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Canada Cup 1976 (Bobby Clarke & Darryl Sittler Cover)
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon December 29, 2012
A lot of hockey fans will tell you that the best hockey game they ever saw was the New Year's Eve game between Montreal and the Red Army. Fair enough. Others will say pick any of the three games between Canada and the USSR in the 1987 Canada Cup Final. I can't argue with this choice either. As wonderful as these games were, the greatest hockey game I have ever seen was between Canada and Czechoslovakia in the Round-Robin of the 1976 Canada Cup. While Canada lost the game 1-0, the action was non-stop. There were countless scoring opportunities by both teams, but magnificent netminding by both goalies kept the game a nail-biter until it ended. This fabulous game alone makes this DVD set worth the money.

I am very satisfied with this set and recommend it to anyone who is interested in international hockey or vintage hockey. Virtually every player on Team Canada '76 wound up in the Hall of Fame. Will Canada ever ice a team with as many superstars as this team?
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on October 24, 2012
Just a fantastic box-set for anybody wanting to visit the 70s again. The first international tournament of it's kind now that '72 and '74 had set the tone. It was also Orr's last triumph as tournament MVP.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon July 8, 2011
Those of us old enough to remember the landmark 1976 Canada Cup tournament will get a nostalgic buzz from watching these games. Those who weren't even born in 1976 will get a kick out of watching the best hockey team ever assembled in Canada. Watching Bobby Orr's last hurrah makes it even more historically significant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2010
I love this collection. Fer sure, the image quality is full-on 1970's level of quality. I think other reviewers need to take that into consideration when criticising the series. And I do agree that it would be great to see every single game in the collection, but that would have involved many more DVDs. Perhaps at some point there will be a 'Part II' issued containing the other matches.
But what a magnificent opportunity to see so many amazing players playing all at once - Bobby Hull, Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne - etc etc etc. Enough to give me goosebumps just talking about it...

Diehard hockey fan in Berlin (grew up in Toronto),
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2010
This was a great chance to see some of the best Canadian hockey players together on one team. I remember watching some of these games as a kid, and the chance to see Bobby Orr play alone is worth the price of this DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I've wanted to buy this set for quite a while but was a little reluctant after reading other reviews on it. However, a few days ago I picked it up for 20 bucks in Zellers and decided to see how it really was.

Yes, the video isn't HD quality, and yes, the audio fades a few times, but, c'mon guys, these games are thirty years old. Just remember, HD didn't exist in 1976 and neither did DVDs. I can't imagine anyone back then thinking that thirty years later, someone would want to have copies of these games. And to be honest, only the video quality in the U.S. game is below average. Everything else looks pretty good.

The chance to see Phil Esposito, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Hull, Denis Potvin, Bobby Orr, et al. competing on the same team is amazing. As for which games are or aren't included, yes it was disappointing not to see Canada vs Finland but I'm assuming the video wasn't very good or didn't exist anymore.
And as a Canadian, do I want to see Finland play Sweden, or the Czechs play the States? Not really.

Anyway, I have the 1972 Summit Series, now I finally have the Canada Cup 76. I can't wait until the 1984, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups come out. And I would even consider the 1981 tournament as well.

If you love watching Canada in international play, buy this set. It's worth it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Even worse than the quality of the video (OK, I get it was 1976 but it's just average as far as '70s hockey pic quality on some of the games) is the skewed focus on the tournament itself? I am Canadian (no, this is not a segue into a Molson Chemical Swill commercial), but let's see some of the other non-Team Canada games, too. I want the Finland 8-Sweden 6 full highlights at least! I mean, playing in Winnipeg in 1976 where guys like the New York Rangers' Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson were making their return to the city where they began their North American pro careers. Sweden 2-Czech 1: A come-from-behind win in the third period on two Borje Salming goals. Czech 4-USA 4: A game that had six goals in one period.

Sure, I want the focus on Canada but it's a "Canada Cup '76" DVD, and it should not just be on "Team Canada '76."

Totally bogus and hugely disappointing despite my being a huge Bobby Orr fan and I did enjoy seeing how good he was on basically one good leg by 1976.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the actual games, but I wanted to see the entire tournament not just the Team Canada games. (In fact back in 1976 I seem to recall paying a whopping $15 a month [equivalent to over $47 in 2010 dollars] for TSN which started just so I could see the other games.)

The box set comes with a mini-reproduction of the bilingual 1976 Canada Cup program and has some very cool vintage color pics.
There are two different slide covers (one with Orr and Denis Potvin, the other with Bobby Clarke and Darryl Sittler). The discs inside are exactly the same so don't go crazy and buy both box sets thinking you're getting something different with each.
The games on the set are:
Canada vs. USA, Sweden, Czechoslovakia (group game + the two in the Final) and USSR. The bonus feature includes both the English and French versions of the documentary on the tournament and luckily both have slightly different highlights.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2006
What a big disappointment,THE FINLAND GAME WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS SET.This is incomplete.The video quality is bad and the United States game (Which is the only game that I saw so far and that was enough)is incomplete, some portion of the game was deleted by a couple of minutes and that happen a few times.At the start of the dvd VSC which produce this set, said they restore it to the best of there ability, well they did a poor job at it, and also this was approved by the Hockey Hall Of Fame,they should fire that person who ever approved it.But gesides that it is great to see the Orr,Lafleur,Esposito,Hull and so on, what a great team that was. Too bad about the video quality and the omittance of Finland and incomplete U.S. game, not looking forward to see the other games.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2005
The video quality is the worst. A complete waste of money. Only for the true die hard fans. avoid this stinker !!!!
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