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Muhammad Ali - Through the Eyes of the World (2003)

Phil Grabsky  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: Phil Grabsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RIIX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Muhammad Ali - Through the Eyes of the World" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Through the Eyes of the World
  • Unseen Interviews
  • Stills Gallery
  • Music Video
  • Fight Chronology
  • Ali Center Promo
  • Ali Featurette
  • Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Muhammad Ali's grace, charisma, and remarkable bravado shine through in this affectionate look at his life and career. Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World takes a fairly straightforward documentary approach, chronicling Ali's life and career through film footage and interviews with journalists, loved ones, and a few bizarre commentators, like Scottish comedian Billy Connolly. The film does an excellent job of conveying both Ali's genuine importance as a historical figure and his incredible personal magnetism. Though the documentary doesn't shy away from his faults, Ali is simply impossible to dislike. Most importantly, the film's commentary and carefully selected fight footage make it clear even to those who don't follow the sport what a remarkable boxer Ali was. At one point, Lennox Lewis refers to the "sweet science" of not getting hit, and watching Ali dodge a barrage of punches, we understand exactly what he means. Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World doesn't pack quite the dramatic wallop of When We Were Kings, but it is a compelling look at one of history's greatest athletes. --Ali Davis

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    Muhammad Ali - Through the Eyes of the World presents an unparalleled, celebrity-filled tribute to one of the most extraordinary personalities ever to capture the public's imagination! Discover the powerfully moving story of how Ali's fight for glory in the ring transformed him into an international hero whose achievements resonate with millions around the world.

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    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive documentary on The Greatest January 21, 2002
    Muhammad Ali was recently named the "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine. "Muhammad Ali Through The Eyes of the World," which comes out on January 29th, tells the amazing story of this great athlete, political figure, and celebrity and you can easily see why Ali might have been chosen for this great honor. After all, he always knew he was "The Greatest" - something he claimed about himself from his earliest days of boxing.
    "Muhammad Ali Through The Eyes of the World" is a documentary without a narrator. It basically is hundreds of short clips of interviews of everyone from childhood neighbors, former trainers, boxing opponents, friends, family, celebrities, etc. All of these are held together and made cohesive with clips from various sports and boxing historians. The number of voices making up the documentary, though, is really stunning! About the only one they didn't get a current interview from was Ali himself, but given that he suffers from Parkinson's disease now, that would probably have been fairly difficult.
    As most people born before 1985 know, Ali was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. His start in boxing came from his bicycle being stolen. He told his father that he was going to "woop" whoever it was when he found out who had stolen his bike. His father asked if he knew how to fight and Ali said no, so his father took him to the local boxing ring and thus was born one of the greatest if not THE greatest boxer ever. What he did in the ring was revolutionary for a heavyweight, as he danced around with the agility of a Barishnikov ducking and bobbing and getting in a punch here and there till he finally bested his opponents either by out and out knockout or by TKO. At least this was the case in his early days.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Thriller Boom in my Living Room December 30, 2003
    What an outstanding DVD (4.75 stars) -
    I was really skeptical at first because the price was so low and I just thought this was going to be one of those cheap and poorly put together Muhammad Ali pieces. I put it on my Holiday Wish List and I figured 10 bucks is pretty cheap for a family member and it's a DVD I want to check out...Maaaan did I get lucky!
    Lots of great, fun and rare footage. Some great interviews and thoughts and memories from some pretty interesting people and a hilarious story from Billy Crystal in the Special Features section (the only good thing about that section otherwise it's pretty lame)
    Great for any Muhammad Ali fan! - The price for this DVD is absolutely outstanding!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    For a two-hour documentary on the most charismatic and at one point most hated boxer of the 20th Century, MUHAMMAD ALI: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD does a credible job of telling the man's story, covering the same ground many other such works before and since have tread. There's no surprises here for anyone who's seen them.

    The best of all Ali bios is Turner Home Entertainment's six-hour, six chapter MUHAMMAD ALI: THE WHOLE STORY, especially for anyone interested in seeing major portions of his ring career.

    For this boxing fan, that is the primary flaw of "Eyes of the World." Except for the first Sonny Liston bout, there's only brief highlights of about 10 fights, including the three Frazier matches. Here, as everywhere else, there's NO footage of Ali vs. Holmes.

