Michael Jordan to the Max

Overview

Michael Jordan was the most famous, most honored, and probably the greatest professional basketball player of his generation, an athlete whose intelligence, charisma, and dazzling on-court skill helped earn his game a new level of popularity and won Jordan a record six NBA title rings. Michael Jordan to the Max, shot and initially released in the high-definition IMAX film format, takes a documentary look at Jordan's life and career, focusing primarily on the 1999 NBA playoffs, in which Jordan and the Chicago ...
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Overview

Michael Jordan was the most famous, most honored, and probably the greatest professional basketball player of his generation, an athlete whose intelligence, charisma, and dazzling on-court skill helped earn his game a new level of popularity and won Jordan a record six NBA title rings. Michael Jordan to the Max, shot and initially released in the high-definition IMAX film format, takes a documentary look at Jordan's life and career, focusing primarily on the 1999 NBA playoffs, in which Jordan and the Chicago Bulls achieved their sixth professional championship under his leadership, shortly before announcing his final retirement from the court. Along the way, we're offered glimpses of Jordan's early days growing up in North Carolina, his rise to fame, and his successful off-court careers in business and advertising. Michael Jordan to the Max was financed in part by mvp.com, an internet company which Jordan helped to found.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
It's safe to see Michael Jordan as an icon: Thanks to his extraordinary talents and Nike's relentless marketing, the airborne image of the former Chicago Bulls guard is recognizable the world over. So it's fitting that Jordan -- and Jordan alone -- is the subject of an IMAX documentary, a medium previously reserved for the wonders of nature and space. Jordan's graceful, acrobatic feats of derring-do on the basketball court seem as natural on an IMAX screen as a herd of gazelles loping across the Serengeti. Michael Jordan to the Max is a brief, topical life story of the 6'-6" shooter, woven into the narrative of Jordan's final games during the four playoff series the Bulls endured on their way to the team's sixth NBA championship. It bears more than noting that the film was produced in part by NBA Entertainment, and Jordan's agent, David Falk, receives executive producer credit. Jordan was a brand, a product, and was fetishized by the media as such. But -- and this becomes very evident while watching this film -- there's a reason he was commodified: he was that good. Watching Jordan casually abuse quality players like Anthony Mason and Jeff Hornacek, players who can more than hold their own against the rest of the NBA, is evidence of his preternatural ability. Michael Jordan to the Max is far more visually pleasing than any of the previous highlight packages the NBA has stuffed together, and the tall, slow shots of Jordan in action have an ethereal elegance, none more so than the spectacle of Jordan shoving aside Utah's Bryan Russell and hitting the championship-winning jumper in Game 6 of the 1998 finals (be warned: audiences in Utah, New Jersey, Charlotte, and Indiana may want to keep away from this one). Michael Jordan certainly needs no further glorification, some might argue; but watching this reminds us of why we looked up (and up and up) to him in the first place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • UPC: 024543012863
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Jordan Participant
Phil Jackson Participant
Doug Collins
Bob Greene
Bob Costas Participant
Dean Smith
Deloris Jordan
Bill Murray
Laurence Fishburne Voice Only
Steve Kerr Participant
Technical Credits
Don Kempf Director, Producer
James D. Stern Director, Producer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Roderick Beltran Sound Editor
Debbie Bisno Associate Producer
John Debney Score Composer
David Falk Executive Producer
Jonathan Hock Editor, Screenwriter
Steve Kempf Producer
James Neihouse Cinematographer
Curtis Polk Executive Producer
Mary Ramos-Oden Musical Direction/Supervision
Ken Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
Arya Shirazi Sound Editor
Adam Silver Executive Producer
Michelle Silverman Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Gregg Winik Executive Producer
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