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Facing Ali
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, c2009.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approx. 100 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the book: Facing Ali : the opposition weighs in / by Stephen Brunt.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2009.

Special features: Animated trivia cards -- Bringing the fights to life -- Facing Ali : book to screen (featurette) -- After the bell (featurette) -- Facing Ali : book to screen (featurette) -- Also from Lionsgate.

Container incorrectly includes theatrical trailer among special features.
Personal Subject:
Ten boxing champs pay tribute to Ali and discuss their encounters with him in and out of the ring.
System Details:
DVD, NTSC, region 1; widescreen presentation (1.78:1 aspect ratio); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
Language Note:
In English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish; closed-captioned.


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Nonfiction DVD DVD 921 ALI 1 1

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Muhammad Ali was arguably the greatest boxer of the 20th century, and that rare fighter whose presence in the culture of the day was equal to (or perhaps even greater than) his remarkable skills in the ring. Ali was a superb fighter who squared off against a variety of gifted athletes during his career, and filmmaker Pete McCormack offers a new perspective on Ali through this documentary, in which some of his opponents speak about their experiences with the man. Facing Ali includes interviews with Joe Frazier, who speaks of the bitterness that still remains of his rivalry with Ali; George Chuvalo, a Canadian fighter who recalls that while Ali defeated him, he went dancing with his wife afterward while the winner went to the hospital; George Foreman, whose memories include a powerful punch that Ali chose not to land; Leon Spinks, whose 1978 upset victory over Ali thrust him into a level of fame he was not prepared to handle; Ernie Terrell, who discusses the technique and strategy behind Ali's approach; and many more. Produced in association with Spike TV, Facing Ali was an official selection at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi