History of USC Football DVD

I had a chance to watch the new History of USC Football DVD (produced and distributed by Warner Brothers) and it is a definite must-get for USC fans.

The DVD does a good job of covering the entire history from Howard Jones to Pete Carroll with separate segments on all the national championship teams. They go in depth with the Howard Jones era, the McKay era, the Robinson era and the Carroll era. On top of that there are some bonus segments including a "storytellers" piece which features some nice commentary from Trojan stars of the past (my favorite was Fertig talking about the meeting with Bear Bryan at the airport bar).

The DVD opens with the sound of Tom Kelly's voice talking during highlights from the 74 Notre Dame game, breaks into a montage of highlights from throughout the years of Trojan football and then starts right in with the beginning of the Pete Carroll tenure with shots from his opening press conference.

The DVD runs for more than an hour and a half with plenty of good stuff to keep any Trojan fan happy.

Press Release on History of USC Football DVD

BURBANK, CA (August 25, 2005) – As the players, coaches and fans gear up for the 2005 season, Warner Home Video (WHV), Collegiate Images (CI) and the University of Southern California (USC) are teaming up to give football fanatics an early start on the upcoming season. WHV will release a DVD that celebrates the winning tradition of USC Trojan Football, from the four championships of the Howard Jones era through John McKay and John Robinson eras to their back-to-back national championship runs in 2003 and 2004 with coach Pete Carroll. The History of USC Football will be released on September 13, 2005. The DVD, which is packed with rare footage and exclusive interviews from the most memorable players and coaches in USC history, is available for $19.98 SRP.

"College Football is this country's second most favorite sport and we've kicked off our collegiate football DVD series with a celebration of one of the richest football traditions in America," said Norbert Hudak, WHV Director, Sports Marketing. "The USC Trojans are a highly decorated team, with six Heisman Trophy winners and a rich winning tradition including 11 National Championships, which makes this DVD a must-have for Trojan fans."

This unforgettable retrospective chronicles every USC title and examines the men that made Trojan football a national power. Packed with exclusive bonus features, this DVD provides fans the opportunity to celebrate USC's Heisman winners and explore some of the lesser-known stories in USC lore.

Special features include:

• The McKay Mystery - An investigation into the death threat Coach John McKay received prior to the 1974 Rose Bowl

• The Heisman Club - Player Profiles on: Mike Garrett (1965), O.J. Simpson (1968), Charles White (1979), Marcus Allen (1981), Carson Palmer (2002), Matt Leinart (2004)

• Second Banana - Features Coach John Robinson's 1976 and 1979 teams that finished second in the country

• Story Tellers- Compellation of the best interviews and poignant stories

The Credits

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Collegiate Images:
Fort Lauderdale-based Collegiate Images (CI) is the centralized licensing and rights clearance agency that manages the distribution of archived video and still images for colleges, universities, conferences, bowl games and broadcast rights holders. CI's role is to centralize footage licensing requests and create consistency across the collegiate market. In addition to the development of revenue and new business opportunities, the centralized agency is responsible for the enforcement and management of both copyrighted footage and other video and still images containing trademarks or other proprietary rights of a collegiate property or rights holder.

CI is a joint venture of Convizion, Inc., a media investment partnership, and The Collegiate Licensing Company. CLC, formed in 1981, is the nation's leading collegiate licensing and marketing representative that assists collegiate licensors in protecting and controlling the use of their logos through trademark licensing.

For more information on these and other titles distributed by Warner Home Video, visit www.whvdirect.com.

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