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Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World (Widescreen)

Billy Crystal , Richard Harris , Phil Grabsky    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Muhammad Ali's grace, charisma, and remarkable bravado shine through in this affectionate look at his life and career. Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World takes a fairly straightforward documentary approach, chronicling Ali's life and career through film footage and interviews with journalists, loved ones, and a few bizarre commentators, like Scottish comedian Billy Connolly. The film does an excellent job of conveying both Ali's genuine importance as a historical figure and his incredible personal magnetism. Though the documentary doesn't shy away from his faults, Ali is simply impossible to dislike. Most importantly, the film's commentary and carefully selected fight footage make it clear even to those who don't follow the sport what a remarkable boxer Ali was. At one point, Lennox Lewis refers to the "sweet science" of not getting hit, and watching Ali dodge a barrage of punches, we understand exactly what he means. Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World doesn't pack quite the dramatic wallop of When We Were Kings, but it is a compelling look at one of history's greatest athletes. --Ali Davis

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By falcon
Format:DVD
this is a fascinating,revealing and insightful look at Muhammad Ali and
the impact he had in America.the movie is pretty comprehensive and in
depth.it's also very heartbreaking.it chronicles his life as a young
man just starting out as a boxer and up to his life in 2001.there's no
doubt he was brash and very confident in the ring.but he was also very
savvy and a great showman.he very easily psyched out his
opponents,giving them a handicap before the fight even began.he was
also a great self promoter and extremely charismatic.he often boasted
"I am the Greatest" and as a showman he had no equal.he also was a
great fighter with super hand speed and lighting quick reflexes and
amazing foot work.these skills diminished over time of course,(but his
spirit never,and still hasn't, diminished)allowing his opponents to hit
him much more often and Ali should have hung up the gloves long before
he did.unfortunately the accumulation of bows to his head over the
course of this career cause the brain affliction of Parkinson's
syndrome,a common condition in boxers.but this movie is about more than
a boxer.it's about a man who stood up for what he believed in,never
wavering,and refusing to give into the racism of the time and the
government's attempts to make him go abroad to fight in the Vietnam war
against people he had no quarrel with,in a war he believed to be
unjust.Ali was and still is an inspiration to his generation and
beyond.one thing's for sure,there never was,nor will there ever be
another like him.despite his affliction,he remains positive about life
and is is mentally strong.love him or hate him,you can't deny the
impact he has had.for me,"Muhammad Ali:Through the Eyes of the World"
is a must see.i give it 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thriller Boom in my Living Room Dec 30 2003
Format:DVD
What an outstanding DVD (4.75 stars) -
I was really skeptical at first because the price was so low and I just thought this was going to be one of those cheap and poorly put together Muhammad Ali pieces. I put it on my Holiday Wish List and I figured 10 bucks is pretty cheap for a family member and it's a DVD I want to check out...Maaaan did I get lucky!
Lots of great, fun and rare footage. Some great interviews and thoughts and memories from some pretty interesting people and a hilarious story from Billy Crystal in the Special Features section (the only good thing about that section otherwise it's pretty lame)
Great for any Muhammad Ali fan! - The price for this DVD is absolutely outstanding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive documentary on The Greatest Jan. 21 2002
Format:DVD
Muhammad Ali was recently named the "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine. "Muhammad Ali Through The Eyes of the World," which comes out on January 29th, tells the amazing story of this great athlete, political figure, and celebrity and you can easily see why Ali might have been chosen for this great honor. After all, he always knew he was "The Greatest" - something he claimed about himself from his earliest days of boxing.
"Muhammad Ali Through The Eyes of the World" is a documentary without a narrator. It basically is hundreds of short clips of interviews of everyone from childhood neighbors, former trainers, boxing opponents, friends, family, celebrities, etc. All of these are held together and made cohesive with clips from various sports and boxing historians. The number of voices making up the documentary, though, is really stunning! About the only one they didn't get a current interview from was Ali himself, but given that he suffers from Parkinson's disease now, that would probably have been fairly difficult.
As most people born before 1985 know, Ali was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. His start in boxing came from his bicycle being stolen. He told his father that he was going to "woop" whoever it was when he found out who had stolen his bike. His father asked if he knew how to fight and Ali said no, so his father took him to the local boxing ring and thus was born one of the greatest if not THE greatest boxer ever. What he did in the ring was revolutionary for a heavyweight, as he danced around with the agility of a Barishnikov ducking and bobbing and getting in a punch here and there till he finally bested his opponents either by out and out knockout or by TKO. At least this was the case in his early days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Dec 6 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
This is the greatest Ali movie ever made. Period
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive documentary on The Greatest Jan. 21 2002
By L. Wallach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Muhammad Ali was recently named the "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine. "Muhammad Ali Through The Eyes of the World," which comes out on January 29th, tells the amazing story of this great athlete, political figure, and celebrity and you can easily see why Ali might have been chosen for this great honor. After all, he always knew he was "The Greatest" - something he claimed about himself from his earliest days of boxing.
