Muhammad Ali - Through the Eyes of the World
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"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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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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I personally can't get enough of Ali. Very well produced documentary.Published 21 months ago by Kendra
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 on May 16, 2014 by saadiqa ali
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 morePublished on June 5, 2012 by merrygentleman75
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