Living With Lions - The Complete Story (DVD)

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Living With Lions - The Complete Story (DVD)

LIVING WITH LIONS: THE COMPLETE STORY is a behind-the-scenes documentary following the British Lions 1997 tour of South Africa. Starting with training...

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published 18/12/2007 | scanerz1985
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Pro Fantastic look at the old-style touring mentality
Cons Some of the filming is amateur due to the players filming themselves
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"The original and the best"

The original of the behind the scenes reviews for rugby, its follow ups have been distinctly poor by comparison. The first tour of the professional era is charted from the initial team bonding sessions in an English hotel all around South Africa on the most mesmerising tour to happen in the past twenty years. Despite being far weaker on paper, the Lions managed to record a 2-1 win in the test series, and some impressive results against the traditional names of provincial rugby.

From the very beginning the players are given the opportunity to film themselves meaning that what the viewer sees is the real life of touring, rather than contrived media speak. From Bentos' reaction in the early hours of the morning on test selection, to the medical room mere seconds after Will Greenwood almost died on the pitch there are many genuine heartwarming moments. The lack of focus on the actual rugby could be viewed as strange, but it enables the viewer to see international athletes as real people.

There are also moments from the support crew surrounding the team, such as the ability of Dr Robson to switch from dry humour to complete seriousness and sympathy when having to tell players they are too injured to continue on tour.

Action from games is limited to major incidents, but this only adds to the majic of a must own DVD for any sports fan, not just those with an interest in union.

There are no features, due to the age of the original feature and the fact is was originally released only on video. At three hours long, it's not a quick view, but it is easy to dip in and out of due to the nature of a rugby tour. There is little action from the last week of the tour after the test series was won, this was originally put on a seperate video, and due to the length of the dvd, it is impractical to put more action in.

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  • Soho_Black published 18/01/2009
    Re-rated based on Ciao's insistence that such reviews are no longer considered "Off Topic"
  • Soho_Black published 18/12/2007
    I see you've posted this as a DVD review, but you've not mentioned the DVD features. Are there any extras? If so, what are they and are they any good? If you add to this, or if you change it to be posted as a "Film Only" review, which can be done by accessing "edit review" above the review and changing the drop down menu under the "Which format are you reviewing?" question at the bottom, please let me know and I'll re-rate.
  • Expired-Account published 18/12/2007
    Helpful review, but think more details would help this review
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LIVING WITH LIONS: THE COMPLETE STORY is a behind-the-scenes documentary following the British Lions 1997 tour of South Africa. Starting with training in England and continuing through every provincial game and test match, this sports film offers a rare glimpse inside the workings of a world-class team.


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