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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • Release Date: May 27 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00169JF32
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,356 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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WHA Chronicles

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I think most WHA hockey fans were dying for something (anything!) to officially (Hockey Hall of Fame logo pops up at the start) come out on good quality DVD. Let me just say, the wait has been worth it. There are four full games, a fight reel (including some classic Birmingham Bulls Slapshot-like brawls), very insightful interviews with Bobby Hull and Wayne Greztky, a funny (but what was with the homophobic joke about the New York Golden Blades?) league history that is like an SCTV "Logos Galore" sketch (with some odd versions of the logos of the four WHA teams that went into the NHL) and a stats package, which is virtually useless, as you need to put the DVD in your computer and it just links to a Web site.

Since product details are sketchy up here, excuse the lengthy rundown (and these are full games minus the commercials and the intermissions). Whole thing is hosted by Winnipeg sportscaster Peter Young :
Disc 1
--USSR @ New England Whalers (Dec. 27/76)
Brilliant pic quality. You get the classic Brass Bonanza tune when the Whalers come on at the beginning of each period. Sadly, crowd seems a bit subdued as do the broadcast crew. The Soviets, as well, look comatose (could be jet lag as this was Game 1 of an eight-game series vs. WHA clubs).
This is "pre-Howes on the Whalers" so the stars are Tom "Hawkeye" Webster and Larry "future NHL GM" Pleau. Soviets feature all the usual suspects--Aleksandr Yakushev, Vladislav Tretiak, Aleksandr Maltsev, etc. Gratuitous Stan Fischler as roaming rink reporter.

Disc 2
--1977 WHA All-Star Game East vs. West @ Hartford (Jan. 18/77)
Very good pic quality. Tons of shots, but it's an all-star game so don't expect too much intensity.
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I got my first taste of the WHA when I bought the "Team Canada 1974: The Lost Series" DVD and it made me hungry for more. Naturally, my next purchase was the WHA Chronicles... and it did not disappoint.

Game 1: Whalers VS Red Army: The New England Whalers shut down the mighty Soviets in a thrilling super series game. Referee Bill Friday called a ridiculous amount of penalties (19 in the first 2 periods), but surprisingly enough most of them were warranted. Between periods, there are some great interviews, including one with Soviet stars Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov. It's hilarious because the interviewer mixes up the players names throughout the whole interview and old Boris doesn't look too impressed.

Game 2: All star game: Usually all star games are dull, but not this one. Some of the finest passing and goaltending you'll ever see! An absolute thrill to watch! Includes such stars as Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe on the West vs Serge Bernier and Whitey Stapleton on the East.

Game 3: Avco Cup final...Nordiques vs Jets - It's down to game 7 and the 2 best teams are fighting for the coveted AVCO cup! Lots of goal scoring in this one! The presentation of the cup at the end of the game is awesome! Fans spill out on the ice and hoist players on their shoulders!! Made me wish I was there.

Game 4:Avco cup game 6...Jets vs Oilers : Another great AVCO cup game here with lots of goals and hard hitting action! Sadly this would prove to be the last AVCO cup won in the WHA before the league merged with the NHL.
The bonus material is priceless in itself. Includes great interviews with legends Bobby Hull and Wayne Gretzky, as well as a fight reel and a stats package for the WHA.

