Truck Reviews Beauty Warlight Men's slip on sneakers nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Unlimited Music. Always ad-free. Learn more. PCB for select Bang & Olufsen Fire TV Stick Grocery Handmade Personalized Jewelry Shop by look Book a house cleaner for 2 or more hours on Amazon TheGrandTour TheGrandTour TheGrandTour  Kids Edition Echo Dot Fire tablets: Designed for entertainment Kindle Paperwhite GNO Shop now STL18_GNO



on July 2, 2012
As most of the other reviewers have noted, the production values of this Tango Entertainment dvd are def not great, but that can be expected given the price of this product AND the prohibitive costs of getting the rights to show MORE than the single rounds or (extended) clips from each of the "Fantastic Fights" on this dvd.

The "value" that I've found in this item is that it gives one a basic idea as to how each of the fighters on this disc fought (i.e. was he a "brawler" or a "boxer", did he have a good jab, was he a righty or a "southpaw", etc) and that it is less time consuming to watch than having to, say, jump from video to video on youtube to catch a glimpse of these same fighters in action (assuming that that site even has video of all of them). And, yeah, the clips aren't pristine, but that's not only due to the quality of the transfers, but also the quality of the original prints. Indeed, as someone who has bought boxing dvds from various internet sellers, the picture quality of most of the bouts on this disc isn't THAT bad considering.

And, although many of the boxers who appear on this dvd are not great - or even "good" - fighters, footage of boxing immortals, such as Jack Dempsey, Benny Leonard, and Joe Louis, and of little remembered, but outstanding pugilists, like Tony Canzoneri, "Kid Chocolate", and "Bat" Battalino, more than make up for the shortcomings.

The single, 2 hour, 45 min disc contains rounds/clips from the following bouts:

Jack Johnson-Stanley Ketchel 1909
Jess Willard-Frank Moran 1916
Dempsey-Willard 1919
Luis Angel Firpo-"KO" Bill Brennan 1923
Dempsey-Firpo 1923 (champ knocked out of ring)
Leonard-Lew Tendler II 1923 (from the only extant fight film of the former)
Gene Tunney-Georges Carpentier 1924
Tunney-Tommy Gibbons 1925
Tunney-Dempsey I 1926
Jack Sharkey-Jimmy Maloney 1927
Dempsey-Sharkey 1927
Tunney-Dempsey II 1927 ("The Battle of the Long Count")
Paulino Uzcudun-Harry Wills 1927
Tunney-Tom Heeney 1928
Battalino-"Kid Chocolate" 1930
Max Schmeling-Mickey Walker 1932
Max Baer-Schmeling 1933
Primo Carnera-Jack Sharkey 1933
Carnera-Ernie Schaff 1933 (latter dies after bout)
Barney Ross-Billy Petrolle II 1934
Carnera-Tommy Loughran 1934 (champ has 80+ lb advantage)
M Baer-Carnera 1934
Canzoneri-Lou Ambers I 1935
Ross-Jimmy McLarnin III 1935
James Braddock-M Baer 1935 ("Cinderella Man" punches worse than Russell Crowe!)
Louis-"King" Levinsky 1935
Louis-M Baer 1935
Buddy Baer-Jack Doyle 1935
Schmeling-Louis I 1936
Louis-Braddock 1937
Louis-Tommy Farr 1937
Louis-Schmeling II 1938
Henry Armstrong-Ross 1938
Louis-Tony Galento 1939
Louis-Arturo Godoy II 1940
Louis-"Jersey" Joe Walcott I 1947 (latter robbed of dec)
Tony Zale-Rocky Graziano III 1948 (only one of their 3 wars filmed)
Sandy Saddler-Willie Pep IV 1951
Rocky Marciano-Harry "Kid" Matthews 1952
"Sugar" Ray Robinson-Carl "Bobo" Olson III 1955
Johnny Saxton-Carmen Basilio I 1956 (bad dec gives title to the former)
Robinson-Olson IV 1956

(the disc menu contains several factual errors - such as dates, etc - which I believe I have corrected above)

After watching this dvd, one can always then head to youtube to see longer footage of the fighters that interest you.

Enjoy
10 people found this helpful
|22 comments|Report abuse
With a prior understanding that 45 FANTASTIC FIGHTS OF THE CENTURY was only samples of boxing matches, I went ahead and ordered it.

This is an utterly disappointing DVD that TANGO ought to withdraw from the market.

There's NO literature and NO playlist anywhere to be found, and NO wonder-- some featured bouts are the equivalent of "Schmenk vs. Smegma."

One "fight" is only a title card, then the losing boxer already on the canvas! (oy)

Dubbing quality is THE WORST (the WORST, Jerry!). Many chapters are so blurry the viewer thinks his eyes have been dilated by an optometrist. A few fights consist of two indistinct ghosts dancing within the squared circle (usually the matches you wanted to see, like Joe Louis's).

Lowest blow of all (a 'cup shot'): my darn disc freezes up on the Dempsey/Tunney fight (approx. chapter #31) and won't play anything that comes after it!!!

