CTHE Press Release: Ali - The Director's Cut

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    "Extraordinary! One of the best films of the year. Michael Mann and Will Smith
    punch their way to the bruised heart of a hero." * - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

    From Academy Award®-Nominated Biopic Starring Superstar Will Smith
    Presented in All-New Extended Edition with Additional Footage
    and Never-Before-Seen Special Features

    Two-Disc DVD Set Supervised Directly by Acclaimed Filmmaker Michael Mann Debuts June 1

    * * * * Culver City, CA (April 6, 2004) - Put the gloves on, step between the ropes and
    bring the champ home again in the all-new special extended version of the Academy Award®-
    nominated drama ALI starring box office heavyweight Will Smith (Men in Black, Bad Boys II). *
    Featuring never-before-seen footage added directly by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker
    Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider) plus brand new audio commentary by director Mann, and an
    exclusive making-of featurettes, the ALI: DIRECTOR'S CUT two-disc DVD set will premiere
    June 1 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, priced at $24.95 SLP.

    Arguably the most fascinating and legendary personality in sports history, Will Smith *
    delivers the knock-out performance of his career as boxing legendary Muhammad Ali, which
    earned him his first-ever Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. *This critically-
    acclaimed and visually stunning epic co-stars Jamie Foxx (Any Given Sunday, Booty Call),
    Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City, Posse), Ron Silver (Reversal of Fortune), Jeffrey Wright
    (Angels in America) and Jada Pinkett-Smith (The Matrix Reloaded, Set It Off).

    Muhammad Ali thrilled the world with his ground-breaking boxing victories in the '60s
    and '70s. *But the man behind the legend is grappling with a tumultuous romantic life, his deeply
    held religious beliefs and the pressure of staying on top. *A quick-witted, winning personality
    and strong friendships with close associates, including renowned newscaster Howard Cosell
    (Golden Globe nominee Jon Voight - *Holes, Pearl Harbor), help Ali "float like a butterfly and
    sting like a bee." *But faced with a life-changing conflict outside of the ring, the famously
    opinionated boxer is forced to rely on the one person he knows the best: himself.

    * * * * Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
    * * * * Remastered in High Definition
    * * * * Widescreen Presentation
    * * * * Never-Before-Seen Footage
    * * * * Director's Commentary
    * * * * Documentaries on the making of the movie
    * * * * Audio: *English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    * * * * Subtitles: *English, Spanish, French
    * * * * Scene Selections

    Not Rated
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 165 Minutes
    DVD Catalog # 09056
    UPC Code: 0-43396-09056-9
    Order Date: 04/29/04
    SLP: $24.95 DVD
  2. JonZ

    JonZ Lead Actor

    Dec 28, 1998
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    Like you Ron, I really like this film.Im not too happy about a double dip - I guess Ill have to wait and see whats said in some of the reviews before deciding.
  3. JohnTRU

    JohnTRU Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 4, 2003
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    I never actually bought the film when it first came out - not sure why. Maybe because it was a two-disc set here in R4-land and it didn't actually seem to have anything decent on it (apart from the film of course). That, and the price was far too high for what was essentially a 'bare-bones' two disc set (if there is such a thing).

    Will definitely get this version though. Underrated film...
  4. JoshB

    JoshB Supporting Actor

    Dec 25, 2001
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    I've held off for so long in buying this, seeing it for around $7 to 9 in many places. I'll be happy to pick this up on June 1st. I have to admit, the cover art for it that I have seen is much better than the previous release.

    Is Micahel Mann starting to become more pro DVD? I thought I heard he doesn't do special editions. Now we have Ali, Manhunter, and the soon to be released SE of Heat. I for one an still waiting for The Insider SE.

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