"Muhammad Ali Through The Eyes of the World" is a documentary without a narrator. It basically is hundreds of short clips of interviews of everyone from childhood neighbors, former trainers, boxing opponents, friends, family, celebrities, etc. All of these are held together and made cohesive with clips from various sports and boxing historians. The number of voices making up the documentary, though, is really stunning! About the only one they didn't get a current interview from was Ali himself, but given that he suffers from Parkinson's disease now, that would probably have been fairly difficult.
As most people born before 1985 know, Ali was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. His start in boxing came from his bicycle being stolen. He told his father that he was going to "woop" whoever it was when he found out who had stolen his bike. His father asked if he knew how to fight and Ali said no, so his father took him to the local boxing ring and thus was born one of the greatest if not THE greatest boxer ever. What he did in the ring was revolutionary for a heavyweight, as he danced around with the agility of a Barishnikov ducking and bobbing and getting in a punch here and there till he finally bested his opponents either by out and out knockout or by TKO. At least this was the case in his early days. This documentary covers all of his fights, and although there was only an average of 10 or 15 seconds of footage of each fight (save for his fight with Spinx where there is only a still image), at least there was footage of each and lots of commentary about each fight from various people.
Ali was great not only for what he did in the ring, of course, but for his behavior in the public eye. He was a showboater and braggadocio, of course, but he backed this up and was a gracious looser the few times this happened. Nevertheless, more importantly he was outspoken about his own political and moral beliefs. Most people know that he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, and subscribed to many of the stances of that organization, at least initially. But what many don't know is that Ali was outspoken even before this. For example after coming back from winning the gold metal for boxing in the 1960 Olympics, he through his metal into the Ohio River to protest the racism that was still blatantly prevalent in his home town.
The documentary does not shy away from the controversial aspects of some of what made Ali a complex individual, although it definitely puts his flaws in a positive light, as if to make excuses for them. For example, although a wonderfully supportive father, Ali had 4 wives, and apparently quite a few affairs on top of this. While he divorced one wife apparently because she did not want to cover herself in the way that the Nation of Islam would have proposed (as well wanting to dance, smoke, etc.), Ali was seen escorting new girlfriends on trips while still married. The only family members actually interviewed were one his former wives and one of his daughters. Both are very favorable towards Ali, and his daughter actually says she's glad he was so prolific with relationships or she and all her brothers and sisters would not be around.
The documentary is almost two hours long, so has quite a bit of great footage. Universal presents it in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1), and transfer is wonderful - at least as far as the modern interview clips go. Of course earlier footage of fights, interviews, etc. from the '60's and 70's are flawed, but there's not much that could have been done about these. The audio is almost primarily dialogue and so the 5.1 Dolby Digital Soundtrack really doesn't get a chance to show off, but the dialogue is crisp and clean for what its worth. One would not expect to see extras on a documentary, but Universal has provided a decent array of bonus material, although each one is fairly small in length. I actually preferred this after watching the 114-minute documentary! Included is a music video, stills of the artwork of Leroy Nieman who did live work during Ali's fights, additional interview outtakes, and a very short "featurette" which could have been simply inserted into the documentary itself without seeming out of place. Also there is an Ali Center Promo: The Ali Center is being built in downtown Louisville and will promote learning and striving for excellence in all areas for youth based on Ali's own life experiences. Finally, there is "Through the Eyes of the World" which has short clips from the "man-on-the-street" but also some boxing professionals on what Ali means to them. I would have liked somewhat longer clips for these as they were only about 10-20 seconds each, but there are so many (10 countries are represented), that having clips that were much more than a couple of minutes per country would probably have gotten a bit tiresome, especially after the fairly long documentary. All these extras and the documentary itself make a really good value for even the list price..., let alone for discounted copies!
Overall, "Muhammad Ali Through The Eyes of the World" is a very comprehensive documentary. It tells a complete story of a great figure, both within sports and outside, from so many different perspectives, with so much old and newer footage, and with so many voices, that you can't help to come away from it feeling like you've really learned a great deal about Ali, and why he himself as well as so many other still consider him to be "The Greatest."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thriller Boom in my Living Room Dec 30 2003
By Buster Paris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
What an outstanding DVD (4.75 stars) -
I was really skeptical at first because the price was so low and I just thought this was going to be one of those cheap and poorly put together Muhammad Ali pieces. I put it on my Holiday Wish List and I figured 10 bucks is pretty cheap for a family member and it's a DVD I want to check out...Maaaan did I get lucky!
Lots of great, fun and rare footage. Some great interviews and thoughts and memories from some pretty interesting people and a hilarious story from Billy Crystal in the Special Features section (the only good thing about that section otherwise it's pretty lame)
Great for any Muhammad Ali fan! - The price for this DVD is absolutely outstanding!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." --- Muhammad Ali Feb. 13 2012
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
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For a two-hour documentary on the most charismatic and at one point most hated boxer of the 20th Century, MUHAMMAD ALI: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD does a credible job of telling the man's story, covering the same ground many other such works before and since have tread. There's no surprises here for anyone who's seen them.

