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Renzo Gracie Legacy DVD

Renzo Gracie , Ryan Gracie , Gethin Aldous  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Daniel Gracie, BJ Penn
  • Directors: Gethin Aldous
  • Format: Director's Cut, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Satchel Films
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MKH3EI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Renzo is the third generation of Jiu Jitsu fighters from the famous Brazilian Gracie family, tracing their art back to the last great samurai school in Japan. Renzo and the Gracie name are inextricably linked to the global phenomenon of mixed martial art fighting, currently the fastest growing sport in the world. The film follows him over a 10 year period from the days when Renzo fought bare knuckle in a cage with little or no rules. After the fights are banned from US television he follows the fight scene to Japan where his skill, honour and refusal to give up, even when suffering brutal injuries, make him a huge star. While others fight for fame and glory, Renzo is driven by a will to honour the family legacy. Although he continues to test himself in competition against the best on the planet, his passion for his art is equalled by a need to pass on his skills and experience. As another generation rise under his tuition, Renzo fights on into his late 30s, when injuries and a downturn in his fight record signal an end to his career. He returns to his roots and mentor in Brazil to consider his future and reaches the only decision he can live with. Returning to the US, his comeback catches a new wave of national interest. After being profiled on 60 minutes, the fight attracts 17 million American viewers and becomes the highest viewed in mixed martial art history.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a Modern Day Warrior December 28, 2008
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LEGACY is an absorbing profile of Renzo Gracie, one of the latest carriers of the Gracie jiu-jitsu flame. It covers ten years of his active fighting career, with some back-story relating to his early years and family ties.

Unlike many puff profiles, "Legacy" does not just selectively show the fights that the protagonist wins. In fact, I think most of the fights shown were ones where Renzo lost. Even if defeat, Renzo is gracious and tenacious. He reacted to defeat by picking himself up and getting back into the gym.

The most telling vignette is one where Renzo recalls being at a fighting event, sitting with a group of other fighters awaiting their bouts. Reach of the other fighters comments on what they had rather be doing. Gracie exploded, "What the #$%^ is wrong with you?! There's no place on earth I'd rather be!!"

For fans of MMA, jiu-jitsu or the Gracies, LEGACY will be a genuine treat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally inspiring December 19, 2008
By Roberto
This video motivates and inspires.
Wonderful seeing Renzo's background and seeing how he is driven to be the Legend that he is.
I've met Renzo various times and he is the same on the video as he is in person.
Lots of great action and seeing his heart as he trains as well as trains others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Legacy Documentary October 20, 2010
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Excellent behind the scenes footage of training sessions and conversations with some of the legends of martial arts and competitive fighting. Highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary January 3, 2014
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Interesting documentary about Renzo Gracie. He's quite a character, bigger than life in victory and defeat. The bonus feature is great and the highligts of his fight with BJ Penn along with the strategic discussion worth alone the price of this DVD.
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This man Renzo Gracie loves life & family as deeply as he is lethal! He will go down in lore as an extraordinary human being that all who interacted with him will be better for having known him. There is a popular saying about the sport of rugby that states, "A hooligan sport played by gentlemen," and if you've ever watched it, it is true. Well, it's fair to say that mixed-martial arts is a hooligan sport, and Renzo Gracie is most certainly a gentleman! An AMAZING story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! July 1, 2013
Outstanding documentary, highly recommended. Renzo is one of the best fighters of all time, his career inspired thousands and paved the way in the evolution of MMA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Doc December 8, 2011
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Great DVD, every BJJ/MMA fan should have this Doc. The stories of Relson's and Renzo's street fights are funny as hell!!!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Renzo Gracie is my hero. November 17, 2011
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Of course, he wasn't before I saw this film. The documentary follows Renzo's path in the early world of mixed martial arts. Along the way, we see the many sides of the man. Father, fighter, teacher, student, in whatever light you see him in, Renzo's personality bursts to life. Some of the bonus materials featuring his students Ricardo Almeida and Matt Serra really bring the viewer into what a training camp is like. The film is very good, but the man it's about is truly amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this dvd was much better than i expected. A pretty decent mma documentary i own. it documents renzo's life and career in mma starting with his fight with oleg taktarov and ending... Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by eugdog106
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie on BJJ
The book I ordered came in the time frame quoted and it was in the condition I expected from the description the seller gave! I would buy from this seller again!
Published on May 7, 2011 by James R. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it If Only for the Extras!!
Great documentary on the wars faught and teaching of Master Renzo Gracie. I really thought I knew everything about MMA since I have been a fan since 1994 but this shed some new... Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by Gil Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars Professor Renzo Gracie is awesome !!!!
I am inspired by Professor Renzo Gracie for his courage, tenacity, honor and love of family. I have not met Prefessor Renzo Gracie personally but hope to someday. Read more
Published on December 25, 2009 by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting documentary covering early days of MMA
Really enjoyed this film, it provides a good insight to Renzo's time in the evolving pro MMA game. Interesting in that it's not heavily 'biased' to Gracie BJJ, showing the ups and... Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by Superhawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Renzo is a legend!!!
I am humbled an honored to be a student of one of Renzo Gracies black belts.
Published on July 15, 2009 by Paramedicated

Probably the greatest documentary on a Mixed Martial Artist and it just so happens it is on one of the all time greats, Renzo Gracie. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by fmwaalex
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