Ultimate Jordan: Deluxe Edition
Well, where to start? Like many children
of the 1990s I idolised Michael Jordan, wearing my Bulls singlet every
chance I got, watching videos like Airtime over and over with
friends and trying my best to emulate his moves on the basketball court,
at least as well as a skinny white kid from the Melbourne suburbs could
ever hope to. His athleticism, virtuosity and gift for inventiveness on
the court were unparalleled, as were his ability to snatch a game or
playoff series from the jaws of defeat.
Time after time he put in
almost superhuman efforts in his thirst for victory, and was rewarded
with no less than 6 Championship rings during his years with the Chicago
Bulls. More so than any other basketball great in an era that was rife
with legends like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and
Shaquille OíNeal, Jordan came to epitomise the complete game and was
almost singlehandedly responsible for a monumental surge of interest in
the NBA the world over.
Beyondís sprawling new 7-disc Jordan box
set is an absolute must for sporting fans; in fact itís an absolute must
for anyone, anywhere. I donít care who you are or how much you know
about basketball: leave the house right now, buy this box set and marvel
at the exploits of the greatest athlete ever to walk the earth. You
wonít be disappointed!
Included are all five of Jordanís videos,
namely Come Fly With Me (1989); Michael Jordanís Playground
(1990); the unmissable Airtime (1993); Above and Beyond
(1996), which charts Jordanís return from retirement and his journey
to his second straight ĎThree-peatí; and His Airness (1999), a
career retrospective that was produced following Jordanís second, and
what was presumed to be his final, retirement. These run around an hour
each and to varying degrees compile documentary, highlight, interview,
training and ĎJordan at homeí footage. For many years they were only
available on VHS - itís great to have them housed on DVD under one
The setís other big draw in five classic
Jordan games included in their entirety, including in most cases the
pre-match buildup (though not, sadly, much in the way of post-match
interviews). These include Championships games, two of Jordanís
highest-scoring games including his 69-pointer against Cleveland in 1990
and the infamous ĎFlu Game,í in which a sick, dehydrated and visibly
exhausted Jordan overcame a serious virus to score a game-winning 38
points against a hapless Utah Jazz.
In addition there are also a number of
fantastic bonus features, including Slam Dunk Contest Highlights, a
fairly explosive compilation entitled ĎBest Dunks, Moves, Clutch Plays &
Assists,í a Making-Of Featurette for Michaelís Jordanís Playground,
footage of Jordanís Hall of Fame induction ceremony and plenty more.
Itís a thrilling and expertly-compiled collection, and with a runtime of
almost 17 hours will keep fans busy, as it has me, for many a night.
Really superb stuff.
Also available on Blu-ray.