Boxing Movies on DVD
Public Enemy's Chuck D hosts this exploration, based on George Lois' book, of Muhammad Ali's dramatic impact upon hip-hop music and culture. Features a collection of Ali's greatest wisecracks, witticisms, insults and words of wisdom, as well as insights from Sylvester Stallone, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, and more. Also includes the complete 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in which Ali took on George Foreman. 44 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; deleted scenes; interview.
This riveting boxing documentary narrated by Jeffrey Wright explores the life and career of the man once known as Cassius Clay. Taking the occasion of Muhammad Ali's 65th birthday as an opportunity to revisit the legend of "the Greatest," the filmmakers track down those who knew Ali best for fresh and surprising insights concerning his courageous political stands and his take-no-prisoners bravado. 46 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage; interviews; audio commentary; music video.
Born to Irish immigrant parents in 1903, boxer James J. Braddock captured the country's imagination on June 13, 1935, when he defeated favored champion Max Baer to win the world heavyweight title. Rare photos and film footage, along with interviews with fight historians, help tell the remarkable true story of the athlete whose rise to the top was the subject of the 2005 Ron Howard biodrama "Cinderella Man." 45 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; bonus fight footage.
He proclaimed himself "the greatest," and it's hard to argue with the point that Muhammad Ali was the best heavyweight boxer of all time. Apparently, many others felt the same way, including those who fought him, and this documentary interviews 10 of Ali's former opponents to learn what it was like to face him. Through profiles of fights with Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, and others, viewers will gain a true understanding of the champion. 100 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; featurette; trivia.
The life and career of Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez are chronicled with energy in actor Diego Luna's ("Before Night Falls") documentary directorial debut. Boasting more title bouts than any boxer in history, Chavez rose from humble origins to come to the attention of controversial promoter Don King and retire with an astonishing record of 107 wins, two draws, and only six losses. 75 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English subtitles.
A true sports legend, boxer Joe Frazier is paid affectionate tribute in this inspirational documentary. From his impoverished youth in the South to his Philadelphia training, Olympic triumph, and unforgettable bouts with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, and beyond, this film touches on both Frazier's illustrious career and his personal life as a man of the turbulent '60s and '70s. 71 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage.
Defending his title for over 11 years, Joe Louis is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of all time. This profile of the Brown Bomber provides an in-depth look at his fighting career, how he transcended race to become a hero to whites and blacks alike, and how he became a symbol for America's fight against the Nazis in his famous fights with Max Schmeling and his enlistment in the U.S. Army. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The "weaker sex"? Guess again! These girlz from da 'hood are tough cookies, and they can knock the stuffing out of each other just like the big boys. This program of ferocious bikini boxing includes the Russian powerhouse known as "the Joker," defending her position as top dog against all comers. 117 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Legendary heavyweight champion Mike Tyson acts as his own sparring partner in a humorous, bruising, and candid one-man show. In this concert film directed by Spike Lee, Tyson captivates a live audience with anecdotes about his troubled Brooklyn youth, compelling and controversial boxing career, and the challenges he faced while rehabilitating himself--unforgettable stories that are by turns boisterous, combative, humble, and inspirational. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; featurette.
The controversial life and career of Mike Tyson are explored in this intriguing documentary. Along with an overview of the punchy pugilist's rise to success, this program also includes a candid look at his turbulent times outside of the ring. Features revealing interviews with Tyson, as well as fellow fighters Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and more. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Ten months after losing his "comeback" fight to Larry Holmes and just a few weeks shy of his 40th birthday, the legendary Muhammad Ali made his final ring entrance in Nassau, the Bahamas, to take on Trevor Berbick. The complete 10-round bout, which ended with only the fifth loss of Ali's pro career, is included in this special disc that also features the pre-match press conference and rare interview footage. 124 min.
He was as commanding in front of a microphone as he was in the boxing ring. Now this documentary program lets you follow the colorful and controversial life of Muhammad Ali through rare press conference footage and interviews, as the fighter goes from Olympic star and heavyweight champ to anti-war activist, global humanitarian, and sports icon. 38 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Before he was global sports icon Muhammad Ali, he was Olympic gold medalist Cassius Clay, learning the ropes of pro boxing while training and living in Miami's mostly black Overton neighborhood in the early 1960s. See how his time in Florida shaped Ali's career and outlook on race and religion, and hear from friends, colleagues and sportswriters who witnessed a legend in the making, in this revealing documentary. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Director William Klein's gritty documentary chronicles the boxing legend's meteoric rise to the top. From his historic 1964 bout with Sonny Liston and the transformation from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali to the monumental Rumble in the Jungle with George Forman in 1974. Standard; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: French; audio commentary.