Feh! Feh! Can you say: "crapola"?
Thou hast been forewarned. (...and there's the bell for the 16th round...)
47 people found this helpful
|44 comments|Report abuse
on September 21, 2015
This is a great video. It covers some of the great fights in boxing history and I am very happy with the purchase. The only thing that I wish were different is that I wish that it provided the entire coverage of a fight. It doesn't. They select what they consider to be key rounds and only those are presented in the video. If your desire is to analyze the fighters then you want to see everything. For most people, just the key rounds will be sufficient.
2 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on August 24, 2015
It seems to me that there are a few different DVDs floating around under this title, as I have read reviews that list fights that I do not have on my particular copy. Mine has almost no fights from the 1900's or 1910's, but numerous fights from the '20's - '50's. In fact the only pre-1910 fight I have on my copy is the Jack Johnson/Stanley Ketchel fight from 1909 which I was thrilled to see in the menu, but I was utterly disappointed when the fight's conclusion (which is a classic one) is inexplicably chopped and removed. I've seen the same fight on youtube in it's entirety and the fact that this DVD edited out the ending totally baffled me. Sadly, this is the case with many of the fights on the DVD. Some fights are featured until their conclusion, others are horribly chopped, edited and incomplete. The highlight for me (at least with the copy I received) was that it contained the complete Jack Dempsey/Jess Willard fight. I was worried that it might be cut up, but thankfully it wasn't. So, at the very least, I do have that fight in my personal collection now.
Being a bit of a boxing historian I found it to be a nice little find especially for the price. It was kinda fun seeing old and rare footage of some of boxing's all time greats. (Granted some of the footage is of downright awful quality.) My DVD came with a "biography" menu which listed dozens of great and lesser known fighters and had a short career recap for each, which I found to be somewhat interesting. But, small positives aside, there's not much to be found on this collection and I'm certain many will be disappointed by it.This is a good DVD for hardcore fans of boxing history ONLY. If you are looking for a high quality collection of the greatest fights of all time, then you should look elsewhere, because this isn't it. It's just a random collection of old fight footage. Some of them are title bouts, others are included seemingly just because..
One person found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
With a prior understanding that 45 FANTASTIC FIGHTS OF THE CENTURY was only samples of boxing matches, I went ahead and ordered it.

This is an utterly disappointing DVD that TANGO ought to withdraw from the market.

There's NO literature and NO playlist anywhere to be found, and NO wonder-- some featured bouts are the equivalent of "Schmenk vs. Smegma."

One "fight" is only a title card, then the losing boxer already on the canvas! (oy)

Dubbing quality is THE WORST (the WORST, Jerry!). Many chapters are so blurry the viewer thinks his eyes have been dilated by an optometrist. A few fights consist of two indistinct ghosts dancing within the squared circle (usually the matches you wanted to see, like Joe Louis's).

Lowest blow of all (a 'cup shot'): my darn disc froze up on the Dempsey/Tunney fight (approx. chapter #31) and wouldn't play anything that came after. The replacement I was sent was equally defective!!!

Feh! Feh! Can you say: "crapola"?
Thou hast been forewarned. (...and there's the bell for the 16th round...)
4 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on June 15, 2007
Because it's hard to find anything on the older fighters, this DVD does fill a kind of boxing black hole; among the fighters on this compilation are ones that you rarely get to see at all.

For instance, you get the Will o' the Wisp against rough-housing Sandy Saddler; it was the first time I'd ever seen Pep fight, and he's simply mesmerizing (watch him and you'll see where Orlando Canizales picked up his style). Jersey Joe Walcott's on this DVD too - he does the herky-jerky, slips and slides and shuffles his way past Joe Louis (though Louis gets the nod - go figure!). And the amazing Kid Chocolate's on the menu as well.

One of the truly great fights though, the 1909 Clash of the Titans between Stanley Ketchel and Jack Johnson, - a vicious middleweight against a skilful heavyweight - is extremely disappointing. After several minutes of the fight - suddenly, magically, inexplicably - we see Johnson down and Ketchel on his back - without seeing the punches that did the damage!

Additionally, the Walcott-Louis fight included here needs redoing - Walcott's torso disappears into the dark background of the crowd so that Louis appears to be fighting just a pair of boxing trunks with legs attached! And this DVD also gives you the Tunney-Dempsey fights twice - why? No man can say!

All in all, it's worth buying to have some of the old-time greats on your DVD shelf, but don't expect too much from either the film quality or the footage.
8 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on April 7, 2007
I did not realize such DVD's existed and found it by accident. It provides footage of fighters not seen in fifty years or more. DVD actually has footage of a Jim Corbett fight from early 1900s. It is not the best quality but neither was Corbett, who was at the end of his career. However, it provided a view of Corbett's boxing style and why it was so successful at the turn of the century.

There are several Joe Louis matches which allows viewer to see strengths and weaknesses in his boxing ability. It was surprising to see the number of times Louis was knocked down by different fighters and what allowed him to win so many fights: the power of his right hand.

It does not have many fights after 1950 but those matches are not as rare. Any boxing fan will love this DVD. I purchased a second copy for a friend because he is a big fight fan.
10 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on April 4, 2018
80 year old dad who was one of Floyd Patterson sparring partners enjoys watching this and the other similar ones I brought him.
|0Comment|Report abuse
on December 24, 2017
very good history of Boxing Fights
|0Comment|Report abuse
on November 16, 2013
Quantity is not always quality. Some fights show only one or two rounds. The commentary is ok but it would have worked better if less fights had been shown with more time given to them. One saving grace is some of the fights/fighters were outstanding and have been more or less forgotten.
2 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse


Need customer service? Click here