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Ultimate Jordan (2001)

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Feels a little bloated with mostly average NBA films from years ago but the extras are good and the man and his moves make it worth having
30 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To try and help assure the companies that the internet may generate more money for their billions, I came to this DVD collection thanks to highlights breaking copyright laws being placed on You Tube. I was watching grainy highlights of Michael Jordan when I thought that I really should have a higher quality collection of these great moves – surely the man himself is worth more than some tiny footage watched via a dialup connection (no, I'm not kidding!)? So looking on Amazon I found this DVD to be the only significant product available and of course I got it.

Speaking as someone with nothing relating to Jordan I can confirm that it is worth owning however how much use it will be to people who already own one or two Jordan films or some highlight reels may find that it is not quite as "ultimate" as the title suggests. What you get here is a really good collection though. The first disc and part of the second one is taken up by five NBA produced films that were made across a ten year period. One of these is actually pretty good. Three of them are OK thanks to the inclusion of highlights from the period the film covers but they are all made far too heavy and earnest thanks to a delivery and style that feels like a soulless corporate promotional video. The fifth and final film is midway between these quality-wise, mainly because it is three of the films edited together into one summing up Jordan's career up till his second retirement.

By themselves these five films would not really be good enough to justify getting the DVD but the extras on the second disc will be of more value. On this we get more of what I was after. There is a collection of "top tens" which include dunks, clutch shots, moves and assists. Suffice to say they are all awesome and you would be well advised to keep the rewind and slow motion buttons close to hand. Although it repeats some of these we also get highlights from the All Star dunking competition. Of wider interest are pieces on the Jordan basketball shoe and his life off the court. There are a collection of games as well. Some reviews on Amazon will tell you that the DVD contains complete games but this is not the case. Instead we get highlights in six–eight minute packages but these are still good enough because they include Jordan scoring 69 against the Cavs, 55 on the Suns in the playoff, 63 on the Celtics in the mid-eighties playoffs and a couple of games in playoffs against Malone and Stockton's Jazz (the flu game and his last ever game with that famous "shove").

Overall then this is a solid collection but perhaps a bit padded. The films themselves are not brilliant and everything that is good about most of them (the game action) is pretty much covered in the highlight and game extras on the second disc. However for the one better film (Air Time) and the extras this DVD is worth owning even if it feels unnecessarily bloated across two discs and there are not many other such collections that I am aware of out there.


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