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Watching the 49ers lose the 2013 Super Bowl again - in pristine high-definition - is like getting a fresh round of salt in our still-sore Northern California wounds....
Vivendi / 140 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: March 5, 2013
We had a chance – a fighting chance. My beloved 49ers were able to slip through the cracks of the last few weeks of the 2012/2013 NFL season and make it to the big time, and for the first time in years (it has been a while since the red and gold had even participated in the game) it almost seemed like we were going to bring it on home. It was not to be, of course, but at least we gave it a shot.
That opening paragraph is a lot more rounded than the one I had originally planned to write – that one went something like, “This Blu-ray sucks.” Vivendi has done a grand job culling the full final matchup of the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers into a tight 150-minute affair, one that goes a bit behind the scenes into the developments of the season as well as expert analysis of what these squads were going to have to do to bring home that trophy, but for the most part, it’s just a (rewardingly commercial-free) game.
This was definitely not a disc I wanted to actually put into my player – a buddy of mine hinted to me over the phone that a better idea would be to take it outside and set it on fire – but in an attempt to assess the quality of the high-definition release not singularly through the prism of Niner fandom, I must admit that it’s pretty well put-together. The bonus slate here is especially intriguing, bookending interviews with the rival brother coaches with the specifics of the ups and downs their players faced all season. I had to fast-forward through some of it – my wounds aren’t fully healed yet – but as much as I hate to say it: if you’re a Ravens fan, this disc probably plays like gangbusters.