It’s become typical in sports when something totally unexpected happens to say it is “movie-like.” Well, the Giants’ Hollywood-esque season is hitting the DVD shelf.
NFL Films and Vivendi Entertainment’s “Super Bowl XLVI Champions: New York Giants” DVD is premiering tonight in Times Square and will be on sale Tuesday in both DVD and Blu-Ray versions.
If you paid attention to the Giants’ season throughout the year, then there isn’t much here that is new. The DVD takes you through the season week by week, recalling how Victor Cruz came into his own against the Eagles, how uplifting the win over the Patriots during the regular season was, and after losing four straight how huge the win in Dallas became. If I have one problem with it, it’s that it glosses over the miserable parts of the season. The losses to Seattle, the near-loss to winless Miami, the four-game losing streak, they’re sort of brushed aside. It's a highlight film, after all, not a documentary. But as a narrative, the arc of the season needs those elements to really understand how magical the Super Bowl run was. The depths of 6-6 -- and especially 7-7 after the Redskins loss -- are never really established so you can’t appreciate the hole that the team dug itself out of.
The DVD also ignores things like the season-ending injuries early in the year (and the ones before the year even started), the emergence of Pierre-Paul (at least until the Cowboys game; I would have liked to look back at his dominance in that first preseason game against the Panthers), the drama with Osi Umenyiora, the play of Michael Boley, and the entire season-long debate that stemmed from Eli Manning's preseason comments about being elite and in Tom Brady's class.
Some of those elements, I'm sure, will be covered in more depth when the "America's Game" DVD comes out in a few months. This is just a quick turnaround -- it's been less than a month since they won, remember! -- and a cool keepsake.
Then again, if you want to sit down for an hour and a half or so and rewatch the season game by game, then this is the one for you.
Of course there are some extras including some Super Bowl media day interviews, a recap of Super Bowl XLII (in case you forgot) and a chance to catch up with David Tyree. Ultimately, though, the video ends with Super Bowl XLVI and the ticker tape parade.
(As my son points out, the DVD case has big letters on the back that read GIANTS WIN! “Wow, spoiler alert,” he told me.)
The premier is tonight in New York but some of the players are fanning out afterwards to sign the product and one of them is coming to Long Island. Antrel Rolle will be at the FYE in Nassau Mall in Levittown on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. (Note that all he’ll be signing is copies of the DVD, so don’t trot down there with pictures, helmets, ticket stubs or anything else you want signed; if you want an autograph it has to be on a newly purchased DVD).
Besides Rolle, you can also catch Jason Pierre-Paul signing at the Best Buy on 14th Street in Manhattan at midnight (when the DVD officially goes on sale) until 2 a.m. on Tuesday; Mario Manningham will be signing at the Modell’s on 42nd Street on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (in what could be his final appearance as a Giant!); and Hakeem Nicks will be signing at the Walmart in Secaucus on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m.