Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Series Collector’s Edition (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
November 5, 2010 by Dennis Amith
If you are a Los Angeles Lakers fan, the 2010 NBA Finals was definitely one of the best finals that came down to the last two minutes of game 7! Whenever we see the two biggest rivals of the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics going to war on the basketball court, you know you are in for a great time and for a Lakers fan, watching the Lakers beat the Celtics is a great feeling. Now you can enjoy all seven games as they are presented in 1080p High Definition with lossless DTS-HD MA Stereo soundtrack and you also get the press conferences and mini-movies from the 2010 NBA Finals. Definitely recommended for the hardcore Los Angeles Lakers fans!
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TITLE: Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Series Collector’s Edition
DURATION: 13 Hrs., 30 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition Widescreen, DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo
COMPANY: NBA Entertainment/Image Entertainment
Release Date: October 28, 2010
A rivalry renewed and a hotly anticipated rematch two years in the making! The 2010 NBA Finals exceeded the hype as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, the two most successful franchises in NBA history, picked up where they left off in 2008 when the Celtics defeated the Lakers to earn the title. The Lakers, led by 2010 Finals MVP Kobe Bryant, took the series to Game Seven and, down by 13 points in the third quarter, came back to repeat as champions in the most-watched NBA game in over a decade. Relive the dramatic setbacks, comebacks, and late-game heroics of this epic series.
This definitive box set contains all seven games in their entirety, with exclusive bonus features that are your all-access pass to both teams on the court and in the locker room.
When it comes to NBA Championships, the largest rivalry in sports is between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. A rivalry which was born in 1959 when the Lakers were still known as the Minneapolis Lakers and both teams would meet up in the finals a total of 12 times.
The Celtics would take the championship in their first eight meetings (1959, 1962-1963, 1965-1966, 1968-1969) but the Los Angeles Lakers led by Magic Johnson would take the next two championships in 1985 and 1987.
Many have hoped for another rivalry on the floor between the two teams and in 2008, the top seed of both conferences which featured the Lakers led by Kobe Bryant vs. the magic three of the Boston Celtics led by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. And for Los Angeles Lakers fans, one of the most painful moments was watching the Lakers lose in game six of the 2008 NBA finals to the Celtics.
While the Lakers would rebound and claim the championship against the Orlando Magic in 2009, what fans wanted was revenge for the 2008 loss and to see the Lakers vs. the Celtics one more time in the NBA Championships. The Lakers were expected in the championships as they dominated the season but for the East, eyes were on Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers but the biggest shock was the Celtics dismantling both the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers to make it to the finals. And thus, the revenge matchup that Lakers fans have wished for had arrived.
The two most successful franchises in the NBA were destined to go against each other and these Lakers have grown since their loss against Boston. This time around, the Lakers would have the addition of skilled defensive player Ron Artest and also strong young players from the bench. Also, this time around, the Lakers would have home court advantage.
And what a nail-biter the 2010 NBA Finals came to be as the Lakers and Celtics took it all the way to game 7.
GAME 1: Boston Celtics (89) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (102)
GAME 2: Boston Celtics (103) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (94)
GAME 3: Los Angeles Lakers (91) vs. Boston Celtics (84)
GAME 4: Los Angeles Lakers (89) vs. Boston Celtics (96)
GAME 5: Los Angeles Lakers (86) vs. Boston Celtics (92)
GAME 6: Boston Celtics (67) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (89)
The final game 7 and the game could have went either way but it was decided in the final two minutes of the game as the Los Angeles Lakers would win the game with 83 points to Boston’s 79.
The Los Angeles Lakers would repeat and would become the NBA Champions. And to celebrate the Los Angeles Lakers amazing win against the Boston Celtics, Image Entertainment is releasing a 4 Blu-ray Disc and an 8-DVD set. The Blu-ray set would feature all seven games in its entirety, presented in 1080p High Definition and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo. And both sets would include the post-game press conferences plus the mini-movies.
Two games are presented in the first three discs, while the seventh game is on the fourth and contains the majority of the special features. You can play the entire game, select a quarter, view the score quarter breakdowns and the stats.
“Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Series Collector’s Edition” is presented in 1080p High Definition (Widescreen). The colors are vibrant, much more detail and clarity (more than the HD broadcast) and the picture quality was quite perfect.
I saw no signs of artifacting, especially with so much action, I saw no combing or any problems with the video.Very awesome presentation and Lakers fans should be happy! Even the special features are presented in HD.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Series Collector’s Edition” is presented in lossless DTS-HD MA Stereo. Audio is front channel driven and although it would have been nice to have 5.1 or 7.1 surround to capture the sound of the actual game and make your living room to have a more immersive soundscape, I’m just glad that there is a lossless audio track.
There are no subtitles included.
“Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Series Collector’s Edition” special features are presented in 1080p High Definition and is in Dolby Digital Stereo.
- Game 1 Mini-Movie – (4:50) Featuring interviews with people coming to the game and the players arriving to the Staples Center. Everything leading up to the first game and presenting footage from game 1.
- Game 2 Mini-Movie – (5:56) Featuring recaps of game 1, interviews with players coming to the Staples Center and pre-game footage. Also, footage from game 2.
- Game 3 Mini-Movie – (6:00) Featuring interviews with people from Boston and the players arriving to Boston Garden. Featuring footage from game 3.
