When major league hockey came to Indianapolis in 1974, no one knew the sport s two greatest players would one day wear the Racers red, white and blue. But the Racers story is so much more than just a launch pad for Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier it is a time when a rebel major hockey league shook the National Hockey League to its core and changed the game forever.
The result of five years of new research, writing and production, GRETZKY, INDY & THE W.H.A. is the two-DVD box set that fans have waited for as a tribute to the wild and colorful 1970s hockey era. Journalist Timothy Gassen was there, and as writer and director he now details the only firsthand account of the Indianapolis Racers and their five-year run in the World Hockey Association.
DVD DISC ONE features a brand new 50-minute documentary that expertly chronicles Indy s rise as a W.H.A. beacon, with newly discovered footage of Wayne Gretzky s first moments as a major leaguer. Highlights from the 1977 W.H.A. All-Star Game and a bonus vintage W.H.A. Fight Reel are also included.
As DVD-ROM material on DISC ONE, a revised electronic edition of the acclaimed 155 page Red, White & Blues Racers book is included, along with bonus stories and complete franchise statistics. More than three hours of restored 1970s W.H.A. radio broadcasts complete DISC ONE.
DVD DISC TWO features the most complete surviving game footage of the Indianapolis Racers: The December 10, 1978 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers & Wayne Gretzky playing in his only game ever in Indy as an Oiler. This game was only weeks after his major league debut as a Racer (& trade to the Oilers), and only five days before the Indy franchise folded.
Also on DISC TWO is the third period of the April 4, 1978 game in Indianapolis vs. the rival Cincinnati Stingers.
THE GREAT ONE: Rare and newly found footage of WAYNE GRETZKY and his mysterious entry into major league hockey with a million dollar signing in 1978 as a 17-year-old rookie with the INDIANAPOLIS RACERS.
FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT: A complete Racers franchise history, told by the players, coaches and fans themselves. Many NHL and WHA players are interviewed, including PAT STAPLETON, JIM PARK, KEN BLOCK, REG THOMAS, BRIAN McDONALD, PAUL HOGANSON, HUGH HARRIS, and PETER DRISCOLL. Original voice of The Racers Hall-of-Famer and current NFL Indy Colts voice BOB LAMEY narrates the documentary.
READ IT & PRINT IT: An electronic version of the Racers book is viewable on computer and is printable. Three hours of restored 1970s WHA radio broadcasts are also included.
THE LOST LEAGUE: A detailed look at the WHA the league that changed the NHL & major league hockey forever.
For complete information and the WHA Racers paperback book, visit whaRACERS.com
- Sales Rank: #364625 in DVD
- Size: One Size
- Brand: VSC
- Released on: 2009-04-15
- Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Formats: Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
- Original language:
- Running time: 360 minutes
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