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Once in a Lifetime in September

Pathé Distribution Ltd. have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Once in a Lifetime for 25th September 2006 priced at £19.99. Football has always brought the world to its feet, with the sole exception of one country – the USA. Once in a Lifetime charts the rollercoaster story of how some of the world’s greatest ever players including Pele, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer lifted the New York Cosmos soccer team from zeroes to heroes - on and off the pitch.

The documentary footage is narrated by Matt Dillon, and tells the tale of how Warner Communications chief Steve Ross witnessed the world wide frenzy that greeted the 1970 World Cup finals, and realised the financial potential for replicating this success in the USA. Although oblivious to the otherwise universal passion for football, the phenomenon of Pele had still reached the USA. Upon his signing for the lowly New York City Cosmos, the magnetism of football began to creep into the nation’s heart.

Several star European players were tempted by large pay offers to play for the Cosmos dream team; Chinaglia, Cruyff, Beckenbauer and the UK’s infamous Rodney Marsh amongst others. At the height of their success, The Cosmos drew crowds of 80,000 fans and won several league championships, with eye catching football. As media attention snowballed, so did the star status of the glamorous footballers, who became notorious players on the legendary 1970s New York City party circuit at Studio 54. The dream however could not be sustained, and the team imploded in the early 1980's. As ratings dropped, the US TV networks pulled their financing, and the brief but glorious US love affair with the beautiful game was over.

Features include:

  • 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • Commentary by John Battsek (Producer) and Paul Crowder (Co-Director)
  • Pele's Last Game – Deleted Sequence
  • Haitian Divorce – Deleted Sequence
  • The Real Hunt for Pele featurette

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