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ESPN Classic Ringside: Mike Tyson (Two-Disc Knockout Edition)

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Legendary Mike Tyson was one of the most feared fighters in boxing. By age 19, his superlative record of wins earned him the nickname "Kid Dynamite." Over the next two years, Tyson knocked out 19 opponents in a row, eventually becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history. His winning streak expanded to a dazzling 37-0 before Buster Douglas, an 11-1 underdog, TKO'd Tyson in the 10th round in one of boxing's biggest upsets.

Now ESPN Classic Ringside brings you a new perspective and up-to-date analysis of one of the most dominant fighters ever to step foot in the ring. Hosted by ESPN's Brian Kenny and historian/author Bert Randolph Sugar, along with Teddy Atlas (Tyson's trainer '80-'82) and special guest ex-heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, this 2-disc knockout edition includes over 4 hours of classic Tyson fights from his 1985 professional debut to the historic 1991 Douglas fight.

Includes 19 Thrill-Packed Fights!
Tyson vs. Mercedes
Tyson vs. Spain
Tyson vs. Alderson
Tyson vs. Johnson
Tyson vs. Long
Tyson vs. Colay
Tyson vs. Benjamin
Tyson vs. Richardson
Tyson vs. Scaff
Tyson vs. Young
Tyson vs. Jameson
Tyson vs. Ferguson
Tyson vs. Zouski
Tyson vs. Tillis
Tyson vs. Berbick
Tyson vs. Holmes
Tyson vs. Spinks
Tyson vs. Bruno
Tyson vs. Douglas


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Tyson
  • Directors: Multi
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Espn
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 282 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HLDFCM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on December 23, 2006
This is a four and half hour documentary of the prime years of Mike Tyson. You are ringside for 19 of Mike Tyson's early fights, plus highlights of other matches. Watch him blast out a select group of tomato cans, as well as his most satisfying victories over top flight competition such as Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno.

Bert Randolph Sugar, Teddy Atlas, George Chuvalo, Michael Moorer, and the aforementioned Holmes provide expert commentary on the fights and times of Mike Tyson.

Teddy Atlas ran the gym that Tyson trained at during his formative years, and he gives some fascinating insights into Mike's personal life and how Cus often allowed Tyson to get away with misbehavior on account of his great talent. He seems to have a better understanding of what makes Mike tick than anyone else.

It is a pleasure to own Tyson's complete fights against Berbick, Holmes, Bruno, Ferguson, and Douglas, though one may wish the set included footage of his bouts with Biggs and Pinklon Thomas and Tony Tucker.

But it is hard to argue with what is here and it makes you hope that the other ESPN Ringside telecasts will be released, particularly the two Muhammad Ali documentaries.

There are also two bonus features, a series of interviews that were conducted with Tyson through the years and a short film on the making of ESPN Ringside. This release is well worth the money for Tyson fans.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. Silver on November 1, 2006
This DVD comes from an ESPN Classics 6 hour television show! It starts at the beginning and goes through his early career fight-by-fight. The fights are shown in their entirety (though obviously much is cut out--it goes straight to the bell and without any corner talk, just bell, ding, bell, ko). I also didn't realize Michael Buffer was still shouting his trademark saying back in 1985! A good add to any Tyson fan's collection. The only problem with this video is that it comes from the TV show--and ESPN actually shows a 'coming up' right up to the point where the commercials would roll. That wouldn't necessarily be a problem, but for some reason ESPN felt it was important to show you the most exciting parts of the next 20 minutes--the knockout punches, the bloodied opponents, the referee making the 10-count! So remember, when it cut's to the 'coming up' part, cover your eyes and lower the volume!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 30, 2008
I'm a collector of classic sporting events, so this DVD set to me is a no-brainer... 20 bucks for many of Tyson's fights through the Buster Douglas match. I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because they talk over the first round of the Douglas fight. If I didn't own a recording of that fight already, I'd be pretty pissed about that one thing.

Here's the list of fights on the set:

Mike Tyson vs. Ricky Spain
Mike Tyson vs. John Alderson
Mike Tyson vs. Michael Johnson
Mike Tyson vs. Donnie Long
Mike Tyson vs. Robert Colay
Mike Tyson vs. Sterling Benjamin
Mike Tyson vs. Richardson
Mike Tyson vs. Sammy Scaff
Mike Tyson vs. Mike Young
Mike Tyson vs. Mike Jameson
Mike Tyson vs. Jesse Ferguson
Mike Tyson vs. Steve Zouski
Mike Tyson vs. James Tillis

Mike Tyson vs. Trevor Berbick
Mike Tyson vs. Larry Holmes
Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks
Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno
Mike Tyson vs. James "Buster" Douglas
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Zielinski on January 13, 2009
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Tyson was arguably the most feared boxer in the world during his reign of terror that was being followed throughout this DVD.

It takes you from his early beginnings, to his steady rise to fame, and the pinnacle of his success. In these fights, you see why Iron Mike Tyson was renowned by boxing fans, and sports fans in general. His speed, elusiveness resulting from his 'peek-a-boo' style, and his devastating punches made opposing boxers minor road bumps on his fast track to stardom.

In between these fights is commentary from Teddy Atlas (formerly Tyson's trainer), who provides an in-depth look at Tyson's earlier career, and what really made him tick. And, of course, Bert Sugar gives valuable insight, as well.

For any boxing fan who wants to re-live Tyson's reign of terror, or young boxing fans looking to watch one of the greats of the sport for the first time - this particular DVD should satisfy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Running Rig on January 9, 2007
Personally, I was excited to hear about a Mike Tyson compilation. Even better that it was done by ESPN. Now, it is a great collection of his fights, don't get me wrong. I love seeing Mike rise from his first pro-bout to winning the WBC belt. But, as the back says, there are only 19 fights out of his 37-0 before losing to Buster. A good amount of them were first-rounders, but I would have still liked to have seen them. Like, the Mitch Green fight, Reggie Gross, etc... even though I have seen them before. I would have also liked if they had had his post-Buster fights (McNelley, Ruddock, etc...) But, I digress. This is a good compilation, don't be sidetracked with what it doesn't have, but rather what it does. And even though it lacks in some parts, I am a sucker for Tyson.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Walt Le Baron on March 2, 2008
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I bought this DVD because I wanted to see Mike Tyson fight, but alas his fights are the least time consuming aspect of the. video. The majority of the video is taken up by various talking heads discussing about everything from boxing gloves to slippery canvas to ther life of the boxer's second cousin twice removed. And when the ring announcers need a rest, a panel of three know-it-alls takes over. The broadcast of the fights sometimes start a number of second late because these yammerers won't shut up. And they continue this motor-mouthing throughout the fight, most of their material having nothing to do with the fight. The mute button is the only salvation but unlike the broadcasts it is very difficult to know when a fight will be slipped in among the idiotic bellyaching of these guys whose only purpose is to sate their egos through spoiling the chance for the average, at-home boxing fan to concentrate on the fight. And for goodness sakes, if a fan can't recognize a left jab or other punch, let him/her get an article off the internet to explain it. Such articles are easy to find and very useful. I don't know where broadcasters got the notion that they had to constantly talk, barely taking a breath, so they could spoil the chance for a viewer to concentrate on the fight and its progress. (The same thing has ruined the fun of watching professional football). You would think ESPN would have cut out all this junk, done a proper introduction to the fight which should start on time and then be followed up with the announcement of the winner. In between the fights a short introduction placing the fight in perspective could be done, and then these loquacious airheads could sit quietly while the fight on and not operate separate channel in competition with the boxing, the real point of spending money on the DVD
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