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Rites of Passage - The Rebirth of Combat Sports (2002)

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  • Format: Color, 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: Vas
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KK3H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding August 14, 2007
I remember this well, this was when MMA was still being called the term NHB(No-Holds-Barred) and examines fights around the world. You see glimpses of true Vale Tudo in Brazil, where headbutts, knees and elbows really don't have the rulings and restrictions held in UFC and Pride, and is closest to a street fight as there are no gloves. This is the highlight if you can't seem to find fights from Brazil.

Fights around the world here in bare knuckle MMA, showed the interviews of each fighters mentality in the ring/cage, and their backgrounds.

You'll see originators here, Frank Shamrock, Enson Inoue, Randy Couture, Kevin Randleman.

It's a look into early MMA, the views before UFC blew up onto basic cable reruns, and is violent in examining the growing pains. You can tell these were the early years as today most professional fighters are very well balanced in all aspects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of fights and fighters August 27, 2006
Great collection of fight highlights from all over - Hawaii, Japan, Brazil, US, etc. Some fights are professionally filmed, others are rough single hand-held cameras in crude conditions, much like the fighters themselves. Worth it for the interviews alone - no talking heads, just the fighters telling their stories. For some it's almost a religious calling, for others it's their only chance to make it out dire poverty and the wrong side of the law. Smart, sad, inspiring and brutal. Lot's a short clips from fights and fighters I've only read about. Wish it were longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic January 3, 2013
By Deadwin
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this dvd is a classic a must own for all MMA enthusiast and new comers to the sport. it takes you back to the old days of MMA and sheds some background on it's future legends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good look at MMA Director Bobby Razak Early Work April 5, 2012
Anyone who follows the MMA world closely knows that Bobby Razak is recognized as the number one MMA Director in the world. He founded Tapout Films so he does all the TapOut commercials and has done some excellent Mixed Martial Arts documentaries about Cain Velasquez, George St. Pierre among others. I have been a big fan of his work so I was very excited to find this early film of his from way back in 2001! This film shows how far the sport has come from non acceptance to national explosion. I enjoyed the interviews from fighters from this period and I would recommend this film to any big fan of Mixed Martial Arts, especially the early days when there were alot less rules!
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