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The Smashing Machine [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079ZB30
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,242 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE DOCUMENTARY THAT SHOCKED AMERICA

TWO FIGHTERS, NO RULES

"Astonishing" Variety

"…it has an almost Zen-like quality to it" SFUK

Uncompromising in every sense of the word, this raw, shockingly brutal and deeply harrowing feature-documentary follows the incredible life of Mixed Martial Arts World Champion Mark "The Smashing Machine" Kerr. Over three of his life’s most challenging years witness testosterone fuelled extreme violence as you’ve never seen it before.

THE SMASHING MACHINE is an unforgettable and engrossing documentary, a visceral portrait of a man willing to sacrifice his relationships, his health – and nearly his life – to stay on top.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2008
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This is an outstanding documentary and does not pull any punches.
This film tells the story of Mark Kerr and his trials and tribulations in Ultimate Fighting. His spiralling degeneration through drugs is openly depicted, and his struggle to make a comeback.
Though it does not appear as impressive as many of the close combat sports, it is extremely brutal. Personally I was shocked by the baying of the fans who seemed to be crying for blood. The fighters themselves seem to pursue this sport, more than anything, because it is just a job.
I thought it was fabulous and sad at the same time.
Great extras.......................Well worth watching.
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By Ce Duty on 18 Feb 2009
its a must see film, martial arts fan or not, it is extremely enjoyable. its filmed well, edited well and with a story you couldnt make up, its in my top ten films.
(and if you think you wont like it, my other top ten include im a cyborg, day/night watch, 300 and mad detective to name a few)
oh, and if you like this, watch CHOKE!
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I knew very little about UFC before watching this documentary. Having watched it, I've seen more than enough.

The film concentrates on the high and lows of one of the world's best MMX fighters, Mark Kerr, over a two or three year period. At the start of the film we find out that Kerr is such a great MMX fighter that no one else can really live with him and his fights are short and brutal. He then moves to Japan to fight in PRIDE where the money rewards are substantial. Things then start to go wrong for the unbeaten fighter, the rules are changed to prevent fights ending too swiftly (effectively wrecking Kerr's style), he takes a drug overdose, his relationship with his girlfriend turns sour and things start to unravel.

This is a well made film but personally I found the subject matter hard to digest. The fight scenes are nothing short of brutal which I found quite disturbing and yet at the same time they lack spectacle. In the past I have enjoyed watching some of the great boxers perform but this type of no holds barred fighting holds little (to my mind anyway) in the way of entertainment. I also had little sympathy for the characters (despite Mark Kerr looking like Martin Johnson) and by the end cared little for any of them.

UFC fans will probably lap this up, I would suggest neutrals will find it a little indigestable.
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