When We Were Kings

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Overview

Leon Gast's superb documentary about Ali and Foreman, When We Were Kings, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, while the standard image produces an image with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and the filmmakers. This is a solid release from...
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Overview

Leon Gast's superb documentary about Ali and Foreman, When We Were Kings, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, while the standard image produces an image with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and the filmmakers. This is a solid release from USA Entertainment.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Standard and widescreen formats; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered; Film and cast biographies; English Dolby Pro Logic; English closed captioning; French subtitled; Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Filmmaker Leon Gast caught an ironically lucky break when the footage he shot of the famed 1974 heavyweight match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman got tied up in legal red tape for the better part of two decades. With the passage of time, the fight has taken on even larger dimensions than its status as one of the more dramatic upsets in boxing history: It was one of Ali's last big hurrahs; it humbled the chiseled and glowering Foreman, who was eventually reborn as a roly-poly, genial, bald fighter; it was wily promoter Don King's coming-out party on the world stage; and it provided Norman Mailer with material for one of his best books, The Fight. Starting with its title, When We Were Kings has the character of a bottle of vintage wine, allowed to age until all the facets of its true flavor can come out. Gast has assembled all the archival footage you could want, and he scores a great one-two punch by interviewing Mailer and George Plimpton 20 years after the fight, and then freezing a frame of film to show the two men in 1974, ringside and slack-jawed in disbelief as Ali wades in with his final flurry of punches to win the bout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • UPC: 025192228223
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,449

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Muhammad Ali
George Foreman
James Brown
B.B. King
Norman Mailer
George Plimpton
Technical Credits
Leon Gast Director, Editor, Producer
Taylor Hackford Editor
Vikram Jayanti Co-producer
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Editor
Keith Robinson Co-producer, Editor
David Sonenberg Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Opening Credits [4:26]
2. Talk the Talk [9:17]
3. Press Conferences [6:17]
4. Welcome to Zaire [7:56]
5. President of Zaire [6:01]
6. Postponement [9:16]
7. The Concert [9:41]
8. Prepare to Fight [6:31]
9. In the Ring [11:39]
10. Reflections [6:00]
11. "When We Were Kings" [5:39]
12. Closing Credits [4:38]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Opening Credits [4:26]
2. Talk the Talk [9:17]
3. Press Conferences [6:17]
4. Welcome to Zaire [7:56]
5. President of Zaire [6:01]
6. Postponement [9:15]
7. The Concert [9:41]
8. Prepare to Fight [6:31]
9. In the Ring [11:39]
10. Reflections [6:00]
11. "When We Were Kings" [5:38]
12. Closing Credits [4:38]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Widescreen
   Chapters
   Language Selection
      English
      Spanish Subtitles
      French Subtitles
   Additional Materials
      Interview With the Director
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Muhammad Ali
         George Foreman
         Spike Lee
         The Concert
         Norman Mailer
         George Plimpton
         Leon Gast
      Coming Attractions
         Dead Man Walking
         The Usual Suspects
         Four Weddings and a Funeral
         The Portrait of a Lady
         PolyGram Video Sampler
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Standard
   Chapters
   Language Selection
      English
      Spanish Subtitles
      French Subtitles
   Additional Materials
      Interview With the Director
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Muhammad Ali
         George Foreman
         Spike Lee
         The Concert
         Norman Mailer
         George Plimpton
         Leon Gast
      Coming Attractions
         Dead Man Walking
         The Usual Suspects
         Four Weddings and a Funeral
         The Portrait of a Lady
         PolyGram Video Sampler
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest

    This is the best documentary I have ever seen on any subject. It is truly wonderful. My wife hates sport, especially boxing, but she too was completely transfixed by this and thanked me for nagging her to see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MUHAMMAD ALI AT HIS BEST

    I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. If for no other reason, watch it to see George Foreman's German Shepard at his press conference in Africa. Ali truly is the Greatest.

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