8.16.2012

ESPN's 30 for 30 for ALL!!!!


Well maybe not for all but for everyone that has a Netflix account all the ESPN 30 for 30 films are available for streaming.  Apparently as of the beginning of this month they were made available, I must have missed the big announcement.  I would definitely suggest that any sports fan or fan of real life documentaries, opposed to fake life reality shows, sit down in front of your Netflix enabled device (smart tv, bluray player, xbox 360, wii, ps3, smart phone, etc) and enjoy some great short films.  My wife suprised me with the complete set on bluray for my 30th birthday (2011) and I was completely estatic.  While I haven't made it though all of them, all of them that I have seen have been simply amazing.  I'm not one to watch many things over and over, but the films in this series are something that I could watch at anytime. 

Hip-Hop fans will appreciate "One Night in Vegas" as well as "Straight Outta LA". Maryland, DC, and Virginia folks will be forced to reminisce by "The Band That Wouldn't Die", "No Crossover", and "Without Bias". Also if ya'll thought the LeBron "Decision" was a big deal, you have to watch "Kings Ransom" (which has nothing to do with LeBron). One City vs. A Whole Country. I feel like this set of documentaries have something that everyone can enjoy, not just sports lovers.

Here's the Editorial Review from Amazon, the films that are in bold are the ones that I've seen so far.

ESPN Films 30 for 30 Limited Edition Collector Set, includes the complete collection of films from the ESPN award-winning 30 for 30 series. Featuring a remarkable group of directors from Academy Award-winners Barry Levinson and Barbara Kopple to Academy Award-nominees John Singleton, Steve James, Ron Shelton, as well as two-time MVP Steve Nash and legendary rapper Ice Cube, each filmmaker provides their unique perspective to some of the most extraordinary sports stories in the last 30 years. Time Magazine applauds this thrilling collection and The Los Angeles Times calls them some of the best films of 2010. Several films were official selections by the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals. The 30 for 30 Limited Edition Collector Set is packaged in a collectible box & contains 30 for 30 Gift Sets Volume 1 & Volume 2 as well as an exclusive retro ESPN hat featuring the companys original logo. The 12-disc set includes all 30 films from the series: Kings Ransom (Gretzky), The Band That Wouldnt Die (Baltimore Colts/Ravens), Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?, Muhammad & Larry, Without Bias (Len Bias), The Legend of Jimmy The Greek, The U (The University of Miami), Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, Guru of Go, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Silly Little Game, Run Ricky Run (Ricky Williams), The 16th Man, Straight Outta L.A. (NWA & the Raiders), June 17th, 1994 (OJ & Everything that happened in sports that day), The Two Escobars, The Birth of Big Air, Jordan Rides The Bus, Little Big Men, One Night in Vegas (2Pac & Mike Tyson), Unmatched, The House of Steinbrenner, Into The Wind, Four Days in October, Once Brothers, Tim Richmond: To The Limit, Fernando Nation, Marion Jones: Press Pause, The Best That Never Was and Pony Excess.

Still not convinced? Go to Amazon and read the reviews that everyone else left.

ESPN Films presents an unprecedented documentary series in celebration of ESPN’s 30th anniversary, by engaging some of today’s finest storytellers to create films centered on the last 30 years in sports. Some of Hollywood’s finest directors and producers such as Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, John Singleton, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze and Frank Marshall are among those participating in the “30 for 30” films project, exploring topics ranging from the end of the USFL to the title fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes to the story of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band which continued to march even though the team had moved to Indianapolis. Each filmmaker brings their passion and personal point of view to their film detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009. Whether played out on the field, in the ring or on the court, every great sports drama is ultimately a human tale of conflict, determination, passion, triumph and loss. These films represent an extraordinary and diverse mosaic of the impact of sports on America and world culture.