Did I mention that the DVDs come in a sexy metallic case? Cause they do. There were only 10,000 of these sets made as well, so get your hands on one while you still can! A priceless artifact for any true hockey fan.
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By E.A.L. on June 8 2012
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Finding any footage of the old WHA is near impossible and this became a must have for me. The nostalgia factor and the fact this release is numbered out of ten thousand. It was great watching something old yet new again. If you are a hockey fan don't pass up the opportunity to purchase this because when it's gone, it's gone!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f56f174) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f39f948) out of 5 stars The WHA Chronicles April 5 2009
By Kirk Weidner - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes it was a rebel league, but you can't help loving them for challenging the stranglehold that the NHL had on professional hockey at the time. The WHA changed hockey forever. It's really hard to believe that there is so little video evidence left of the league. This 3-disc DVD set captures all the moments that are left from the rival league of the 70's. I highly recommend it to all hockey fans. It is a great historical document. I can't wait to watch it again.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f39fb70) out of 5 stars What the WHA...? Great DVD Set! Feb. 7 2013
By The Toon Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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As we survey the aftermath of the recent 2012-2013 NHL labour lockout, viewing this DVD set brought back wonderful memories of seven very brief years when the National Hockey League was not the only game in town.
With exclusive videos of WHA championship victories by the Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets, the DVD also presents a WHA All-Star game and the little-known exhibition win by the New England Whalers over the Soviet National hockey team.
For me, the highlight of the set is an exclusive interview with Bobby Hull, whose defection from the Chicago Blackhawks rocked the NHL and brought viability to the fledgling World Hockey Association in 1972. Bobby shares a great story about how mavericks "Wild Bill" Hunter and Ben Hatskin inadvertently pushed NHL moguls to get involved in the Canada-Russia Summit Series in 1972. The NHL was in its own little world, but before it was too late they foresaw there could be North American involvement in international hockey without them unless they pushed to the front of the line.
The series was woefully ill-timed, as the senior league still relied on predictable and easy-to-defend "linear" hockey, clearly icing an ill-prepared all-star squad, but hockey history was unfolding before our eyes. As time wears on, the Canada-Russia series of '72 remains one of Canada's fondest national memories.
The WHA not only opened up hockey, but perhaps the world also. Starting with western European players, eventually players defected from Czechoslovakia and Russia.
Entering with a bang, the rival league went down with a whimper, ending up with only 4 of their franchises being absorbed in a 1979 "expansion." Of these four (Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers), only the Edmonton franchise survived. The NHL vanquished its rival, almost completely erasing memory of it, but the 7-year blip made for many great hockey memories.
I am disappointed and frankly, greatly surprised, no WHA Hockey tapes survived from Global TV's 1970s coverage of the Toronto Toros! Does anyone remember the broadcasting troika of Mike Anscombe, Carl Brewer and Bill Bird, covering the Toros weekly from a half-full/half-empty Maple Leaf Gardens, icing luminaries like Shotgun Tommy Simpson, Frank Mahovlich, Paul Henderson, Les Binkley, Vaclav Nedomansky, Gilles Gratton, Dave Tataryn, Greg Neeld and Carl Brewer (called out of retirement)? I suspect that not all of the games disappeared and if my hunch is right, they are probably occupying some lucky person's library as I type. Alas, perhaps we'll never know.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f39fdd4) out of 5 stars Best you'll get Oct. 24 2008
By K. Vargas - Published on Amazon.com
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Considering the time and types of transmissions for the period, this is a tresure for Nords, WHA, and Hockey fans in general. There just are not many real WHA videos out there and this one is worth the look if the price is right. The highlight is old building the Nordiques called home. Young fans will get a chuckle out of the atire of the locals, and all fans will be surprised at the pace of the action. This league and this period was not the birth of the trap.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3a3120) out of 5 stars It was boring watching full games rather than highlights April 2 2015
By Larry Solitrin - Published on Amazon.com
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It was boring watching full games rather than highlights, although the WHA vs. Russia was a lot of fun to watch. I understand there is not much in the way of footage so I think they did the best with what was available. The Bobby Hull / Wayne Gretzky interviews were great.
HASH(0x9f3a3354) out of 5 stars NOT A DETAILED DOCUMENTARY May 19 2015
By Carlos Muebles - Published on Amazon.com
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Not much detail or history here. I expected a documentary on the WHA. It's not. The details are sparse but there is a wonderful interview with Bobby Hull as he speaks at length about why he left the NHL for this new league. A shorter session with Gretzky and a couple of old games are included..but that's it.

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