Paramount/CBS Relive NCAA Championship27 Apr, 2004 By: Dan Bennett
Still got a case of Huskies fever?
Live the drama again when Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Sports bow CONNquest: The Official 2004 NCAA Championship DVD June 15 at $19.99.The title covers the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and Final Four rounds of the recent NCAA Men's Basketball championship, featuring bountiful action, including extensive coverage not seen on network television.
“We're excited about this title for many reasons, including the fact that the Saturday games, the Final Four, was the best combination of games in 15 years,” said Eric Paulen, senior producer for Black Canyon Productions, the company that has been producing these NCAA basketball titles for 15 years. “This is also the first time in 15 years we've had a buzzer-beater, meaning a shot at the buzzer to win the game.”
The final game, between the University of Connecticut Huskies and Georgia Tech, may not have had the same intensity as the games in the Final Four, but was considered a well-played game.
The DVD release, done in partnership with the NCAA, is planned ahead to some extent, though Paulen said the games themselves dictate most of the content.
“We have 168 minutes this year, almost three hours of content, including the complete final game,” Paulen said. “We also have the complete semifinal game involving the Huskies, and that's a first.”
There is also a behind-the-scenes segment with Connecticut — another first.
“It's a four-minute segment that follows the team from Wednesday almost up to game time Saturday,” Paulen said. “We were able to shoot (Connecticut coach) Jim Calhoun's pre-game speech. We had more access than ever before, which was crucial to how complete we were able to make the final product.”