    Because it was produced in Britain, sprinkled in with the usual cast of commentors (Dr. Ferdie, Angelo D., the inevitable Bert Sugar) are folks like Richard Harris and comic Billy Connolly. Billy Crystal and other familiar faces tell their usual Ali stories. Two of the Champ's four wives participate as does one of his nine kids. James Earl Jones expresses pride and love, Maya Angelou wishes she'd written "Float like a butterfly," Rod Steiger removes his ever-present cap and bares a bald head to honor the achievements, both inside the ring and out, of the most popular man on the planet.

    We see Ali's tragic deterioration from Parkinson's syndrome, his brave lighting of the '96 Olympic torch while ravaged with illness, and how he appeared when this film was made in 2001. The last thought we're left with is (paraphrased): don't feel sorry for Muhammad, for he has no regrets.

    No regrets and the heart of a true champion.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie March 13, 2013
    By Kay
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    I bought this for my dad an he enjoys it so much! This video reminds him of his boxing days and he enjoys it very much!!! He is also a Muhammad Ali fan so this was perfect for him. He's watched it 3 times already. The order came so quickly.I would definitely buy from this seller again!!!!!!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Muhammad February 24, 2013
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    I am very pleased with the DVD and its content. I was disappointed in one of our own (black american) disparaging muhammad's religious beliefs and felt the need to prove to his master what side he is on. Other than is something for the archives. The seller was perfect.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars No mentions of Ken Norton and Howard Cosell? June 22, 2014
    It could be that one cannot get to everything necessary in one film about Muhammad Ali, but nonetheless it surprises me that there is not even a passing mention of Ken Norton in the 2001 documentary MUHAMMAD ALI: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD. Norton's 1973 upset of Ali further derailed the former champion's quest to regain the heavyweight boxing title and made Ali's eventual conquest less likely and, hence, more incredible. And while Howard Cosell was not the only major journalist to give fair coverage to Ali, he was more famous than all the others put together yet, while we see him in old film clips, if you don't know Cosell no one is going to identify him.

    Beyond that, MUHAMMAD ALI: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD comprises a pretty good overview of Muhammad Ali's life though 2001. If you've followed Ali's career, you've seen lots of the footage but if you're like me, the ever-watchable Ali will keep your finger off the fast-forward button. Also, original interviews with those who were there make up for the lack of unseen or at least rare film/videotape of The Greatest, which seem limited to some home movies of Ali and his children.

    Living in New Jersey my whole life and thus having read NEWARK STAR-LEDGER sports columnist Jerry Izenberg for decades (and watched him on television's SPORTS EXTRA in the 1970s), it pleases me to see the journalist interviewed in MUHAMMAD ALI: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD. Too bad is named misspelled ("Izenburg") in the closing credits.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars My view of Muhammad Ali Through the eyes of the world
    I like this video because it does a good job of showing who Muhammad Ali is and how he is loved and respected around the world.
    Published 4 months ago by saadiqa ali
    4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating man gets a fine documentary
    Through the Eyes of the World is to my mind the most comprehensive chronicle of Ali's career. But more than that it gives us a healthy dose of the great athlete's private life. Read more
    Published on June 5, 2012 by merrygentleman75
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great commentary
    This was an excellant commentary of Ali of people who knew him his daughter Hannah is in this DVD and Billy Crystal and many others, this is an awsome DVD I really would really... Read more
    Published on July 20, 2011 by bocorex4
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good documentary!
    Highly recommended for anyone who has heard about, or watched on tv or likes Muhammad Ali!
    Published on October 21, 2010 by Sammi
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest
    One of the best video of all time. I enjoyed the details of his life.
    Published on July 5, 2010 by Jimmy L. Gabriel
    3.0 out of 5 stars good dvd to get to know more of ali's life as a boxer!
    a bit disappointing...! Hoped to get more archive-information and images of all the fights which ultimately got him to the top and made him world-champion, again and again!
    Published on January 18, 2007 by O. Drost
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    This is the greatest Ali movie ever made. Period
    Published on December 6, 2001
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