Ali - The Fighter
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN RE-TITLED; "ALI THE FIGHTER" - IT'S ABOUT THE FIGHT ITSELF - AND FRAZIER CLEARLY WON IT FAIR AND SQUARE. GREAT HISTORIC FOOTAGE!!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by nightstomper
GREAT CD A MUST FOR ALL FIGHT FANS THE ONLY FIGHT OF THE CENTURYPublished 13 months ago by Manuel Boyer
Great DVD. One of the greatest fights of all time, 1st Ali-Frazier. Title of this is actually "The Fighters", not Ali, The Fighter.Published 16 months ago by Gord Thompson
Forget about the first half-hour of this film. It's fairly standard Ali-Frazier pre-fight hype. The value of this film is that it shows us the first Ali-Frazier fight in its... Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by Yasha Banana
The approach of this documentary is more "Don't Look Back" than "When We Were Kings". We see all the behind the scenes preparations that led up to the historic first Ali/Frazier... Read morePublished on March 13, 2009 by Richard Ross
In 1971, a British company produced a documentary on the first Ali-Frazier bout simply called, "The Fighters". Inexplicably, the "s" was dropped from the title in this reissue. Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by Albert Porter