will never be another series like it. And to the Customer from Calgary: Europeans play hockey with as much intensity as anyone -- it's just that Europeans play it with intensity of hockey players, whereas Canadians with intensity of street thugs. Hence, you keep getting Bertuzzis, McSorleys, Domis, Hunters, et al -- all fine Canadian hockey players who should be in jail.
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