ESPN to Release '30 for 30' Fifth Anniversary Boxed Sets27 Aug, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
ESPN Films is commemorating the five-year anniversary of acclaimed sports documentary series “30 for 30” with the Nov. 25 release of a limited edition 30 for 30: Fifth Anniversary Collection on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The 100-title collection marks the first time the entire “30 for 30” TV series is available in one boxed set. Additional docs include “30 for 30 Soccer Stories” and “Nine for IX” series, which chronicles women’s sports issues. Bonus content includes “30 for 30 Shorts” and separate sports docs: “The Fab Five,” “Catching Hell” and “The Announcement.”
The 32-disc DVD boxed set ($249.95 SRP) will also include a T-shirt, hat, limited edition book and poster, with a total running time of 114 hours. The 20-disc Blu-ray boxed set comes in specialized packaging priced at $199.95 SRP.
In addition, Groupon.com will offer an exclusive DVD edition with packaging styled after a metal sports locker, beginning Nov. 1.
“Since ‘30 for 30’ launched five years ago, our hope has been to add important new voices and style to sports documentaries,” Connor Schell, VP of ESPN Films, said in a statement.
Executive produced by Schell, Bill Simmons and John Dahl, ESPN Films’ “30 for 30 series” launched in October 2009 with the premiere of Peter Berg’s “King’s Ransom.” Since then, the series has continued to generate strong ratings and critical acclaim, winning multiple Peabody, TCA and Emmy awards. The series’ new slate commences in October.