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The Movie:

Indiana Pacers fans now have the ability to watch four "fan favorite" (fans were offered the chance to vote in an on-line poll on which games they wanted to see included) games in full on this first volume of the "Greatest Games" series.

The first disc offers up the June 1, 1994 Playoff game with the New York Knicks versus the Pacers. At this point, the series was tied up at two games apiece, and the Knicks took an early lead over the Pacers. However, the Pacers staged a 23-3 rally late in the game and Reggie Miller added 25 points for the Pacers in a spectacular fourth quarter performance. The Knicks were held scoreless during the first seven minutes and five seconds of the fourth quarter.

The second disc contains the May 1, 1995 game with the Pacers once again facing off against the Knicks. The Pacers were down 105-99, and it appeared as if the Knicks were going to walk away with the first game of the series. The Pacers then managed to erase the 6 point deficit, scoring 8 points in the final 8.9 seconds. Rik Smits scored 34 points, and the Pacers went on to win in this seven-game series.

The third disc offers the May 25th, 1998 game versus the Chicago Bulls. Indiana was trailing 91-94 in the fourth, but Travis Best tied the score and Reggie Miller (playing on an injured ankle) drained the game-winning jumper with seven-tenths of a second remaining. The victory evened the series.

The fourth disc offers a June 2, 2000 game against the Knicks. Indiana closed out the Knicks 4-2 to advance to the first-ever NBA Finals in franchise history. Reggie Miller scored 17 of this 34 points in the fourth quarter, Dale Davis grabbed 16 rebounds for the fourth time in the series and Travis Best followed up his 24-point, Game 5 performance by hitting several big shots late in the game for the NBA Finals-bound Pacers.


The DVD

VIDEO: All four games are presented in 1.33:1 full-frame. Picture quality is about the same as broadcast quality, with reasonably good sharpness and detail. Some minor shimmering and artifacting was spotted at times, but the picture mostly appeared clean and clear. Colors remained natural and crisp, with no smearing or other concerns.

SOUND: The games are presented with their original stereo audio and audio quality remains quite good.

EXTRAS: None. Some scorecards, text notes or other odds/ends extras about the games would have been nice.

Final Thoughts: Pacer fans or NBA fans interested in these classic games should consider picking up this set, which offers all four games in full.



DVD Information





NBA Greatest Games: Vol. 1: Indiana Pacers
Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
4 DVDs
1.33:1
Stereo
447 minutes
Rated NR
Dual Layer:Yes
Anamorphic:Yes
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: Greatest Games: Volume 1: Indiana Pacers DVD