The best of all Ali bios is Turner Home Entertainment's six-hour, six chapter MUHAMMAD ALI: THE WHOLE STORY, especially for anyone interested in seeing major portions of his ring career.

For this boxing fan, that is the primary flaw of "Eyes of the World." Except for the first Sonny Liston bout, there's only brief highlights of about 10 fights, including the three Frazier matches. Here, as everywhere else, there's NO footage of Ali vs. Holmes.

Because it was produced in Britain, sprinkled in with the usual cast of commentors (Dr. Ferdie, Angelo D., the inevitable Bert Sugar) are folks like Richard Harris and comic Billy Connolly. Billy Crystal and other familiar faces tell their usual Ali stories. Two of the Champ's four wives participate as does one of his nine kids. James Earl Jones expresses pride and love, Maya Angelou wishes she'd written "Float like a butterfly," Rod Steiger removes his ever-present cap and bares a bald head to honor the achievements, both inside the ring and out, of the most popular man on the planet.

We see Ali's tragic deterioration from Parkinson's syndrome, his brave lighting of the '96 Olympic torch while ravaged with illness, and how he appeared when this film was made in 2001. The last thought we're left with is (paraphrased): don't feel sorry for Muhammad, for he has no regrets.

No regrets and the heart of a true champion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie March 13 2013
By Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my dad an he enjoys it so much! This video reminds him of his boxing days and he enjoys it very much!!! He is also a Muhammad Ali fan so this was perfect for him. He's watched it 3 times already. The order came so quickly.I would definitely buy from this seller again!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muhammad Feb. 24 2013
By Gary Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am very pleased with the DVD and its content. I was disappointed in one of our own (black american) disparaging muhammad's religious beliefs and felt the need to prove to his master what side he is on. Other than that...it is something for the archives. The seller was perfect.
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