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Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD]

James Toback    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: James Toback
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E454I4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Welcome to the no-holds barred epic portrayal of the life of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tyson: The Movie will take you on an incredible journey into the legendary boxer s life, from his days as a teenage drug dealer and thief in Brooklyn, New York to his meteoric rise to fame as the champion of the world and on to his shocking and outrageous decline.

For the first time in history, and in his own words, this unparalleled extremist takes you deep into his gritty world of crime, drug addiction and violence. Witness the monster fighting for his reputation and his very life while imprisoned for rape, tearing Evander Holyfield s ear off with his teeth and tasting defeat at the hands of Britain s Lennox Lewis... all before finally declaring bankruptcy and revealing the loss of a $400 million fortune.

The top of the world or the bottom of the ocean... there is no in-between.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Jim Red
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Firstly, the BluRay aspect of this film. It was ok, however the early fights that are shown are just as dodgy in quality as I suspect they would be on DVD. Mike Tyson talking to camera is shown in immaculate clarity though. You can see every scar, mark and pore on his fight-worn and worldly-worn face.

All that aside, it was an interesting 90 minutes spent exclusively in the company of one of the most controversial sportsmen of all time. It's all here, from his rise to fame and fortune via petty and not-so-petty crime in New York, to his extraordinary destruction of anything that moved in the heavyweight ranks and his startling descent into madness and prison.

Looking back on his ferocious and prodigious talent through the many clips, you're reminded that, at his peak, this man was quite probably the greatest ever fighter. Astonishing speed, brutal power and an eye for weakness in an opponent's makeup are there for all to see. Nobody can argue with this man's talent.

His rapid decline, for reasons explained quite eloquently and with great insight by the man himself, is just as fascinating. From the death of his best friend and mentor Cus D'Amato, the unwise marriage to Robyn Givens, to the Holyfield injustices (as Tyson claims) and the conviction for rape and his descent into drug and alcohol abuse, his is a journey that nobody, not even himself, can fully comprehend.

An unique chance to have Tyson sit there and tell you what happened to a unique individual.

Come to your own conclusions as to whether he's a tortured and damanged boxing genius, or a more sinister character who hurt a lot more people than those he coolly despatched with brutal efficiency in the ring.

One thing's for sure, we will never see the like of this man again.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is not as good as the other reviews indicate, at least not in my opinion anyway. It is a decent enough documentary but not worth the acolades it has been recieving. The structure of this film is too fragmented and I was hoping for a more indepth look at Tyson's career. Instead; this films starts with a painfully long monologue from Tyson about his upbringing, his school days and then his introduction into the sport of boxing. Sadly this film is too brief when it comes to Tyson's rise through the ranks and his jounrey to his first world title. Too little time is devoted to his first title reign and his first defeat. The second part of his career after his release from jail is also not sufficiently detailed at all. The film concentrates too much on Tysons defeats and not enough on his many victories and two separate title reigns.

What this film lacks on Mikes boxing career, is over-compensated for with Tyson's characteristics and complex personality. He is certainly up front on many issues although he comes across as someone who is only telling the truth as he likes to see it. The way the film is produced and edited makes Tyson look like a mentally unstable person which obviously is quite close to the truth. At times his frankness harms the way he comes across. Despite denying the rape allegations with anger and passion; his frank views on sexuality and women in general leaves little doubt about the truth. Honestly at times he comes across as a sexual deviant well capable of rape and violence against women. Despite this there are times during this documentary you do feel sorry for Tyson. He is a very complex individual. Is he a victim of circumstance or just a monster? Maybe a little of both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tyson - Just a man after all 30 April 2009
Tyson has been labled many things over the years, 'Animal', 'Thug', 'Rapist' being just a few. The problem with lables, is that they tend to be oversimplified, and are often deliberate headline grabbing soundbites. As a previous review pointed out - take what you think you know about the man, and bin it. The thing here - all lables aside, is that it seems he is just a man after all, with all the foibles and imperfections that go along with that (I'm not downplaying the seriousness of some of the things that he did here - merely observing that in the same way that Kevin Spacy did not turn out to be Lucifer himself in Se7en, Mike Tyson deserves to be recognised as a human being, and not just objectified as a poster boy for society's ills). The moment that stood out for me, was after having lost to Lennox, and whilst Lennox is being interviewed by TV reporters, Mike leans in, and gently wipes some blood from the side of Lennox's face - a genuine jaw dropping moment of cinematic beauty. A stunning film, and well worth a look, for boxing and non boxing fans alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and compelling! 21 Nov 2009
"Tyson" is a brutal and compelling documentary film about the life of controversial boxer Mike Tyson. The film consists of a collection of recent interviews with Mike Tyson mixed in with highlights of his fights and stock footage from news broadcasts concerning the more controversial moments of his life and career.
During the film Tyson speaks in depth about his childhood in Brownsville, his criminal activities during his adolescent years, his relationship with his trainer Cus D'Amato, his failed marriges, his children, his debts, his numerous fights and his hopes for the future.
All in all this documentary offers a unique insight into the mind of one of the most revered and controversial athletes of all time. But the real treat is in the extras. Boxing fans, such as myself, who grew up watching Tyson's fights will be thrilled to know that there is approximately four hours of ESPN's re-runs of Tyson's fights and some classic post fight interviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 1 month ago by P. Tobin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Fighter of All Time
Fantastic insight into a brutal fighter. James Toback gets the best out his interviews. In his early days at his peak he was an awesome fighter, scary to watch in fact. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. I. T. Warburton
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this film
I highly recommend this film , most people associate this world heavy weight boxing champ, as a violent evil minded low class boxer , simply watch the film and see the true... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jimmy budgie
3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting more
This film skims over alot of Tysons early boxing days and his career itself. It mainly focuses on his bad marriage and the rape allegation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Nightingale
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - this guy could punch!!
The rise and fall of, in my oppinion, the greatest fighter ever is in this movie very well documented. A completely honest fighter that tells his story was something that moved me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thom Rune Storsveen
5.0 out of 5 stars good
best dvd. you need it in your life. I watch it all the time.Its will like it go for it
Published 11 months ago by Maffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyson
Excellent purchase, good quality. Exactly what I wanted. I am still using it. Once finished, I will order another DVD.
Published 13 months ago by Oakwoodngr
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't bad, but..
... After watching it, I kinda believe he raped that bird now. The man filming the documentary ain't done him no favours! just made him look like a wrong'un. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. G. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass!!!
Great DVD, I have to admit as good as the film is, for me its all about the bonus DVD's which show pretty much all of Tysons fight from his first pro up to current day (ear... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Harmonic 77
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film for tyson fans
Very interesting documentary style film for Tyson fans. Recommended watch for real fans with plenty of fight footage and early coverage and his story in his own words.
Published 20 months ago by kim
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