- Game 4 Mini-Movie – (6:20) Featuring interviews with the players before the game and Celtics fans talking about the 1987 Lakers/Celtics finals. Featuring the footage from game 4.
- Game 5 Mini-Movie – (6:17) Featuring the Celtics at practice, players and fans arriving to the Boston Garden. Featuring footage from game 5 and post-game footage with players and fans.
- Game 6 Mini-Movie – (5:06) Featuring Lakers fans and the players arriving to the Staples Center. Featuring pre-game footage and footage from game six.
- Game 7 Mini-Movie – (8:12) Featuring a recap of game one through six, fans getting ready for game 7, players getting amped for the final game and footage from game seven including clips from the award ceremony and post-game celebrations.
- NBA Finals Game 1 Press Conference – (24:47) Featuring press conferences by Doc Rivers, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant.
- NBA Finals Game 2 Press Conference – (28:16) Featuring press conferences by Doc Rivers, Phil Jackson and Ray Allen.
- NBA Finals Game 3 Press Conference – (30:16) Featuring press conferences by Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant.
- NBA Finals Game 4 Press Conference – (30:45) Featuring press conferences by Doc Rivers, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Nate Robinson & Glenn Davis.
- NBA Finals Game 5 Press Conference – (47:29) Featuring press conferences by Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.
- NBA Finals Game 6 Press Conference – (37:26) Featuring press conferences by Doc Rivers, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest.
“Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Series Collector’s Edition” comes with a slip-over cover case.
I was raised in a Laker household and my family including myself are hardcore Lakers fans.
When it comes to the playoffs, this is when I get into the mode where during a game, I don’t want to be bothered. I don’t want to be interrupted, it’s me and television set and literally me cheering or screaming when things are not going right. Needless to say, when the Lakers lost the championship back in 2008, as a fan, it was a big hit to the stomach. I literally went through a day or two of withdrawals of not wanting to speak to anyone, not wanting to watch TV to avoid any post-news coverage, like many other Lakers fans, I was devastated. Because a Lakers and Celtics matchup in the finals, they rarely happen and when they do, you know it’s going to be a war.
I still have my old VHS tapes when the Lakers beat the Celtics back in ’87 and I can easily remember as a kid, being into the finals and literally biting my nails and awaiting the call from my father working late at work to get a report of the game. Lakers and Celtics…1985 and 1987, two finals that I will always remember but I just hoped for another shot of the LA Lakers going against the Celtics in the finals. Revenge for the loss of 2008 and see the 2009 champs kick butt in 2010 and what a fantastic year the Lakers have had.
As many people were expecting Lebron James and Cleveland Cavaliers or the Orlando Magic being in the finals, literally no one had expectation for the Celtics to be in the finals but they proved that their team was the better team in the Eastern conference as they dismantled the Cavs and thumped the Magic, I had nothing but a grin on my face because the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics rivalry was back in full force for the 2010 NBA Finals.
There was no way I would have expected the Celtics to be up 3 games to 2 and so it was literally an excruciating feeling of hoping the guys can win game 6. And as for game 7, what a nail-biter. There was no way to tell who was going to win. Even the final two minutes when Ron Artest made his three, Celtics responded with a three, Lakers were back in the lead, Rondo makes a three pointer to cut the lead into two. This was one of the best game 7’s I have seen and to see the Lakers come back after being behind 13 points and winning the finals, what a sweet victory this was and a memorable 2010 NBA Finals!
And what a great way to relive the finals and to watch it on Blu-ray. Colors are vibrant, detail much more evident. So, evident that even people sitting in courtside become much more visible on Blu-ray. So, the fact that we get the entire matchup of all seven games of the 2010 finals on Blu-ray (and DVD) is fantastic. All post-game commentary and also post-game interviews (as well as the press conferences) are included on this Blu-ray release. And pretty much, this set is pretty much all Lakers fans can ask for.
It’s important to note that you don’t get the losing team interviews and that after game seven during the celebration of the Lakers win and award ceremony, ESPN does have their logo featured small but you can see it on the upper right corner of the screen.
Sure, I would love to have had a featurette on both teams via a recap of the Western and Eastern Conference playoffs and seeing the journey that got the Lakers and Celtics to the finals. But this is not the usual NBA championship DVD’s that show those clips from the playoffs, this one primarily focuses on the actual seven games in the finals.
As for audio, I’m glad we get a lossless soundtrack but I hope in the near future, the NBA considers capturing the stadium ambiance and sounds and present these games in DTS-HD MA 7.1 versus 2.0. It would be great to have that immersive soundtrack in your living room and hearing the stadium erupt right in your living room or entertainment center. But for the most part, this release is front channel driven and audio is crystal clear courtesy of the lossless soundtrack.
You do get a good number of special features such as the mini-movies and certain press conferences are included, especially the post-game 7 Ron Artest’s jovial press conference which will definitely be remembered.
Overall, for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, especially those who still have the games still on their DVR harddrive, this is the best presentation of the game on Blu-ray via 1080p and not in 720p and it looks fantastic. But if anything, this collector’s edition would make a great purchase or gift for the hardcore Lakers fan and definitely worth owning because it features the Lakers beating the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals. How sweet is that?
If you are a Los Angeles Lakers fans, this collector’s edition Blu-ray is definitely recommended!
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