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Jens Pulver | DRIVEN Fan Edition DVD

Jens Pulver , Abel Pulver , Gregory Bayne  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Jens Pulver, Abel Pulver, Kannika Pulver, Ricky Christian, Tony Fryklund
  • Directors: Gregory Bayne
  • Producers: Gregory Bayne, J. Reuben Appelman, Dylan Bruno
  • Format: Special Edition, Limited Edition
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: LovelyMachine
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

JENS PULVER | DRIVEN takes you behind the scenes for an emotional roller coaster ride that proves equally heartbreaking and inspirational as we follow legendary mixed martial arts champion, Jens Pulver, on his 'last march' toward a do or die comeback after suffering four losses in the cage.The result is an unprecedented in depth look into the fighter, capturing an intimate portrait of a man who rose from a childhood laced with violence and substance abuse, to become one of the most loved and respected MMA fighters of all time. Ultimately, JENS PULVER | DRIVEN is a story about the universal human struggle to transcend personal loss in the pursuit of greatness. All of us share this fight, but not all of us, like Jens Pulver, have it played out in front of millions on pay-per-view. This Special Edition DVD includes an extended 100 minute cut of the film JENS PULVER: DRIVEN plus over 20 minutes of extras including deleted scenes, extended interviews and outtakes.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"That which does not kill us only makes us stronger..."
- Frederick Nietzsche

Fans of mixed martial arts (MMA) may flock to watch this documentary that chronicles the build-up of Jens "Little Evil" Pulver before a fight in the WEC 145-lb. division. As the movie begins, Pulver is coming off a four-fight losing streak. He is driven by the need to turn things around. He is driven to break back into the win column. He is driven to win purses to pay bills and keep his finances afloat. He is driven to generate income to support his new wife and baby son.

Pulver fights not only opponents in the Octagon. Perhaps more menacing, he fights the demons that linger in his psyche from an abusive upbringing at the hands of his father. Due to a very rough childhood, Pulver has more baggage than an O'Hare skycap. Pulver's father, apparently an alcoholic sadist, severely beat and berated the boy. Once, just for "fun," he stuck a shotgun barrel into the mouth of 5-year old Jens and pretended to pull the trigger. These have understandably left indelible psychic scars on Pulver. Pulver's occasional flashbacks recount the upbringing and suffering he, his siblings and mother endured at the hands of his father. As we see the layers of the onion peeled back, tears form. Pulver bares his soul and has no qualms crying openly, not trying to project some false tough-guy image.

Emerging from this environment, you could take one of two paths at this point: repeat the behavior patterns of the past or compensate by resolving to chart a new, better course. Jens Pulver opts for the latter. So, as he juggles the challenge of staying relevant in MMA, sensing the twilight of his athletic career slipping by, Pulver peeks over his shoulder. He sees financial worries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirationl!!! August 20, 2011
This Summer I Saw Wizards Battle Till The End. I Saw A Brooklyn Boy Become An American Super Hero and I Saw Apes Begin To Take Over the Planet..Entertaining Yes! Life Changing No. Motivating No. Lasting No. Inspirational No. If You Guys Truly want to see a Film That when you walk away, you wont look ,feel or judge your life the same way again.This is That Film! If Oprah was still on air Jens would be across from her being interviewed, yes its that type of emotional imp-actual soul stirring film. You don't have to like MMA to get this Film. You don't have to know Jen to get this Film, but in the end you will want to know him. It Really Is This Summers Hidden Treasure!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Driven April 12, 2012
By Summer
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I was finally glad to get my DVD and it was worth waiting for and I love watching Jens Pulver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and Heartbreaking January 29, 2012
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This is one of the most inspiring documentaries you will ever see. Jens Pulver was once a king of the sport, maybe top 5 pound for pound fighters in the world and now is struggling with the possibility of retirement. I met Jens in Las Vegas after one of my tournaments and he was the nicest guys around who will always take time to sign autographs or take a photo. His story is very sad but it never broke him and he went on to be a UFC world champion. What's heartbreaking is MMA fans already know the outcome of the story and you just want this guy to be successful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! August 18, 2011
By agabby5
This film is incredible! Don't have to be an MMA guru to appreciate this documentary about the legend Jens Pulver. It's raw, real, and gripping from start to finish. Buy it!
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