11/23/2014  
Field Of Lost Shoes on DVD Dec 2What If on DVD & Blu-ray Nov 25Hart To Hart: Season 3 on DVD Dec 9The Simpsons: Season 17 on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 2Robin Williams Remembered - Pioneers of Television on DVD Dec 2Kung Fu Girl / Whiplash on DVD Dec 2Broad City: Season 1 on DVD Dec 2

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Field Of Lost Shoes on DVD Dec 2...
'SNL's' Michael Che talks Bill Cosby: 'I forgave Kramer...
What If on DVD & Blu-ray Nov 25...
Hart To Hart: Season 3 on DVD Dec 9...
Beyonce Debuts Music Video ... Suck It Iggy, J.Lo and K...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CACTUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (BLU-RAY)...
AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM (BLU...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
DARK SHADOWS: THE GREATEST EPISODES COLLECTION - FAN FA...
JACK KEROUAC - KING OF THE BEATS...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
BASIL DEARDEN'S LONDON UNDERGROUND (ECLIPSE SERIES 25)...

RR Rich Rosell

LONDON TO BRIGHTON...
AFTER.LIFE...
MYSTERY TRAIN (BLU-RAY)...
THE NATURAL (BLU-RAY)...
PANDORUM...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

JU Jeff Ulmer

THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

20th Century Fox presents
Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

"You figure there's been, I don't know, 25,000 years... I don't know how you do the math on that... but it's like, out of all the 50,000 top athletes since prehistoric times, brontosaures and pterodactyls included... he's right there."
- Bill Murray

Review By: Jesse Shanks   
Published: March 06, 2001

Stars: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Laurence Fishburne, David Falk, Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Greene
Other Stars: Bob Costas, Dean Smith, Deloris Jordan, Fred Lynch, Walter Iooss Jr
Director: Don Kempf, James D. Stern

Manufacturer: CMCA
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Run Time: 00h:46m:00s
Release Date: February 13, 2001
UPC: 024543012832
Genre: sports


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ BA+B+ B+

DVD Review

I am on the other side of the fence when it comes to Michael Jordan. No matter how greatly I respect him as a player, he was always the enemy. Jordan weaves a dramatic swath through my sports memories: I remember the NCAA Finals where he hit the game-winning shot as a North Carolina freshman. There was the NBA Slam-Dunk contest when he dunked after jumping from the free throw line. There was the 63 points he scored against Larry Bird's Boston Celtics in the playoffs after coming off a season-long foot injury. There were the countless times he bedeviled my New York Knicks in the regular season and the playoffs. There was the incredible domination that he achieved over the sport of basketball, winning six championship rings.

Michael Jordan to the Max is a tribute to Jordan's dramatic final season in the NBA. It is amazing to think that he was able to lead the Chicago Bulls to the championship against the absolutely determined efforts of the entire league to stop him. The documentary weaves a portrait of Jordan the man and icon around the story of the championship run, through interview, stock footage and remembrances of fans, teammates and coaches that is ultimately a fine tribute to one of the great athletes of all time.

Made for the IMAX® theater, this film contains some of the best basketball footage that I have ever scene. There is such a true sense of the arena nature of the sport. The story is very dramatic as the Bulls meet the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference championship; the semifinals of the NBA playoff structure, and actually faced elimination. Basically, Jordan guaranteed victory and delivered. The film does a great job of keeping the suspense of a known event alive with depictions of the struggles of Jordan and team.

The portrait portions of the film are necessarily superficial, yet provide some insights into the personality of Jordan and the traits that helped to make him a champion. There are segments that explore his relationships with fellow players, the fans, his parents and his children. In an interview sequence that is interpersed through the film as a sort of "Michael Jordan in the theater with you" effect (that probably works much better on the big screen), Jordan talks about some of his beliefs and philosophies of achievement that I would certainly believe more than some of these quick-talking, positive thinking gurus that are around. It is easy to say that Jordan had the talent, but one thing that comes clear in the documentary is that Michael Jordan is one of the hardest workers ever to play basketball. In the interviews, Jordan is very authentic and engaging.

