CTHV Press Release: "Ali"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Double Oscar-Nominated 'ALI'

    Debuts April 30

    on DVD and Videocassette

    Best Actor Nominee Will Smith and Supporting Actor

    Nominee Jon Voight Star in Director Michael Mann's Epic

    Culver City, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2002) ? Best Actor Academy Award

    nominee Will Smith stars with Jon Voight, nominated for Best Actor in a

    Supporting Role, in Ali ? director Michael Mann's emotional saga

    chronicling the life of Muhammad Ali ? which debuts April 30 on DVD and

    videocassette.

    Digitally mastered audio and a widescreen presentation mastered in

    high definition preserve the epic sweep of the film Newsweek's David

    Ansen hailed as "an honest, richly detailed, gorgeous movie" and Peter

    Travers of Rolling Stone called "extraordinary. One of the best films of

    the year." The DVD release of Ali is priced at $27.96.

    Smith (Men in Black, Men in Black II) and Voight (Pearl Harbor,

    Coming Home ? Best Actor, 1978) head an all-star cast that includes

    Jamie Foxx (Any Given Sunday), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Nutty Professor),

    Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City), Ron Silver (Timecop), Mykelti

    Williamson (Three Kings), Paul Rodriguez (Rat Race), Joe Morton (What

    Lies Beneath) and Michael Michelle (TV's ER).

    In a performance that Joel Siegel of ABC News called "a

    transformation," Will Smith plays boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a

    visually stunning epic from Academy Award-nominated director Michael

    Mann (The Insider).

    Beginning with Ali's ground-breaking boxing victories in the 1960s and

    1970s, Ali explores the physical and psychological battles experienced

    by the athlete who would come to be known as "The Greatest." Facing a

    tumultuous romantic life, deeply held religious beliefs, and the

    pressures of ever-increasing fame, Muhammad Ali's quick-witted

    personality and strong friendships helped him "float like a butterfly

    and sting like a bee." In addition to Smith's acclaimed performance, Ali

    features a revealing portrait of the boxer's close friend, sportscaster

    Howard Cosell, played by Oscar nominee Jon Voight.

    Ali was directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay by Stephen J.

    Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson and Eric Roth & Michael Mann from a story

    by Gregory Allen Howard. The Columbia Pictures release was produced by

    Jon Peters, James Lassiter, Paul Ardaji, Michael Mann and A. Kitman Ho.

    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

    * Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video

    * Mastered in High Definition

    * Widescreen Presentation

    * Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

    * Languages: English and French

    * Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

    * Theatrical Trailers

    * Animated Menus

    * Scene Selections

    Rated R

    Color / Closed Captioned

    157 Minutes

    VHS #07135 / UPC Code: 0-43396-07135-3

    VHS Spanish Subtitles #07136 / UPC Code: 0-43396-07136-0

    DVD #: 06689 / UPC Code: 0-43396-06689-2

    DVD Price: $27.96

    TRADE INFORMATION

    Order Date:

    4/9/02 (VHS)

    4/2/02 (DVD)
     
  2. Adam_WM

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    You must be kidding me. Where are the extras?
     
  3. Chris Clark

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling underwhelmed. Though I would love to hear of a special edition coming out later in the year, this is a Michael Mann disc.

    We should feel lucky just to have the teaser and theatrical trailers.
     
  4. Joel C

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    Mann is like Lynch, he doesn't believe in special features. Too bad the price doesn't reflect that. C'mon, knock it down $3 or so!
     
  5. Chad Gregory

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    Well that makes it easier, I go ahead and wait for the likely Columbia rerelease in special edition form.

    I wouldn't say that Mann is across the board opposed to extras. The Insider did have a few, albeit minor, special features including a few interviews.

    -Chad
     
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    Anchor Bay's release of Manhunter has a documentary on the film but Michael Mann does not participate in the interviews.

    The Insider featurette only has interviews with Al Pacino & Cameron Crowe along with throwaway "archived" interviews from the other cast & crew members but again Michael Mann does not participate in the interviews.

    The Last of The Mohicans(both releases) were supervised by Michael Mann who wanted no supplement or promotional material.

    Heat only features three theatrical trailers for the film.
     
  8. Rob Tomlin

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    Is it just me, or does it seem like the wait between theatrical release and DVD release continues to get shorter and shorter?
     
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    guys, thief has a commentary from mann and caan. i think it has been transferred from laser as they give very little away in the track as in when it was recorded (events going on at the time, almost no info) the only nugget of info comes near the end of the track when caan states that mann is about to do a picture with pacino and de niro which is of course heat (1995), this suggests that it was recorded for the laserdisc version? maybe some one could confirm this?

    jonathan
     
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    Ali?

    Not for me!

    I was very disappointed in this movie as a Michael Mann fan. The storyline wanders like it was done on an etch-a-sketch. Will Smith is clearly brilliant and I would not want to take anything away from him, but I actually lost quite a bit of respect for Ali. He does not appear a very sympathetic figure. And boxing looks more corrupt than French ice skating judges!

    How did he specifically help the black community outside of sports?

    How can anyone take him or Elijah seriously as a black Muslim amidst all the sex and greed?

    The greatest?

    No way. My dog Nala is THE GREATEST!

    I'm sitting this one out, even if Columbia makes a great DVD.

    Lee
     
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    Woot! Can't wait for this one. LOVED the movie. And since it's 2.35:1, it'll have more EE than you can shake a stick at!
     
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    I'm sure I read an interview with Mann who said that he was planning a directors cut of Ali on dvd with an extra 30 mins... I gotta a feeling this rush release is a cash in due to poor box office... we fans will swoop on this one... then come christmas 2002... you know the drill..
     
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  16. Bill Crosthwait

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    I'll wait for the special editon in the future.
     
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    Thief was the only film to have supplement by Michael Mann himself. This was a commentary recorded for laserdisc and was the last supplement he would contribute to laserdisc and DVD releases.

    So if you are waiting for Ali: Special Edition, you'll be waiting a long while. Unless of course, Columbia Tri-Star makes like Anchor Bay & Buena Vista and leaves Michael Mann out of the supplements.
     
  18. Quint van der Vaart

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    I will be waiting untill the specs for the Dutch Region 02 dvd are announced.

    In Holland Columbia does not distribute this title but an independent studio and they always do a good job.

    As for a Columbia rerelease , Collector's Edition maybe ?
     
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    I was disappointed by Ali. IMHO, I think that the movie would benefit by including delted scenes and tying together some of the pieces in the story, back-story, and history. For those of us that didn't live through the early-mid 1960s, some of the people and events in the movie are confusing. What was going on within the Nation of Islam? Why did Ali seem so quick to turn his back on Malcolm X, his old friend?
     
  20. Joseph J.D

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    Well, that's one less disc to buy...until the special edition with ALL the extras comes along. If Columbia is going to pull this featureless crap, they might as well release it as a Superbit title...this way, we'd at least get a DTS track.[​IMG]
     

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