HTF REVIEW: "Muhammad Ali: Through The Eyes Of The World" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Muhammad Ali: Through The
    Eyes Of The World

    "All his life he has lit the Torch"
    - Rod Steiger, Actor -
    When I was a kid, I was never good in sports.
    For that reason, I never became interested in
    any sport, except that is, Boxing. It wasn't
    the fact that I really was into the sport nor knew
    much about it but rather the fact that Muhammad
    Ali was a hero of mine. I clearly remember staying
    up late during the mid-70's to watch his championship
    boxing bouts.
    Though I have framed autographed pictures of Ali
    hanging on my wall, and even a boxing glove with
    his personal signature, there is so much I still
    really don't know about this national icon. Most
    of what I have learned has been through other
    great DVD documentaries such as When We Were
    Kings, which concentrated more on the 1974
    Ali/Foreman fight in Zaire.
    Muhammad Ali: TTEOTW is quite an inspirational
    story of Ali's life told through his friends,
    trainers, broadcasters and historians. There are
    also recollection's from celebrities like Richard
    Harris, Berry Gordon, Tom Jones, James Earl Jones,
    Rod Steiger, BB King and Billy Crystal.
    So many facts I never knew about "The Greatest"
    is revealed in this documentary. His father was
    a sign painter who often abused the family. Cassius
    Clay was a real nerd in school. After Cassius had
    a bike of his stolen, it was his father that urged
    him to learn how to fight before he went looking
    to whoop-ass. From thereonin, Cassius was at the
    gym daily. The first one there and the last to leave.
    The DVD covers Ali's entire career span through
    archival footage starting in 1958, when at 17 years
    of age, Cassius is a Golden Globe amateur. We see
    footage from the 1960 Olympics where he boldy goes up
    against a Polish fighter who had fought 300 fights
    before. Through it all, Cassius is confident.
    From his winning the Heavyweight Championship at
    22 years of age, to his convert to the muslim
    religion (becoming Muhammad Ali) to his
    evasion of the draft, his story is told with
    passion from the people that remember him the most.
    The documentary winds up with 70's bouts he had
    with Frazier, Foreman and Spinks to the earliest
    signs of Parkinson's, a disease that ultimately
    took away his motor skills. One of the last
    images we see is Ali lighting the torch at the
    start of the 1996 Olympics.
    This 2001 documentary is presented on DVD for
    the very first time. Presented in anamorphic
    1.78:1 widescreen, the image quality is excellent.
    The DVD has a processed 5.1 Surround track
    that really doesn't give much effort to the rear
    channels. Instead, the front soundfield remains
    very strong and robust. The only time I recognized
    any rear channel activity was during some of the
    supplemental material.
    Special Features
    Universal didn't screw around with this disc.
    Including just the documentary would have been
    more than enough to warrant a purchase. However,
    there's a slew of nice supplements that sort of
    add a bit of panache to this entire presentation.
    Through The Eyes Of The World gives us
    a map of the world. Using your remote, you click
    on various countries. Each country gives you a
    short snippet of opinions from the common people
    that walk the streets to promoters and boxers who
    had met the great one. When watching these little
    fun pieces, you find a common thread of opinions
    as to how fun, kind and gentle Ali was.
    Unseen Interviews expands upon the interview
    footage seen in the documentary. There are 6
    extended interviews presented including one from
    Billy Crystal where he talks about a joke that Ali
    played on him. Another interview with James Earl
    Jones reveals how Ali ultimately broke his thumb.
    Stills Gallery contains many of the paintings
    of Leroy Neiman that were done during the span of
    Ali's career. Using your remote, you can thumb
    through each one of them.
    There is an included Music Video, that
    frankly, is out of place. It's just a
    horrible rap song that I watched 3/4 of before
    turning it off. Nothing inspiring here.
    A very interesting and historical Fight
    Chronology lists every fight Cassius/Ali
    fought, and the stats of that fight. There are
    some video clips you can look at -- all from
    the documentary.
    Ali Center Promo is a promotional piece
    for the new Ali Learning Center which promises to
    inspire kids and adults everywhere.
    There is an interesting, but rather short 2-minute
    Ali Featurette that takes a look at
    Geoffrey C Ewing's (seemingly) one man play.
    Finally, the original Trailer for the
    documentary is included.
    Final Thoughts
    Muhammad Ali inspired the world. He was a man
    not afraid to speak his mind and stand up for
    what he believed in -- especially during the late
    60's when civil rights leaders were being assassinated.
    This documentary faithfully captures the spirit
    and courage of an individual that taught the world
    to be all you can be, and work hard to achieve the
    goals you want.
    This a DVD I will be proud to have in my collection.
    "in his quiet now he's even louder than he
    ever was"

    - Billy Crytal, actor -
    Release Date: January 29, 2002
     
  2. Walt Riarson

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    This sounds like an interesting disc and I may end up purchasing it.

    However, I'd hesitate to call Ali a role model. He did dodge the draft, and that's nothing to be honored for whatsoever.

    Still, this disc sounds interesting, and I may just have to give it a look-see. Thanks for the review.
     
  3. Sean Oneil

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    This is probably why 'Ali' is doing so terribly at the box office. Will Smith can not even scratch this man's charisma, and when you can see so much of the Real Ali in documentary footage like this, why bother with a hollywood impression?

    I suspect most of the world feels the same.

    I will be picking this documentary up for sure. It will be nice to see Ali in anamorphic wide.
     
  4. Sean Oneil

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    Sorry, but

     
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    No problem Robert, I have said all I need to say on that matter [​IMG]
     
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    Not to go against the wishes of the ad., however would like to clear the air.

     
  8. Brian O

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    Yeah, I was wondering which Ali DVD is preferred? I already have When We Were Kings.
     
  9. Ronald Epstein

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    Brian,
    Both DVDs are two different animals.
    Through The Eyes of the world is the
    life story of Muhammad Ali.
    When We Were Kings is a documentary on
    the 1974 heavyweight championship of Ali vs. Foreman.
    Both are worthy of purchase.
     
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    Again, let's stop with the draft dodging discussion!

    Crawdaddy
     
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