Pumping Iron

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Overview

Fans of bodybuilding rejoice, the pumped-up DVD release of this remarkable cult classic has finally made it to DVD in fine form thanks to the efforts of HBO/Rysher Entertainment. Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the image as viewed here is just about as good as one could hope for given the limited budget and age of the film. Though slightly grainy at times (a result of the 16 mm film stock on which the film was shot), the colors are bright and vivid and the transfer clean and virtually flawless. ...
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Overview

Fans of bodybuilding rejoice, the pumped-up DVD release of this remarkable cult classic has finally made it to DVD in fine form thanks to the efforts of HBO/Rysher Entertainment. Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the image as viewed here is just about as good as one could hope for given the limited budget and age of the film. Though slightly grainy at times (a result of the 16 mm film stock on which the film was shot), the colors are bright and vivid and the transfer clean and virtually flawless. This is a film that has been a long time coming on DVD, and it's obvious that great care was taken in ensuring the best transfer possible. With sound options including both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo, both tracks are clean and free of distortion, with the Dolby 5.1 track coming in a bit more boldly than the Dolby Stereo. It likely goes without saying that, while the Dolby 5.1 track does indeed carry a bit more weight, it certainly lacks in the directional effects and dynamics of recent tracks originally recorded in that particular format. As pleased as fans will be to see the respect that was given to the transfer of the film, though, it's the extras that truly make this disc worth the purchase. More than simple bonus features, these extras offer a continuation of the story of Pumping Iron. "Raw Iron," in particular, is a special treat. In addition to updating viewers as to what the bodybuilders have been up to since the original docudrama was released back in 1976, this newly produced featurette brings them together for a warm reunion. "Iron and Beyond," while mostly serving as a promotional piece for Arnold Schwarzenegger, does also offer some interesting background information on the sport and spectacle of the bodybuilding culture. An interview with Schwarzenegger, entitled "Iron Insights," clears the air on the many rumors surrounding the film in a humorous and entertaining manner, with the relaxed bodybuilder-cum-star happily knocking down rumors and reminiscing on some of the film's most memorable moments. "Comments from Arnold" discusses the origins of bodybuilding as a sport and the "Pumping Iron Premiere Party" offers interviews with both the original cast and the newest faces in bodybuilding. Lastly, a video biography for Schwarzenegger presents his life story through voice-over narration, still images, and video clips. Overall, this disc is both a great package for longtime fans and a spectacular introduction to the film for newcomers.
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Special Features

"Iron and Beyond": Explores Pumping Iron's impact on the fitness industry and Hollywood's idea of the action hero -- not to mention Arnold's own movie career; "Raw Iron: The Making of Pumping Iron": Includes exclusive outtakes and an interview reunion with the original Pumping Iron bodybuilders and director; "Iron Insights": A 2003 in-depth Interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which he finally gives surprising answers to the controversial questions he's frequently asked about the film; Video bio of Arnold Schwarzenegger: A comprehensive biography with exclusive photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • UPC: 026359166624
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,238

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lou Ferrigno Himself
Matty Ferrigno Himself
Franco Columbu Himself
Mike Katz Himself
Serge Nubret
Roger Callard Himself
Victoria Ferrigno Herself
Technical Credits
George Butler Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Fiore Director, Cinematographer
Geoff Bartz Editor
Peter Davis Consultant/advisor
Charles Gaines Consultant/advisor
Jerome Gary Producer
Harry Lapham Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence Silk Editor
Michael Small Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Graceful Moves
2. Sculptor of Flesh
3. The Pump
4. Amateur Circuit
5. World Championship
6. The Formative Years
7. Training in the Shadows
8. Keeping on Top
9. Beyond the Pain
10. The Italian Way
11. Winning Mindset
12. Tricking the Opponent
13. Pre-Judging
14. The Finals
15. Mr. Olympia
16. After the Show
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Audio: English 5.1
      Audio: English 2.0
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Iron and Beyond
      Video Bio of Arnold Schwarzenegger
      Raw Iron: The Making of Pumping Iron
      Iron Insights: HBO Promos
         Comments From Arnold Schwarzenegger
         Pumping Iron Premiere Party
      Iron Insights: DVD-ROM
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DON'T LISTEN TO THE LAST GUY

    THIS FILM IS ENTERTAINING, MOTIVATING AND EDUCATIONAL. IT WAS WHAT BROUGHT BODYBUILDING INTO THE MAINSTREAM. BEFORE THIS FILM, MOST AMERICANS THOUGHT THE WORLD OF BODYBUILDING WAS SOME HOMOSEXUAL SUB-CULTURE. ARNOLD AND LOU ARE GREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beware The Editing

    I believe this is the 'version' that Ahnold edited after buying the rights to the film and sanitizing and politicizing it's contents. Example: no frontal nudity of California's new Governor. Find the original. As is often the case; things are not necessarily as they seem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Schwarzenegger Documentary

    This documentary is extremely motivating to anyone who is in to the sport of bodybuilding and for that matter any sport. Essentially Arnold shows the mental determination to push himself further than any of the other competitors. My only recommendation though is to watch the film twice as you may feel Arnold is a bit of an arrogant bastar* the first time through. If you watch it again though you begin to realize that this attitude was necessary for him to remain the best. Overall, an excellent doc. on the Golden Age of bodybuilding. A side note: the training sequences, speeches and comedic bits are great.

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