The film begins with a special film sequence featuring the Bullet Time technology that was developed for The Matrix. Jordan seems to be in the United Center in Chicago and starting at half court, dribbles toward the basket and then jumps toward the basket from the free throw intending to recreate his signature flying dunk. Suddenly, he freezes in the air and the camera seems to make a 270 degree sweep around him suspended and then he dunks the ball through the basket. It is fascinating to watch, at least 50 times.

This film has been shown in schools and other institutions and is more than just a highlight-driven documentary. For any sports fan, it is a great addition to the DVD library. Michael Jordan to the Max is a fine documentary of a great athlete. The IMAX aspect is intriguing and unique, making for interesting and enjoyable viewing.

Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The image transfer is awesome. Featuring the footage filmed with IMAX equipment and 35mm footage blown up to 70mm, this film features some incredible scenes of basketball. Detail is crisp and the colors are so rich as to almost hurt the eyes, especially after watching so many basketball games on a grainy 19 inch TV. Truly, you see things as you have never seen before in this film. I now long for the day when all sports footage is presented like this.

Image Transfer Grade: A+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes
Dolby Digital
5.1
English, Frenchyes


Audio Transfer Review: The soundtrack matches the image with a fine Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix. The interviews segments are quite listenable and the surround ambient sound adds great realism to the watching experience. There is a Dolby Surround track and for Michael's French fans, a Dolby 5.1 track in French. A must listen, at least for a minute or two, for any American fan! The music is well chosen and well-used for this documentary and the sound track does the hard work great justice.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
Cast and Crew Biographies
Cast and Crew Filmographies
2 Original Trailer(s)
2 TV Spots/Teasers
1 Documentaries
1 Featurette(s)
1 Feature/Episode commentary by director/producer James D. Stern, director/producer Don Kempf and producer Steve Kempf
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Newspaper reviews from Calgary Sun, New York Post and Chicago Sun-Times
  2. Behind The Scenes
  3. Michael Jordan Bullet Time Slam Dunk
Extras Review: There is really a decent set of extras on this disc. The behind-the-scenes documentary is very interesting, depicting both the feelings of people who worked on the film about working with Michael Jordan and a fascinating description of the use of the Bullet Time technology to create the opening dunk sequence. A short featurette that is a jazzed up version of some of the Bullet Time material is great fun.

The commentary by James Stern, Steve Kempf and Don Kempf is a good listen as they discuss the making of an IMAX film and working with Michael Jordan. They talk about their own nervousness as the Bulls fell behind in the Conference Finals and it looked like there would be no championship—thus no film—and they already had a substantial financial investment...without a contract.

There are also biographies and credits for the filmmakers along with full statistics for Michael Jordan. Also, included are reviews of the film by three newspapers.

I like to see a lot of extras on my discs and this satisfies.

Extras Grade: B+

 

Final Comments

Sports fans with DVD players need disks that exploit the medium to provide a new view of the sports they love. But, also, they need these discs to be more than just fancy camera shots. Michael Jordan to the Max is a fine documentary with some fantastic sports scenes. Highly recommended.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

drama, television, saturday night live, michael che, bill cosby, cameron diaz, comedy, music, beyonce, 7/11, american music awards, sunday, movie, hunger games: mockingjay-part 1, danny strong, christian toto, john nolte, sarah seltzer, documentary, action, foo fighters, beat the bots tour, 2015, sonic highways, fenway park in boston, wrigley field in chicago, citi field in new york, rfk stadium in washington d.c., chris pratt, guardians of the galaxy, dave chappelle, shailene woodley, ansel elgort, steve carell, michael sam, celebrity, judi dench, esio trot, bbc, philomena, dustin hoffman, richard curtis, horror, sci-fi, james bond, christoph waltz, daniel craig, ralph fiennes, ben whishaw, naomie harris, miley cyrus, patrick schwarzenegger, adore you, arnold schwarzenegger, maria schriver, family, the big bang theory, mrs. wolowitz, carol ann susi, breast cancer, jennifer actress, plunging neckline, movies, christopher nolan, big hero 6, interstellar, gone girl, st. vincent, andy dick, arrested, tmz, stolen necklace

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store