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NHL: All Access
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted May 18, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

I like sports. Or more specifically, I like watching sports, as playing them would require running and that's not something I'm really into. One of the sports that I'm least familiar with is hockey, but this NHL: All Access program at least took some steps towards introducing viewers like myself to the strategy and details of the game.

"All Access" provides on-the-ice looks at some of hockey's greatest recent events, including when Wayne Gretzky laced up his skates for the last time and when goaltender Patrick Roy became the winningest (if that's a word) person ever to work that position. Between those events, cameras focus in on the games themselves, listening in on players discussing what to do next and getting a close-up or two of some fairly intense fights. Interviews with players and coaches provide some insight into the strategy of the game. Hosted with some rather corny dialogue from ESPN's Bill Clement, I still found the program interesting enough to watch and find out more about the sport.


The DVD

VIDEO/AUDIO: "NHL All Access" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. Like the rest of the USA Home Entertainment sports programs, this means that the audio for the actual event itself stays in front, and the score behind those plays opens up and is offered by the surrounds. Audio quality seemed fair - the interviews remained clear and easily understood, but the score remained a little bit "electronic" sounding.

Image quality varied a bit throughout the documentary. Many of the scenes on the ice appeared sharp and well-defined, with great colors and no problems. Some of the behind-the-scenes shots in the locker room seemed softer, and occasionally exhibited some shimmering. Still, a pretty respectable full-frame presentation.

MENUS:: Basic, non-animated menus with film images as backgrounds for sub-menus & the cover for the main menu.

EXTRAS: The rather corny short promotional film "Pond Of Dreams" as well as a "Making Of" for the short film; featurette about the finale for the Montreal Forum; featurette about Superskills 2000; NHL draft behind-the-scenes featurette and two additional featurettes about "building teams".

Final Thoughts: Hockey fans will enjoy the program, but there's also quite a few special features to round out the nice package. Recommended.

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