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Biography - Arnold Schwarzenegger (A&E DVD Archives)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Those of us who had become familiar with Arnold and his progress in the public domain from the time he first became the outrageous success he was in the bodybuilding world, also knew the world was hardy prepared for this steamroller of a human being, a man for whom the normal rules simply do not seem to apply. Other famous bodybuilders had tried to use their muscles and brawn to jump-start a Hollywood career, and although several such as Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott had been major stars in action films during the 1960s, neither was able to translate what was in actuality a brief spurt of public interest in men with superior physiques into a sustaining career.

And, for those of us who knew Arnold when he was merely the greatest bodybuilder of our generation, from the beginning there was something about Arnie that defied all the rules other mortals belabored under. Using the modest investment cash gained from the sale of his small gym in Munich to start himself, Schwarzenegger bought an apartment building and soon bought more property, growing up into the booming California real estate market in a way that propelled him into the ranks of the wealthy long before he ever read a movie script. Similarly, he and bodybuilding buddy Franco Columbo started a masonry business in Santa Monica, putting their brains and brawn to active work, and raking in the resulting financial dividends, reinvesting them to make the money work as hard as they did. This was no ordinary muscleman, and indeed, no ordinary young man. As revealed in this interesting and provocative A& E video biography, Arnold is simply more focused, more driven, and more talented than the rest of us ordinary human beings. .
As the story unfolds, we are treated to the real man behind all of the miscalculations and misrepresentations of the media, a man extremely driven to succeed in America, and willing to make the sacrifices to do it. Many people have underestimated him, only to find out later that there is much more to the man than an Austrian accent and a huge bicep. If a guy with a last name like Schwarzenegger can so beguile the public to become one of the biggest movie stars of the 1980s and 1990s, than perhaps we do have to recognize that America is still the land of opportunity. And as he has recently demonstrated by becoming the new Governor of California, nothing seems to be too big a challenge for the big guy. And it is perhaps too soon to assume he is finished as a movie star. After having a small success with "T-3', the third of the Terminator movies, it is rumored that at some point he plans to also make a third Conan epic. If either of those is a big a success as is possible, than perhaps he will stick around for a while. Just remember, one thing he has proved again and again, is that he will always "be back"! Enjoy!
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on June 18, 2012
I have been donning Schwarzenegger as my hero as of recently since I've began learning more and more about his contributions to body-building. Along with this DVD, I recommend ANYONE who chooses to learn more about Schwarzenegger or who wants to learn more about body-building to purchase the book "Educating the Bodybuilder." This man is an inspiration to me and due to the fact that he made it from a poor little town in a poor country to being on top of the body-building world THEN into the movies and THEN into politics, I personally believe that he could be an inspiration to anyone. If you're intrigued, get the movie, it is a television show on DVD so do not expect a great value or a long movie and some parts of his life (mainly the earlier parts of his life before he was involved in movies and politics) are missing which was a disappointment to me as I was mainly interested in learning more about his time as a body-builder but ultimately this is a good docu-biography about "the last action hero."
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on October 2, 2011
I'm a huge Arnold Fan in spite of all the flack he has received. Sure he may have been a womanizer and he may not have gotten an Oscar, but he's still awesome. This Biography gives you a nice look into the life and career of Arnold without being too long or short. As a tried and true Arnold fan I enjoyed it.
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on October 25, 2013
I am a huge Arnold fan and have read numerous books about him and personally know the woman he dated during his Venice beach days. There is a lot of gaps in this biography, but it serves its purposes informing those who do not know much about him.
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on June 10, 2011
I was really excited to see Arnold Schwarzennegger as shown in A & E. His biography is really inspiring, since I am an immigrant just like him. Great dvd, and a nice price.
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on September 5, 2013
Film succeeds in showing how equally passionate Arnold Schwarzenegger was as an athlete actor and politician. Well done and worth viewing.
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on April 14, 2013
ita always nice to see documentaries about Arnold. its a bit short, i am sure his story is much longer...
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on October 3, 2014
not detailed enough
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 1999
I love A&E biographies and I'd have to say this one was my favorate with ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER I also love to wach his movies and I think he is the best man who does action movies. Even though this biographie isnt a action movie I thought it was good cause it tells a lot about him
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5 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 1999
II REALY LOVE ARONALD AND SO DOES MY DAD HE LOVES TO WATCH HIS MOVIES AND EVERY ONE IN MY FAMILY DOES TOO I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE ALL LOVE TO WATCH ARNOLDS MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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