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Press Release Criterion Press Release: When We Were Kings (Blu-ray)

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    Ronald Epstein

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    In 1974, Leon Gast traveled to Africa to film Zaire 74, a music festival planned to accompany an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title—“a fight between two blacks in a black nation, organized by blacks,” as a Kinshasa billboard put it. When the main event was delayed, extending Ali’s stay in Africa, Gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, capturing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career while basking in his role as black America’s proud ambassador to postcolonial Africa. Two decades in the making, When We Were Kings features interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton that illustrate the sensational impact of the fight, rounding out an Academy Award–winning portrait of Ali that captures his charm, grace, and defiance.

    FILM INFO
    • Leon Gast
    • United States
    • 1996
    • 87 minutes
    • Color
    • 1.78:1
    • English
    • Spine #998

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • Soul Power, a 2009 documentary about the Zaire 74 music festival directed by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte
      • New interviews with producers Taylor Hackford and David Sonenberg
      • Interview from 1997 with director Leon Gast
      • Trailer
      • PLUS: An essay by critic Kelefa Sanneh
      New cover featuring a photograph by Howard L. Bingham, designed by F. Ron Miller

      October 22, 2019

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  2. Ronald Epstein

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    This space reserved for preorder
     
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    Now I can finally retire my 1997 DVD of this fine documentary.
     
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    Excellent documentary.
     
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    What a great film. Glad to see this getting the Criterion treatment.
     
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    One of my favorite documentaries of the 90's, and there were soooo many good docs in the 90's.
    Finally my funky cased DVD can say bye.
     
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