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The Armstrong Lie [DVD] [2014]

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  • Actors: Alex Gibney
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2014
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HR7OJV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,576 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Beginning in 2009, Academy Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney followed Armstrong for four years chronicling his return to cycling after retirement, as he tried to win his eighth title. Unexpectedly, Gibney was also there in 2012 when Armstrong admitted to doping, following a federal criminal investigation, public accusations of doping by his ex-teammates, and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, that led USADA's CEO, Travis Tygart, to conclude that Armstrong's team had run 'the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.’

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features Include:

• Commentary with the Academy Award winning Director Alex Gibney
• Q&A with Alex Gibney, Frank Marshall, Bill Strickland, Jonathan Vaughters & Betsy Andreu
• Deleted Scenes The Blu-ray and DVD include exclusive commentary from the Director, as well as a Q&A with Gibney, Frank Marshall, Bill Strickland, Jonathan Vaughters and Betsy Andreu.

Both releases also come with more than 40 minutes of deleted scenes.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spinning The Lie 26 Feb 2014
Like many of you, I was a complete Lance Armstrong fan. I was receiving chemo and radiation therapy for breast cancer in 2004 at the height of Armstrong's fame. I proudly wore one of the first 'Live Armstrong' yellow bands, and one of the research projects I was involved in was funded by Live Armstrong. It wasn't until 2010 when the rumors of Armstrong's cheating and doping became too much to ignore that I finally admitted my hero was a cheat.

In this documentary, Alex Gibney follows Armstrong on his comeback to the Tour de France. Along the way we follow Armstrong as Gibney films everything he can. This started out as a positive spin and ended up as the truth spin. Two hours and three minutes of the blues, then the truth as Armstrong sees it. The people he hurt and lives he destroyed speak. We meet everyone from the Italian physician who fashioned the doping that was not traceable to the cyclists involved and the trainers and everyone but Armstrong's family. Three of his children are seen bicycling with him. I wonder how they deal with this mess. What do they think of their father. He spun the winnings so many times that he actually came to believe he won Le Tour honestly. Why everyone was doing it, doping. It wasn't the doping as much as the abuse of power. The constant lying, the constant cheating.

We follow Armstrong from his cancer diagnosis through the end of the tour in 2012, and finally his moment of truth with Oprah Winfrey. We believed his blues, but no more. I have no pity for Lance, he deserves whatever comes his way. It will be difficult for anyone go believe in heroes from here on, what a lasting legacy.

Recommended. prisrob 02-25-14
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4.0 out of 5 stars Armstrong's psychology is riveting. 17 Feb 2014
This DVD is well made. It is detailed and full of excellent footage.
The production too is impressive. There are many clips with Armstrong
in front of the camera where his personality seems complex and unpleasant.

In essence, Lance is depicted as an aggressive, competitive, demanding and
a 'win at all costs' person. If he is to be believed it is at your own peril.
Many suggest that he lies often or is deluded into constructing complex webs
of nuanced opinions. Even at the end of the DVD Armstrong is satisfied that
in decades time, he will still be remembered for winning seven French tours.

Armstrong's plan to involve so many people worked. He intimidated many to
remain 'on message', to keep to the party line. Needless to say collaborators
were well rewarded. It required a man with a badge and a gun to crack the
nerve of cohorts. Armstrong, with less conscience and more to lose, has held
out on either proclaiming his innocence or guilty with extenuating circumstances.

His claim that his punishment is unfair is ludicrous. The arrogance and
opportunism is seemingly sociopathic and could anger even the most mild
mannered. He obviously has no idea as to the extent and ramifications of
his behaviour.

In fact, the documentary says repeatedly that it was his comeback that
started his demise. He was always under suspicion and attracted negative
publicity but for years was never proven guilty. He involved medical
specialists, team riders, the media and cycling officials in a scheme that
made many a lot of money. This made me wonder repeatedly about other
sports where doping and gambling are suggested to exist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 July 2014
Very interesting look at a large section of Armstrongs career and the fall out from his eventual indictment on drugs charges.

The documentary about Armstrong was being made for years whilst he was a cyclist (and not charged with doping) and therefore uses this footage alongside interviews with his former team mates and other people around at the time.

Its also probably one of the only documentaries that actually features a lot of interviews with Lance himself and whilst he never really comes clean about the whole affair you do get a fair bit of information from him.

The other thing I found very interesting about this documentary was the in depth interviews they had with Dr Ferrari, the doctor widely credited with helping Armstrong and many other pro athletes to push their physical ability. After reading Tyler Hamilitons book I thought I was about to see a devil in doctors clothing - however what comes across is a medical nerd obsessed with pushing the boundaries of human performance...and unfortunately this includes doping. However it also looks into how Dr Ferrari looked at Lance as a physical specimen and looked at his attributes and how they calculated by increasing his cadence they could maximise this respect its a very interesting look at cycling performance and physiology.

All in all an interesting look back at a crooked era, when pretty much all the pro teams were doping and it was really about who had the best medics revving the engines!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From marmite to nuclear waste 16 Aug 2014
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Lance Armstrong has moved from marmite to nuclear waste. And as with nuclear waste, we cannot just bury it and ignore it.

This makes for compelling viewing and it is difficult not to root for Lance in his 'clean' comeback.

Despite the record books being wiped clean of Lance Armstrong, cycling fans' memories are not so easy. I therefore recommend that you watch this. It is fascinating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
Fascinating story about cheating in the sport of cycling, specifically the Tour de France. It’s no excuse of course to say everyone was doing it, but it does put things into... Read more
Published 7 days ago by fastforwardfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
purchased as gift, very quick delivery
Published 24 days ago by lisa hulbert
5.0 out of 5 stars As a PE teacher who teaches A Level it's a great to use when looking...
What a film! Such an insight into the web of lies he told. As a PE teacher who teaches A Level it's a great to use when looking at PED in sport.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Rowley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Strong Enough. Misses the Bullseye.
Not strong enough. A bit of pussyfooting around with the real topic here. Why did Armstrong do this? What were his drivers? Money? Power? Fame? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank You..
Published 2 months ago by Metafor
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not amused at paying £10 for a documentary that was screened on TV within a month.
Published 2 months ago by SAM BARKER
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable Viewing
Having watched the recent BBC documentary on the Armstrong drugs scandal (now released as Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story), which was pretty much a retelling of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The truth is out!
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems
Published 3 months ago by MISS H ELEN C ROOME
4.0 out of 5 stars A must watch for any cycling fan, no matter how they felt about...
exactly what it says on the tin. Starts off a a celebration of Armstrongs come back and ends with a explosive doubt of the entire sport of cyclings honnesty over the period of his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Darlow
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