The Armstrong Lie [DVD] 
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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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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
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.Read more ›
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
Several comments: first and foremost, more than one person interviewed made this comment: "the doping was bad, but the abuse of power was worse", and "it's not about the doping, it's about the power". Indeed, by now it is well documented that in the 1990s, all of professional biking was immersed by doping, EPO in particular, very similar in the way baseball was immersed by steroids at that time. "A generation of riders used EPO", comments someone. Most of them were caught, but not Armstrong. How? By massive intimidation (some say "bullying") and very advanced doping techniques, as it turns out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not only did this guy dope he had must of the tour de france in his back pocket many people knew he doped but did not dare say anything he ruined careers and destroyed peoples... Read morePublished 23 days ago by khan
So glad this lying, cheating piece s**t has been brought down and the people who he horrifically bullied for speaking out against him have finally been vindicated. Read morePublished 1 month ago by angecm
Excellent documentary because it covers 2 very different times in Armstrong's life. 2009 his so called clean come back Tour and the aftermath of his exposure as a drug cheat and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Irene Chapman
brilliant very gripping, read david walsh's book for further insightPublished 4 months ago by Terry Hudson
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