NBA Dynasty Series - Boston Celtics - The Complete History [Import]
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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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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'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)
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.
VIDEO: "THE CELTICS DYNASTY"
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
DYNASTY RENEWED: 1981 NBA PLAY-OFFS
1983-84 NBA SEASON: "PRIDE AND PASSION"
SWEET SIXTEEN: 1986 NBA PLAY-OFFS
1986-87 NBA SEASON: "HOME OF THE BRAVE"
VIDEO: "SEARCHING FOR NUMBER 17"
1969 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. LAKERS (GAME 7)
[4TH QUARTER/POST-GAME ONLY]
1976 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. PHOENIX SUNS (GAME 5)
1981 NBA EAST CONF FINALS: CELTICS V. SIXERS (GAME 7)
1984 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. LAKERS (GAME 4)
1984 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. LAKERS (GAME 7)
1986 NBA FINALS: CELTICS V. ROCKETS (GAME 4)
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 !!
The NBA through NBA TV created "The Dynasty Series" and its continued excellence wins again with "The Boston Celtics"
When your purchase this set you get 5 dual discs (discs that have material on both sides) which allows you to have close to 22 hours of material.
If you purchase at Wal-Mart or hear at Amazon you will spend no more than $25-$30 for this set. That is a beyond a great deal. Unlike the competitor leagues this NBA series not only gives you documentaries but full games.
This set gives you the "Celtic Dynasty" which is an hour documentary on the Celtics rise to basketball supermacy. You get a bunch of other featurettes that concern Celtic playoff runs in the 1970's and 1980's.
What is the meat and potatos of this set is the games you receive the:
*1969 NBA Finals Game 7 Celtics-Lakers - 4th quarter only
*1976 NBA Finals Game 5 Celtics-Suns - the legendary game that went multiple OTs
*1981 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 Celtics-Sixers - Larry Bird matures and guides the Celtics to an Game 7 victory over Dr. J
*1984 NBA Finals Games 4 and 7 Celtics-Lakers - Bird and Magic's first meeting in the NBA Finals and you get 2 great games
*1986 NBA Finals Game 4 Celtics-Rockets - The Celtics steamroll the Twin Towers
*1987 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 Celtics-Pistons - Larry Bird steals the ball
If you are a new Celtics fan looking for material from their recent championship run with "The Boston 3-Party" you will be disappointed this is an older set, but if you love Celtics and know someone who enjoys great baseketball this is a must buy.