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Ali - The Fighter

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The Stunning Documentary of The Greatest Fight Of The Century.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Burt Lancaster
  • Directors: William Greaves, Rick Baxter
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LPSIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pizcaj on January 14, 2009
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I knew of this fight from the constant discussions about it among my classmates during the weeks prior to the event when I was in grade school. Since that time, I've always been haunted by the mystic of this bigger-than-life event and was curious to see the whole 15 rounds. The mystic that I mention had to do with the reported intensity of this fight and the physical damage done to both fighters. My curiosity was further raised when I was in college and happened to come across a library book documentary about the first Ali-Frazier bout authored by Jose Torres, the title of which escapes me. His virtual round by round coverage of the fight itself was absolutely mesmerizing and made me want to see it all the more! Finally, in the mid 1980's, they played this documentary, which was titled as "The Fight" on TV, and apparently it's the same documentary as "Ali The Fighter". You can bet I had my VCR set to record it! Finally, after all these years, I was about to see this very elusive event for myself.
Well, all I can say, as a long-time boxing fan, is that this fight was the most fast-paced, intense, vicious boxing match that I had ever witnessed. I could not believe that two heavyweights could fight at the pace that these two great champions fought at and had sustained the punches that they received from one another! It certainly lived up to everything I've heard about it, and I've never seen any other boxing match that contained the amount of drama that this one had.
The media likes to talk about the Thrilla In Manilla as a classic, but I have to differ with them on that. By the time of the Thrilla In Manilla, both fighters had lost a lot of their speed, fluidity, and dynamic fighting style, where in the first fight, they were both much faster, sharper, and more lethal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2010
A more appropriate name for the documentary ALI THE FIGHTER would be "Joe Smokes the 'Chump'." For all the pre-fight hoopla shown here and Ali's questionable ring behavior, he came away from "The Fight of the Century" with a swollen face yet still the crowd favorite, while Smokin' Joe Frazier won a unanimous 15 round decision and the appreciation of only a portion of Madison Square Garden's audience.

About the product itself: a decent dub of what is an overly grainy movie. Although footage of the two boxers training or dissin' each other on the phone is entertaining, the gawking at Burt Lancaster at every opportunity plus prize money wrangling and viewing rights negotiations are really dull.

Except for severely edited 1 minute rests, the fight is complete. Shot from several angles, both low and high, near and far, the first thing we notice is there's no ringside commentators. Initially this can be disconcerting but in less than a round I found the silence preferable to all that usual jabber, progress reports and predictions.

At the risk of running afoul of Ali fans, my opinion of the match and the fighter:

He was certainly a boxer of enormous talent, yet after a 3.5 year layoff because of his conscientious objector refusal to be militarily inducted (a move I totally agreed with at the time), Ali's style had changed greatly, as this bout clearly shows. He's not as capable of pulling back to avoid a punch as he was prior to 1968. To his credit, this man could take punches with the best of them.

Tactically, Muhammad relies on hooking his left hand behind Frazier's neck and pushing Joe's head down. Because there's no ringside announcers here, referee Arthur Mercante's many warnings to Ali to stop holding Frazier are very noticeable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Lehrer on January 3, 2007
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This DVD should actually be titled something like Ali-Frazier I Prefight and Fight. The DVD is actually a movie that was first released in either 1971 or 1972 about the first fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

There's some great footage that captures the personalities of both Ali and Frazier. There is also some great training footage of each fighter. The tension of the prefight buildup is captured beautifully. The presentation ends with the actual fight.

So why am I giving this product just three stars?

Because the video quality is very poor.

The producer of this product did no editing to clean it up or digitize it. There are too many scenes where you can't clearly see the faces of the individuals. The visuals are somewhat distorted and the film appears very grainy.

If the producers ever decide to digitize this film, it would be a five, easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Brady on August 21, 2007
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This dvd would more aptly be titled Frazier-The Fighter.He is the one who truely gets the glory in this picture.In the pre fight footage, Frazier is seen as an innocent victim to Ali`s mocking and taunting,and the fight itself showcases Frazier in peak form ,defeating an Ali in or nearly in his prime.
The buidup to the fight is beautiful.The tension mounts as the fighters are divided by their own political and religious ties.As for the fight itself,it is truely the "Fight Of The Century".It is a glorious fight to behold,regardless of which side you are rooting for.
The picture quality could be better,but isn`t all that bad in my opinon.It looks quite good on my lcd tv,but maybe doesn`t look as well on some older televisions.The sound is good.
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