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Off the Chain is an unprecedented look into the underground world of dog fighting. Beginning with a history of the American Pit Bull Terrier, the film explores the evolution of the breed. Classic film and television footage show the popularity of what was once considered a noble and trustworthy family pet. Examine how this breed went from America's dog to public enemy number one. Travel to the back alleys and dark corners of the inner city to expose the truth behind the breed's new status in pop culture; an urban symbol for violence, aggression and gang-life. The first documentary of it's kind; director Bobby J. Brown spent three years infiltrating the underground subculture of pit-bull fighting. Gaining the trust of well established dog men, they allowed him to film behind their dangerous veil of secrecy.


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  • Actors: Karen Ross
  • Directors: Bobby J. Brown
  • Writers: Bobby J. Brown
  • Producers: David Roma, Richard Velazquez, Troy Garity
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UVCKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Off the Chain" on IMDb

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By snipe on September 2, 2005
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This film was very well done, and while there are scenes where you see parts of actual dog-fights and other graphic images, the majority of the film consists of moving interviews with animal care experts and revolting interviews with actual dog-fighters. Clips of the dogs they claim to love so much being viciously attacked and torn apart in the bloody pit clearly demonstrates their lack of compassion and makes one wonder what kind of person "loves" their animals in this way. You will watch in disbelief as these men swear they love these animals, and in the same breath make it perfectly clear that when a dog stops winning, that dog is killed - there is room only for winners in the pit. This movie is a heartwrenching eye-opener to those less familiar with the cruel and bloody sport of dog-fighting, and sheds much needed light on how commonplace this brutal activity is.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ashe Priest on January 5, 2009
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First of all, let me just say: This movie does NOT promote dog fighting and does NOT encourage anyone to engage in this illegal activity. If you have not seen this film then please do not comment solely based upon the title and Amazon's description of the film.

I watched this video knowing fully what I was in for, i.e an education about the horrors of dog fighting. I watched it because at the time I was a police officer that very often dealt with animal abuse cases and I wanted to familiarize myself with signs of animal fighting for potential arrest and prosecution. There are very graphic scenes of dog fighting, the murder of the fighting dogs by losing owners, and actual interview accounts by fighting dog owners about this sick thing they have the audacity to call a "sport". What a lot of reviewers that bemoan this film neglect to say is that the movie is not only about dog fighting. A very large portion of the movie actually casts an incredibly positive light on the American Pit Bull dog breed and shows how brave, courageous, and loved this breed of dog has been throughout the years. Several examples of this are given such as the Pit Bull has been on the cover of Time magazine (I think it was Time) in a positive way seven times, more than any other dog breed let alone animals. It also talks about how the greatest border patrol K-9 is, in fact, a Pit Bull that had been rescued from a dog fighter/breeder.

Yes, this movie does bring to light the evil horrors of dog fighting, but it also talks in depth about the efforts being made to combat dog fighting and how the mass media has painted a very incorrect view of the American Pit Bull.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brad Barnett on December 25, 2008
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I purchased this DVD from Amazon last week and it was worth watching.It showed me what i already knew about these psychopaths who claim to love their dogs and provide them with a life of misery.As the owner of APBT's in the past and currently owning 2 that were rescued it makes you wanna get up off the couch and knock out these thugs they interview in this documentary.Both sides of the coin are presented but the case for the fighting dog owners is weak and pathetic.Its all about money and nothing else.They look at these dogs as nothing more than a bag of crack to earn them money.My wife had to turn away and couldn't watch the whole thing due to the graphic images of maimed and dead animals.Unfortunatly as the animal control and rescue people they interview state,the punishments are way to lax when they get caught and the pits just move to new locations with more ignorant,cold hearted demonic losers participating in what they call a " sport "...Your heart will ache for these poor dogs who have no choice but to live a life of torture...I only wish they would turn on their " owners"
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pitbulls for life on September 25, 2005
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This movie is an extraordinary documentary about the underground world of the American Pitbull Terrier and it shows why we have so many aggressive pitbulls not because of the breed but because of the owner and nobody else.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joshua G. Harman on February 18, 2006
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The video would be educational to a novice audience, but anybody experienced with the apbt would have know most of the information provided. On the other hand the film was an eye-opener and was very descriptive in showing the ignorance of the supposed "Dog-Men" of the world, and their overall abuse of a beloved breed of dog. Overall a good documentary, and would suggest it to anyone wanting to better understand why the breed has been frowned upon and the people that make that possible. Definately for an older audience.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gina M. Denofa on January 5, 2006
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Please watch this documentary. It is very powerful explaining how it is the humans on the other end of the heavy chain that causes the aggression in these poor dogs. ANY dog can bite, people have to stop being racist and learn the truth behind the problems, this video shows you that we are our own worst enemy. I adopted my dog from a shelter. She was used in fights as she has scars on her face, puncture marks on her legs but despite her horrid treatment, she still loves everyone. If my Pitbull can forgive why can't we?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam on August 26, 2007
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To a few people who thought this movie promoted pitbull fighting, you are wrong. This is the complete opposite of what you thought this was about.

You need to watch this before judging and making a review about it.

This is a movie for those of you that would like to open your eyes to what is REALLY going on in the United States, possibly your own city too. Dog Fighting is a really scary thing and I hope this will show people what needs to be done to stop it. Interesting film about Dog Fighting with real dog fighters. More of a documentary that goes underground to show you what is real.
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you are aware this product is not promoting dog fighting right?

in fact it is showing people the harsh reality of dogfighting as well as educating people about APBT's from their history to the now a days. It's a great documentary that many more people should see. It's not only heart breaking... Read More
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