An all-star array of celebrities--including Billy Crystal, James Earl Jones, Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela and others--pays tribute to the boxing legend known worldwide as "the Greatest" in this spectacular program. Also included are classic fight footage and interviews with the inimitable Ali. 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: French, Spanish; interviews; photo gallery; music video; featurette; theatrical trailer.
Three-disc set includes "Punch Up" vols. 1-3.
Ditch the prudery of American boxing for the unlicensed, unbridled brutality of these bloody Brits! Featuring topless ring girls, prominent English criminals in the audience, and blood-spattered butchery you won't see from the Yanks, this is pugilism that pulls no punches. 108 min. Soundtrack: English.
Get set for another hard-hitting volume of unlicensed British boxing, awash with blood, bare breasts, and raw brutality. Want to see topless ring girls? Crime legends of the United Kingdom in the crowd? Vicious fights breaking out outside the ring? Filmed at Caesars UK, these bouts are not for the prissy or prudish! 108 min. Soundtrack: English.
If you think American boxing is an unrefined sport, wait until you witness the unlicensed British bouts that make the Yankee exhibitions look as courtly as afternoon tea! Complete with topless ring girls and blood bursting freely from battered bodies, this raw and riveting competition draws the support of the U.K.'s most brutal criminal elements, so don't say you weren't warned. 108 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Knockout ESPN documentary takes an in-depth look at some of the most famous rivalries the sport of boxing has ever seen. Revealing interviews and brutal bouts shown in their entirety provide fascinating insight into grudges that have taken on their own life off the canvas, including Jake LaMotta vs. Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, and more. Also includes appearances by Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, Jack Dempsey, and others. 4 1/3 hrs. on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
This inspiring documentary follows German boxer Jurgen "The Rock" Hartenstein, who, at 35, decides to resurrect his once glorious career. To do so, the former champ must first defeat a U.S. boxer--but it's been three years since he stepped foot in the ring. Determined to overcome all odds, the ambitious underdog heads to Philadelphia for his last chance at a comeback. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English, German; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. In English and German with English subtitles.
In March 1966, world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali--facing a U.S. backlash over his anti-Vietnam War stance and recent conversion to Islam--went to Toronto and fought Canadian boxer George Chuvalo, a highly ranked fighter who had tried for years to meet Ali in the ring. Their confrontation, which saw Chuvalo go toe to toe with "the Greatest" for 15 rounds, is recounted through interviews and archival footage, making for a real-life "Rocky" story with political overtones. 100 min. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biography.
A fascinating historic curiosity, filmed with the retired Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali (who was suspended from boxing at the time), the outcome for this make-believe bout was predetermined by a computer fed the opponents' statistics to decide the "winner." The promoter who specialized in these fantasy boxing matches convinced the two champs to dramatize the results, and the film was shown only once in theaters in January 1970 and on "ABC's Wide World of Sports." 136 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; bonus footage. Two-disc set. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
For all his skill as a boxer, Muhammad Ali's toughest fight in the late 1960s came outside the ring, as he was stripped of his word heavyweight title, suspended from the sport, and sentenced to jail for refusing to join the military during the Vietnam War. This compelling documentary traces Ali's conversion to Islam, his crusade against racial and social injustice, and the struggle for vindication that made him a global icon. 94 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Three-disc set includes "Ali Rap," "Ali's Dozen," and "Ali's 65." NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
The third and final fight between Muhammad Ali and Smokin' Joe Frazier in 1975 is considered one of the greatest ever, but was steeped in controversy. Filmmaker John Dower presents his documentary on the rivalry between the two men from Frazier's perspective, detailing Ali's perhaps unfair maligning of Frazier through the media, the racially and politically charged nature of the event, and how the match was much closer than many remember. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage.
James Toback's insightful documentary tells the hardened story of Mike Tyson from Tyson's perspective. Through interviews with the former heavyweight boxing champion and archival footage, the release sheds light on Tyson's side of trying times in his life such as his tough childhood, the death of Cus D'Amato, dealings with Don King, his marriage to Robin Givens, the Buster Douglas fight, and his rape conviction. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: French; audio commentary; featurettes. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
Academy Award-winning documentary chronicling 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle" bout that saw Muhammad Ali regain the heavyweight title from George Foreman. Along with exciting boxing footage, director Leon Gast captures the charismatic Ali at his jive-talking greatest, the fight's incredible hoopla and commentary by Norman Mailer, Spike Lee and George Plimpton. 94 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: Spanish, French.