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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: HBO
  • Release Date: Oct. 30 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RY9R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,786 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Before Muhammad Ali, plenty of African American heavyweights boxed, but few did for the game (or for blacks) what Ali did. Ali was bold, outrageous, and controversial. His antics outside of the ring showed an often-hilarious flair for self-promotion, and his conversion to Islam and decision to avoid the Vietnam War only fueled the storm of controversy that surrounded him. The thing about Ali, though, was that he was good enough to get by with it; after all, it's hard to argue with success. In the ring, he showed a sheer prowess and technique that few before or since could approach (the bonus CD-ROM discusses the similarities and contrasts between Ali and the great Joe Louis). Outside the ring, Ali had a sharp mind, good looks, and the strength of his own convictions going for him. This DVD contains footage of Ali's 1964 fight in which he slaughtered Sonny Liston, the 1974 bout where his technique got the better of George Foreman and his fearsome punching power, and the brutal 1975 fight against Joe Frazier (all fights are shown in their entirety). There have been few heavyweight boxers who can compare favorably to Muhammad Ali, and this DVD should be in the collection of all those who consider themselves fans of the sport. --Jerry Renshaw

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By A Customer on May 25 2003
Format: DVD
This is an okay dvd set, containing 3 of Ali's greatest fights, but I don't understand why they don't make complete sets of fights, including all of the fighter's bouts, undercards, pre and post fight coverage, everything. They continue to release redundant television shows in "season" box sets, so classic boxing matches should at least deserve the same treatment. All you can find are chopped up, terrible quality sets on auction sites. I'm not saying they should do this for every boxer who ever lived, but the greatest fighters of all time such as Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, George Foreman, Ali of course, Tyson, and Holyfield should make more than enough money to make it worth their while. A Tyson set especially would sell like hot cakes. I think that many people would love to see these fights brought back to their former glory, and it would be especially nice to see the harder to find fights, when these fighters were just starting their professional careers, in dvd quality to boot. Maybe one day they will come to their senses and give the public what it wants.
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Format: DVD
This is the genuine Muhammad Ali. I was hesitant to purchase this DVD at first, because with its flimsy cardboard box it seemed a quickie release. What tipped the balance for me was the HBO logo on the box -- produced to their boxing division's highest quality, this is a real winner.
The 1964 Liston-Clay fight in Miami has already become legend, even though the fight itself lasts just six rounds. Here on disc, with every second preserved, is Clay's taunting the champ, then momentarily losing his vision (did Liston rub liniment on his gloves?). Shockingly, Liston quits on his stool before Round 7, and Clay shouting into the camera, "I'm a bad man! I shook up the world! I shook up the world!". No actor sincehas been able to recreate the rawness of this moment. Presented on DVD is the closed-circuit theater version of the fight, called by Steve Ellis, with color commentary by Joe Louis in between rounds. This is, of course, not Louis's finest hour.
Next is Foreman-Ali in Zaire in October, 1974. Notable here are the color commentators: Ali friend and former football star Jim Brown, and longtime Ali rival (and, they say, bitter enemy) Joe Frazier, along with the obnoxious David Frost. The fight itself is also the stuff of legend (and an Oscar-winning documentary). Ali invents the "rope-a-dope" seemingly on the fly, and wins the fight without ever seeming hurt by massive George Foreman's punches. The fact that 20 years later, Foreman would be champ and Ali would be seriously impaired, adds only a bittersweet irony to the finale.
The final fight is Ali-Frazier III in Manila, the Thrilla in its entirety.
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Format: DVD
"Muhammad Ali, the greatest collection"
This has lots of boxing.
The whole fight with original microphone.
a) 1964 Clay vs Liston [THE WHOLE FIGHT]
b) 1974 Ali vs Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" [THE WHOLE FIGHT]
c) 1975 Ali vs Frazier "Thilla in Manila" [THE WHOLE FIGHT]
Just highlights of some fights: [JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS]
a) 1960 Olympics Z. Pietrzykowski of Poland
b) 1960 Turnney Hunsinger
c) 1962 Archie Moore
d) 1964 Sonny Liston
e) 1965 Sonny Liston rematch
f) 1966 Cleveland Williams
g) 1967 Zorra Folley
h) trouble with the draft board
i) 1970 Occar Bonavena
j) 1971 Joe Frazier
k) 1973 Ken Norton
l) 1973 Ken Norton rematch
m) 1974 Joe Frazier rematch
n) 1974 George Foreman [Rumble in the Jungle]
o) 1975 Joe Frazier [Thrilla in Manilla]
p) 1978 Leon Spinks
q) 1978 Leon Spinks rematch
r) 1980 Larry Holmes
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