Box it up: The L.A. connection to the first ESPN “30 For 30” DVDs out today

The first 15 installments of ESPN’s gotta-see-it “30 for 30” documentary series have been released in a six-disc gift set, with two hours of bonus features.


Actual retail price: $74.95 (although we see Walmart is already undercutting the competition). Almost every documentary has been sold individually for $14.95.

They say this is the first of a three-part collection. You want to wait for the whole thing to come out? They’ve still got (at least) one more to go — “Pony Excess” on the 1987 “death penalty” levied on the Southern Methodist University football program by Thaddeus D. Matula , airs Saturday, 6 p.m., after the Heisman Trophy show. That’s No. 30 on the list. But another one on Steve Bartman has been pushed back to early 2011. That was replaced earlier this year by “Fernando Nation,” about the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela.

Local interest in what’s included for this first box:

Peter Berg’s “Kings Ranson,” on Wayne Gretzky coming to L.A., the first doc in the series.

Brett Morgan’s “June 17th, 1994” about what else happened on the day of the O.J. Simpson freeway chase up the 405.

Ice Cube’s “Straight Outta L.A.” on the Raiders’ journey through L.A.

— L.A.-based Mike Tollin’s “Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?”

Bill Couturie’s “Guru of Go,” on Loyola Marymount’s Paul Westhead.

== More:
= The ESPN 30 For 30 official website (linked here)

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